William "Bill" Sullivan

October 14, 1924May 10, 2018

On Thursday, May 10, 2018, William "Bill" Henry Sullivan (aged 93 years) of Annapolis, MD. Husband of the late Deloris P. Sullivan. Loving father of Sharon L. Grapes and her husband Russell, Deborah S. Patten and her husband Keith, Kim A. Meiklejohn and her husband Jim and the late William L. Sullivan. Brother of the Late Helen Fitz, Hoover, Jack and Lawrence Sullivan. Grandfather of Rusty, Renny, Brian, Bruce, Michael, Jessica, Rebecca, Tammy, Sean, Mark and Jennifer. Great-Grandfather of; Tabitha, Katie, Karley, Ryan, Dana, Emily, Sean, Allison, RJ, Rachel, Kaitlynne, David, William, Paige, Christopher, Kenny and Eric, Jr. He is also survived by his Great-Great-Granddaughter Savannah and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Inc., 7250 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge, MD 21075 ( exit 6 off Rt. 100 south) on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 10:00 am till the Graveside Service and Interment at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Elkridge, MD 10:45 am. Mr. Sullivan will recieve Military Honors at the Graveside Service. If desired, memorial contribitions may be made in his name to the Hospice Savannah, Inc., P.O.Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416.

William H. Sullivan, originally from Baltimore, celebrated his 90th birthday on Oct. 14. Sullivan married Deloris Allison and was one of the first 18-year-olds drafted for World War II in October 1942. He found himself on a ship to Bristol, England, with only a nickel in his pocket. He was a member of the U.S. Army’s Fourth Armored Division, where he served as an anti-aircraft battery machine gunner on a halftrack. A month after the D-Day invasion, he landed at Utah beach on the French Normandy coast. Within weeks he was sweeping across France, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge attacking the Germans at Bastogne, and crossing the Rhine River into central Germany. The division overran the Ohdruf, a subcamp of the Buchenwald concentration camp and the first Nazi camp liberated by U.S. troops. It also was the first unit to receive the Presidential Unit Citation, which Sullivan wears on his World War II hat today. He was discharged as a corporal in April 1945, meeting his 2-year-old son for the first time since his birth. William and Deloris Sullivan had three additional daughters before moving to Annapolis in 1962. He spent 27 years in the National Guard armory, where he retired before pursuing his own advertising business in Annapolis. He currently lives with his daughter and son-in-law in Wye Mills, Md. As a surprise to celebrate Sullivan’s birthday, his family will be traveling to the World War II National Museum in New Orleans. Once there, Sullivan will take a Behind the Lines tour exploring the extensive collection of artifacts located in the vault not on view to the general public.


  • Graveside Service and Interment Wednesday, May 16, 2018

William "Bill" Sullivan

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