8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division
Plot F, Row 28, Grave 39
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.
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart
Joseph L. Vill is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot F, Row 28, Grave 39.