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William Delanson Cooley


Toward the end of the war he was given an unusual assignment, to build a conference table 24'x4'. After completing the table, he was to 'Black ' out the room where the table was placed. When he finished he was whisked away on a 3 day pass to London. Upon his return, he learned that his table was used for a top secret meeting that included, Gen Eisenhower, British Field Marshall Montgomery and General George Patton

Awards: WWII Victory, Good Conduct, American Campaign, EAME.


Units served with

Associated Place

  • Hitcham

    Military site : non-airfield
    Prior to the move of the 4th Stategic Air Depot to Hitcham in April 1944, this station number had been associated with Wattisham. Exact location unknown.


Event Location Date
Born Salem, Alabama 29 December 1922

Son of thomas Delanson and Gillie Lee [Britton] Cooley.

Lived in Lee County, AL, USA 1942
Enlisted 1023 Fort McClellan, Anniston, AL 36205, USA 11 January 1943

Fort McClellan

Died Columbus, GA, USA 23 January 2003
Buried 3800 US-431, Phenix City, AL 36867, USA February 2003

Lakeview Memory Gardens Phenix City
Russell County, AL


Date Contributor Update
05 January 2018 20:23:27 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Expanded Awards.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:50 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / son