Flint, Harry Albert, COL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1620-Cavalry Platoon Leader
Last MOS Group
Primary Unit
1942-1944, 003, 1st Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment/HHC
Service Years
1912 - 1944



Six Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
Last Address
Caen, France

Casualty Date
Jul 24, 1944
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 2, Site E-310 WH

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 Unit Assignments
2nd Armored Division1st Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment
  1941-1942, 003, 2nd Armored Division
  1942-1944, 003, 1st Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment/HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1916-1917 Mexican Service Campaign (1911-1919)/Pancho Villa Expedition (1916-1917)
  1918-1918 World War I
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1908-1912, United States Military Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

US Army Officer. He graduated from West Point in 1912 and was a career officer, serving in World War I and holding positions of increasing rank and responsibility throughout the 1920s and 1930s. As a supply officer in North Africa in 1941, he by regulation too old to serve in combat and also recovering from an injury that left him temporarily blind and without the use of his voice, but through the influence of friends including Generals Patton and Eisenhower he was assigned command of the 56th Armored Infantry Regiment. In 1943 Flint was assigned to command the 9th Infantry Division's 39th Regiment in Sicily. He led the regiment during the Italian campaign, and then in Normandy after D-Day. As commander of the 39th, Flint created the famous unofficial motto, "Anything, Anywhere, Anytime, Bar Nothing!" which was abbreviated AAA-O. He had this logo painted on his helmet and it soon spread throughout the regiment, vastly improving cohesion and morale. During fighting on Normandy's Saint-Lô-Périers road, the 39th was stopped by mortar fire, and Flint moved forward with a patrol to reconnoiter. Spotting enemy pillboxes, he radioed for reinforcements. A tank soon arrived, which he rode on as it attacked the German positions. After the driver was wounded Flint moved forward on foot and was hit by a sniper as he was leading his patrol into a farmhouse for cover. He died the following day, was originally buried in a military cemetery near Ste. Mere Eglise, and later reinterred at Arlington. Colonel Flint's honors and decorations included two awards of the Distinguished Service Cross and two awards of the Silver Star.


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