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Joseph L. Vill

8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Entered the Service from:




Grave Location:

Plot F, Row 28, Grave 39

Lt. Vill escorting his date through a customary saber arch during the Military Ball at Drexel University.

2ndLt. Joseph L. Vill’s unit, the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division found itself on Utah Beach on D-Day. Although it wasn’t a part of his job description, Vill believed that he himself was responsible for the safety of his men, and went above and beyond to do what he could to ensure their safety. On D-Day+1, Vill went out in the water to look for mines, and was shot by a sniper. He left behind his 24-year-old widow, and a 4-month-old daughter. Although Vill wanted to be cremated when he died, his mother believed that he should be buried among other men who gave their lives to liberate France.

Lt. Vill, left, acting in a play at Drexel University, c. 1943.
Joseph L. Vill in his football uniform, c. 1937.
Vill and his wife, Ethel.

Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart

Joseph L. Vill is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot F, Row 28, Grave 39.