|Birth: ||Apr. 13, 1923|
|Death: ||Jan. 9, 1945|
Albert James "Pedro" Chestnut Jr., was born April 13, 1923 in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida. In 1943, when he turned 20 years old, he joined the US Army and served in the 346th Infantry, 87th Division, as a Staff Sergeant, in what is known as the Rhineland Campaign. On January 9, 1945, he was killed in action at the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal and the WW II Victory Medal.
He was laid to rest at the American Cemetery at Luxembourg and was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.
He was Albert James Sr and Mattie Lou Duren Chestnut's oldest son, second born. His sisters were Helen, Hazel, Ruth, JoAnne (Joby) and his brother, Hugh Lee (Bud) Chestnut
Note added: January 9, 2015
- JANUARY 9, 1945 -
70 years ago, today… Albert James ‘Pedro’ Chestnut Jr., gave the most precious gift he could possibly give… his life. He gave it willingly and valiantly, as did so many other soldiers that day, to save the world from Nazi tyranny. He was born on April 13, 1923 in Lakeland, Florida to Albert and Mattie Lou Chestnut. In 1943, when he turned 20 years old, he joined the United States Army and served in the 346th Infantry, 87th Division (The Golden Acorn), as a Staff Sergeant, in what is known as the Rhineland Campaign and the Battle of the Bulge. The date was January 9, 1945. His last night on this earth had been snowy, windy and cold, with knee-deep snow on the landscape where he hunkered down with his mates. As the first light of dawn began to appear, the ground suddenly began to quake under the weight of the approaching enemy tanks, as they emerged from the nearby town of Tillet and the cover of the Hais de Tillet woodlands. It was perhaps one of the bloodiest days in World War II history, according to some. Although at the time, he did not know it would be the last sunrise that he would ever see. By days end, he was gone from this world, as were so many other American soldiers, to the place where noble heroes gather after battle. 70 years have passed since that terrible dark day in our family history, but his memory and sacrifice are still fresh in the minds of those who loved him most. Albert James ‘Pedro’ Chestnut Jr., was laid to rest at the American Cemetery at Luxembourg and was awarded the Purple Heart, posthumously. I did not want the 70th anniversary of his death to pass without mentioning his name and without recalling his bravery and sacrifice. In my family, Albert James ‘Pedro’ Chestnut Jr., was a hero and deserves to be honored and remembered for his bravery, gallantry and sacrifice on this 70th anniversary of his death.
Albert James Chestnut (1896 - 1987)
Mattie Lou Duren Chestnut (1901 - 1976)
Helen Louise Chestnut Roberts (1921 - 1994)*
Albert James Chestnut (1923 - 1945)
JoAnne Chestnut Coleman (1933 - 2011)*
Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial
Canton de Luxembourg
Maintained by: Patrick Lombardi
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56060714
In Loving Memory on Memorial Day 2016: SSgt. James Albert Chestnut, Jr.|
Added: May. 30, 2016
Veteran's Day Remembrance - SSgt. Albert James Chestnut, Jr.|
Added: Nov. 11, 2015
In Remembrance of SSgt. Albert James Chestnut, Jr. on the 70th Anniversary of his death.|
Added: Jan. 9, 2015
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