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William O’Toole Military Service Portrait


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William O’Toole Military Service Portrait


William J. O’Toole
Private United States Army
D Company
121st Infantry
8th Division

Died: Sep 16,1944

Bill enlisted in December 18. 1943. He enjoyed his first furlough with his wife and children on Sudbury Street in May 1944. He then returned to duty in Alabama.

Bill had been overseas a short seven weeks. News of his death was received, Monday morning, October 2, 1944. On that same afternoon, his wife received his last letter, written on the date of their 13th wedding anniversary. He was killed in action near Brest, and is buried in Brittany, France (G-13-3),

He was believed to be the first ‘'family” man from Maynard to be killed, leaving his wife, son, and daughter. Other survivors included his parents, five sisters, and three brothers.

Before entering the Army Bill worked as an organizer for the Textile Workers Union of America (CIO). He came to Maynard at an early age from Newfoundland and attended local schools.

The portrait is on display in the Maynard Veterans' Wall of Honor in the Soup Campbell Room, Lower Level of Maynard Town Hall.




Description researched and provided by Andrew Mitzcavitch
See 2019.155

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Framed Photo 8x10

Physical Dimensions

8 x 10 inches