Mill Springs National Cemetery began under the name of Logan’s Crossroads Cemetery in 1862, after the Battle of Mills Springs on January 19th of that year. The burial of Union soldiers from that battle were the first to be interred there. The cemetery officially opened July 7, 1867, as a national cemetery. William and Nancy Logan donated land for the cemetery. The cemetery is located in Nancy, Kentucky, a small town eight miles west of the city of Somerset. A total of 6.3 acres it has over 4,000 interments.
One of the many buried in this cemetery is Kirts Williams who served our country during WWII. Kirts was the son of Robert R. Williams and Ola Taylor. In the 1940 Pulaski County Census Robert is listed as 54, a farmer; Ola, 44; Sybil, 24, a laundry folder; Mabel, 22, a laundry finisher; Kirts, 19, laborer; Beryl, 16; and Mack, 14. Kirts was not the only member of his family to serve in the war; his two brothers were also drafted.
In the November 14, 1944, Cincinnati Enquirer, we read that S/Sgt. Kirts Williams has been missing in France since October 23. He entered the service in June 1942 and had been overseas since April. His two brothers are also in the service: Pvt. Beryl Williams in England, and Pvt. Mack Williams, in Arkansas.
Three months later the family are informed that Kirts was killed in action.
The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois
Sunday, February 25, 1945
Kirts Williams Killed in Action, Sister Learns
Mrs. Charles Pointer, 602 North Howard Street, was informed recently that her brother, Sgt. Kirts Williams, 24, serving with the infantry in France, was killed in action October 19. He had previously been reported missing in action.
A member of the service for three years and overseas since last March, he was trained in camps in Virginia, Florida and Kansas.
Sgt. Williams was born near Somerset, Ky., where he made his home until entering service.
Surviving are: His parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Williams of Cincinnati, Ohio; two brothers, Pvt. Beryl Williams, who is with the paratroopers in Belgium, and Pvt. Mack Williams, stationed at Camp Gruber, Okla., and two sisters, Mrs. Mabel Bugg, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mrs. Pointer, Bloomington.
Sgt. Kirts Williams body was interred in Mill Springs Cemetery November 10, 1948. He was buried in section E, grave 301-A. The interment card says the body was returned from St. Avold-Metz, France. Sgt. Williams was a member of Co. D., 313th Infantry.
We thank Sgt. Kirts Williams for his service to our country. He paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Let us never forget his actions and those of countless others through the years, from the beginning of our country in 1776 until today.
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