© WW2 Market Garden -
William ‘Bill’ Galbraith was born and raised in Southern-
Bill received intensive training at Toccoa and was finally trained as a .30 cal light-
In September 1943, the regiment was transported from Camp Mackall to New York, from where the 506th PIR regiment was shipped to England together with the rest of the 101st Airborne Division.
Finally, after months of training, on June 5th, Bill would find himself on Exeter airfield, where Company I boarded their C-
Captain John Kiley, Bill’s commanding officer.
One of two 88 mm guns that fired down the Woenselsestraat and Kloosterdreef at the advancing troops of the 506 PIR. This gun is most probably the one that wounded Bill.
Sanatorium “Holy heart of Jesus” in Son, the Netherlands. Used by the 101st Airborne Division as a hospital during Operation Market Garden. Bill’s wounds were treated at this facility.
Back in England, Bill was promoted to Technician 4th grade and assigned to HQ-
After a short time in England, the 101st Airborne Division prepared for another Airborne invasion in the Netherlands, called Market Garden. Bill jumped into the Netherlands as an acting Sergeant for the S-
The next morning, September 18, third battalion was the leading element in the attack on Eindhoven. Bill, together with Captain Kiley and the S-
Eventually medic Alvin ‘Bill’ Kidder found Bill and dressed his wounds properly. Bill was sent to the Sanatorium in Son, where the 326th Airborne Medical Company had set up a hospital. Bill received surgery the same day and woke up a day later.
Photo: Bill firing a .30 caliber machine gun during training at Camp Mackall in the United States.