Mills, Clifford Merle, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
844-Gun Crewman Light Artillery
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 844, 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment
Service Years
1942 - 1944

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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1914
 
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Home Town
Perry County
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Sep 18, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Troy Cemetery - Troy, Indiana
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Not Specified

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   1944-1944, 844, 82nd Airborne Division

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 82nd Airborne Division Details

82nd Airborne Division

The division was constituted, originally as the 82nd Division on August  5,1917, shortly after the American entry into World War I. It was organized on 25 August 1917, at Camp GordonGeorgia and later served with distinction on the Western Front in the final months of World War I. Since its initial members came from all 48 states, the division acquired the nickname All-American, which is the basis for its famed "AA" on the shoulder patch.


The division later served in World War II where, in August 1942, it was reconstituted as the first airborne division of the U.S. Army and fought in numerous campaigns during the war. Specializing in parachute assault operations into denied areas . With a U.S. Department of Defense Requirement to respond to a crisis contingencies anywhere in the world with in 18 hours. The 82nd Airborne Division is the U.S. Army's most strategically mobile division.

Unit Motto: "All the way ".  "Death from above"

Nicknames:  "All American Division," "82nd Division," Eighty Deuce," "America's Guard of Honor."

 

Notable Persons: 

Commander:
  John Joseph "Black Jack " Pershing 


General of the Armies GCB (September 13, 1860 – July 15, 1948) was a senior United States Army officer. He served most famously as the commander of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) on the Western Front in World War I, 1917–18.

Pershing rejected British and French demands that American forces be integrated with their armies, and insisted that the AEF would operate as a single unit under his command, although some American divisions fought under British command, and he also allowed all-black units to be integrated with the French army.

Pershing's soldiers first saw serious battle at CantignyChateau-ThierryBelleau Wood, and Soissons. To speed up the arrival of American troops, they embarked for France leaving heavy equipment behind, and used British and French tanks, artillery, airplanes and other munitions. In September 1918 at St. Mihiel, the First Army was directly under Pershing's command; it overwhelmed the salient – the encroachment into Allied territory – that the German Army had held for three years. For the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Pershing shifted roughly 600,000 American soldiers to the heavily defended forests of the Argonne, keeping his divisions engaged in hard fighting for 47 days, alongside the French. The Allied Hundred Days Offensive, which the Argonne fighting was part of, contributed to Germany calling for an armistice. Pershing was of the opinion that the war should continue and that all of Germany should be occupied in an effort to permanently destroy German militarism.


 
   
  General of the Armies
John J. Pershing
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Cammander : General Omar Bradley,

was a senior officer of the United States Army during and after World War II, holding the rank of General of the Army. Bradley was the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and oversaw the U.S. military's policy-making in the Korean War.
After the U.S. entrance into World War II, Bradley oversaw the transformation of the 82nd Infantry Division into the first American airborne division. He received his first front-line command in Operation Torch, serving under General George S. Patton in North Africa. After Patton was reassigned, Bradley commanded II Corps in the Tunisia Campaign and the Allied invasion of Sicily. He commanded the First United States Army during the Invasion of Normandy. After the breakout from Normandy, he took command of the Twelfth United States Army Group, which ultimately comprised forty-three divisions and 1.3 million men, the largest body of American soldiers ever to serve under a single field commander.

After the war, Bradley headed the Veterans Administration. He was appointed as Chief of Staff of the United States Army in 1948 and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1949. In 1950, Bradley was promoted to the rank of General of the Army, becoming the last of the nine individuals promoted to five-star rank in the United States Armed Forces. He was the senior military commander at the start of the Korean War, and supported President Harry S. Truman's wartime policy of containment. He was instrumental in persuading Truman to dismiss General Douglas MacArthur in 1951 after MacArthur resisted administration attempts to scale back the war's strategic objectives. Bradley left active duty in 1953 (though remaining on "active retirement" for the next 27 years). He continued to serve in public and business roles until his death in 1981.

