Welborn B. GRIFFITH Jr

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NUMERO DE SERVICEO-016194
AGE43 ans
DATE DE NAISSANCE10 novembre 1901
ETATComté de Quanah TEXAS
FAMILLEParents: Welborn Barton & Lula Smith GRIFFITH
GRADEColonel
FONCTIONCommandant
PROFESSION AVANT INCORPORATION TX
DATE D'INCORPORATIONClass of 1925 - West Point
COMPANYHeadQuarters
SERVICEEighth Service Command
ARMYXX Corps
DATE DU DECES16 août 1944griffith welborn b tombe
STATUTKIA
LIEU DU DECESLeves (Eure-et-Loir)
CIMETIEREBRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY de St James

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DECORATION
Légion d'honneurlegion dhonneur
Legion of meritlegion of merit
Croix de Guerre Françaisecroix de guerre
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Distinguished service crossdsc
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Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Colonel Welborn Barton Griffith, Jr. (ASN: 0-16194), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Operations Officer (G-3) with Headquarters, XX Corps, in action against enemy forces on 16 August 1944 at Chartres and Leves, France.

On 16 August 1944, Colonel Griffith entered the city of Chartres, France, in order to check the actual locations and dispositions of units of the 7th Armored Division which was occupying the city.

Upon observing fire being directed at the cathedral in the center of the city, with utter disregard for his own safety, Colonel Griffith, accompanied by an enlisted man, searched the cathedral and finding that there were no enemy troops within, signaled for cessation of fire. Continuing his inspection of outlying positions north of the city, he suddenly encountered about fifteen of the enemy.

He fired several shots at them, then proceeded to the nearest outpost of our forces at which point a tank was located. Arming himself with an M-1 rifle and again with complete disregard for his own safety, Colonel Griffith climbed upon the tank directing it to the enemy forces he had located.

During the advance of the tank he was exposed to intense enemy machinegun, rifle, and rocket-launcher fire and it was during this action, in the vicinity of Leves, France, that he was killed.

General Orders: Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 75 (October 21, 1944) Action

Date: August 16, 1944

Service: Army Rank: Colonel

Company: Headquarters

Division: XX Corps

 

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Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel Welborn Barton Griffith, Jr. (ASN: 0-16194), United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy during World War II.

Colonel Griffith's gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, XX Corps, General Orders No. 24 (1944)

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Company: Headquarters

Division: XX Corps

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HISTOIRE

Welborn Griffith est diplômé de l'Académie militaire américaine de West Point, classe de 1925.

Pendant des siècles, la cathédrale de Chartres était l'un des trésors de la France, et il aurait été détruit sinon pour l'action héroïque du colonel Griffith.

Après avoir cherché la cathédrale et ne trouvant pas de troupes allemandes, il a sonné les cloches de la cathédrale comme un signe pour les Américains de ne pas tirer.

Il a ensuite été tué en défendant la ville de Lèves.

Chaque année, le 16 Août, les fleurs sont placées en face de l'immeuble où il est mort.

Les résidents de Leves vu tomber et mourir en quelques heures et ils avaient lui recouvert d'une couverture, des bouquets de fleurs et un drapeau américain pour attendre les détails de l'enterrement américain qui l'a enterré dans une tombe temporaire.

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Une plaque, honorant son action héroïque, a également été érigé sur le bâtiment.

 


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