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Willis I. Linton, 91, of Monticello passed away at 1 a.m. Sunday (July 6, 2014) at home. He was born April 21, 1923, at Guysville, Ohio, a son of Claire D. and Mildred L. Miller Linton. He married Irene Markley Giddings on Nov. 9, 1990, at Monticello. She preceded him in death on Jan. 28, 2009. He is survived by two stepsons, Guy (Esther) Giddings of Monticello and Thomas (Nancy) Giddings of Hemet, Calif., and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a stepson, Charles (Judy) Giddings.

Willis was retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service.

According to his wishes, he will be cremated. Burial will be at a later date in Monticello Cemetery.

[courtesy of Max Turpin]

Grave Marker for Willis I. Linton in Monticello Cemetery, Monticello (Piatt county), Illinois.

Willis enlisted in the Army ca. January 1943 in Indiana.

Pvt Linton was transferred from the 82nd Airborne Division Headquarters on 1 September 1944 to Company E, 508th PIR.  He was promoted to Pfc a month later.

Pfc Linton was wounded in action in Holland on 2 October 1944, he returned to duty on 13 November.

He reported as missing in action in Belgium on 25 December 1944 but by 5 January was accounted for.  He was wounded a second time just 4 days later on 9 January 1945.  He returned to duty on 10 February 1945.

His military decorations include the Purple Heart with 1 OLC and the Bronze Service arrowhead device for the Holland campaign and Airborne operations.

based on his headstone inscription he attained the rank of First Sergeant sometime after the above events.

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