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SGT John C. Squires
Birth: May 19, 1925
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Death: May 23, 1944

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Sergeant in the 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery while a Private on the night of April 23 and April 24, 1944 at Spaccasassi Creek, near Padiglione, Italy. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. At the start of his company's attack on strongly held enemy positions in and around Spaccasassi Creek, near Padiglione, Italy, on the night of 23-April 24, 1944, Pfc. Squires, platoon messenger, participating in his first offensive action, braved intense artillery, mortar, and antitank gun fire in order to investigate the effects of an antitank mine explosion on the leading platoon. Despite shells which burst close to him, Pfc. Squires made his way 50 yards forward to the advance element, noted the situation, reconnoitered a new route of advance and informed his platoon leader of the casualties sustained and the alternate route. Acting without orders, he rounded up stragglers, organized a group of lost men into a squad and led them forward. When the platoon reached Spaccasassi Creek and established an outpost, Pfc. Squires, knowing that almost all of the noncommissioned officers were casualties, placed 8 men in position of his own volition, disregarding enemy machinegun, machine-pistol, and grenade fire which covered the creek draw. When his platoon had been reduced to 14 men, he brought up reinforcements twice. On each trip he went through barbed wire and across an enemy minefield, under intense artillery and mortar fire. Three times in the early morning the outpost was counterattacked. Each time Pfc. Squires ignored withering enemy automatic fire and grenades which struck all around him, and fired hundreds of rounds of rifle, Browning automatic rifle, and captured German Spandau machinegun ammunition at the enemy, inflicting numerous casualties and materially aiding in repulsing the attacks. Following these fights, he moved 50 yards to the south end of the outpost and engaged 21 German soldiers in individual machinegun duels at point-blank range, forcing all 21 enemy to surrender and capturing 13 more Spandau guns. Learning the function of this weapon by questioning a German officer prisoner, he placed the captured guns in position and instructed other members of his platoon in their operation. The next night when the Germans attacked the outpost again he killed 3 and wounded more Germans with captured potato-masher grenades and fire from his Spandau gun. Pfc. Squires was killed in a subsequent action." Promoted to Sergeant, he was killed in action a month later. On October 2, 1944 his family was posthumously presented his Medal. 
 
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 Parents:
  Leroy Yeazel Squires (1887 - 1951)
  Mary Bridget Fahey Squires (1891 - 1961)
 
 Siblings:
  Stephen F. Squires (1923 - 2004)*
  John C. Squires (1925 - 1944)
  Martha Lou Squires (1929 - 1932)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Killed in Action
 
Burial:
Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Section A, Site 1359
 
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Record added: Jul 14, 1999
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