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 William Johnson “Jeff” Heath

William Johnson “Jeff” Heath

Birth
Corning, Steuben County, New York, USA
Death 6 Jul 2009 (aged 87)
Hammondsport, Steuben County, New York, USA
Burial Wayne, Steuben County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 150747423 · View Source
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Veteran World War II
2nd LT US Army
Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

HEADQUARTERS

UNITED STATES FIFTH ARMY
FIERENZE ITALY APO 346

3 May 1945

SILVER STAR
CITATION
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WILLIAM J HEATH 2nd LT. 02345405 UNITED STATES ARMY for gallantry in combat on 22 April 1945 at Roverieto Italy. When his regiment was cut off from supporting forces and under intense counter attack Lt. Heath single handedly captured intact an enemy tank and without consideration for his own life, charged the attacking enemy with such daring and ingenuity that he completely demoralized the leading elements of the German 23rd Panzer Division. When the vehicle was demolished by enemy fire Lt. Heath continued the fight with small arms alone. His heroic actions were responsible for the known killing of 34 of the enemy and the capture of 15 others and the routing of the counter attack to allow his own forces to hold a vital position until relief arrived.

Such heroism is indicative of the highest traditions of the UNITED STATES ARMY.

LT. HEATH entered the military service from Corning, New York and received a Field Commission in action against the enemy.

By order of Lt. General Mark Clark
ACD Office
Fifth Army Hqrts,
(Signed T.K. Lacey)
T.K. Lacey
Asst. Adj. Gen.

Cenotaph. Cremains scattered at Wixson Cemetery where William J Heath's Find A Grave Memorial is # 117080554.


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  • Created by: Buddy Leech
  • Added: 14 Aug 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 150747423
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Johnson “Jeff” Heath (17 Oct 1921–6 Jul 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 150747423, citing McDowell Cemetery, Wayne, Steuben County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Buddy Leech (contributor 48703475) .