General of the Army
Omar Bradley
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World War 1



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MOH Recipient: LT.Col. Emory Jenison Pike (December 18, 1876 – September 16, 1918) was a United States Army officer during World War I who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at VandieresFrance on September 15, 1918.

Having gone forward to reconnoiter new machinegun positions, Lt. Col. Pike offered his assistance in reorganizing advance infantry units which had become disorganized during a heavy artillery shelling. He succeeded in locating only about 20 men, but with these he advanced and when later joined by several infantry platoons rendered inestimable service in establishing outposts, encouraging all by his cheeriness, in spite of the extreme danger of the situation. When a shell had wounded one of the men in the outpost, Lt. Col. Pike immediately went to his aid and was severely wounded himself when another shell burst in the same place. While waiting to be brought to the rear, Lt. Col. Pike continued in command, still retaining his jovial manner of encouragement, directing the reorganization until the position could be held. The entire operation was carried on under terrific bombardment, and the example of courage and devotion to duty, as set by Lt. Col. Pike, established the highest standard of morale and confidence to all under his charge. The wounds he received were the cause of his death.



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MOH Recipient: SGT Alvin Cullum York, (December 13, 1887 – September 2, 1964), also known as Sergeant York, was one of the most decorated United States Army soldiers of World War I.
He received the Medal of Honor for leading an attack on a German machine gun , nest taking at least one machine gun, killing at least  25 enemy soldiers and capturing 132. York's Medal of Honor action occurred during the United States-led portion of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France, which was intended to breach the Hindenburg line and force the Germans to surrender. He earned decorations from several allied countries during WWI, including FranceItaly and Montenegro.


World War 11
 



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MOH Recipient: Private John Roderick Towle (October 19, 1924 – September 21, 1944) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 21 September 1944, near Oosterhout, Holland. The rifle company in which Pvt. Towle served as rocket launcher gunner was occupying a defensive position in the west sector of the recently established Nijmegenbridgehead when a strong enemy force of approximately 100 infantry supported by 2 tanks and a half-track formed for a counterattack. With full knowledge of the disastrous consequences resulting not only to his company but to the entire bridgehead by an enemy breakthrough, Pvt. Towle immediately and without orders left his foxhole and moved 200 yards in the face of intense small-arms fire to a position on an exposed dike roadbed. From this precarious position Pvt. Towle fired his rocket launcher at and hit both tanks to his immediate front. Armored skirting on both tanks prevented penetration by the projectiles, but both vehicles withdrew slightly damaged. Still under intense fire and fully exposed to the enemy, Pvt. Towle then engaged a nearby house which 9 Germans had entered and were using as a strongpoint and with 1 round killed all 9. Hurriedly replenishing his supply of ammunition, Pvt. Towle, motivated only by his high conception of duty which called for the destruction of the enemy at any cost, then rushed approximately 125 yards through grazing enemy fire to an exposed position from which he could engage the enemy half-track with his rocket launcher. While in a kneeling position preparatory to firing on the enemy vehicle, Pvt. Towle was mortally wounded by a mortar shell. By his heroic tenacity, at the price of his life, Pvt. Towle saved the lives of many of his comrades and was directly instrumental in breaking up the enemy counter attack.


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MOH Recipient: First Sergeant  Leonard Alfred Funk Jr. (August 27, 1916 – November 20, 1992) was a United States Army Medal of Honor recipient and one of the most decorated soldiers and paratroopers of World War II. While serving with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment (508th PIR), then part of the 82nd Airborne Division, he also received the Distinguished Service CrossSilver StarBronze Star, and three Purple Hearts.

