Williams was a student Missouri's Lincoln University when news of Pearl Harbor's bombing spread through the country. He would soon receive his first draft notice during his Christmas Vacation.
Army Master Sergeant Hugh G. Williams has a special day ahead of him. The Kansas City resident has a rather monumental birthday coming up: he was born on September 11, 1919. His parents were a powerhouse of a unit compromised of a well-respected doctor and beloved teacher.
Williams was a student Missouri's Lincoln University when news of Pearl Harbor's bombing spread through the country. He would soon receive his first draft notice during his Christmas Vacation. After finishing his basic training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, Williams married his college girlfriend Rebenta Morton. The pair would go on to live a year of their lives in Fort Hood, Texas. This was only the beginning for Williams, who would set sail on the USS Mann in 1944, which was heading to Oran, Algeria.
With 100 years of memories, former Army Master Sargent Hugh G. Williams turns a century old this week on Sept. 11, 2019. https://t.co/i4M14XrRqX— Marietta Patch (@MariettaPatch) September 9, 2019
When the ship reached land, the Second Division Calvary Armymen's horses that were promised never arrived. The all-black soldiers were made to serve as drivers, supply clerks, and cooks, instead.
To make things worse, the men were never sanctioned any weapons which made their time serving in the army all the more terrifying. They also spent their days digging trenches for foxholes. When the enemy fired, all they could do was duck and pray.
The memories of World War II stayed with Williams through his life. He recalled the excruciating poverty in Milan but also fondly remembered the stunning vision of La Scala opera house in Milan, to the sweet flowering fields bordering a perfumery in Grasse, France.
When the war ended, Williams stayed in Denver, Colorado before settling in Georgia with Rebenta until her passing in 2009.
Williams is going to celebrate his birthday with his four children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandsons.