Possinger, Harvey M., T/4

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Technician Fourth Grade
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
605-Heavy Machine Gunner
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1945, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1942 - 1945

Technician Fourth Grade


One Service Stripe



Seven Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1921
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Possinger, Harvey M., T/4.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Akron, OH
Last Address
Stroud Township, PA

Date of Passing
May 25, 2006
 
Location of Interment
Holy Rosary Cemetery - Duryea, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Post 121Legion Of ValorPost 6528, Hyde Park Memorial Post
  1945, American Legion, Post 121 (Member) (Scranton, Pennsylvania) - Chap. Page
  1945, Legion Of Valor - Assoc. Page
  1945, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 6528, Hyde Park Memorial Post (National President) (Scranton, Pennsylvania) [Verified] - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

This is to Certify that

The President of the United States of America

Takes Pride in Presenting

THE 

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

to

 POSSINGER, HARVEY M.

   
Other Comments:

For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 25th Infanty Division on 8 March 1945, in the Philippine Islands. Serving as a litter bearer section leader, Technician Fifth Grade Possinger led an eight man squad to rescue six infantrymen who had been ambushed and wounded along a trail on a high ridge. After reaching the men, he was seriously wounded with a bullet in the chest. He immediately dressed his injury and then administered first aid to the other soldiers for 30 minutes while under heavy machine gun fire. He then led his men and the wounded soldiers down a steep ridge to safety. Technician Fifth Grade Possinger's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army. HQ, U.S. Forces-Pacific, GO 54 (1945)


Harvey Possinger was one of the most highly decorated veterans of World War II. He received every medal for valor in combat except for the Medal of Honor. He received 26 medals throughout his distinguished career. The only man to receive more (27) was Audie Murphy.

Drafted in April 1942, he left the Continental United States in May. Possinger was assigned to B Company, 35th Infantry Regiment, of the 25th Infantry Division.

The 25th Infantry was called into Guadalcanal to relieve the 1st Marine Division in November. Possinger, along with the rest of his unit, arrived at Guadalcanal on 17 December1942. After weeks of heavy fighting, the island was secure.

Possinger also participated in the Vella Lavella and Northern Solomons campaigns. Possinger was wounded three times on Vella Lavalla and was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic actions throughout the campaign in the Northern Solomons.

During the battle for Luzon in the Philippines, Possinger was hit in the left arm and on March 8, 1945 he was wounded for the fifth and final time; as he took a bullet to the chest at Belete Pass.

In civilian life, he worked for Pocono Textile Co., later the Oxford Textile Co. in Oxford, N.J. He later worked as a night ranger for Outdoor World in Scotrun. He helped organize Little League baseball in Monroe County and belonged to the VFW and the American Legion.

Possinger's wife, Marie Hokien Possinger, died in 1991.

Harvey died at Beverly Health Care Center in Scranton following a long period of frail health.

   
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 Unit Assignments
25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment
  1942-1945, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1942-1945, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1941-1942 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1942-1942 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1942-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)
  1942-1943 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Guadalcanal
  1942-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 Northern Solomons Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Vella LaVella Island
  1943-1944 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomons Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan
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