TEAGUE, William H.
- Born: 13 Feb 1917
- Died: 7 Aug 1943, Monte Fratello, Sicily, Italy
- Buried: Pleasant Hill Christian Church Cemetery, Alamance County, North Carolina, United States
Tombstone says "William H Teague, Pvt 15 Inf 3 Inf Div, World War II, Feb 13 1917, Aug 7 1943". (posted at Find a Grave website)
Noted events in his life were:
1. Census, 1930, Alamance County, North Carolina, United States. William Teague is 13, living with parents. (Alamance Co, Patterson Twp, ED 1, family 212)
2. Occupation: Electric company worker, WW2 soldier.
3. Story. William H. Teague had a simple plan for the rest of his life, says his younger brother, W.B. "Junior" Teague. He wanted to raise tobacco on the family's Pleasant Hill farm. W.B. Teague, a former county commissioner who is in his second term in the N.C. House of Representatives, recalled how his brother helped bring electrical power to the southern part of the county as the Great Depression began to wind down in the late 1930s. "He was hired by the Randolph Electric Corporation and worked that entire winter of 1939," Teague said. "He took some of our horses to help pull the electrical poles out to the sites, and used those old-fashioned post hole diggers to put them in the ground. He just wanted to be a farmer, just like Daddy, and do the things that he loved to do." That dream would not come true. When his 26-year-old brother left to catch his bus to Army basic training, Teague said, he told his family he had a premonition. "My parents (Marshall and Zora) and my sisters (Erma and Colleen), some neighbors and I gathered to say goodbye to him on our front steps," Teague said. "He told us all that he wouldn't be coming back. "But he told us that he wanted his body to be brought back some day. He took me aside and told me that I was the man of the family now, and that he was relying on me to take care of our parents." Teague said his brother had a similar farewell for his fiancee, their neighbor Eva Cook. He asked her to postpone their marriage. "He told her that if anything happened to him, he wanted her to get married and raise a family of her own and have a happy life," Teague said. Less than a year later, on Aug. 7, 1943, Teague died during the 3rd Division's assault on Monte Fratello during the Allied invasion of Sicily. Teague, a company sharpshooter, was fatally wounded by shrapnel as he helped evacuate comrades who were wounded during the uphill attack. "My daddy and me were sowing a turnip patch when the railroad agent brought us the telegram," Teague said. "My father asked him to read it to us and then he asked him to bring it up to my mother and my sisters. "We later got a letter from his captain, a fellow named Ramirez from New Mexico. He told us that all the stretcher-bearers had been killed, and they had asked for volunteers to help get the dead and the wounded off the field. They were carrying a wounded boy back to the rear when an 88 shell landed right in front of the stretcher. Shrapnel hit him in the hip and he bled to death right there." Teague's body was later exhumed from an Italian cemetery and returned to Alamance County in 1948. He is buried in the family plot in the Pleasant Hill Christian Church Cemetery, near his mother and father. Eva Cook never married. She died in High Point in 1998. (from a newspaper article posted at Burlington Times-News online site)