William F. Ammon was born in Downingtown, Pennsylvania on April 15, 1927. Bill was the 6th of 11 children of James and Esther Hall Ammon. All of Bill's brothers served in the Armed Forces, some of them during World War II.
Bill attended Scott High School in Coatesville. He was a member of Olivet Methodist Church and was well known in Coatesville and the surrounding area. He was also a member of the Coatesville YMCA.
Bill married Vivian Ann Robertson on December 30, 1944. Bill was employed by the Beach and Arthur Paper Companywhen he was called into service. He was inducted into the US Army on May 1, 1945. He trained at New Cumberland, PA and at Camp Gordon, GA. He was sent overseas on October 12, 1944 and was stationed in Italy with the 88th Infantry division during his entire service.
Bill was a Pvt. aged 18 at the time of his death in Cortina, Italy on December 24,1945. He died from injuries sustained in a motor accident. His wife received the following telegram informing her of Bill's death:
The Secretary of War has asked me to express his deep regret that your husband Pvt. Ammon, William F., died in Italy 24 December 45 as a result of a vehicle accident. Confirming letter follows
E.F. Witsell, acting Adjutant General.
Bill was initially buried in the US military cemetery in Mirandola, Italy. In February 1949, his body was shipped home. Full military services were held on February 20,1949 at the Archie S. MacLean Funeral Home in Honey Brook, followed by interment at the Brandywine Manor Cemetery.