307th Regiment, 77th Division
Buried in Arlington National Cemetery on February 24, 1949
Parents: Jacob D. Kreis and Mary B. Kreis
Sibling: John D. Kreis
Member of Phi Gamma Delta, class of 1938, at the University of Tennessee
The Kingsport Times, 18 July 1945.
Major William Wiley Kreis of Morristown, great-nephew of Mrs. Malcolm Morison of Kingsport, was killed in action June 1 on Okinawa.
Major Kreis had been on duty in the Pacific for the past 15 months. Eleven of these months he had seen active service, participating in the Okinawa campaign for the entire 90 days.
The officer was the wearer of the Bronze Star and the Oak Leaf Cluster.
Graduating from the Morristown High School, Major Kreis attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia, for two years, then attended the University of Tennessee from which institution he received his degree in law.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Kreis of Morristown, his great aunt, Miss Pet Fain and Mrs. Hannah F. Bickley of Bristol, and Mrs. Carroll Newman of Blacksburg, Va.; one brother, Ensign John Kreis of the Bomber Disposal School, Washington, D.C. and his maternal grandmother Mrs. W.H. Wiley.
Picture below from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute Yearbook, 1934
- Rank: Major
- Date of birth: 28 April 1915
- Date of death: 1 June 1945
- County: Hamblen
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Battles: Okinawa
- Awards: Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Bottom Panel
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