|Birth: ||Mar. 16, 1910|
|Death: ||Jun. 9, 1944, Italy|
HOWARD C. CRYE, Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Army. Home addms : Hugo, Choctaw County. Mrs. Howard C. Crye, Wife, 1010 East Jefferson, Hugo. Born March 16, 1910. Enlisted September, 1937. Decorations : Order of the Purple Heart; Silver Star; Oak Leaf Cluster; two Citations for Wantry in Action. The second Citation stated : ' 'When the infantry advance guard became pinned down by machine gun fire from an enemy pill box, Lieutenant Colonel Crye accompanied by two men and in the face of heavy fire, charged the enemy position from a distance of 60 feet and destroyed the enemy guns with hand grenades. This enabled our troops to continue their progregs unimpeded. . . ." Highly regarded by Regimental Headquartem; even before attaining the rank of captain
Page 6 was summoned to participate in the planing of attacks on the enemy. Died June 9, 1944, in action Italy
The 45th Division Crosses the Volturno
The first efforts of the 45th Division together with those of the 4th Ranger Battalion, commanded by Lt. Col. Roy A. Murray, Jr., were to be directed toward taking Venafro, and cutting Highway 6 northwest of Mignano (Map No. 25, page 88). Company F, 180th Infantry, crossed the Volturno below Sesto Campano on the night of 2/3 November and went into position around that village high on the terraced slopes of Mount Calvello. The 4th Ranger Battalion then went across the river at 1800 on 3 November to drive over the mountains west of Sesto Campano toward Highway 6. The remainder of the 2d Battalion, 180th Infantry, crossed the river to the rear of the 3d Division southeast of Presenzano at 2000, climbed up the steep slopes of Mount Alto, and advanced northwest to occupy the ridge running from La Majo Hill through Rocca Pipirozzi. The battalion reorganized before midnight on the slopes of Mount Calvello and moved on to take Rocca Pipirozzi, a little stone village clustered around an old castle on one of the peaks of the narrow ridge.
The terrain over which the 2d Battalion, 180th Infantry, moved on the night of 3/4 November is extremely rugged. Men often had to use the bushes and rocks to pull themselves up the steep mountainsides. Maps were of little value in the darkness, and by dawn no one knew his exact location. Capt. Howard C. Crye and Capt. Elmer C. Dugger, climbing to reconnoiter the top of a ridge to the front, discovered over a crest a group of German officers. Capt. Crye waved to them and they politely returned the greeting. The two American officers walked off as nonchalantly as possible, gradually increasing their speed as they approached a nearby stone wall, and finally made a break toward it for cover. Capt. Crye's subsequent plan for capturing the officers failed, and the attempt started a fierce conflict for Rocca Pipirozzi.
LT C Howard C. Crye
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: Choctaw County, OK
CRYE Howard C. Block 8 space 6---- 3-16-1910 -------6-9-1944 Daddy
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. II Tim. 4:7
Pearl Marie Butler Crye (1914 - 2005)*
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Created by: Edith Wilson
Record added: Aug 21, 2007
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