William Jennings Goodwin
Name: William Jennings Goodwin
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Unit: 4th Armored Division
Dates of Service: 7/9/1943-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!"
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
W. J. Goodwin, Jr., With Unit Praised By General Patton
The Scottsville News, Scottsville, Virginia
Thursday, March 1, 1945 (p.1)
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Goodwin, Scottsville, have received a copy of the following letter from their son, PFC William J. Goodwin, Jr.,
who is serving with the 4th Armored Division of the:
THIRD UNITED STATES ARMY
Office of the Commanding General
20 January 1945
THROUGH: Commanding General, III Corps, APO 303, U.S. Army
TO: Commanding General, Officers, and Men of the 4th Armored Division and Attached Troops, APO 254, U.S. Army
1. The outstanding celerity of your movement and the unremitting, vicious, and skillful manner in which you pushed the attack, terminating at the end of
four days and nights of incessant battle in the relief of BASTOGNE, constitute one of the finest chapters in the glorious history of the U.S. Army.
2. You and the officers and men of your Command are hereby highly commended for a superior performance.
3. You will apprize all units concerned of the contents of this letter.
/s/ G.S. Patton, Jr.
G.S. PATTON, JR.
Lieut. General, U.S. Army Commanding
Combat Command "A", 9th Armored Division; 818th Regiment (less 3rd Battalion), 80th Division.
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:
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
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.
William Jennings Goodwin was born on April 30, 1925, in Fluvanna County, Virginia; he is the son of William Jennings Goodwin, Sr., and
Kathleen (Pace) Goodwin of Scottsville, Virginia. William married Kathleen Francis Turner on June 28, 1947, in Washington, D.C.