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2LT Harold M. Freeman

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2LT Harold M. Freeman

Birth
Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, USA
Death 16 Aug 1944 (aged 25)
France
Burial Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 105265535 View Source
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Full military graveside services for 2nd Lt. Harold M. Freeman will be held Thurs. at 2 pm at the Tacoma cemetery. The Rev. J. Renwick McCullough will officiate. Burial will be under the direction of Buckley-King.
Lt. Freeman, 27 when he was killed in action in France Aug. 16, 1944, was born in Yakima and had lived in Tacoma 16 years when he was drafted March 5, 1941, the first to go from the Tacoma post office staff. He was graduated from Lincoln high school in 1936.
In July, 1942, he completed studies at officers candidate school at Fort Warren and became depot supply officer at the 864th ordinance depot at Fort Ord., Calif. Seeking action, he went to the paratrooper's school at Fort Benning, Ga., and was sent overseas May 16, 1944. He saw action in Italy until August, when he was sent to France.
With 60 troopers, Freeman landed in the French village of Les Arc and held the point for two days against 5,000 Germans. Reinforcements were within an hour and a half of the village when the Tacoman was killed.
The Silver Star was awarded to Lieutenant Freeman posthumously for gallantry and exceptional courage in attracting snipers bullets away from his men. Freeman was attached to Company H, 517th Parachute Infantry.
Surviving Lt. Freeman are his widow Jean, now Mrs. Harold M. Evans of Tacoma; a son Mark James; his parents Mr. & Mrs. David H. Freeman of 1421 So. 53rd. St., and a brother Larry of Tacoma.


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