Britt, Maurice, CPT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, VI Corps
Service Years
1941 - 1944

Infantry

Captain


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Home State
Arkansas
Arkansas
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
CARLISLE

Date of Passing
Nov 26, 1995
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Honorably Discharged WW II


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Last Known Activity

The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
to

 BRITT, MAURICE L.

Rank and organization: Captain (then Lieutenant), U.S. Army, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: North of Mignano, Italy, 10 November 1943. Entered service at: Lonoke, Ark. Born: 29 June 1919, Carlisle, Ark. G.O. No.: 23, 24 March 1944.

Citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Disdaining enemy hand grenades and close-range machine pistol, machinegun, and rifle, Lt. Britt inspired and led a handful of his men in repelling a bitter counterattack by approximately 100 Germans against his company positions north of Mignano, Italy, the morning of 10 November 1943. During the intense fire fight, Lt. Britt's canteen and field glasses were shattered; a bullet pierced his side; his chest, face, and hands were covered with grenade wounds. Despite his wounds, for which he refused to accept medical attention until ordered to do so by his battalion commander following the battle, he personally killed 5 and wounded an unknown number of Germans, wiped out one enemy machinegun crew, fired 5 clips of carbine and an undetermined amount of Ml rifle ammunition, and threw 32 fragmentation grenades. His bold, aggressive actions, utterly disregarding superior enemy numbers, resulted in capture of 4 Germans, 2 of them wounded, and enabled several captured Americans to escape. Lt. Britt's undaunted courage and prowess in arms were largely responsible for repulsing a German counterattack which, if successful, would have isolated his battalion and destroyed his company.

   
Other Comments:
Maurice Lee "Footsie" Britt
June 29, 1919(1919-06-29) – November 26, 1995 (aged 76)
Nickname "Footsie"
Place of birth Carlisle, Arkansas
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1941-1944
Rank Captain
Unit 3rd Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Medal of Honor
Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star
Bronze Star
Purple Heart
Other work NFL football player
Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
   
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
Army Garrisons30th Infantry Regiment3rd Infantry Division2nd Armored Division (Forward)
VI Corps
  1941-1941, Army Garrison Camp Robinson, AR
  1942-1944, 30th Infantry Regiment
  1942-1944, 3rd Infantry Division
  1943-1943, 2nd Armored Division (Forward)
  1943-1944, VI Corps
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Operation Husky
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)/Operation Avalanche
  1943-1943 Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)/Volturno Line
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Arkansas, FayettevilleUniversity of Arkansas at Little Rock
  1937-1940, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  1946-1947, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
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