Scottsville MuseumPhoto ArchiveBusinessCemeteriesChurchEventsFloodsFor KidsHomesPortraitsPostcardsSchool
TransportationCivil War World War II Search

              

 















 

William J. Goodwin

William J. Goodwin


                         Name: William J. Goodwin

                         Branch of Service: U.S. Army

                         Unit: 4th Armored Division

                         Rank: Sergeant

                         Dates of Service: Jul. 1943-Feb. 1946

                         Area of Service: Europe

Dr. Goodwin's remembrances of WWII:

I graduated from Scottsville HS in 1943.  I was drafted in the U S Army in July 1943 and shipped overseas the following February.  I was stationed in Wales and England and landed on Omaha Beach on D Day +6.  I was with the 4th Armored Division and fought in 5 campaigns in five countries.  I was in combat for 310 days and was fortunate in not being wounded.  My unit was the one that broke through the German lines and relieved the 101st Airborne Division that had been holding Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge.  It was very cold with snow on the ground, and I had my feet frostbitten.  This photo was taken of me and my unit near Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. It was 15 degrees Fahrenheit with over a foot of snow on the ground.  Too cold for this southern boy!"

Goodwin's unit near Bastogne, Belgium, in December 1944
William Goodwin and crew one mile from Bastogne, Belgium, on December 24, 1944.

My unit was awarded the Presidential Citation, the French Croix de Guerre and the Belgium Croix de Guerre and 5 battle stars.  We liberated the Orhdorf Concentration Camp which was the first concentration camp liberated by Allied forces.  Following the conflict I was in the Army of Occupation in southern Germany for some 8 months.  I returned to the USA in February 1946 having spent 2 years in the ETO.  I was discharged with the rank of Sergeant.

I attended college on the G.I. Bill receiving the BS,MS and PhD degrees.  After graduate school I join the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service.  I served 7 years in international health programs in Libya, Haiti, and Jamaica.  I spent 12 years as a Scientist-Administrator at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, and retired from the USPHS in 1975 with the rank of Captain (USPHS uses US Navy ranking).

Dr. William J. Goodwin, Portland, OR

Addendum:
After WWII, Dr. Goodwin met and married Kathleen Turner, a former member of the U.S. Women's Army Corps.  They went on to attend Oklahoma State University together, and later the Goodwins lived all over the world: Kathleen was an accomplished artist, and Bill served as a U.S. public health service officer. The Goodwins raised two children, James A. Goodwin and Susie O'Day, in a marriage that lasted 63 wonderful years. Sadly, Kathleen passed away on 30 October 2010 in Portland, Oregon, and the following obituary was published on obits.oregonlive.com that tells more about the wonderful life Kathleen and William shared:

Kathleen Turner Goodwin, wife of William J. Goodwin

To Spend Two Years in Libya
The Scottsville Sun, 10 June 1957

Dr. and Mrs. William J. Goodwin and their son and daughter, James Allen, 3, and Susan Ann, 2, of Clemson, S.C., will soon begin a two-year stay in the Arab-speaking world of Tripoli.

Dr. Goodwin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Goodwin of Scottsville and is a graduate of Scottsville High School with the class of 1943. For the last three years he has been associate entomologist with the South Carolina Experiment Station and associate professor of entomology at Clemson College. He has resigned as of February 1 and with his whole family will spend the next two years in Libya where he will serve as vector control advisor with the International Cooperation Administration.

Dr. Goodwin will be in charge of all work done on the internal and external parasites bothering man. Also, he will train personnel who will take over when he leaves.

While Dr. Goodwin goes to Washington, D.C. for about a month's orientation, his wife and children will visit her people in Oklahoma. They expect to leave the United States about March 1 by plane.

In Tripoli, they will live in a furnished home provided by the government. They will have the same housing privileges granted Embassy officials or officers stationed at the American Air Force at Tripoli. They will have an APO number with the same mail order buying privileges as men in service. Dr. and Mrs, Goodwin spoke of the pleasant moderate climate in which it will be possible to enjoy swimming in the Mediterranean for six months of the year.

The Goodwins said they both look forward to travel opportunities and sightseeing Rome and other parts of Europe. Some of the European sightseeing was done --- after a fashion --- by Dr. Goodwin from 1944 to 1946 while he served with the Fourth Armored Tank Division.

In his two years there, Dr. Goodwin must not only try to improve sanitation in a whole nation but must train his "counterpart" to take his place when he leaves. Also he will train such other assistants as are available.

 
Museum    Archive    Business    Cemeteries    Church    Events     Floods    For Kids   Homes     Portraits    Postcards    School    Transportation    Civil War   WW II  

Search    Policy   


Scottsville Museum  ·  290 Main Street  ·  Scottsville, Virginia 24590  ·  434-286-2247
www.avenue.org/smuseum  · smuseum@avenue.org
Copyright © 2015 by Scottsville Museum