On January 29, 1945, he was serving as the first sergeant of his company in Holzheim [de], Belgium when he encountered a group of more than 80 German soldiers, most of whom had previously been captured by American forces but, with the help of a German patrol, had managed to overwhelm their guards. Despite being greatly outnumbered, Funk opened fire and called for the captured American guards to seize the Germans' weapons. He and the guards successfully killed or re-captured all of the German soldiers. For these actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor on September 5,

 

Joe Gandara
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MOH Recipient: Joe Gandara (April 25, 1924 – June 9, 1944) was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and recipient of the Medal of Honor.Gandara was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in a March 18, 2014 ceremony in the White House. The award came through the Defense Authorization Act which called for a review of Jewish American and Hispanic American veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to ensure that no prejudice was shown to those deserving the Medal of Honor.


Gandara was bestowed the Medal of Honor to recognize his heroic actions on June 9, 1944, in Amfreville, France. His detachment came under devastating enemy fire from a strong German force, pinning the men to the ground for a period of four hours. Gandara advanced voluntarily and alone toward the enemy position and destroyed three hostile machine-guns before he was fatally wounded.
Gandara received the Medal of Honor, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star and Bronze Arrowhead Device, Presidential Unit Citation, French Fourragere (Couleur à préciser), Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge-Basic with one Bronze Service Star.

 

Vietnam War


 

Félix Modesto Conde
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MOH Recipient : Staff Sergeant Félix Conde Falcón,(February 28, 1938 – April 4, 1969) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Born in Juncos, Puerto Rico, he joined the United States Army in April 1963 in Chicago, Illinois. He was killed during combat operations in Ap Tan Hoa, South Vietnam, on April 4, 1969.He was posthumously awarded the Medal of  Honor by President  Barack Obama in a March 18, 2014 ceremony in the White House.
For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 505th Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.

Conde-Falcon distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions, April 4, 1969, while serving as platoon leader during a sweep operation in the vicinity of Ap Tan Hoa, Vietnam. Entering a heavily wooded section on the route of advance, the company encountered an extensive enemy bunker complex, later identified as a battalion command post. Following tactical artillery and air strikes on the heavily secured communist position, the platoon of Conde-Falcon was selected to assault and clear the bunker fortifications. Moving out ahead of his platoon, he charged the first bunker, heaving grenades as he went. As the hostile fire increased, he crawled to the blind side of an entrenchment position, jumped to the roof, and tossed a lethal grenade into the bunker aperture. Without hesitating, he proceeded to two additional bunkers, both of which he destroyed in the same manner as the first. Rejoined with his platoon, he advanced about one hundred meters through the trees, only to come under intense hostile fire. Selecting three men to accompany him, he maneuvered toward the enemy's flank position. Carrying a machine-gun, he single-handedly assaulted the nearest fortification, killing the enemy inside before running out of ammunition. After returning to the three men with his empty weapon and taking up an M-16 rifle, he concentrated on the next bunker. Within ten meters of his goal, he was shot by an unseen assailant and soon died of his wounds.


 


