Traband, William H. "Bill"
"BILL" H., on April 27, 2009, of Prospect Park. Beloved husband
of Patience (nee Blong). Devoted father of William H. Jr., John
P. (Ronda) and Patrick J. (Marianne). Dear brother of Parker
Traband, Fred Traband, Mary Sharkey and Andy Traband. Also
survived by 9 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral on
Friday after 8:30 A.M. at THE CAVANAGH FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 301
Chester Pike, Norwood; followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 A.M. in
the Church of St. Gabriel, Mohawk Ave., Norwood. Interment St.
Denis Cemetery, Havertown. Friends may call at CAVANAGH'S
Thursday eve 7 to 9 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to
Taylor Hospice, 300 Johnson Ave., P.O. Box 147, Ridley Park PA
William H. ‘Bill’ Traband, 86,
Prospect Park resident; World War II veteran
William H. “Bill” Traband, 86, of Prospect Park, a World
War II veteran, died April 27.
A resident of Prospect Park for 60 years, he attended Clifton Heights
Mr. Traband was a self-employed painter-paper hanger for more than 50
He was an Army paratrooper during World War II and a “C” Company 508
82nd Airborne platoon sergeant.
Mr. Traband was a recipient of the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars.
He served with Leonard Funk, who was a Medal of Honor recipient and was
mentioned in the book, “All American All the Way,” by Phil Nordyke.
Mr. Traband was an avid sports fan, especially of the Philadelphia
He was son of the late Joseph H. and Jennie Conway Traband.
Survivors: Wife, Patience Blong Traband; sons, William H. Traband Jr. of
Prospect Park, John P. Traband of Fordyce, Ark., Patrick J. Traband of
Ridley Township; siblings, Parker Traband of Georgia, Fred Traband of
Springfield, Mary Sharkey and Andy Traband, both of Clifton Heights;
nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter.
Service: Mass, 10 a.m. Friday, St. Gabriel Church, Mohawk Avenue,
Visitation: 7-9 p.m. Thursday and after 8:30 a.m. Friday, Cavanagh
Family Funeral Home, 301 Chester Pike, Norwood.
Burial: St. Denis Cemetery, Havertown.
Contributions: Taylor Hospice, 300 Johnson Ave., P.O. Box 147, Ridley
Park, PA 19078.
Obituary from Philadelphia Inquirer (PA) 5-01-2009
William H. Traband, 86, honored World War II vet
By Walter F. Naedele
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Traband, 86, of Prospect Park, a self-employed painter and paper-hanger
with a distinguished military history, died of leukemia Monday at Taylor
Hospice in Ridley Park.
During World War II, Mr. Traband was one of eight brothers on
active duty, his family said. He served with the 82d Airborne Division,
taking part in three jumps: on D-Day, into the Netherlands, and into
His honorable-discharge document shows he won a Silver Star. His
son John said a brittle yellowed document from the 82d describes how he
won the award.
William H. Traband
On Jan. 29, 1945, it reads, Mr. Traband "was a member of a platoon
which was held up in their attack by an enemy strongpoint at Holzheim,
Belgium. This strongpoint consisted of two houses which the enemy was
defending with a large number of automatic weapons with a 75mm gun and
"Sgt. Traband with two other men volunteered to assault the
position from the flank. The group had only 30 rounds of machine gun
ammunition, five clips of automatic rifle ammunition, and a few
"They attacked the gun and killed the tank commander. This
demoralized the other crew members, who ceased firing and fled.
"While Sgt. Traband's two comrades laid down a base of fire, Sgt.
Traband assaulted the house with grenades. The assault was successful,
and a total of 80 prisoners were captured.
"As a result, Company [C] was able to take the remainder of the
Born in Upper Darby, Mr Traband graduated
from Clifton Heights High School [in] 1940, when he enlisted in the
Army. He was self-employed for more than 60 years.
Besides his son John, Mr Traband is survived by his, wife of 62
years, Patience; sons William Jr. and Patrick three brothers; a sister;
nine grandchildren; and a great granddaughter.
A visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. today at the Cavanagh Family Funeral
Home, 301 Chester Pike, Norwood, followed at 10 a.m. by Funeral Mass at
the Church of St. Gabriel, Mohawk and Seminole Avenues, Norwood. Burial
will be in St. Denis Cemetery; Havertown.