The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion

Pfc Felix S Bigham
Service # 18105278
Pfc Bigham was born May 22, 1921 in Bell County, Texas and was wounded on July 5th, 1944 and died July 26th, 1944, in England of wounds incurred during the Airborne invasion of Normandy.

Pfc Felix S Bigham obituaryPfc Bigham, known as Swan to his family, friends and fellow troopers, is the son of Edd Newt Bigham [b1/14/1901 in Belton, Texas and died 8/12/1965 in Temple, Texas] a farmer and Union Grove country store proprietor, Edd served in WW2 with the US Navy Reserve [Texas/SPSI] and the son of Mary A Lancaster Bigham [b 1/8/00 in Bell Co., Texas and died 10/16/1929 in Bell Co., Texas] and the brother of Marjorie Elizabeth Bigham Jenson [b. 8/5/1922 in Salado, Bell Co. Texas and died 12/18/1958 in Bell Co. Texas].

Pfc Bigham was a graduate of Belton High School, an Eagle Scout and a member of the Methodist Church in Belton, Bell County, Texas. Swan was an employee of J.H. James & Sons.

Pfc Bigham (pictured below left) was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Bronze Star and the Croix de Guerre Unit Citation [French] the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the World War II Honorable Service Lapel Button and the Parachute Badge.

Pfc Felix S BighamIn a letter from T/Sgt John W Early of HQ2, dated prior to Dec 28, 1944, to Pfc Bigham’s sister Marjorie, Sgt Early states ’Three members of your brothers gun crew were hit, but he stayed with his machine gun about two hours afterwards until he was hit himself. I join you in your sorrow because Swan was not only a brave and good soldier, but a very good friend” {Note: T/Sgt Early was killed in action on Feb 7, 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge, Belgium, his remains were found in 1998 by a Belgian farmer and returned to the US Army authorities who interred T/Sgt Early at the Lorraine American Cemetery, St Avold, Moselle, France.

Pfc Bigham is interred at the Sparks-Bigham cemetery in Union Grove, Bell County, Texas, with the following inscription ‘PFC 507th Prcht Inf/17 Abn Div WWII.

{Note: The above information was provided by Sandra S Smith.}