Born on 11 June 1917 in Tennessee. Son of John Wray of Downingtown.
At the time of his enlistment on 5 June 1941 he resided at Chester County, Pennsylvania. He is buried in Tennessee.

“William Jack Wray served with the First Special Service Force (FSSF) during WWII. He was an original member of the FSSF training at Fort William Henry Harrison near Helena, Montana.  William J. Wray was killed on 4 December 1943 in Italy at the Battle of Monte La Difensa. Apparently the family had been living in/near Downington, PA and had moved back to Tennessee around the time of his death.

I have not been able to locate where he is interred nor locate any family members. I am hoping to find the final resting place for this soldier and any information that can be had.

In July 2013, the Congressional Gold Medal was awarded, collectively, to the First Special Service Force in recognition of its superior service during World War II. On February 3, 2015 surviving FSSF Veterans were in Washington DC to accept this momentous recognition on behalf of their fellow Forcemen who could not be there.

Please contact Lynda Beacon if you can provide additional information regarding William J. Wray.”

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 11 June 1917
  • Date of death: 4 December 1943
  • County: Johnson
  • Hometown: Mountain City
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: First Special Service Force
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Tennnessee
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Top Panel
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