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Theodore Roosevelt, Jr
Birth: Sep. 13, 1887
Cove Neck
Nassau County
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 12, 1944, France

United States Army General, World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. First born son of 26th United States President Theodore Roosevelt. A Brigadier General in the United States Army Reserves and a veteran of the First World War, he was activated for the Second World War, and died of a heart attack in Normandy following the invasion of France. After the war, he and his brother Quentin, a First World War casualty, were buried side by side at the US Military Cemetery, Colville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. The monument stone from Quentin's original grave was moved to a place of honor on the lawn of the Roosevelt home, Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. won every award and decoration available to a United States soldier, including the Congressional Medal of Honor. His official CMOH citation reads: For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, in France. After 2 verbal requests to accompany the leading assault elements in the Normandy invasion had been denied, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt's written request for this mission was approved and he landed with the first wave of the forces assaulting the enemy-held beaches. He repeatedly led groups from the beach, over the seawall and established them inland. His valor, courage, and presence in the very front of the attack and his complete unconcern at being under heavy fire inspired the troops to heights of enthusiasm and self-sacrifice. Although the enemy had the beach under constant direct fire, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt moved from one locality to another, rallying men around him, directed and personally led them against the enemy. Under his seasoned, precise, calm, and unfaltering leadership, assault troops reduced beach strong points and rapidly moved inland with minimum casualties. He thus contributed substantially to the successful establishment of the beachhead in France. Rank and organization: brigadier general, U.S. Army. Place and date: Normandy invasion, 6 June 1944. Entered service at: Oyster Bay, N.Y. Birth: Oyster Bay, N.Y. G.O. No.: 77, 28 September 1944. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett) 
 
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  Eleanor Alexander Roosevelt (1888 - 1960)

Cause of death: Heart attack
 
Burial:
Youngs Memorial Cemetery *
Oyster Bay
Nassau County
New York, USA
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Record added: Jul 26, 1999
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