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World War II

BOST, WILLIAM RUFUS

Second Lieutenant, U. S. Army. Home address: Cleveland, Pawnee County. Mrs. Jessie 0. Bost, Mother, 800 West Delaware, Cleveland. Born November 2, 1915. Enlisted March, 1941. Decorations: Order of the Purple Heart; Oak Leaf Cluster; Combat Infantry Badge; American Defense Medal; three Battle Participation Stars, European Theater of Operations. Graduated Cleveland High School in 1933. Attended Oklahoma A. & M. College, Stillwater, 1934. Attended Tulsa Business College and later employed in Tulsa. Member of Boston Avenue Methodist Church. Served in Medical Corps, 216th General Hospital and 300th General Hospital, in all grades from private to master sergeant. Chosen for Infantry Officers Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia, and commissioned in April, 1943. Sailed for overseas duty as an officer of replacement in January, 1944, and later assigned to the 85th Division in command of a machine gun platoon. Awarded Good Conduct Medal. Wounded in action at Fondi, Italy, on May 21, 1944, and rejoined the 85th Division in August, 1944. Died October 10, 1944, in action at Mt. Monterenzio, Italy.

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