PRIVATE WILLIAM HAWKINS was born in Georgia in 1921 to John W. and Lissie Hawkins. Like many other blacks in the 1920s and 1930s, the Hawkins family came north to Camden NJ. This William Hawkins was born in GA on March 12, 1920 to John W. and Lissie Hawkins. The family moved to New Jersey by February of 1925, when younger brother Clarence Hawkins was born. The 1930 census shows the family at 913 South 8th Street in South Camden. The 1940 Census shows the family at 770 Division Street.
William Hawkins had attended one year of high school and was married when inducted into the Army on June 7, 1943 at Camden NJ. According to Army records he was working as an automobile mechanic of some sort prior to being drafted.
What is known is that William Hawkins applied for a Social Security card (154-05-9916), was drafted late in the war, and he died of causes not relating to combat during World War II while serving in the United States Army.
William Hawwkins brother, Clarence Hawkins, served for over 25 years with the Camden Fire Department.
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