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Sgt Maj William Truman Cole, USA, Ret
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Sgt Maj William Truman Cole, USA, Ret
June 12, 1925 - July 26, 2013

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


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Denise Shiflet Nolan - August 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM
My deepest sympathy to the Cole family. My memories of Truman are that of a wonderful husband and father. He welcomed me into his home when I would visit with Debbie while we were students at Glenville. Truman and Fay Nell were gracious hosts whenever I would visit. Truman was always proud of his service record and was a very honorable man. My heart and prayers go out to all of you. Debbie, please contact me.
Betsy Baxter - August 11, 2013 at 7:17 PM
To the entire Cole family: I wanted to let you know how sorry I am For your loss. Truman was a good man-I have not seen your family for a very long time, but have thought of you through out the years.
Leonard Cole - August 11, 2013 at 8:36 PM
My prayers for Aunt Fay Nell and the children. I will miss Uncle Truman.
Luther Godbey - August 11, 2013 at 10:21 PM
My prayers goes out to the Cole Family. I had the pleasure of working with Bill at the Parkersburg P.O. Bill was a true gentleman, and a good Leader. I hope Bill had good retirement years was blessed by God.
Carla Buckalew - August 13, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Sorry to hear of Truman's passing and praying the good Lord comforts all of you during this time.
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