William Truman Cole entered the United States Army as a field wire man, headquarters
Battery 322nd Field Artillery Battalion, 83rd infantry division. In advancing the freedom
and liberty of others he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic actions near
Sainteny, France in1944, the Purple Heart for wounds received in Luxembourg, the
Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal with 6 knots, European African Middle
Eastern Campaign Medal with five bronze stars, World War "Victory Medal, Army
Occupation Medal, American Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal with Oak Leaf
Cluster, and the Korean Defense Service Medal. William Truman served in the Korean
War in 1957. Afterward, William T. Cole was assigned to Battery C 2nd Battalion 78th
Artillery 4th Armored Division in Crailsheim, Germany in 1961 as Battery First Sergeant.
In 1963 Truman Cole was reassigned to Headquarters Battery as a Sergeant Major.
Further service included rotating several assignments in Oklahoma and North Carolina
until June 1966 where he was assigned Senior NCO Advisor to the Rhode Island
National Guard in 1966. William Truman Cole retired from the United States Army in
July 1966 in Providence, Rhode Island. Following his Army retirement, he worked for
the United States Post Office in Parkersburg, West Virginia as a postal supervisor.
William Truman Cole leaves to treasure his memory his wife Fay Nell Cole of sixty two
years, a daughter Debora Sue Cole Wallace Port Orange FL, a son William David Cole
Parkersburg W.VA, a son James Daniel Cole Edgewater FL, three grandchildren Shawna
Danielle Wallace Orlando FL, William Daniel Cole Parkersburg WV, David Allen Cole
Parkersburg, WV, and a great grandson. Sean Jeffrey David Cole. Surviving brothers
include Roger Cole Harrisville WV and Jerry Cole Nancy KY. Memorial donations may be
made in his honor to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia Flagler 4140 South Ridgewood Avenue, Edgewater Florida 32141, www.hovf.org