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 Ernest “Chief” Childers

Ernest “Chief” Childers

Birth
Broken Arrow, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 17 Mar 2005 (aged 87)
Broken Arrow, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Broken Arrow, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot Veterans Field of Honor F21A
Memorial ID 10632724 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. A native of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Childers served as a Second Lieutenant, United States Army, 45th Infantry Division. Childers was awarded his Medal of Honor for action at Oliveto, Italy, on September 22, 1943, during World War II. Childers citation reads-For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action on 22 September 1943, at Oliveto, Italy. Although 2d Lt. Childers previously had just suffered a fractured instep he, with 8 enlisted men, advanced up a hill toward enemy machinegun nests. The group advanced to a rock wall overlooking a cornfield and 2d Lt. Childers ordered a base of fire laid across the field so that he could advance. When he was fired upon by 2 enemy snipers from a nearby house he killed both of them. He moved behind the machinegun nests and killed all occupants of the nearer one. He continued toward the second one and threw rocks into it. When the 2 occupants of the nest raised up, he shot 1. The other was killed by 1 of the 8 enlisted men. 2d Lt. Childers continued his advance toward a house farther up the hill, and single-handed, captured an enemy mortar observer. The exceptional leadership, initiative, calmness under fire, and conspicuous gallantry displayed by 2d Lt. Childers were an inspiration to his men.

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  • Added: 17 Mar 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10632724
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ernest “Chief” Childers (1 Feb 1918–17 Mar 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10632724, citing Floral Haven Memorial Gardens, Broken Arrow, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .