Lt. Colonel William L. Turner, known as “Billy” to his friends, was killed in action in France, the day after D-Day, while in service with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.
He commanded the First Battalion of that regiment. Born June 18, 1916, in Sparta, Georgia, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Dennis T. Turner, Billy moved at an early age to Milledgeville, Ga., where he grew up and attended Georgia Military College before entering the Military Academy. Billy, who was a member of F Co. at the Military Academy, was always remembered by his classmates as a Georgia boy who never lost his drawl through his years at the Point and in the Army afterwards.
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