FORGY Percy "O'Dell"

 

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ARMY SERIAL NUMBERO-215300
AGE42 yo
DATE OF BIRTH21 July 1902
STATEARKANSAS
FAMILYParent : Asa J & Piny Briggs Forgy
Sister: Asa Steele
Married: Pauline E. Forgy
Son: Jack O. Forgy
Daughter: Pamela
RANKLieutenant-Colonel
FONCTIONCommander 2nd Battalion
JOB before ENLISTEMENT--AR
DATE of ENLISTEMENT1941
BATTALION2nd Battalion
REGIMENT121st Infantry Regiment
DIVISION8th Infantry Division
DATE OF DEATH27 july 1944forgy percy tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHSaint-Patrice-de-Claids (Manche)
CEMETERY TEMPORARY

Cemetery Temporary of Blosville - N° 3508

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Story of Temporary Cemetery

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CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY de Colleville

Plan du Normandy American Cemetery

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GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
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DECORATION
Purple HeartPhoto FDLM
Bronze Star MedalPhoto FDLM
Photo FDLM div 8 121RI 121ri
STORY

The ultimate duty

Percy O’Dell Forgy was born on July 21, 1902, in Dierks, Arkansas.

He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1925 and was immediately commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry, US Army Reserve.

…He returned to Arkansas to manage his father’s country store and peach orchard interests.

By the beginning of 1941 he had aggressively expanded the orchard and was looking forward to the first good crop in the summer, but instead, he was called to active duty.

…He assumed command of the second Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, which was then engaged in the hedgerow country of Normandy.

On the 26th of July, their objective was an east-west highway between Periers and Lessay.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., Col. Forgy was talking to one of his company commanders on the radio.

He had his helmet pushed back, with the receiver to his ear, when the forward CP received a direct artillery or mortar hit felling most of the battalion staff.

A piece of shrapnel hit my father between the receiver of the telephone and his helmet, severely wounding him. Col. Forgy refused treatment until his men were evacuated and cared for. Before the medics could return, he died.

By may of 1945, there were few of the original battalion that entered France still assigned.

These severe losses were especially painful to many small towns in Georgia, as the 121st Infantry Regiment was a Georgia National Guard Regiment staffed with brothers and friends of a lifetime.”

Epilogue: A Son Remembers

“My father was a happy-go-lucky man who never took himself too seriously.

I am told by those who served with him that his soldiers loved and respected him because he was a down to earth man who showed that he genuinely cared about them.

Although trained as an accountant his first loves were the land and being a citizen soldier. Shortly before the war he planted over a thousand peach trees and he looked forward to retuning how after war so that he could enjoy the fruits of his labor in full maturity.

In his letters home, he mentioned little of the war. He preferred to tell about Sweat Peas growing in a French Garden or watching a family of ducks playing in a pond.

In one of his letters, he spoke wistfully of coming back in his favorite place, a thick stand of Pine Trees on our farm. Before the war, he would spend hours there with me just enjoying the solitude and peace of the place.

On the day he died, Mother Nature shoed her unhappiness with man’s work.

A forest fire, started by a severe electrical storm, destroyed the Pine Thicket and a severe wind storm blew our second year peach crop to the ground. Eventually the pines returned and the Peach Orchard gave us many years of bounty, but my father remains in France, resting there instead of his his beloved Pine Thicket. Many years ago my father’s Regimental Commander wrote me that … ‘he died a hero’s death on the battlefield … for the country he loved.’ All young men, regardless of national origin, who die in War do the same.

I am sure that they would have preferred not to die and most probably believed that they would not. But they did, as did many before and after them. As long as they do, the survivors will mourn them, but humanity will be preserved.

Femme de Percy O Forgy

After the war, my mother, in accordance with my Dad’s often stated wishes, elected to have him interred in the ‘Normandy’ American Cemetery.

My mother never remarried.

She did not visit the cemetery unity 1990.

Regulations prevent spouses from being buried with their husbands in overseas American Cemeteries, so she asked that her ashes be scattered at sea off the coast of California where she had lived in retirement.

My sister Pamela was born two months after our father died in France. She never met him.”


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Monument of Percy O. FORGY
Plaque of Lieutenant Colonel FORGY

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