Michael, Harry J., 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 1542, 318th Infantry Regiment/Company L
Service Years
1943 - 1945
Second Lieutenant


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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Benton
Last Address
Milford, Indiana

Casualty Date
Mar 14, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Violett Cemetery - Goshen, Indiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
80th Infantry Division80th Infantry Division/318th Infantry Regiment
  1944-1945, 1542, 80th Infantry Division
  1944-1945, 1542, 318th Infantry Regiment/Company L
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 Colleges Attended 
Purdue University
  1940-1943, Purdue University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Burial:
Violett Cemetery
Goshen (Elkhart County)
Elkhart County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Lot 309, Space G
   
Comments/Citation
He was serving as a rifle platoon leader when his company began an assault on a wooded ridge northeast of the village of Neiderzerf, Germany, early on 13 March 1945. A short distance up the side of the hill, 2nd Lt. Michael, at the head of his platoon, heard the click of an enemy machinegun bolt. Quietly halting the company, he silently moved off into the woods and discovered two enemy machineguns and crews. Executing a sudden charge, he completely surprised the enemy and captured the guns and crews. At daybreak, enemy voices were heard in the thick woods ahead. Leading his platoon in a flanking movement, they charged the enemy with hand grenades and, after a bitter fight, captured twenty-five members of an SS mountain division, three artillery pieces, and twenty horses. While his company was establishing its position, 2nd Lt. Michael made two personal reconnaissance missions of the wood on his left flank. On his first mission he killed two, wounded four, and captured six enemy soldiers single-handedly.

On the second mission he captured seven prisoners. During the afternoon he led his platoon on a frontal assault of a line of enemy pillboxes, successfully capturing the objective, killing ten and capturing thirty prisoners. The following morning the company was subjected to sniper fire and 2nd Lt. Michael, in an attempt to find the hidden sniper, was shot and killed. The inspiring leadership and heroic aggressiveness displayed by 2nd Lt. Michael upheld the highest traditions of the military service.
   
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