RITES AT BURIAL OF SGT W. R. GROY
The body of Sergeant
William R. Groy, husband of Bette Shank Groy,1221 West Main Street,
Palmyra [PA], who was killed in action, June 9, 1944, was reinterred
with full military honors in the Hersey Cemetery yesterday.
Services were conducted in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Hershey,
with the pastor, Rev. George Mack, officiating, prior to the military
rites conducted by members of the Hershey and Palmyra American legion
Ivan Morse served as chaplain for the military service and the
bugler was John W. Steen.
Members of the color guard and bearers included: Emanuel Groff,
Thomas Dresher, Frank Tulli, and Brent Hancock, and the firing squad,
commanded by John Klinger, consisted of Gerald Byle, Lawson Gable, John
Sauley, William Estep, Warren Spancake, Guy Goodman, Alfred Beilan,
The bearers were: Jay Curry, Matthew Curry, Robert Roy, William
Hartsock, Mark Henry and John Emerich.
Arrangements were in charge of Norman j. Rothermel of Palmyra.
[probably appeared in the Harrisburg
Telegraph, Jay 5, 1948]
Death certificate for Sgt William R.
Groy issued by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania records his death on 8 June
1944 in Normandy, France.
William enlisted in the Army at Harrisburg, PA
on 19 November 1942.
Cpl Groy was transferred to Hq 1st,
508th PIR from the 2nd Army Umpire School on 9 September 1943.
His role was to act as an umpire during the Tennessee Maneuvers while in
a TDY status from 13 September 1943 to 6 November 1943.
On 6 November 1943, Cpl Groy was relieved of his
assignment and returned to his original unit.
That unit may have been Company D, 501st Parachute Infantry Regt, 101st Airborne Division
which Sgt Groy was a member of when he was killed in Action on 9 June
Application for Pennsylvania
WWII Compensation was made in William's name by his parents, Paul and
William's enlistment date
of November 24, 1942 was noted as well as his domestic service ending
with his shipment to the ETO on January 15, 1944.
His foreign service then
began with January 16, 1944 ending with his death on June 9, 1944.
His bereaved parents
received the $500 which was due to William for his service to his