Bolden, Paul Luther, M/Sgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Primary Unit
1943-1945, 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1942 - 1945

Master Sergeant


One Service Stripe



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1922
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Bolden, Paul Luther (MOH), M/Sgt.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Hobbs Island, Alabama
Last Address
Huntsville, Alabama

Date of Passing
May 21, 1979
 
Location of Interment
Moon Cemetery - Owens Cross Roads, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Unknown

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II Honorable Discharge Emblem (WWII)


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor
  1945, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1945, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the United States Army during World War II as a Staff Sergeant in Company I, 120th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravert at Petit-Coo, Belgium, on December 23, 1944. His citation reads "He voluntarily attacked a formidable enemy strong point in Petit-Coo, Belgium, when his company was pinned down by extremely heavy automatic and small-arms fire coming from a house 200 yards to the front. Mortar and tank artillery shells pounded the unit, when S/Sgt. Bolden and a comrade, on their own initiative, moved forward into a hail of bullets to eliminate the ever-increasing fire from the German position. Crawling ahead to close with what they knew was a powerfully armed, vastly superior force, the pair reached the house and took up assault positions, S/Sgt. Bolden under a window, his comrade across the street where he could deliver covering fire. In rapid succession, S/Sgt. Bolden hurled a fragmentation grenade and a white phosphorous grenade into the building; and then, fully realizing that he faced tremendous odds, rushed to the door, threw it open and fired into 35 SS troopers who were trying to reorganize themselves after the havoc wrought by the grenades. Twenty Germans died under fire of his submachinegun before he was struck in the shoulder, chest, and stomach by part of a burst which killed his comrade across the street. He withdrew from the house, waiting for the surviving Germans to come out and surrender. When none appeared in the doorway, he summoned his ebbing strength, overcame the extreme pain he suffered and boldly walked back into the house, firing as he went. He had killed the remaining 15 enemy soldiers when his ammunition ran out. S/Sgt. Bolden's heroic advance against great odds, his fearless assault, and his magnificent display of courage in reentering the building where he had been severely wounded cleared the path for his company and insured the success of its mission". His Medal was awarded to him on August 30, 1945.

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment
  1943-1945, 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
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