William J. Clancy

William J. Clancy

William J. Clancy, Garland, left Warren with second contingent of drafted men. Killed in action September 29, 1918.

Photo and information from Warren County Boys Over There, published by the Warren Historical Company, 1918.


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Sgt. William Clancy

"Willie" Clancy was 24 years old when he was killed by exploding ordinance during the final weeks of World War I. A "Horse Sergeant" in Co. E 205th Ammunition Train, he died five weeks before the birth of his 2nd daughter, Willena ("Billie") Clancy. The official announcement of his death arrived 36 hours after Billie's birth. His wife, Mae Clancy, then age 22, never remarried. Willie was this writer's maternal grandfather, known only to his daughter, Billie, and myself through stories passed on by his beloved wife and extended family.