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WOODROW C. PLUNKETT

Woodrow Clyde Plunkett, age 90, of Dunwoody, GA died Monday, Feb. 20, 2006. He was born in Atlanta, GA on April 17, 1915, son of Solomon Smith Plunkett and Bertha Clyde Kierbow Plunkett. He was a graduate of Fulton High School and the Draughn Business School.

In 1942 he enlisted in the Army and graduated from Officers' Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA. From there he was an officer in the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment which jumped into Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He was wounded in the Battle of Pretot, June 20, 1944, shortly after becoming Company Commander of G Company for which he received the Purple Heart. He received a medical retirement from the U.S. Army while at Camp Blanding, FL in 1946 where he met his wife of 58 years, Winifred Rosenbaum from Tarboro, NC. She was an American Red Cross Hospital worker with the military. They were married at St. Mary's Episcopal Chapel, St. Mary's Jr. College in Raleigh, NC on Dec. 30, 1947.

After he returned to civilian life, he formed his own company, W.C. Plunkett & Co. which sold laundry and dry cleaning supplies. He also started the Sherwood Candy Company.

He was very active in his church, St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal for many years, having been Senior Warden, President of the Menís Club, and Head Usher. Mr. Plunkett was a Mason, a Shriner, a member of the American Legion and the Optimist Club. He was a proud member of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment Association and attended their reunions annually. At the age of 89 he was the oldest veteran in attendance at the Associationís final reunion in 2004. In 1994 he received the O.B. Hill Award for outstanding service towards the purpose of the Association. In Patrick K. OíDonnellís book "Beyond Valor" there is a chapter written by Francis Lamoureux that tells the story of being with Lt. Woodrow Plunkett when he was wounded.

He is survived by his wife, Winifred and their two sons, Lee Woodrow Plunkett and Gray Clyde Plunkett, a grandson, James Woodrow Plunkett, a granddaughter, Stacey Leigh Plunkett, a sister, Ruth Plunkett Bowen, and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at Pattersonís Oglethorpe Hill on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The funeral will be Friday, Feb. 24 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church at 3110 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Prior to the service, the family will receive friends in the parlor of the church at noon.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, the American Red Cross, Alzheimer's Association, VistaCare Hospice Foundation or another charitable organization. .

(The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) - February 23, 2006)

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