Closen, Francis Edward, PFC

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

Private First Class

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

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

 Official Badges 

82nd Airbone Division Netherlands Orange Lanyard French Fourragere

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Airborne Glider Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
325th Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR)
  1944-1944, 607, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
 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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