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On This Day 12-January 1945, We Honor a Fallen Hero

William F Landa Jr. was born 2-August 1913.  He was a Sergeant - a tank commander - in the U.S. Army during World War II. His regiment was 774th Tank Battalion.  William enlisted at Scott Field. William was killed in action in Belgium 12-January 1945 during the counterattacks following the Battle of the Bulge.  The after-action report for his company reads: 

Company C  1st and 2nd platoon began operation with 331st Infantry Regiment in attack on Petite-Langlois with 10 tanks.  Had three remaining in action after reaching the objective.  William was killed during this battle.

His widow was Mrs. Mary Virginia Landa, 1022 Dardenne Street in St. Charles. William was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. William was buried at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium.

William is honored and remembered at the St. Charles County Veterans Museum on the Wall of Honor.  


Please contact the St. Charles County Veterans Museum Oral History project at or call 636-294-2657 for more information and lets’ talk. We want to hear from you because we know…Every Veteran has a story.


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