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82nd Airborne Division

Hedtke, William Daniel, Pvt, (1943-1944) FA 844 Private
Burriss, Thomas, MAJ, (1942-1963) IN 1560 Captain
Burriss, Thomas, MAJ, (1942-1963) IN 1560 First Lieutenant
Morris, Daune Winton, 2LT, (1942-1944) IN 1543 Second Lieutenant
Eshleman, Richard, PFC, (1943-1946) IN 745 Private First Class
Hilton, Floyd Donald, 1st Sgt, (1942-1945) IN 745 Private First Class
Paczkowski, Joseph, PFC, (1942-1944) IN 111.1 Private First Class
Starck, Gordon, T/3, (1942-1945) MD AAF 410 Private First Class
May, George, PFC, (1941-1944) MD Private First Class
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Kovach, Andy Francis Jr., PFC, (1942-1945) FA 844 Private First Class
Ratlief, Theodore S., Pvt, (1942-1944) FA 844 Private
Gavin, James Maurice, LTG, (1924-1958) USA 00GC Major General
Ridgway, Matthew Bunker, GEN, (1917-1955) USA 00GC Major General
Swift, Ira, MG, (1918-1954) USA 00GD Brigadier General
Raff, Edson Duncan, COL, (1933-1958) IN 1542 Colonel
Sanford, Teddy, MG, (1923-1967) IN 1542 Lieutenant Colonel
Sanford, Teddy, MG, (1923-1967) IN 1542 Lieutenant Colonel
Lee, John C.H., COL, (1941-1970) EN 1221 Captain
Buell., Kenneth E, COL, (1943-1973) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Bush, William Douglas, 1LT, (1942-1951) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Alexander, Boyd Allen, 2LT, (1943-1944) IN 1542 Second Lieutenant
Fulmer, Edward Simons, 2LT, (1941-1945) AV AAF 775 Second Lieutenant
Stewart, Paul Leo, SFC, (1944-1967) IN 745 Technical Sergeant
Alamo, Gabriel Ralph, MSG, (1940-1964) IN 745 Staff Sergeant
Boswell, Henry, MAJ, (1940-1963) IN 11B40 Staff Sergeant
Depietro, Frank, S/Sgt, (1944-1945) IN 521 Staff Sergeant
Gasiorek, Walter W, S/Sgt, (1942-1945) IN 745 Staff Sergeant
Gribble, Gerald, Sgt TC 378 Sergeant
Lehrschall, Robert, Sgt, (1941-1945) IN 745 Sergeant
Ollum, Clarence, Sgt, (1942-1945) IN 745 Sergeant
Spiker, Delmont Mathias, Sgt, (1942-1944) IN 745 Sergeant
Westerman, Samuel Vern, 1LT, (1944-1950) IN 745 Sergeant
Murphy, Daniel Ford, T/4, (1942-1945) OD 802 Technician Fourth Grade
Avants, James, Cpl, (1941-1945) AV 620 Corporal
Woodland, Bernard T., Cpl, (1942-1944) IN 745 Corporal
Devilder, William Frank, T/5, (1943-1946) MD 855 Technician Fifth Grade
Longest, Willard, T/5, (1942-1945) TC 345 Technician Fifth Grade
Dembisky, Michael, PFC, (1943-1946) IN 607 Private First Class
Field, Richard, PFC, (1943-1945) IN 745 Private First Class
Goodson, Ardelle, PFC, (1942-1945) OD 014 Private First Class
Havran, George, PFC, (1942-1944) IN 745 Private First Class
Kearns, William Lee, PFC, (1942-1944) IN 745 Private First Class
Stewart Jr, Ora, PFC, (1943-1945) IN 521 Private First Class
Warner, Robert F, PFC, (1942-1946) IN 745 Private First Class
Addison, Donald E., Pvt, (1943-1944) IN 745 Private
Davis, Richard R., Pvt, (1940-1944) IN 745 Private
Phares, Curtis Edward, Pvt, (1939-1944) MP 677 Private
Roberts, Eugene F., Pvt, (1940-1945) IN 745 Private
Simons, Edsel W., Pvt, (1942-1946) AD 601 Private
Stoneking, Thomas Everette, Pvt, (1943-1944) IN 745 Private
Towle, John Roderick, Pvt, (1943-1944) IN 111.67 Private
Wright, Robert, Pvt, (1940-1946) MS 3506 Private
Faith, Don Carlos, LTC, (1941-1950) 2030 Lieutenant Colonel
Hansen, Leslie H., Cpl, (1942-1944) FA Corporal
Ridgway, Matthew Bunker, GEN, (1917-1955) Brigadier General
Taylor, Maxwell Davenport, GEN, (1922-1964) Colonel
Thurmond, Strom, MG, (1924-1960) Lieutenant Colonel
Vandervoort, Benjamin Hayes, LTC, (1937-1946) Lieutenant Colonel
Barker, Alexander C, MAJ, (1941-1945) Major

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