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Corporal Orion P. Gill

B Company

745th Tank Battalion

Attached to: 1st Infantry Division


Corporal Orion Penrose Gill
Serialnumber: 33768127
B Company, 745th Tank Battalion
1st Infantry Division

Home: McVeytown, Pennsylvania
Born: 24 July 1915, McVeytown, Pennsylvania
Entered service on: 24 January 1944
Death: 1 March 1945, in or near Irresheim, Germany
Awards: Purple Heart



Orion Penrose Gill is the son of William C. Gill and Margaret Jane Gearheart. Orion studied engineering and became a supervisor on building what is called the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the first highway from east to west PA. It was a highway without stop signs and speed limit. Then Orion went to Trinidad to built airfields and highways. There he met, Carmen Marina, a daughter of a high official in Caracas, Venezuela government.
They married on Nov. 23, 1943 and came home to enlist in the Army on Jan, 24, 1944.

At March, 01, 1945 came the message to the staff that one tank has disabled. Cpl. Orion P.Gill and Sgt. William J. Sam and where killed by an enemy bazooka attack.

After Orion was killed it was a law during war no one could be in the US without a sponsor. He was her sponsor, none of our family counted Carmen had to return to Venezuela. When Orion was killed, Carmen wants his body to her country. The US government would not let him moved to an other country. So his body remains in Belgium.

Just after he died hes buried on Henri-Chapelle American War Cemetery, Belgium on Plot WWW, Row 4, Grave 77 on March 03, 1945 at 11.00 hr.

He found his final place of rest in 1948, Plot C, Row 08, and Grave 53.

Orion is buried on Henri-Chapelle American War Cemetery, Plot C, Row 08, Grave 53.

A special thanks to: Clara Coombe (sister), Pam Brumbaugh / Ruth Dunmire (Common Ground Magazine, McVeytown PA), Karen Aurand (Mifflin County Historical Society)

Orion P. Gill on Fields of Honor Database


Orion Gill

Orion Gill

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