Huff, Paul, CSM

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Command Sergeant Major
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11Z50-Infantry Senior Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1970, 00Z, 3rd Army/HQ

Command Sergeant Major


Ten Service Stripes



Seven Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Tennessee
Tennessee
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Cleveland

Date of Passing
Sep 21, 1994
 
Location of Interment
Hilcrest Memorial Gardens - Cleveland, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) 101st Airbone Division


 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Zouave Badge




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion. Place and date: Near Carano, Italy, 8 February 1944. Entered service at: Cleveland, Tenn. Birth: Cleveland, Tenn. G.O. No.: 41, 26 May 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, in action on 8 February 1944, near Carano, Italy. Cpl. Huff volunteered to lead a 6-man patrol with the mission of determining the location and strength of an enemy unit which was delivering fire on the exposed right flank of his company. The terrain over which he had to travel consisted of exposed, rolling ground, affording the enemy excellent visibility. As the patrol advanced, its members were subjected to small arms and machinegun fire and a concentration of mortar fire, shells bursting within 5 to 10 yards of them and bullets striking the ground at their feet. Moving ahead of his patrol, Cpl. Huff drew fire from 3 enemy machineguns and a 20mm. weapon. Realizing the danger confronting his patrol, he advanced alone under deadly fire through a minefield and arrived at a point within 75 yards of the nearest machinegun position. Under direct fire from the rear machinegun, he crawled the remaining 75 yards to the closest emplacement, killed the crew with his submachine gun and destroyed the gun. During this act he fired from a kneeling position which drew fire from other positions, enabling him to estimate correctly the strength and location of the enemy. Still under concentrated fire, he returned to his patrol and led his men to safety. As a result of the information he gained, a patrol in strength sent out that afternoon, 1 group under the leadership of Cpl. Huff, succeeded in routing an enemy company of 125 men, killing 27 Germans and capturing 21 others, with a loss of only 3 patrol members. Cpl. Huff's intrepid leadership and daring combat skill reflect the finest traditions of the American infantryman.
   
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Master Parachutist (3 Combat Jumps)

 
 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)101st Airborne Division 3rd Army
  1942-1942, 745, D Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1942-1944, 745, HHC, 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1967-1968, 00Z, 101st Airborne Division
  1968-1970, 00Z, 3rd Army/HQ
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)/Operation Avalanche
  1943-1943 Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)/Volturno Line
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
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