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Lieut James Holt Green

Lieut James Holt Green

Birth
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Death 26 Jan 1945 (aged 35)
Austria
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
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Memorial ID 56370733 · View Source
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James served as a Lieutenant, Office of Strategic Services, U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in North Carolina prior to the war. Some records note that he was actually from Charleston, South Carolina and he has been noted as a socially prominent textile manufacturer in Charleston, South Carolina prior to the war. He originally tried to join the Army but was declared "physically unfit". He then tried to join the Navy and was excepted by them.

The Office of Strategic Services, of which he was a member, was a United States intelligence agency formed during World War II. It was the main World War II intelligence agency, and a predecessor of today's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Information on this office's records and activities were not released until 2008.

Lt. James H. Green was a member, and commander, of what was called the "Dawes Team". The Dawes Team was sent into Czechoslovakia (Present Day Slovakia) to rescue downed American/Allied airmen on September 17, 1944. The original team included Lt. James H. Green, Cpl Robert R. Brown, S/Sgt Joseph J. Horvath, and M/Sgt Jerry G. Mican. Later in September they were joined by a two man team with the code name of "Houseboat" which included SP(X)2 Charles S. Heller and Private John Schwartz.

On October 7, 1944 a team called the "Bowery Team" were sent to the region and that team was comprised of 1st Lt. Tibor K. Keszthelyi, Steve Catlos, and civilians using the code names Francis Moly and Stephen Cora.

On October 17, 1944 Lt. James H. Gaul, Lane Miller, William McGregor, Kenneth Lain, J. Dunlevy and photographer Nelson Paris, joined the "Dawes Team".

Sometime in October, 1st Lt. Francis Perry was sent in under code name "Dare" to join the "Dawes Team". He was to represent the German Austrian desk collecting information on Slovak headquarters and exploring the possibility of courier routes over the frontier. Two other civilians also were dropped at the same time. Emil Tomes, an American who lived in Slovakia, was sent in to work independently on counterintelligence, and Associated Press correspondent Joseph Morton.

Lt. James H. Green was captured by the German SS in Czechoslovakia (Present Day Slovakia) and was taken to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Austria.

James was tortured and then "Executed While A POW" by the German SS. His remains were cremated. He was awarded the "Distinguished Service Cross" (see below), Prisoner Of War Medal, and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-246370

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OSS members executed at Mauthausen Concentration Camp:

Baranski, Edward V ~ Capt, Army, Illinois, "Day Team"
Brown, Robert R ~ Corp, Army, Illinois, "Dawes Team"
Gaul, James H ~ Lt, Navy, New York, "Dawes Team"
Green, James Holt ~ Lt, Navy, North Carolina, "Dawes Team"
Heller, Charles S ~ SP(X)2, Navy, Illinois, "Dawes Team"
Horvath, Joseph J ~ S/Sgt, Army, Ohio, "Dawes Team"
Keszthelyi, Tibor K ~ 1st Lt, Army, New York, "Bowery Team"
Mican, Jerry G ~ M/Sgt, Army, Illinois, "Dawes Team"
Morton, Joseph ~ Civilian, War correspondent, AP, "Dawes Team"
Paris, Nelson B ~ PhoM1C, Navy, Oregon, "Dawes Team"
Pavletich, Daniel ~ Civilian, "Day Team"
Perry, Francis ~ 1st Lt, Army, New York, "Dawes Team"

British Military executed at Mauthausen Concentration Camp:

Sehmer, John ~ Maj, Army, British

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Two others, with the last names of "Willis" & "Wilson" were also executed with the above group. It is unknown if they were American Military, British Military, or civilians.

Steve J. Catlos, who was an U.S. Army Soldier and a member of the "Bowery Team" evaded capture and survived the war.

Private John Schwartz, William McGregor, Kenneth Lain, and J. Dunlevy members of the "Dawes Team" all became POW's and survived the war.

Anton Novak, a civilian with the "Day Team" escaped capture and survived the war.

( Above Bio & Group Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

Information on him being a member of the Office of Strategic Services and being interred at Epinal supplied by Dwight "Andy" Anderson.

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Below citation submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson.

Lt. James Holt Green

Distinguished Service Cross Citation:

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant James Holt Green (NSN: 0-246370), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 2677th Regiment, Office of Strategic Services, in action against enemy forces from 17 September 1944 to 26 December 1944.

With full knowledge of the extreme hazards involved, Lieutenant Green volunteered for an intelligence mission into the heart of enemy-occupied Czechoslovakia.

As the mission's commanding officer, he was instrumental in obtaining military information of great value to the Allied cause, and in affecting the rescue and evacuation of a large number of downed Allied airmen.

Until deterioration of the fighting front in Czechoslovakia rendered further operations impractical, the group under his resourceful guidance operated successfully behind enemy lines for several weeks under conditions of utmost peril and hardship.

A constant flow of intelligence was transmitted to Allied authorities on such matters as the disposition and strength of enemy forces, situation reports of resistance activities, with estimates as to arms requirements for the supply of resistance forces; accurate and detailed reports on the results of Allied bombing, and designation of future bombing objectives.

Lieutenant Green, through his brilliant leadership and his courageous and efficient performance, as commanding officer of the mission, until his capture and subsequent execution by the enemy, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Services.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 293 (1945)

Action Date: September 17 - December 26, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Company B
Regiment: 2677 Regiment

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56370733
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut James Holt Green (8 Oct 1909–26 Jan 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56370733, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .