George-- Found this listing at ABMC for a William Young from CT.
Private First Class, U.S. Army 20138809 501st Parachute Infantry Regt, 101st Airborne Division Entered the Service from: Connecticut Died: January 7, 1945 Buried at: Plot K Row 23 Grave 23 Lorraine American Cemetery St. Avold, France Awards: Purple Heart
If the 35 year old age data is accurate, it would make him almost too old to be Airborne.Also note that his number starts with 20.This indicates that he was in the reserves when he went Airborne. The January date indicates that tail end of the Bastogne campaign. Is there any possibility that your man was an Officer?
As an alternate resource, try this.I just spent two days going thru the NY Times looking for info on a KIA from D-Day, and discovered the following. 1: The NY Times regularly listed casualties from NY State, CT and NJ.A good library will have a paper index for the year wherein you can find the dates and page that casualty lists were published.Most good libraries have the NYT on microfilm. Seperate notations were kept for Army/AAF and Navy/USMC.The listings were further categorized for KILLED, MISSING, WOUNDED and CAPTURED.Also they are broken down by Theatre of Operations.You have to be sharp on this last one casue the area changes right in the middle of the lists--in small type. 2: I had the specific KIA date on two men I was looking for.Both were KIA on or about 6 June 44.I was about to give up on the whole thing when I found one of them listed in the September 10 issue of the Times.I found the second one listed on the 21st October! The point: The Times published these lists after they were released by the War Dept.The date of publication has no relevance to the date of death.This requires total patience. 3: The Times will list next of kin, so you friend should recognize a relative. 4:When searching the Honor Books, don't discount the State at Large page--you never can be sure. 5: I interviewed a vet once who was born and raised in Pennsylvania.He enlisted in the Army and his serial number should have started with 13.Instead his number started with 19.I asked him why this was and he told me that he enlisted on 8DEC41 while he was on a road trip in Oregon. 9 is the Command area for the NW states.Don't miss the chance that you man may have been from New England, but enlisted someplace else.Numbers are important! If your man was a New Englander, the second number in his ASN should be 1.(ME, NH, VT,MA,CT,RI)If he enlisted the first digit is 1.If drafted it would be 3.If a reservist/Guard it would be 20.If his number starts with some other numerics like 68 or 67 he is OLD ARMY. Hope this helps some.I will watch for developments on this thread. Dave