BUREAU OF NAVAL PERSONNEL
WASHINGTON 25 DC
25 September 1945
Mr. Williams Sanders Sr.
46 Second Street
Dear Mr. Sanders:
The Bureau has the honor to inform you of the award of the Purple Heart and certificate to your late son, William Sanders Jr., Seaman First Class, United States Naval Reserve, in accordance with General Order 186 of January 21, 1943 which reads in part as follows:
"The Secretary of the Navy is further authorized and directed to award the Purple Heart posthumously, in the name of the President of the United States, to any persons who, while serving in any capacity with the Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard of the United States, since December 6, 1941, are killed in action or die as a direct result of wounds received in action with an enemy of the United States, or as a result of an act of such enemy."
The medal is being forwarded under separate cover. Please could now is receipt on the enclosed form.
By direction of Chief Of Naval Personnel.
Enlisted Performance Division
I'm certain that Hester and William Sanders were very proud of their son for a number of reasons but receiving the Purple Heart medal of honor must have made their hearts swell with even more pride. I can't imagine a greater pain than one must feel at losing a child. Perhaps their only consolation was knowing he died with honor serving his country.
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