Choate, Clyde Lee, S/Sgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1946, 745, 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion
Service Years
1942 - 1946

Staff Sergeant


One Service Stripe



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1920
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Choate, Clyde Lee (MOH), S/Sgt.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Anna, Illinois
Last Address
Balcom, Illinois

Date of Passing
Oct 05, 2001
 
Location of Interment
Anna Cemetery - Anna, Illinois
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
  1944, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1944, Medal of Honor [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 Staff Sergeant in Company C, 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery while in command of a tank destroyer near Bruyeres, France, on October 25, 1944. His citation reads "S/Sgt. Choate's tank destroyer, the only weapon available to oppose the German armor, was set afire by 2 hits. Ordering his men to abandon the destroyer, S/Sgt. Choate reached comparative safety. He returned to the burning destroyer to search for comrades possibly trapped in the vehicle risking instant death in an explosion which was imminent and braving enemy fire which ripped his jacket and tore the helmet from his head. Completing the search and seeing the tank and its supporting infantry overrunning our infantry in their shallow foxholes, he secured a bazooka and ran after the tank, dodging from tree to tree and passing through the enemy's loose skirmish line. He fired a rocket from a distance of 20 yards, immobilizing the tank but leaving it able to spray the area with cannon and machinegun fire. Running back to our infantry through vicious fire, he secured another rocket, and, advancing against a hail of machinegun and small-arms fire reached a position 10 yards from the tank. His second shot shattered the turret. With his pistol he killed 2 of the crew as they emerged from the tank; and then running to the crippled Mark IV while enemy infantry sniped at him, he dropped a grenade inside the tank and completed its destruction. With their armor gone, the enemy infantry became disorganized and was driven back. S/Sgt. Choate's great daring in assaulting an enemy tank single-handed, his determination to follow the vehicle after it had passed his position, and his skill and crushing thoroughness in the attack prevented the enemy from capturing a battalion command post and turned a probable defeat into a tactical success." His Medal was awarded to him on August 23, 1945 by President Harry S Truman at a ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC. After his military service he served in the Illinois State Legislature for thirty years.

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
601st Tank Destroyer Battalion
  1942-1946, 745, 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)/Operation Avalanche
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Southern France Campaign (1944)/Operation Dragoon
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