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Unknown Roanoker Killed When Army Plane Strikes Steeple

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09587.193 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Newspaper clipping Date: circa September 1949 Pagination: 1 p. ; 10.5 x 6 cm.

Summary of Content: Article about the death of First Lt. Eugene W. Williams in a plane crash while serving in the Air Force in Gibelsadt, Germany with the 86th Fighter Group. Mentions that his brother "Leroy" Williams was also killed while serving in the Air Force in 1943. Lists surviving family members.

People: Kent, Virginia Williams (1918-1987)
Twitty, Geraldine Williams (1930 - )
Williams, Cordelia Shelton (1884-1978)
Williams, Eugene W. (1925 - 1949)
Williams, H. Hamilton (1911-1981)
Williams, James T. II (1914-1966)
Williams, LeRoi S. (1919-1943)

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: African American HistoryMilitary PersonnelMilitary ServiceAir ForceAirplanesPilotAfrican American TroopsDeath

Sub Era: Postwar Politics and the Cold War

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