|The Citadel Class of:||1942|
|Cadet Company:||Color Guard, Regimental Staff, Tech Sergeant (Source: Sphinx 1941);
B, L (4), D – Corporal (3), Sgt 1st Bn Staff (2), A – Captain (1)
(Source: Sphinx 1942)
|Born:||20-May-21 in Darlington, South Carolina|
|Hometown:||Florence, South Carolina|
|Family:||Samuel Jerome Royall (father), Elizabeth Alston Willcox Royall
(mother), Anne R. Royall (sister)
|Branch of Service:||U.S. Army|
|Entered the Service from:||South Carolina|
|Regiment:||115th Infantry Regiment|
|Division:||29th Infantry Division|
|Date of death:||19-Nov-44|
|Place of death:||Germany|
|Spot:||116th combat area (vicinity Wurselen)|
|Awards:||Silver Star, Purple Heart|
|Gravenumber:||Plot D Row 15 Grave 3|
|Cemetery:||Netherlands American Cemetery|
|Citadel Biography:|| Activites – Pee Dee Club, International Relations Club, Sons of the American Legion, Sons of the
American Revolution, Sphinx Staff (photographic editor senior year), Gold Stars (senior year), Who’s
Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
Major – Political Science
– Source: 1942 Sphinx
|Other information:||Royall was the 1942 receipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. His mother,
Mrs Sam J. (Elizabeth Alston) Royall unvieled The Citadel’s memorial tablets on Summerall Chapel
listing those Citadel men who died in service during the Civil War, World War I and World War II at
Homecoming on December 3, 1949.
– Source: Origins of the Summerall Chapel Memorial Tablets, Steven Smith ’84, 2008, 2010
Reported from replacement depot for duty as Platoon Leader on 4 Oct 1944.
Lt. W.M. Royall Dies in Germany
His cenotaph in Mount Hope Cemetery, Florence, S.C. reads “1st Lieut. 115th Infantry U.S.A Killed in
Billy Royall, my childhood friend, and his family invited me to visit them at Myrtle Beach a few years
Billy and I were almost the same age. We were both baptized at St. John’s Church and both classmates
Despite my bad experience I returned to Camp Coker the following year. This time I go together with
Gloom, impenetrable gloom, settled over me when the time came to leave Florence in January 1945.
Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Citadel Archive & Museum, Mike Stannard ’65, Sphinx 1941 & 1942, Roster 115th Infantry Regiment WWII, UnitHistories.com. Findagrave.com, Steve Smith ’84, Kevin Bristol ’92
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