Billy J. Birmingham, World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .

Billy J. Birmingham
Private, 5th Marine Division, United States Marine Corps
Date of Birth: July 28, 1927
Date of Death: February 26, 1945
Burial: Walnut Grove Cemetery, Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas
Cause of Death: Killed in Action (Iwo Jima Island)
Date of Enlistment: March 9, 1944
Hometown: Valparaiso

Newspaper Notices:
Marine Dies On Iwo Jima

Pvt. Billy J. Birmingham, 17, former Valparaiso youth, was killed in action February 26th while fighting with the marines on Iwo Jima Island, according to word received by his uncle, D. J. Birmingham, of this city.

Young Birmingham was the youngest of four brothers in the service. The others are Tech. Sgt.  Calvin W. in Germany with Hodges' 1st Army; Pfc. William Jr., in South Pacific, and Tech Sergeant Homer Birmingham.

The soldier was born at Newport, Ark., July 28, 1927, and entered the service on March 9, 1944. For the last seven months he has been overseas.

While in Valparaiso young Birmingham was employed by The Indiana Steel Products company and resided at 606 Union street. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Birmingham, Sr., of Newport, Ark.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; April 10, 1945; Volume 18, Page 1, Column 7

Military Rites

Memorial services for Pvt. Billy J. Birmingham, former Valparaiso resident, who was killed while serving with the U. S. marines at Iwo Jima, Feb. 28, 1945, were held Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 2:30 p. m. in the First Baptist church at Newport, Ark. The Rev. Charles F. Wilkins, assisted by the Rev. T. P. O'Shanahan, Church of Christ minister, officiated. The Newport units of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars were in charge of burial services in Walnut Grove cemetery, where full military honors were given.

Pvt. Birmingham was born in Newport, Ark., July 28, 1927 and entered the service March 9, 1944. He served with the 5th Marine Division. Three of his brothers were in the service.

During 1943 and 1944 Pvt. Birmingham lived with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. U. Birmingham, at 606 Union street, Valparaiso, and was employed at the Indiana Steel Products company.

Surviving besides his parents, now residing at Newport, are three brothers, William U., Jr., Newport; Homer, Booneville; and Calvin of the U. S. army, now in Japan; one sister, Mrs. Clifton Jackson, Newport, Ark., and an aunt, Mrs. Dell Parmley, and an uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Birmingham, of Valparaiso.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; January 5, 1949; Volume 22, Number 154, Page 6, Column 8

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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