Closen, Francis Edward, PFC

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
607-Light Mortar Crewman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 607, 2nd Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR)/E Company
Service Years
1940 - 1944

Private First Class


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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Peoria
Last Address
Peoria, Illinois

Casualty Date
Sep 25, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Netherlands
Conflict
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Netherlands, Netherlands
Wall/Plot Coordinates
B, 17, 32

 Official Badges 

Netherlands Orange Lanyard French Fourragere 82nd Airbone Division


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]


 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Airborne Glider Badge
Rifle

 
 Unit Assignments
325th Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR)
  1944-1944, 607, 2nd Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR)/E Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
PFC Francis Closen enlisted on 29 October 1940.

He served in the ETO with Company E, 325th Glider Infantry, 82 Airborne Division.

"On 23 Sep 1945, approximately 400 Waco CG-4A gliders carrying the 325th GIR (Glider Infantry Regiment), personnel including PFC Closen in Company E were released near Overasselt, Holland.

They moved to Groesbeek under cover of darkness and set up their camps in the woods.

Between the 24th and 26th of September, they were directed to take over the front line in the Groesbeek sector. German troops in strength occupied the Reichswald forest and were able to interrupt the ideal front line.

The Germans made an unexpected fierce attack on the positions of E company, 325th GIR.

It is believed that PFC Closen was killed during this battle which occurred near Molenhoek, Holland."


He was interred in Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands, Plot B / Row 17 / Grave 32
   
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