Obituary of Gerald A White
A Celebration of Life service, with military honors, for Gerald A. White, 97, of Columbia, will be held at 2:00 PM, on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Ashland United Methodist Church, 2600 Ashland Rd, Columbia, SC 29210. Reverend Scott Efird will officiate, and American Legion Post 193 will provide military honors. Gerald White passed away December 25, 2023. Born in Catlin, NY, he was a son of the late George and Laura Locke White.
and experienced a very difficult time during his childhood in
Mortar unit with ammunition. Gerald said” Sgt Cunningham showed me the jeep and told me was my baby to take care of, as well as the trailer. Then, Sgt Cunningham handed me a field telephone and said when they call for ammo you load it and get to the front.” Gerald might have received 5 minutes of training and was then thrown into the push to clear the Pass of determined enemy resistance in the bitter cold and waist deep snow. Gerald said they moved eleven times . Gerald boarded the Queen Mary, with a ship load of other recruits, headed to England and endured 2 torpedo warnings.
. He was admitted to the field hospital on February 12, While in the hospital, he was declared , and the Army informed his parents. Infantry Regiment was again on the offensive in the Siegfried Line, pushing through the Schleiden Forest to reach the vitally important Roer River dams. During this time, Gerald suffered 2
of March in the vicinity of , five miles south of the famed Remagen bridge. to the vicinity of industrialized Merseburg, Germany, just west of Leipzig. flak areas. Sweeping on, they entered Leipzig. The assault on Leipzig was with four bridge-crossings being made simultaneously. In a few hours, the city had fallen. The next advance was halted at the Mulde River. There the Regiment awaited contact with the Russian Army. Czechoslovakian border, and east into Pilsen where the population greeted the with wild enthusiasm.
, Fort Devons, Fishbach, Letterkenny and Anniston (3x). Gerald retired as Chief of the Missile Branch from Anniston in May 1985
retirement, Gerald and Pearl split time between upstate NY and Alabama for many years. While in Alabama, Gerald decided to donate several items to the WWII section of the National Soldier Center, Fort Benning, Georgia. The museum found an old letter in his uniform and used it in a display that is still there today. In 2008, they decided to move to Columbia SC to be near their daughter, Sandra.
. Gerald also joined VFW Post 8738, DAV Chapter 28, NARFE Chapter 87, Battle of the Bulge - Fort Jackson Chapter, and American Legion Post 193. He loved helping these organizations raise money, especially when he was able to talk to people as they entered or exited businesses. Gerald received many awards over the years including 2 Quilts of Honor and the “E. Roy Stone, Jr., Legionnaire of the Year 2018”.
. He had a wonderful time meeting Czechoslovakia. The group brought a book . He couldn’t remember signing it, but was so excited to see it.
a good time.
Gerald is survived by his beloved daughter, Sandra White, brothers, Glenn White, Donald White, and Norman White (Karen); sister, Jean McWhorter, brother-in-law, Robert Johnson (Betty); and a large and loving extended family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of 67 years, Pearl White; sisters, Helen Lewin, and Verna White; brother, Merle White.
The family would like to thank the nurses at Prisma Health Baptist at Parkridge, and Prisma Health Richland STICU nursing staff for their loving and attentive care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 193 Building Fund, PO Box 897, Chapin, SC 29036, or Ashland United Methodist Church.To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Gerald White, please visit our Tree Store