Florida Fallen Stories

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William Foster Newell

Electrician’s mate 3rd class. Born on July 8, 1899, Newell gave an address of 920 West Adams Street in Jacksonville, Florida, when he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard on March 29, 1917. His family owned and operated a bakery business on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg before relocating to Jacksonville. His mother continued to reside in Jacksonville when she went on a Gold Star Mothers Pilgrimage in May 1932, paid for by the government. By 1937, she had returned to St. Petersburg. Newell’s name is included on the World War Heroes Memorial at Williams Park, St. Petersburg. (Burial Case File; Veterans Administration Master Index; USCG Service Card)



William Foster Newell was on board the USCGC Tampa. To read about the Tampa, please click here.