Briles, Herschel Floyd, 1st Sgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
First Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Armor
Last Primary MOS
616-Tank Gunner
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, HHC, 899th Tank Battalion
Service Years
1941 - 1945

First Sergeant


One Service Stripe



Two Overseas Service Bars


 Last Photo   Personal Details 

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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1914
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Briles, Herschel Floyd (MOH), 1st Sgt.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Colfax, Iowa
Last Address
Prairie City, Iowa

Date of Passing
Jul 17, 1944
 
Location of Interment
Waveland Cemetery - Prairie City, Iowa
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
  1945, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1945, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He rescued several men from a burning tank destroyer. The next morning, he fired a machinegun with such accuracy that 55 Germans surrendered. Later that day, he again left a position of cover to rescue wounded comrades. He was assigned to Co. C., 899th Tank Destroyer Batallion.

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WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
Start Year
1942
End Year
1943

Description
(Tunisia Campaign 17 November 1942 to 13 May 1943) Having gained Algeria, the Allies quickly turned eastward, hoping to take Tunis and Bizerte before the Germans could send reinforcements into Tunisia. But the drive broke down short of the goal. In February 1943, after Rommel had been driven into Tunisia, the Axis took the offensive and pushed through Kasserine Pass before being stopped. With Ninth and Twelfth Air Forces in the battle, the Allies drove the enemy back into a pocket around Bizerte and Tunis, where Axis forces surrendered in May. Thus Tunisia became available for launching an attack on Sicily as a preliminary to an assault on Italy.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1943
To Year
1943
 
Last Updated:
Apr 5, 2018
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

1st Armored Division

HHC, 899th Tank Battalion

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  222 Also There at This Battle:
  • Angileri, Joseph, T/Sgt, (1942-1946)
  • Baxter, Everett, T/5, (1941-1945)
  • Caffey, Eugene Mead, MG, (1918-1956)
  • Canham, John, MAJ, (1934-1945)
  • Carratelli, Horace, 1st Sgt, (1941-1945)
  • Coker, Jessie Willard, PFC, (1941-1943)
  • Crow, Wendell, CPT, (1941-1944)
  • Eddy, George, T/5, (1942-1945)
  • Fisco, Richard, S/Sgt
  • Gargano, Peter John, T/5, (1941-1943)
  • Golab, Edward
  • Goodman, John, BG, (1939-1962)
  • Guthrie, Elmer Lee, T/5, (1940-1945)
  • Guy, Leslie, PFC, (1941-1945)
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