|Birth: ||Jul. 18, 1918|
|Death: ||Oct. 2, 1944|
Departement du Morbihan
Jack was raised in Hatboro Montgomery County, PA. He was the only child of John L. Sr. and Elsie (Earl) Atkinson. He was a graduate of Hatboro High School. He also attended Brown Prep. School. He was attending Stroudsburg State Teachers College when he was inducted into the US army in August 1941. The following is a transcription of an article about him that was in the newspaper.
The Article is entitled "Posthumous Award To Hatboro Soldier"
The Silver Star Medal was posthumously awarded to Technician Fifth Grade John L. Atkinson, Jr., of Hatboro. The presentation was made to his widow, Mrs. Doris M. Atkinson, R.N. at Abington Hospital, Abington. The citation is as follows:
"For gallantry in action in France. On 2 October, 1944, near Lorient, France, Technician Atkinson was a member of a combat patrol that was cut off and surrounded by the enemy. Assuming command when the patrol leader was wounded he volunteered to attempt to knock out an enemy machine gun that was firing on the group. Placing his men in position to cover his advance and firing from the hip, he boldly advanced upon the enemy and although mortally wounded, continued to bring accurate fire upon the enemy until they abandoned the weapon and fled in complete disorder. Technician Atkinson's fearless actions will live on in the memory of the men with whom he fought."
The presentation was made by Lt. Charles R. Stiff, of the Norristown Recruiting Station.
He was also a recipient of the Purple Heart. A Graduate of Haboro High School he attended Bloomsburg State Teachers Collage for two years and was at Stroudsburg Teachers College when he enlisted.
John Lee Atkinson (1890 - 1984)
Elsie W Earl Atkinson (1897 - 1952)
Doris Marie Beidler Cochran (1922 - 2012)
Note: Entered the service from Pennsylvania
Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement de la Manche
Plot: Plot N Row 5 Grave 5
Maintained by: Ben Cooper
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
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John L. Atkinson, Jr. |
Technician 5th Class, U.S. Army
Service # 33099195
301st Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division
Entered the Service from: Pennsylvania
Buried at: Plot N Row 5 Grave 5
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