Enlisted under the name William LaFayette Porter on November 27, 1940, in Charlotte, NC
U.S. Army Air Forces, 803rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation. Was assigned first to the 809th Engineer (Aviation) Company (Separate) and transferred to Nichols Field Manila. The company was later merged with the 803rd Engineer (Aviation) Battalion and renamed Company C.
Memorialized at Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
His mother died when he was 6 and father remarried. He and siblings were shipped around between various relatives because step-mother didn’t want them around. Joined military at age 15 just to have a place to stay and was well over 6 feet tall and looked way older than his age. Earned his silver star in the defense of Clark Field when he and 3 others attached a .50 caliber machine gun to a vehicle and shot down several planes during Japanese attack.
Unsure of actual cause of death but was known to have been wounded when taken to Cabanatuan.
–Submitted by his nephew, Bill Porter