DeGlopper, Charles Neilans, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
521-Basic Soldier
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1944, 746, HHC, 1st Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry
Service Years
1942 - 1944

Private First Class

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember DeGlopper, Charles Neilans (MOH), PFC.
Contact Info
Home Town
Grand Island, New York
Last Address

Date of Passing
Jun 09, 1944
Location of Interment
Maple Grove Cemetery - Grand Island, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Row 5 left, plot 4

 Official Badges 

82nd Airbone Division Belgian Fourragere Netherlands Orange Lanyard

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenCongressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor Recipients
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  1946, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society [Verified]
  1946, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Private First Class in Company C, 325th Glider Infantry, 82d Airborne Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at the Merderet River at la Fiere, France on June 9, 1944. His citation reads "He was a member of Company C, 325th Glider Infantry, on 9 June 1944 advancing with the forward platoon to secure a bridgehead across the Merderet River at La Fiere, France. At dawn the platoon had penetrated an outer line of machineguns and riflemen, but in so doing had become cut off from the rest of the company. Vastly superior forces began a decimation of the stricken unit and put in motion a flanking maneuver which would have completely exposed the American platoon in a shallow roadside ditch where it had taken cover. Detecting this danger, Pfc. DeGlopper volunteered to support his comrades by fire from his automatic rifle while they attempted a withdrawal through a break in a hedgerow 40 yards to the rear. Scorning a concentration of enemy automatic weapons and rifle fire, he walked from the ditch onto the road in full view of the Germans, and sprayed the hostile positions with assault fire. He was wounded, but he continued firing. Struck again, he started to fall; and yet his grim determination and valiant fighting spirit could not be broken. Kneeling in the roadway, weakened by his grievous wounds, he leveled his heavy weapon against the enemy and fired burst after burst until killed outright. He was successful in drawing the enemy action away from his fellow soldiers, who continued the fight from a more advantageous position and established the first bridgehead over the Merderet. In the area where he made his intrepid stand his comrades later found the ground strewn with dead Germans and many machineguns and automatic weapons which he had knocked out of action. Pfc. DeGlopper's gallant sacrifice and unflinching heroism while facing unsurmountable odds were in great measure responsible for a highly important tactical victory in the Normandy Campaign." His Medal was posthumously awarded to him on February 28, 1946.

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Airborne Glider Badge

 Unit Assignments
325th Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR)
  1942-1944, 746, HHC, 1st Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Operation Husky
  1943-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Glider Landings
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