William A. "Bill" Geppert Jr. (#33831326)

Picture taken August, 2011
Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 15, 1923
331st Infantry
83rd Infantry
Combat Infantryman's Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, ...

William A. Geppert Jr. was born in Philadelphia as son of the late William A. Sr. and Anna Marie (Carberry) Geppert.

William Geppert, from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, enlisted on August 16, 1943 at Allentown Pennsylvania. While setting up an outpost in northern France in August 1944, his unit came under fire. He was helping the wounded to safety when he was shot in a shoulder and a thigh. He was treated at a field hospital and then in England and Richmond, Va., before being transferred to Valley Forge General Hospital. Mr. Geppert's femur had been shattered, and doctors wanted to amputate his leg, but his father refused to allow it, said his daughter, Annamarie Hellebusch. After 44 months recuperating, with his leg in traction for much of the time, Mr. Geppert was released at his father's insistence. The elder Geppert had suffered several heart attacks and needed his son to help run the business. Discharged in 1948 with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, Mr. Geppert immediately began operating heavy equipment on job sites. He endured numerous surgeries, walked with a pronounced limp, and had limited motion in a shoulder, his daughter said, but never complained. "He was resilient, outgoing, and generous," she said.

William "Bill" Geppert was a graduate of La Salle College High School and attended La Salle and Spring Garden College. Bill was charter member of the National Association of Demolation Contractors and had won the Life Time Achievement Award from the Association.

His wife, Anna Marie Blanche Geppert, died in 2000. William "Bill" Geppert is burial in Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken.

In memoriam

William A. Geppert Jr., died age 88 on Friday, June 29, 2012, of cancer at his daughter's home in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.

I will remember the moments we spend together at West Point.
William thank you for your service, you will not be forgotten.

Always Remember - Never Forget

R.I.P. sir