FETTERMAN, WILLIAM CLIFFORD, Staff Sergeant, Service # 13155731, U.S. Army
William"Billy" C. Fetterman was born 21 November 1922 to Asa S. Fetterman (1883-1960) and Vivian C. (Burkett) Fetterman (1886-1942) in the borough of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest of six children (four brothers, one sister) - Rex B. Fetterman, Max W. Fetterman, David S. Fetterman, Donald G. Fetterman and Betty C. Fetterman. He did odd jobs for a grocery as a youth and in H.S. When a junior in H.S., he met a pretty freshman named Ruthie Baker. They became swqeethearts and were engaged by the time he was a senior. After H.S. graduation, he gained employment in the office of a steel mill while Ruthie finished H.S. then she attended a six-month long business course. They looked forward to marriage and raising a family.
He enlisted 31 October 1942 into the U.S.A.A.F. He described himself as 5'7", 155 lbs with brown hair and eyes. He was trained at various bases and attended radio operator training at Sious Falls, South Dakota. He asked Ruthie to marry him and oin him. They were married 5 February 1943.