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William E. Pollock, 89, was received into the loving arms of our Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. William was a beloved father, husband, World War II Combat Veteran, and Scholar. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary; sons, Roger, Eric, and Patrick Dull; and daughters, Lore Pollock and Karin Lawson; grandchildren, Brendan Lawson, Gibran Soufan, Jakob and Peyton Dull, Juliann and Sara Dull, Pamela Dennison, Christina Shaw, Tabitha Pollock and Glory Pollock; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Elizabeth Pollock; and sons, Michael and Albert Pollock.

Barstow best remembers William as the Deputy Director of the Repair Division at the Marine Corps Logistics Base where he served from approximately January 17, 1973 to his retirement in 1989. His employees admired and respected him. He made it a point to meet and greet as many of the employees as he could. Every day he would arrive early and was seen walking around the Marine Base speaking to employees and inquiring about their families' welfare. He was an approachable person who had an open door policy which made no distinction between the lowest and highest ranking personnel. He was a champion for women's rights and listened attentively to their concerns. And he would right wrongs whenever possible.

William earned his Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland, his Masters Degree in Aerospace Operations Management from the University of Southern California, his Masters Degree of Science in Education from the University of Southern California. His Masters Degree in Business Administration was from the University of Utah.

Mr. Pollock served honorably and valiantly during World War II spearheading the Invasion of Normandy on D-day as a member of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment H Company. Many of these brave soldiers were unable to make it to the ground alive.

Mr. Pollock was drafted into the United States Army in November of 1942. He attended basic combat training at Camp Blanding, Florida; parachute training at Fort Benning, Georgia and advanced Infantry training at Camp McCall [sic], North Carolina. At the end of 1943 he was shipped overseas and landed at Belfast, Northern Ireland where he stayed for three months; then was shipped to England. It was noted that in one day he had breakfast in Northern Ireland, lunch in Scotland and dinner in England. William once lamented that the fog was so thick in Nottingham that one could not see one's nose.

By the first of June 1944 his division was moved to the airport in preparation of D- Day, June 6. On that day, William along with other members of the 508th were dropped out of airplanes at 2:26 a.m. in the tracer filled night sky. German troops had flooded the field with water as a defensive tactic. Only the roads and high places were above the water. Machine guns were mounted at crossroads and on rubber boats scanning the area for Allied Solders in the water. About 90 of the paratroopers finally assembled and were cut off from the other troops for at least nine days - they only had rations for five days. The day before returning to England, Mr. Pollock was shot in the thigh.

On September 17, 1944, his division was flown to Holland to hold five bridges - Operation Market Garden. This would have been a success if the operation had been accomplished with reasonable dispatch. As stated before, paratroopers had rations for five days but, it was 14 days before they were relieved. There were two more allied divisions beyond his who were wiped out. Mr. Pollock was returned home with anti-aircraft and hand grenade shrapnel received during a night and early morning attack.

He also participated in Operation Dragoon in Southern France and the Battle of the Bulge. This occurred in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium located six kilometers from Bastogne. This battle lasted to about January 16, 1945. Here again they were cut off from their supplies due to supply and mail trucks being blown up by German 88's. During this time Mr. Pollock and the other Soldiers were ordered to shave and clean up. They used Champaign from the cellar of a castle where they were set up. Towards the end, Mr. Pollock again got shot and had frostbite on his toes. He recounts that one could dig a slit trench and as it was finished, the wind would blow it full of snow.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 23, 2010 with viewing from noon to 1 p.m. followed by a religious service at the Free Methodist Church, 800 Yucca St., Barstow, Calif. Funeral services are under the direction of Victor Valley Mortuary located at Eleventh Street in Victorville, Calif. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to our local Barstow Visiting Nurses Association.

Published in the Daily Press on February 22, 2011

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