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Joe R. Hastings
Birth: Apr. 8, 1925
Death: Apr. 16, 1945

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was killed in action. He served as a Private First Class in the United States Army in Company C, 386th Infantry, 97th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on April 12, 1945 at Drabenderhohe, Germany. His citation in part reads "Observing that the 3d Platoon to his right was being met by very heavy 40-mm and machine-gun fire, he ran 150 yards with his gun to the leading elements of that unit, where he killed the crew of the 40-mm gun. As spearhead of the 3d Platoon's attack, he advanced, firing his gun held at hip height, disregarding the bullets that whipped past him, until the assault had carried 175 yards to the objective. In this charge he and the riflemen he led killed or wounded many of the fanatical enemy and put two machine guns out of action. Pfc. Hastings, by his intrepidity, outstanding leadership, and unrelenting determination to wipe out the formidable German opposition, cleared the path for his company's advance into Drabenderhohe. He was killed four days later while again supporting the 3d Platoon."  (bio by: Don Morfe) 
 
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Magnolia Cemetery
Magnolia
Stark County
Ohio, USA
 
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Record added: Apr 06, 2004
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