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Albany in Shackelford County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Lt. General Robert Boyd Williams

1901 - 1977

 
 
Lt. General Robert Boyd Williams Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
1. Lt. General Robert Boyd Williams Marker
Inscription. The highest ranking serviceman from Shackelford County during World War II, Robert Williams was a native of Albany. After attending schools here, he graduated from Texas A&M in 1923 with a degree in Civil Engineering and a commission as a Second Lieutenant. He entered the Air Corps, which then was just a branch of the Army. Williams played an important role in the development of heavy bombers, particularly the 4 engined Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. He participated in goodwill mission flights of six B-17s to Brazil in 1938 and to Argentina in 1939 to prove the long range capability of this bomber. In 1940, he was sent to London as an American military observer of heavy air bombardment where he lost an eye when his apartment was struck by a German bomb during the Blitz. When America entered the war, the U.S. 8th Air Force was organized in England into three divisions. Major General Robert Williams was commander of the 1st Bombardment Division while Major General Curtis LeMay was in command of the 3rd Division. They were equipped with B-17s. Under their directions, the 8th Air Force quickly enlarged and soon was launching thousand plane raids against Germany. General Robert Williams personally led the famous Schweinfurt ball bearing plant raid on August 17, 1943, flying in a B-17 named “Lady Luck.” Schweinfurt was the most important
Heroes' Monument image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
2. Heroes' Monument
Williams bas relief portrait and biographical tablet is on the left
target to that date for the 8th Air Force. Williams received the Distinguished Service Cross for this mission. He later flew on raids to Hamburg, Gelsenkirchen and Watten Germany. On the latter, his plane received major battle damage. After WW II, Gen. Williams returned to the U.S. He served in high positions in the Air Force until retiring in the mid 1950s to San Antonio where he died in 1977. General Williams, along with his cohort General Curtis LeMay, were leaders in the development of the heavy bombardment ability of the U.S. Air Force that helped defeat Germany and Japan in WW II.
 
Erected 2006.
 
Location. 32° 43.388′ N, 99° 17.811′ W. Marker is in Albany, Texas, in Shackelford County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of S. 2nd Street (State Highway 6) and S. Main Street (U.S. 283), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in the northwest corner of the grounds of the Shackelford County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 225 S. Main St, Albany TX 76430, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lt. Colonel William Edwin Dyess (here, next to this marker); Rear Admiral Emory Arden Grantham (here, next to this marker); James Robert Green
Soldiers and Sailors Markers<br>at Shackelford County Courthouse Grounds image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
3. Soldiers and Sailors Markers
at Shackelford County Courthouse Grounds
(here, next to this marker); Lt. Col. William E. Dyess (here, next to this marker); Shackelford County War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Dr. Jack Shackelford (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas Cattle Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); First Producing Oil Well in West Texas (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
 
More about this marker. The marker is part of the Albany Heroes' Monument created by Duke Sundt. The monument includes bas relief portraits and biographical tablets for Lt. General Robert Boyd Williams, Lt. Colonel William Edwin Dyess, and Rear Admiral Emory Arden Grantham.
 
Also see . . .  Robert B. Williams - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 16, 2015.)
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Shackelford County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
4. Shackelford County Courthouse
Marker is in northwest corner of the courthouse grounds
View to Northwest towards Intersection<br>of S. Main Street (US 283) and S. 2nd Street (SH 6) image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
5. View to Northwest towards Intersection
of S. Main Street (US 283) and S. 2nd Street (SH 6)
Courthouse Grounds image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
6. Courthouse Grounds
View to southeast across S. 2nd Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 244 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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