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/Northern France Campaign (1944)
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
(Northern France Campaign 25 July to 14 September 1944) Bombardment along a five-mile stretch of the German line enabled the Allies to break through on 25 July. While some armored forces drove southward into Brittany, others fanned out to the east and, overcoming a desperate counterattack, executed a pincers movement that trapped many Germans in a pocket at Falaise. The enemy fell back on the Siegfried Line, and by mid-September 1944 nearly all of France had been liberated. During these operations in France, while light and medium bombers and fighter-bomber aircraft of Ninth Air Force had been engaged in close support and interdictory operations, Eighth and Fifteenth Air Forces had continued their strategic bombing.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Apr 5, 2018
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

559th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion/A Battery

HHC, 899th Tank Battalion

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  587 Also There at This Battle:
  • Accattato, Rocco, PFC, (1943-1945)
  • Adams, Lucian (MOH), S/Sgt, (1943-1945)
  • Austin, John, S/Sgt, (1943-1945)
  • Bailey, Olen, 1st Sgt, (1942-1945)
  • Belan, Elmer, T/5, (1943-1945)
  • Black, Eric Major, 1LT, (1941-1945)
  • Boal, Delbert, PFC, (1941-1945)
  • Bolio, Robert, Cpl, (1943-1945)
  • Brasfield, Casper Lafayette, PFC, (1942-1945)
  • Brown, Garfield, Cpl, (1942-1946)
  • Brown, James, 1LT, (1942-1945)
  • Cadamatre, Brian
  • Campbell, Loren
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