COL Harry Albert “Paddy” Flint

COL Harry Albert “Paddy” Flint

Saint Johnsbury, Caledonia County, Vermont, USA
Death 24 Jul 1944 (aged 56)
Caen, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 2, Site E-310 WH
Memorial ID 42924752 · View Source
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US Army Officer. He graduated from West Point in 1912 and was a career officer, serving in World War I and holding positions of increasing rank and responsibility throughout the 1920s and 1930s. As a supply officer in North Africa in 1941, he was by regulation too old to serve in combat and also recovering from an injury that left him temporarily blind and without the use of his voice, but through the influence of friends including Generals Patton and Eisenhower he was assigned command of the 56th Armored Infantry Regiment. In 1943 Flint was assigned to command the 9th Infantry Division's 39th Regiment in Sicily. He led the regiment during the Italian campaign, and then in Normandy after D-Day. As commander of the 39th, Flint created the famous unofficial motto, "Anything, Anywhere, Anytime, Bar Nothing!" which was abbreviated AAA-O. He had this logo painted on his helmet and it soon spread throughout the regiment, vastly improving cohesion and morale. During fighting on Normandy's Saint-Lô-Périers road, the 39th was stopped by mortar fire, and Flint moved forward with a patrol to reconnoiter. Spotting enemy pillboxes, he radioed for reinforcements. A tank soon arrived, which he rode on as it attacked the German positions. After the driver was wounded Flint moved forward on foot and was hit by a sniper as he was leading his patrol into a farmhouse for cover. He died the following day, was originally buried in a military cemetery near Ste. Mere Eglise, and was later reinterred at Arlington. Colonel Flint's honors and decorations included two awards of the Distinguished Service Cross and two awards of the Silver Star. There is also a cenotaph to Flint's memory at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for COL Harry Albert “Paddy” Flint (12 Feb 1888–24 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42924752, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Bill McKern (contributor 46817687) .