PVT WILLIAM H. THARP - DOW (Age 18) Private – United
States Army April 18, 1926 - January 7, 1944
Pvt Tharp died from wounds received in action January, 1944 in
PARENTS: Mrs. Effie Tharp, 462 South Main
Street, Wood River
FAMILY: Two half brothers: Cpl Donald Rice of the
Air Force and Richard Rice of Chicago. He also leaves two
brothers, Jack and Charles Tharp of Wood River and five
sisters: Shirley, Anita, Nancy, Charlotte and Frances Tharp.
Before entering service, Tharp had been employed at Parker
Market in East Alton.
He was an Alton resident before
moving to Wood River 5 months before entering service. He
received basic training at Camp Hood, TX and advanced training
at Camp Chaffer, AK.