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John Roderick Towle
Birth: Oct. 19, 1924
Death: Sep. 21, 1944

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he served as a Private in Company C, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne, US Army. On September 21, 1944, near Oosterhout, Holland, Private Towle served as rocket launcher gunner occupying a defensive position in the west sector. When a strong enemy force of approximately 100 infantry supported by 2 tanks and a half-track formed for a counterattack, Private Towle left his foxhole and fired his rocket launcher hitting both tanks to his immediate front. He then engaged a nearby house which 9 Germans had entered and with 1 round killed all 9. Replenishing his supply of ammunition, he rushed to an exposed position from which he could engage the enemy half-track with his rocket launcher. While firing on the enemy vehicle, he was mortally wounded by a motor shell. Through his efforts, he saved the lives of many of his comrades and was directly instrumental in breaking up the enemy counterattack. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on March 15, 1945. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery
Cleveland
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Section 60 Lot 53 Grave 1
 
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Record added: Sep 07, 2001
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