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Lt Col. Clay Elwood McCullough


Parents: Mr. & Mrs. J. E. McCullough

Born: 2 April 1906 - River Forest, Illinois

Parents: John E. McCullough & Daisy M. McCartney-McCullough

Siblings: 1 brother

Home:

    - 815 South Sixteenth Avenue - Maywood, Illinois

Education:

    - Irving Grade School

    - Proviso Township High School

        - Class of 1924

    - Crane Junior College - Chicago, Illinois

    - University of Illinois

        - 1927 - 1930

Occupation: Engineer - Universal Atlas Cement Company

Wife: Dorothy

Children: 1 son

Enlisted: Illinois National Guard - Headquarters Company - Chicago

    - 3 May 1929 - 25 June 1929 - private

    - 1 July 1929 - commissioned 2nd Lieutenant -Ordnance Department

        - Graduated from Ordnance Field Service School - National Guard Officers'

          Maintenance Course - 1936

    - 3 August 1936 - 1st Lieutenant

    - 3 May 1937 - Captain - Ordnance

        - transferred to infantry as a captain - 23 July 1937 

Inducted:

    - U.S. Army

        - April 1942

Serial Number: O&265805

Training: 

    - Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - Fort Benning, Georgia

    - Fort Belvoir, Virginia

    - Camp Bowie, Texas

Unit: 124th Engineer Battalion, 13th Armored Division, 3rd Army

Engagements:

    - France

    - Germany

        - May 1945 - wounded in right upper chest and leg

Died:

    - 3 June 1945 - died of wounds - Cambridge, England

Buried: 

    - Cambridge American Military Cemetery - Cambridge, England

        - Plot:  D  Row:  6  Grave: 83

Medals:

    - Purple Heart

    - Silver Star
            Citation Read: For gallantry in action in Germany.  On 15 April 1945, in operations near Plattling and Memming, Germany, advance of the entire division was stymied on the north bank of the Isar River.  His energetic, personal reconnaissance, technical skill and sound judgement enabled troops to effect a successful crossing with minimum delay despite heavy concentration of enemy artillery fire.  While engaged in the selection of a suitable site for the river crossing, Lt. Col. McCullough was severely wounded.  The courageous and heroic devotion to duty displayed by this officer are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Services.  


 


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