William D. Warren
Biography: William David Warren was born in Pontotoc, MS on October 18, 1917. His parents were Fred and Clara Hinton Warren and William attended the Beckham school in Houlka, MS. After graduating, he went to work as carpenter.
Service Time: William joined the Army on June 10, 1942 at Camp Shelby, MS. He would serve with the 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division throughout the war. The 313th received credit for their participation in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe Campaigns as well as receiving the French Croix de Guerre with Palm for three separate actions.
William is not listed in the unit history of the 607th Tank Destroyer Battalion so it is safe to say that he only transferred into the unit after hostilities had ceased. It may be just a coincidence but the 607th ended their wartime service near the Czechoslovakian border while the 313th Regiment was located in Czechoslovakia as of August of 1945. It was probably sometime over the summer that he was transferred to the 607th from which he would ultimately be discharged.
In the posed photo above, William is shown second from right with some of his friends most likely from the 313th.
After leaving service, William returned to the profession he knew, carpentry. He would also take up farming and marry the former Annie Lee Prater on April 14, 1949. She was the daughter of Herman Prater and Emma Lorena Jackson also of Pontotoc, MS. The new couple would stay in Pontotoc to raise their children, Sue Ann born in 1950, Paula born in 1955, and Kevin born in 1960. In addition to his carpentry work, William enjoyed woodworking as a hobby. He was also a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. William passed away in 1999.
I want to thank William’s daughter Paula for providing this information.