Company D, 511 PIR
Unit Nickname: "The Kid" or "Kid"
The youngest Angel in D Company stayed in the Army and served in Europe, Korea and stateside with the Cuban Missile Crisis before retiring as a Major on February 3, 1963. Pettit worked in the newspaper and hospital administration industries before retiring and traveling to forty-six of America’s fifty states with his wife Gwen, plus Canada, Japan (again), England, Scotland, Turkey, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, and Turkey.
When the Pettits attended the Division’s Atlanta, GA, reunion in, D Company's CO Cpt. Steven Cavanaugh looked at Billy and said with a smile, “You were a pain in the ass.”
1st Lt. Andrew Carrico, III, then added, “Billy, you were just a kid!”
If you would like to learn more about Billy's exploits within and the history of the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II, please consider purchasing a copy of the book WHEN ANGEL'S FALL: FROM TOCCOA TO TOKYO, THE 511TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT IN WORLD WAR II, available in the regimental online store, on Amazon or wherever military history books are sold.