Briggs, David, 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1946-1953, 1542, US Army Reserve Command (USARC)
Service Years
1943 - 1953

Infantry

Second Lieutenant


Three Service Stripes



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Los Angles

Date of Passing
Aug 19, 1983
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Belgian Fourragere Netherlands Orange Lanyard Honorably Discharged WW II Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

French Fourragere


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
American Legion
  1974, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Lt. David Leslie Briggs


 


David L. Briggs was the son of Walter David Briggs and Florence Marie Briggs of Claremont, California he was born on August 18, 1924 in Los Angles, California. He enlisted in the Army on March 4, 1943 in Los Angles at 18 years of age.


 


He went through training and was with an Anti-tank Unit in Camp Van Dorn, Mississippi until he received orders to ship out in June of 1944 after a 2 week furlough. He was in Company F, 144th Infantry APO 15426 when he shipped out for Europe on August 24, 1944 aboard the Queen Mary. The crossing was smooth with out any excitement. After landing in England he was put on a train and whipped straight across the Country to another port to a boat that awaited them for shipment to France. He landed on a beach September 9, 1944 in France (Omaha) he was impressed at the number of ships unloading cargo and the beach was like an ant hill with people and trucks all running about. They were marched up a hill to a replacement pool with there large packs and duffel bags where soon trucks came to pick them up and he was on his way. Two hours later they arrived some where not far from St. Lo to another replacement depot. There they waited until a call was put in asking for so many men, this went on all across France. Finally they were all sent out to separate Units, two or three here and some there. He was sent to K Company 137th Infantry Regiment of the 35th Infantry Division he was a Private First Class at this time.


 


He was in the field and the CO asked for radio operators he had some experience so he volunteered the company did not have a radio sergeant he had been wounded several days before after several days PFC David L. Briggs was given the job as radio sergeant and promoted to acting Buck Sergeant (AJ) He did that job for awhile until the old radio sergeant returned to the Unit. He then requested to go on the line and get some action and was made assistant squad leader and fought as that up until the time he was wounded in October 1944, shrapnel wound from artillery. Upon returning to the Unit his previous position was taken so he was sent to another Platoon as an assistant squad leader this is the middle part of November 1944 he was awarded the Purple Heart. He was also awarded the Combat Infantry Badge on 1 December 1944 General Orders # 12 at the same time as Col. William S. Murray.


 


The day after returning to the Unit he was called to the Command Post to see the Commanding Officer who stated he had a good position for him if he could make the grade. He was then sent to the 3rd Battalion Command Post to talk to a certain Captain who asked him if he would be interested in the job of S-3 Sergeant which he accepted.


 


Acting Sergeant David L. Briggs remained in this position until March 7, 1945 when he was offered the chance to go to Officers Candidate School if he could pass the tests. On March 10, 1945 he reported for his first day as an OCS candidate to OCS Class 8 outside of Paris, France with the 335th Reinforcement Company APO 545. Upon Graduation on 16 May 1945 after a 24 hour pass to Paris he returned to the 137th Infantry Regiment as a newly Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant where he was assigned to D Company 1st Battalion Heavy Weapons Platoon as Platoon Leader and Company Supply Officer. He was assigned an area to administer with his platoon in Germany during the Occupation.  On July 9th 1945 his Unit was sent to Holland for an Honor ceremony and Parade, following that the 137th Infantry Regiment was sent to Brussels, Belgium to be an Honor Guard and Security for President Truman at Camp B-60 and the Airfield B-58 in Grimbergen, Belgium on July 15, 1945 Followed by another Awards Ceremony and parade at Chandler Base Section Brussels on July 20, 1945. On August 8, 1945 the Unit reported to Camp Lucky Strike to await orders to Return to the United States, those orders were received on the 22nd  and the Unit sailed home on the SS Cristobal. On August 31, 1945 The ship docked in Boston Harbor and David received a 45 day R&R pass.


 


Returning to the Unit in Mid October 1945 at Camp Brecken Ridge, Kentucky Lt. Briggs was charged with operations of the mess halls with German PW’s working them and meeting the returning troops at the train station and getting them put in billets for out processing or transfer to other Units. He was one of the last Officers to leave Camp Brecken Ridge after deactivation. Lt Briggs was then assigned to the 5th Regiment of the 5th Infantry Division unassigned Officers Pool 35th at Camp Campbell where he took part in the Victory Parade in Chicago in 1946. On November 20, 1946 he was assigned to the 605th Organized Reserve Composite Group Nevada/California where he remained until 1953 when he resigned his commission.


 


Second Lieutenant David L. Briggs received the following Awards and Medals;


 


Combat Infantry Badge


Bronze Star


Purple Heart


American Campaign Medal


Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Star devices


Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Bar


World War Two Victory Medal


Presidential Unit Citation 137th Inf Regiment


Valorous Unit Citation


Honorable Discharge Lapel Pin


2 Overseas Bars


   
Other Comments:
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Rifle
Pistol

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Basic Training (Camp Upton Yaphank, NY), C
  1943, Basic Training (Camp Roberts, CA)
 Unit Assignments
3rd Battalion, 144th Infantry Regiment35th Infantry Division2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry RegimentAdjutant General Units
1st Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment5th Infantry DivisionUS Army Reserve Command (USARC)
  1943-1944, 610, 3rd Battalion, 144th Infantry Regiment
  1944-1945, 745, 35th Infantry Division
  1944-1945, 814, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment
  1945-1945, 1542, Officer Candidate School (OCS) Ground Force Training Center, France
  1945-1945, 1542, 335th Replacement Battalion
  1945-1946, 1543, 1st Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment
  1946-1946, 1542, 5th Infantry Division
  1946-1953, 1542, US Army Reserve Command (USARC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1941-1945 World War II1
  1944-1944 Northern France Campaign (1944)/Operation Cobra1
  1944-1944 Northern France Campaign (1944)/Battle of Arracourt
  1944-1944 Northern France Campaign (1944)/Operation Luttich
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Metz
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)3
  1944-1944 Northern France Campaign (1944)/Falaise Pocket
  1944-1945 Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge6
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)1
  1945-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Advance to the Rhine2
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Battle of the Ruhr Pocket
  1945-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Saar River Crossing1
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Elbe Day, April 25, 19451
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan
  1945-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Advance to the Rhine2
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Operation Plunder2
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)3
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
Claremont McKenna College
  1947-1950, Claremont McKenna College
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