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William Louis Van Cleaf

Graduating Class of 1942
Served in World War II
Attached photograph of First Lieutenant Van Cleaf

First Lieutenant
William Louis Van Cleaf

Army
6th Armored Division
50th Infantry Battalion

Hometown

West Allis, WI

Date of Birth

Location of Death

France

Date of Death

Location of Burial

Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avold, France

More About First Lieutenant Van Cleaf

First Lieutenant Van Cleaf was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. On Nov. 19, 1944, Task Force 15 reinforced with Company C, 50th Armored Infantry Battalion moved out over Route N 74. An attack to seize the hill immediately east of Bertring was driven back by extremely heavy enemy mortar fire. Company C overcame enemy resistance and seized intact a bridge across the Nied-Francaise River. That bridge permitted the continued advance of the 6th Armored Division. Company C, 50th Armored Infantry Battalion had suffered four killed and 22 wounded.