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Bill McNulty


Date and Place of Birth: Montana circa 1914
Date and Place of Death:    May 29, 1944 Toem, New Guinea
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Third Base
Rank: Sergeant
Military Unit: Company A, 116th Engineer Combat Battalion, 41st Infantry Division, US Army
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations

William M. "Bill" McNulty, one of 11 children born to Michael and Gertrude McNulty, was born in Montana in 1914. The family moved from Montana to Utah, before settling in Roseville, northeast of Sacramento, California.

McNulty, a 24-year-old third baseman, signed with the Tacoma Tigers of the Class B Western International League in June 1937. He also played with the Spokane Hawks of the same league that year and appeared in 25 games, batting .264. In 1938, he was again with Spokane, but played just three games, batting .154.

Until entering military service in April 1941, McNulty lived in Roseville and worked as a plumber. He served with the 41st Infantry Division and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. In August 1941, he played for the 41st Infantry Division baseball team in the NBC Semi-Pro World Series at Wichita, Kansas.

McNulty left the United States for the Pacific with Company A of the 116th Engineer Combat Battalion, 41st Infantry Division, in early 1942. The division was one of the first to be engaged in combat with Japanese forces. On May 29, 1944, during an attack by Japanese troops near the village of Toem on New Guinea, Sergeant McNulty was tragically killed when he came too close to the heavy machine fire of his own troops in the dark.

Bill McNulty is buried at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.

Bill's brother, Ray McNulty, played in the minors from 1946 until 1954, including stints with the Beavers and Seals in the Pacific Coast League. Ray's son, Bill, played for the Oakland Athletics in 1969 and 1972.

Fort Lewis 1941
The 41st Infantry Division team that represented Fort Lewis, Washington, at the 1941 NBC Semi-Pro World Series. Bill McNulty is back row, fourth from left.

Date Added March 3, 2018

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