The funeral procession for Army Staff Sgt. William R. Linder, 30, of Piedmont, who was killed in Germany during World War II, travelled through Williamston Friday on the way to the M. J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery between Belton and Anderson. Gray Mortuary in Pelzer was in charge of prearrangements for the graveside service.
In late 1944, Linder was assigned to Company E, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. His unit was part of the Hürtgen Forest offensive, near Hürtgen, Germany, when he was reported missing in action on Nov. 16. German forces never listed him as a prisoner of war. The War Department issued a presumptive finding of death on Nov. 17, 1945.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) officially announced that Staff Sgt. W. Linder, 30, was accounted for on Sept. 23, 2021.