We shall not forget

WILLIAM MILLING ROYALL

The Citadel Class of: 1942  
Cadet Company: Color Guard, Regimental Staff, Tech Sergeant (Source: Sphinx 1941);
B, L (4), D – Corporal (3), Sgt 1st Bn Staff (2), A – Captain (1)
(Source: Sphinx 1942)
Age: 23
Born: 20-May-21 in Darlington, South Carolina
Hometown: Florence, South Carolina
Family: Samuel Jerome Royall (father), Elizabeth Alston Willcox Royall
(mother), Anne R. Royall (sister)
Rank: First Lieutenant
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Servicenumber: O-461043
Entered the Service from: South Carolina
Function: Platoon Leader
Regiment: 115th Infantry Regiment
Battalion: 3rd
Division: 29th Infantry Division
Company: K
Unit: not available
Date of death: 19-Nov-44
Status: KIA
Place of death: Germany
Spot: not available
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart
Gravenumber: Plot D Row 15 Grave 3
Cemetery: Netherlands American Cemetery
Biography: not available
Other information: Activites – Pee Dee Club, International Relations Club, Sons of the American Legion, Sons of
the American Revolution, Sphinx Staff (photographic editor senior year), Gold Stars (senior year), Who’s Who
Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
Major – Political Science
Source: 1942 Sphinx

Royall was the 1942 receipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. His mother, Mrs Sam J. (Elizabeth Alston)
Royall unvieled The Citadel’s memorial tablets on Summerall Chapel listing those Citadel men who died in service
during the Civil War, World War I and World War II at Homecoming on December 3, 1949.
Source: Origins of the Summerall Chapel Memorial Tablets, Steven Smith ’84, 2008, 2010

Reported from replacement depot for duty as Platoon Leader on 4 Oct 1944.
– Source: K Company 115th Inf Reg morning report dated 7 Oct 1944

Lt. W.M. Royall Dies in Germany
Florence, Dec. 12 – (Special) – First Lt. William Milling Royall, know to his many friends as Billy, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Sam J. Royall, was reported today killed in action in Germany. Lieutenant Royall, 23, has been previously
reported as missing. He had been overseas since September 1, 1944, and at last reports was fighting with the
Ninth army along the Roer river.
Billy, a likable young man who had made friends easily and had a good natured disposition, graduated from
The Citadel in 1942. he was commissioned a second lieutenant, entering active service immediately. He had
finished Florence high school in 1938 and his record at both places was an enviable one. he is a member of St.
John’s Episcopal church.
Lieutenant Royall was stationed at Camp Breckinridge, Ky., fort Huachua, Ariz., and Camp Van Dorn, Miss.
During his stay in the States he successfully completed two courses at Fort Benning, Ga.
The last letter received by his parents was written November 11, 1944, and addressed to his father, a veteran
of the World War.
– Source: The State, Columbia, S.C., 13 December 1944, p.2.

His cenotaph in Mount Hope Cemetery, Florence, S.C. reads “1st Lieut. 115th Infantry U.S.A Killed in action in
Germany and buried in military cemetery in Holland.”
Source: Findagrave.com

Billy Royall, my childhood friend, and his family invited me to visit them at Myrtle Beach a few years later. The
Royalls had a cottage there and, sometime late, one at Ingram Beach that was developed as part of Ocean
Drive. I was fortunate to visit the Royalls many summers at both places.
Billy and I were almost the same age. We were both baptized at St. John’s Church and both classmates from
the first grade through high school, and he was my closest friend. Sam Royall, Billy’s father, was a successful
lawyer in Florence and had expressed a wish that we might become lawyers and practice together. (p.15)

Despite my bad experience I returned to Camp Coker the following year. This time I go together with Billy
Royall and some of my fellow Florence Scouts, and we descended on a cabin en masse to take it over. Camping
proved a more agreeable experience that year. (p.20)

Gloom, impenetrable gloom, settled over me when the time came to leave Florence in January 1945. Billy Royall,
my childhood friend and companion, had been killed in Holland in November 1943, [sic] and other friends in the
army were reported missing in combat. I had a brush with death that convinced me that this was probably my
last visit with my family. (p.64)
– Source: When Conscience and Power Meet: A Memoir, Eugene N. Zeigler, Jr.,
Univ. of South Carolina Press, 2008

Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Citadel Archive & Museum, Mike Stannard ’65, Sphinx 1941 & 1942, Roster 115th Infantry Regiment WWII, UnitHistories.com. Findagrave.com, Steve Smith ’84, Kevin Bristol ’92

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