William Foster’s World War II journey ended at Tobruk

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
William Foster’s grave marker in Cedarvale Cemetery

From Carol Sue Gibbs
Matagorda County TXGenWeb


Staff Sergeant Foster was a Colorado County casualty.  
   Although not a Matagorda County casualty, his family did live here briefly c.1913.  
   His baby sister was buried at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City, and when he was killed in Africa he was buried next to her.  
   Later his father was buried next to him.  
   We are proud to include him among our honored dead from World War II.
Garwood Flyer Killed 
In Action On African Coast
   Garwood, Dec. 1. - Staff Sgt. William Newton Foster, 26, was killed in action on November 14 near Tobruk, Libya, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.R. Foster of this city, learned through a war department message this week.
   Sgt. Foster, aerial gunner, air mechanic and machinist, was attached to a bomber corps which may have been based at the North African coastal city, and his plane was probably on a mission in the Mediterranean theatre when he lost his life.
   The young flyer had been in the Army since May, 1942. 
   He received basic training at Sheppard Field and was awarded his silver wings at Ft. Myers Fla. 
   He spent a furlough with his parents last summer, before embarking for overseas duty. 
   He observed his 26th birthday on June 11.
   Surviving besides his parents are a grandmother, Mrs. Will Troutman of Altoona, Kans., and several uncles and aunts, among whom are Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Foster of Columbus.
   Weimar Mercury, Weimar, Texas, December 10, 1943
 Staff Sgt. William N. Foster 
of Garwood Dies in Libya
   With the approach of the Christmas season war casualties are coming in and thousands of hearts are grieved beyond expression.
   To Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Foster of Garwood a yellow winged message brought the sad news Monday that their son, Staff Sergeant William Foster, died in Libya, near Cobruck, on November 14. 
   The War department did not give any further particulars, merely stating that a letter would follow.
   St. Sgt. Foster graduated from the Garwood School, class of 1935. He had been in the service 18 months and had been overseas only two months. He was a Civil Engineer.
   To the parents in their grief, the Headlight offers tenderest sympathy. 
   They have assured their friends that as soon as more news of the particulars arrive, it will be given publicity.
   Eagle Lake Headlight, 1943

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