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Maj William Graham Gillis, Jr
Birth: Oct. 7, 1917
Death: Sep. 30, 1944

MAJ, 320 INF, 35 INF DIV WORLD WAR II

*Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William Graham Gillis, Jr. (0-23909), Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 320th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 September 1944. Major Gillis' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 35th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 114 (1944)
Home Town: Cameron, Texas
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Silver Star Citation:
Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Major (Infantry) William Graham Gillis, Jr. (ASN: 0-23909), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 320th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, in action in the vicinity of ****, France. Upon assuming command of the 1st Battalion, 320th Infantry Regiment on 10 August 1944, Major Gillis was assigned the mission of taking high ground near ****, and making contact with an infantry battalion that had been isolated in that area for five days. He led his battalion to the base of the high ground, and although cut off by strong pockets of enemy resistance, brought supplies and equipment to his troops by infiltration. After reorganizing his battalion, he led an assault that resulted in taking the objective on 12 August in the face of very strong enemy resistance, including tanks. He made contact with the isolated battalion, rendered medical aid and supplied such food as was available, and brought under American control all of the commanding high ground east of ****. Throughout this action, Major Gillis, although himself wounded in the hand, accompanied leading elements of his battalion and inspired the troops under his command by his skillful leadership, tenacity of purpose, courage, coolness, positive action and utter disregard for personal safety.

Thank you to contributor BeNotForgot (#46974545)
for the following information:

From his Texas certificate of death
Name: William Graham Gillis Jr
Death Date: 01 Oct 1944
Gender: Male
Race: White
Death Age: 26 years 11 months 13 days
Birth Date: 17 Oct 1917
Birthplace: Cameron, Texas
Marital Status: Married
Father's Name: W.G. Gillis
Father's Birthplace: Milam Co., Texas
Mother's Name: Lulu Chambers
Mother's Birthplace: Cameron, Texas
Occupation: Army Major, U.S. Army
Place of Residence: Cameron, Milam County, Texas
Burial Place: Cameron, Texas
Burial Date: 18 Dec 1948
[Reburial. Killed in World War II. Gramercy
Gramercy Forest near Nancy]

Informant: Lulu Gillis, Cameron, Texas

FATHER
Judge William Graham Gillis
Find A Grave Memorial#
106859550

MOTHER
Lulu C Gillis
Find A Grave Memorial#
22275389

 
 
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 Parents:
  William Graham Gillis (1880 - 1944)
  Lulu Chambers Gillis (1884 - 1970)
 
 Siblings:
  Baby Boy Gillis (____ - 1914)*
  William Graham Gillis (1917 - 1944)
  Baby Gillis (1922 - 1922)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery
Cameron
Milam County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Jeff Hall
Record added: Jun 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92396882
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A sincere Thank You
- Susan
 Added: Jun. 2, 2014

- Paull B. Gunderson
 Added: Mar. 15, 2013

- BeNotForgot
 Added: Mar. 21, 2013
 
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