Irvin F. CONLEY

 

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ARMY SERIAL NUMBER20526726
AGE25 yo
DATE OF BIRTHApril 20, 1919
STATERoane County WEST VIRGINIA
FAMILYSingle
RANKTechnical Sergeant
FONCTIONInfantry
JOB before ENLISTEMENTActorsWV
DATE of ENLISTEMENT

17 january 1943 National Guard Spencer WEST VIRGINIA

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COMPANYCompany K
REGIMENT320th Infantry Regiment
DIVISION35th Infantry Division
DATE OF DEATHAugust 10, 1944conley irvin f tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHBattle of Mortain, MANCHE
CEMETERYBRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY de St James

Map St James American Cemetery

GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
L14
DECORATION
Distinguished Service Crossdsc
Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Clusterph olc
European African Middle Eastern CampaignEAMECampaign
American Campaign Medalamerican campaign medal
World War II Victory Medalvictory medal
Combat Infantryman Badgecombat infantryman badge
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STORY
Irvin Franklin CONLEY

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Irvin Conley and Orla

 

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Football player of Glenville

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 Irvin Conley in the Panama Canal Zone

Irvin Franklin Conley was born on April 20, 1919, at Zona in Roane County, West Virginia, one of fifteen children born to Ord and Ethel Gandee Conley. Irvin attended elementary school at Mount Lebanon and then went to Walton High School, graduating as salutatorian in 1938. His high school sweetheart, Orla Kelly, was valedictorian. The Waltonian of that year lists Irvin Conley as Best Sport, Best Athlete, and Most Scholarly Boy. While in high school, Irvin worked as an “off-bearer” at a saw mill. His job included carrying boards on his back to be placed on the lumber stack. He also worked at digging pipeline. 
In the fall of 1938, Irvin entered Glenville State College under an athletic scholarship. He had a muscular back and while at Glenville was nicknamed “Hump.” Irvin played left tackle in Glenville’s first football game of the season--the first football game he had witnessed.
Irvin Conley joined the 150th Anti-Tank Unit of the Spencer National Guard in 1939 and enlisted in the army early in 1941. He served in Panama and was sent to Europe for the 1944 Normandy Invasion as part of the 320th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division.

On July 13, 1944, Irvin Conley, now a sergeant, and his platoon were pinned down by heavy machine gun fire while engaging the enemy. With “courage and coolness under fire,” and in spite of being wounded in the leg, Conley led his men to capture strong enemy positions. For his heroism, Tech. Sgt. Conley was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

Stele in memory of Irvin Franklin
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Circuit of the 320th Infantry Regiment
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Irvin F. CONLEY


Date of death: August 10, 1944
Home of record: Roane County WEST VIRGINIA
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS


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Awarded for actions during the World War II
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS:

        Technical Sergeant Irvin F. Conley (ASN: 20526726), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 320th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 July 1944. Technical Sergeant Conley's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 35th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.


General Orders:

       Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 99 (1944)
Action Date:

       13-Jul-44

Service:

        Army

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INFORMATION & PICTURE SOURCEAmerican Battle Monuments Commission - HonorStates.org - West Virginia Veterans Memorial - Find a Grave - JF PELLOUAIS - Clive TIRLEMONT - Aad.archives.gov
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud
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