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Col John Riley Mitchell

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Col John Riley Mitchell

Birth
Canton, Haywood County, North Carolina, USA
Death 20 Oct 2001 (aged 81)
West Columbia, Lexington County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Beaufort, Beaufort County, South Carolina, USA
Plot Section 65, Site 31
Memorial ID 12341722 View Source
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January 1943 graduate of the United States Military Academy. Chose Armor upon graduation. Joined the 10th Armored Division as a reconnaissance platoon leader. Starting at Omaha Beach, he forged through France, participated in the Battle of the Bulge and was in southern Bavaria by VE Day. During the start of the Occupation, he was transferred to the Third U.S. Army Headquaraters while General George Patton was still commander.

Served during the Korean conflict with the Eight U.S. Army and Headquarters, Far East Command. His second tour was as commander, 2nd Squadron, 10th Cavalry. During the Vietnam War, he was commander, 6th Armored Cavalry Regiment, which was prepared for overseas duty but never deployed.

Recipient of three Legion of Merits, Bronze Star with V Device and two clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, three Commendation Medals and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and La Medaille de Metz.

Preceded in death by his wife, Christine Morrison Pate.

Extracted from information orginally published in ASSEMBLY, September/October 2002.


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