Draper, Frank P., Jr., T/Sgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1940-1944, 745, 29th Infantry Division
Service Years
1941 - 1944

Technical Sergeant


One Service Stripe



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bedford County
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Virginia
Conflict
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune /Omaha Beach Landing
Location of Interment
Greenwood Cemetery - Bedford, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Block 2 Lot 52 Space B

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II 29th Infantry Division 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team




 Unofficial Badges 

Gold Star


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

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment29th Infantry Division
  1940-1944, 745, 2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment/A Company
  1940-1944, 745, 29th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune /Omaha Beach Landing
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
 
Operation Overlord was the code name for the Battle of Normandy. On June 6, 1944, Operation Neptune, commonly known as D-Day, began.


32 Virginia Guard Soldiers from Bedford's Company A, 116th Infantry, 29th Division were part of the first wave of more than 160,000 Allied troops that landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany and begin the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.


Company A assaulted Omaha Beach on the west end as part of the First Division's Task Force O and by the end of the day, 19 of the company's Bedford Soldiers were dead and two more died later in the Normandy campaign as did yet another two assigned to other 116th Infantry companies. Bedford's population in 1944 was about 3,200, and proportionally the community suffered the nation's most severe losses on D-Day, as well as all of World War II.


The Bedford County, Virginia Army National Guard soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice are: SSgt Leslie C Abbott Jr., PFC Wallace R. Carter, PFC John D. Clifton, T/Sgt Frank Price Draper Jr., Capt Taylor Nicholas Fellers,PFC Nick N. Gillaspie, Pvt Bedford Turner Hoback, SSgt Raymond S. Hoback, Pvt Clifton G. Lee,SSG Earl L. Parker ,PFC Jack G. Powers, PFC Weldon Antonio Rosazza, PFC John F. Reynolds, SSgt John B. Schenk, TSgt Ray O. Stevens, Master Sgt John L. Wilkes, SSgt Gordon H. White Jr., SSgt Elmere P. Wright, Sgt Grant C. Yopp
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
   
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