These two newspaper articles & the World War II Draft Registration card give us a glimpse into the life & service of William H. Fortenberry. We can be proud of William and all of our family’s soldiers.
William Harold Fortenberry
b 13 January 1923 MS – 19 December 1986 MS
Son of William J. F. Fortenberry & Annie Myrtis Ellzey
Husband of Selma E. Bennett
W. H. Fortenberry Is Made First Class Private in Marines
Somewhere in the Aleutians
Marine Private First Class William H. Fortenberry, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Fortenberry, Route 1, McComb, Miss., has been promoted to that rank from private. He attended Fernwood High School, Fernwood, Miss.
Source: W. H. Fortenberry Is Made First Class Private in Marines. (McComb, MS: The McComb Daily Journal, 28 Feb. 1944) 3; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed July 2021.
William Harrell [sic] Fortenberry, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. F. Fortenberry of McComb, was discharged from the Marine Corps at Camp Pendelton, Oceanside, Calif., June 6, and is now at home with his parents who reside at the McComb Homestead. William Harrell [sic] is a brother of Lucille Fortenberry of the billing department staff, Kay Ruth.
Source: William Harrell Fortenberry. (McComb, MS: Enterprise-Journal, 14 June 1946) 8; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed July 2021.