Samuel J. Price

Branch: ARMY
Rank: Technician 5th Class
Outfit: 37th Infantry Division, 117th Combat Engineer Battalion, Co. “C”

Samuel “Sam” J. Price was born November 10, 1918 at 1710 Masters Street in Camden NJ., to parents William K. Jr. and Anna Price.  His birth certificate shows that his name was listed as William Price.  Sam was the youngest of the siblings as he had a brother, William “Lester” who was born in 1908 and a sister, Anna born in 1912.  The family had lived at 18 Valley Road in Mt. Ephraim.  Sam attended Audubon High School, where he graduated in 1935.  

On May 5, 1941, Sam enlisted in the U.S. Army in Trenton, NJ.  After his basic training, he was assigned to the 117th Combat Engineering Battalion, which was a part of the 37th Infantry Division.  He was sent overseas to Fiji in June 1942 to fortify the island against possible invasion.  In April 1943, the division transferred to Guadalcanal after the ground fighting had ended.  They continued training and staged for the campaign in Munda.  By July, the division was in New Georgia to assist both the Marines and 43rd Infantry Division to take the island.  The 37th Division returned to Guadalcanal by September 9th for rest and rehabilitation after the mop-up operations of New Georgia.  In November, the division joined the 1st Marine Amphibious Corps on Bougainville to expand the beachhead sector and constructed roads and bridges.  

On  January 9, 1945, the 37th Infantry Division landed with the Sixth Army on the beaches at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon in the Philippines to retake the island.  By the end of the month, they had captured Clark Air Field and Fort Stotsenburg.  on February 4th, the division arrived on the outskirts of Manila.  Five days later, the 117th Engineers were to ordered to ferry soldier from the 37th Infantry Division across the Pasig River aboard assault boats to seize a Japanese strongpoint on Provisor Island in Manila.  It is reported that several boats were hit by Japanese machine gun fire and mortar fire.  This is where Samuel was killed in action.  He is buried next to his parents William and Anna at Lakeview Memorial Park in Cinnaminson, NJ. 


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