Hurt on D-Day
Paratrooper William A.,
Piatt was killed in action, and his cousin Pvt Robert Piatt was wounded
while serving in separate outfits when the first Allied troops invaded
France, the war department announced yesterday.
Both made their home in Gary [IN] for the last few years with their
aunt, Mrs. Emma Piatt and both were employed at the Gary works prior to
entering the service.
Also dead from Gary is Flight Officer Charles ...
Times, Hammond, IN, July 23, 1944]
Interment record and grave marker for Pvt William A. Piatt at
Plot B Row 10 Grave
in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer,
was killed in action on June 6, 1944 and was awarded the Purple Heart.
William enlisted in the Army at Indianapolis, IN on 8
Pvt Piatt was
assigned to Company E, 508th PIR.
On 4 March 1944, Pvt Piatt was transferred in grade to Hq
& Hq Co, 2nd Bn for duty with the S-2 section.
He was killed in action in France on D-day.
His military decorations include the Purple Heart and the
Combat Infantryman Badge, both awarded posthumously.