William Wheeler

William Andrews Wheeler (1920 - 1991)

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William Andrews "Bill" Wheeler aka Whelour, Wilhour, Willour
Born in East St. Louis, Illinoismap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of [private wife (unknown - unknown)]
Father of [private child (unknown - unknown)]
Died in Conyers, Rockdale County, Georgiamap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Jan 2011
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Categories: Wheeler Name Study | 101st Airborne Division, United States Army, World War II | Purple Heart | Battle of Normandy, D-Day | Wounded in Action, United States of America, World War II.

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Contents

Birth

Birth:
Date: 18 JUL 1920
Place: East St. Louis, IL
Source: #S307


Death

Death:
Date: 22 JUL 1991
Place: Conyers, Rockdale County, GA
Source: #S288


Event

Event:
Type: Milit-Beg
Date: 1941
Note: immediately after Pearl Harbor (World War II). He became a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne and was severely wounded at Normandy. He single-handedly completed all unit objectives before falling three days after the D-Day invasion. He spent fourteen months in military hospitals before his discharge in August 1945. His military ID was 12-039-065. All records were lost in a fire in the National Personnel Records Cemter in St. Louis, MO on July 12, 1973. His Discharge Papers are in DJW file.
Source: #S291
Page: Military discharge papers in DJW file.
Source: #S401
Note:
U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-194.S. Wo War Irmy Entmentords, 1938-19
Name:
William A WheelerBirth Year:
1920Race:
White, citizen (White)Nativity State or Country:
IllinoisState:
MarylandCounty or City:
Baltimore City
Enlistment Date:
23 Dec 1941Enlistment State:
New YorkEnlistment City:
New York CityBranch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USABranch Code:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USAGrade:
PrivateGrade Code:
PrivateTerm of Enlistment:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to lawComponent:
Army of the United States - includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army ofSource:
Civil Life
Education:
2 years of high school

Civil Occupation:

Hospital Orderly

Marital Status:

Single, without dependents

Height:

71 Weight: 182


Education

Education: at Hudson River State Hospital; Richmond College, SUNY, Staten Island, NY; Jersey City State College from which he received his R.N., B.S. and M.S. degrees, respectively. Bill worked as an attendant at HRSH for many years before and after WW II. In 1958, he resumed his education and became a health care professional, a long-time goal.
At the age of 12, he had run away from the Masonic Orphanage in Utica, NY without completing the 8th grade in school. He worked wherever he could -- as a shandy gaff on the railroad, a cook in small-town taverns, a farm laborer, a New York City parking lot attendant (where he learned to drive!), even as a singer in bars and taverns.
His true calling was in the medical field, however, and his years as an attendant in a mental institution and later as a nurse for the profoundly retarded were rewarding, despite the frustrations he endured everyday. As a high level manager in these fields, he encountered, and dealt with, numerous cases of neglect and abuse. He would not tolerate inadequate care and inattention to patients and was rewarded by the devotion of good employees and patients alike. At the same time, he had enemies among former employees he had discharged for incompetence or cruelty. Two incidents illustrate the extent of this enmity.
While he worked in his office one day, an undertaker appeared to pick up a body; it was his! This unnerving experience was followed by an incident in which Bill was physically attacked by a former worker. He successfully fought him off, but the fight left him weakened and sore. His lack of control over patient care due to upper management's lack of support caused him to suffer increasing depression which eventually led to a nervous breakdown. This in turn led to my accepting a job transfer to another state, largely in an effort to remove him from an untenable situation.
This move resulted in quite a new life for all of us. Bill worked as a nurse and a director of nursing, but was hampered by the inevitable influence of age on his very significant wartime injuries from which he never fully recovered. He had accomplished far more than anyone could have expected when he left the hospital in 1945 after 14 months in a full body cast. He was an extraordinary human being who had suffered enormously, both physically and psychologically, yet was always ready to set aside his own misery to help others.


Burial

Burial:
Date: 25 JUL 1991
Place: Arlington Cemetery, Atlanta (Sandy Springs), Fulton County, GA


Note

Note: Address: P.F.C. William A. Wheeler; Army Serial Number 12039065; HQ 1st Battalion, 502nd Parachute Regiment, APO No. 472; c/o Postmaster, Nashville, Tenn
Source: #S292
Page: Address card issued by U.S. Army (see Exhibit)
Note: His Mayflower ancestors include George Soule, William Bradford and Stephen Hopkins.( Adria's membership in the Mayflower Society is based on William Bradford.) His notable relatives include Philip Shearman, first secretary of Rhode Island, Roger Sherman, signer of the Declaration of Independence, General William Tecumseh Sherman of Civil War fame, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His Revolutionary War ancestors include Jonathan and Squire Hascall and Jonathan Shepard.


Marriage

Husband: William Andrews Wheeler
Marriage:
Date: 23 MAR 1958
Place: Friends Meeting House, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, NY
Source: #S300
Page: Marriage certificate in DJW file. Marriage was performed in the Friends Meeting House on Hooker Avenue by a Unitarian minister.


Husband: Lloyd Anthony Wheeler
Wife: Ida Mae Lofland
Child: Lloyd Anthony Wheeler
Child: Dale Gordon Wheeler
Child: Jessie Wheeler
Child: Gertrude Grace Wheeler
Child: William Andrews Wheeler
Marriage:
Date: 03 JAN 1909
Place: Chicago, Cook, IL
Source: #S409
Page: rkhascall@verizon.net
Source: #S300
Page: Chicago, IL marriage certificate

Sources


Source S288
Title: Death record
Abbreviation: Death record
Source S291
Title: Personal knowledge
Abbreviation: Personal knowledge
Source S292
Title: Personal papers
Abbreviation: Personal papers
Source S300
Title: Marriage record
Abbreviation: Marriage record
Source S307
Title: Birth Certificate
Abbreviation: Birth Certificate
Source S401
Title: Ancestry Web Site
Abbreviation: Ancestry.com
Source S409
Title: E-mail message, Subject: Family records
Abbreviation: E-mail


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