Hollingsworth, Clarence King, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1945-1945, 1542, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry /HHC
Service Years
1941 - 1945


Lieutenant Colonel

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
May 16, 1945
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord French Fourragere

 Unofficial Badges 

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry 8th Infantry DivisionPOW/MIA
  1944-1944, 1542, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry /HHC
  1944-1945, 1542, 8th Infantry Division
  1944-1945, 1542, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry /HHC
  1945-1945, 1542, POW/MIA
  1945-1945, 1542, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry /HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 Colleges Attended 
Clemson University
  1937-1941, Clemson University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Resuming the attack the next morning, 2 December?, Combat Command "R",
before noon had seized Brandenberg, taken approximately 300 prisoners and
inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. The German defense was found badly
disorganized after nightlong shelling by Division Artillery. Capt. Clarence
K. Hollingsworth's 3rd Battalion, the 28th Infantry quickly seized the
remaining wooded terrain west of Brandenberg, and prepared to relieve Combat
Command "R" in the town. An enemy counterattack was repulsed during the
afternoon. Other elements of the 28th and 121st Infantry Regiments continued
to attack to the west. 

At 0730 the following morning, 7 December, the first of three enemy
counterattacks during the day hit the 3rd Battalion of the 28th Infantry and
Combat Command "R" in Bergstein. The attack came first from the south, then
from the southwest, then from the southeast. Approximately 300 infantrymen,
of Companies 1, 2 and 4 of the 980th German Infantry Regiment, made the
attack. They were supported by at least five self-propelled guns. Riflemen
of Company K and machine gunners of Company M held their fire while swarms
of enemy crept toward them across 300 yards of open ground to within
twenty-five yards of 3rd Battalion positions. The burst of fire which hit
the Germans on all sides at that moment threw them into a panic, and they
started to retreat across the open ground. Artillery fire caught them in the
open without cover, and all the way down the Battalion line the Germans were
beaten back and cut down. For this courageous stand and for their
outstanding work in the Hurtgen Forest during the five preceding days, the
men and officers of Captain Hollingworth's 3rd Battalion, 28th Infantry,
were awarded the Distinguished Unit Badge, a Presidential Citation.


Troy Officer Dies in France

Lt. Col. Clarence Hollingsworth Died Of Wounds May 16

Lieutenant Colonel Clarence K. Hollingsworth of Troy died of wounds in a
hospital in France on May 16 according to an official message received by
his wife, Mrs. Vivien McDonald Hollingsworth
The Troy officer was 26 years of age at the time of his death. He was a
graduate of Greenwood High School and attended Clemson College where he
graduated in the class of 1941. In this class 432 graduates who entered
service with the rank of Second Lieutenant. He and one other attained the
rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
He was inducted at Fort Jackson and arrived overseas in December 1943. For a
short time he was in Ireland and arrived ib France on July 5, 1944, serving
in the 28th Infantry Division. For a short time he was a prisoner of the
Germans and it was very shortly after he was released that he was seriously
wounded in France on April 14.

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