Private William L Arrington service# 33742864 DOB: 12 May 1925 Washington, DC 3rd Company,1st Regiment,1st Special Service Forces KIA: est. 24-25 May 1944 near Cisterna, Italy Decorations and Awards: Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Service stars, World War II Victory Medal There were copies of letters wrote by Williams Mother trying to establish next-of-kin status. She states " My son was killed May 1944 crossing Hwy 7 on the drive to Rome. He was with the First Special Service Force. He was married -but his widow remarried in the Spring of 1945.I was divorced from his father and custody was awarded to me and the child was raised by me.'
The Father wrote to Graves Registration this: " The daily paper stated that questionnaires were going to be mailed out soon to relative to bringing back the dead. My son William L Arrington 3rd Co. 1st Reg. 1st Special Service Force serial no.33742864 was killed in action May 25 19944 on the drive to Rome. At the time of his death he was only 19 years and 2 months of age, But was married a few months before going overseas to a girl he had known only one month. She remarried within seven months of being notified of his death and refuses to correspond with me. She has been trying to hide her second marriage from me.
My sons Mother and I want him brought back and buried at Arlington and due to the above mentioned facts. I think the questionnaire should be mailed to me or his mother. Where is he now buried? Respectfully, Fuller L Arrington"
Private Arrington rests in Arlington.Sec:12 Site 5025