William enlisted in the Army at
Evansville, IN on 16 November 1943. Foillowing the completion of
basic training and jump school he was shipped to England.
On 27 October 1944 he was transferred
from Hq 82nd Airborne Division, Leicester England to Service Company,
Pvt Ossenberg was then transferred on
22 November 1944 to the 508th Medical Detachment. He was appointed
the the grade of Pfc on 18 December 1944.
Pfc Ossenberg was killed in Reims,
France during a demonstration jump when a C-47 lost power due to a
thrown propeller sending the aircraft plunging through a group of