|Death: ||Feb. 25, 1945|
He enlisted May 18, 1944 at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA. Prior to the war, he lived in Nassau County, FL where he worked as a welder. He was part of the 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, which were called "Trailblazers" as they were the front lines. This is his citation for receiving the Distinguished Service Cross:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sampson J. Stephens (34946539), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 February 1945. On that date, the enemy counterattacked positions held by Private Stephens' company. When an assaulting tank threatened to break through, Private Stephens, with complete disregard for his own safety advanced alone through intense fire, armed only with a rocket launcher. Although under direct enemy observation he obtained a position within 15 yards of the tank and put it out of action with one round of fire. Private Stephens fought on with characteristic aggressiveness with his unit until he was killed by enemy fire on 25 February 1945. Private Stephens' 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 70th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 100 (May 11, 1945)
Home Town: Nassau County, Florida
He was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
May 6, 1945 was Victory in Europe. He served our nation for 8 months.
Note: Entered the Service from Florida.
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement des Vosges
Maintained by: Linda Davis
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
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