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PFC John Wadsworth Gordon

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PFC John Wadsworth Gordon Veteran

Birth
Winnetka, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death
17 Jan 1945 (aged 32)
Reipertswiller, Departement du Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
Burial
Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France Add to Map
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PRESS RELEASE | July 18, 2022

Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Gordon, J.)

WASHINGTON – The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pfc. John W. Gordon, 32, killed during World War II, was accounted for July 13, 2022.

In January 1945, Gordon was assigned to Company G, 2nd Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. The unit was engaged with German forces during the Battle of Reipertswiller in France. On Jan. 17, Gordon was killed when his company, which had been cut off from allied forces the day before, was subjected to a German counterattack. By Jan. 20, all of the men from Company G had been killed or captured, and American forces were unable to recover Gordon's body.

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Gordon's personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000LkuTEAS.

Contributor: usafdo (48612389) & Contributor: Andy (48021049)
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He was killed when five companies of the 45th Division's 157 regiment managed to penetrate German defensive positions and were cut off by the elite 6th SS Mountain Division. After three days with food running low and small arms growing short the remaining soldiers formed a small defensive perimeter, placing the wounded in foxholes so they could be cared for by those still fighting. By the 20th the end was near and with only 125 a able-bodied soldiers left, they attempted to infiltrate out. No one wanted to surrender to the SS after the news of the Malmedy Massacre in the Ardennes had spread. But in the end only two men reached Allied lines. Casualties for the month were 32 KIA, 24WIA, 472 MIA and 70 known prisoners.
PRESS RELEASE | July 18, 2022

Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Gordon, J.)

WASHINGTON – The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pfc. John W. Gordon, 32, killed during World War II, was accounted for July 13, 2022.

In January 1945, Gordon was assigned to Company G, 2nd Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. The unit was engaged with German forces during the Battle of Reipertswiller in France. On Jan. 17, Gordon was killed when his company, which had been cut off from allied forces the day before, was subjected to a German counterattack. By Jan. 20, all of the men from Company G had been killed or captured, and American forces were unable to recover Gordon's body.

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Gordon's personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000LkuTEAS.

Contributor: usafdo (48612389) & Contributor: Andy (48021049)
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He was killed when five companies of the 45th Division's 157 regiment managed to penetrate German defensive positions and were cut off by the elite 6th SS Mountain Division. After three days with food running low and small arms growing short the remaining soldiers formed a small defensive perimeter, placing the wounded in foxholes so they could be cared for by those still fighting. By the 20th the end was near and with only 125 a able-bodied soldiers left, they attempted to infiltrate out. No one wanted to surrender to the SS after the news of the Malmedy Massacre in the Ardennes had spread. But in the end only two men reached Allied lines. Casualties for the month were 32 KIA, 24WIA, 472 MIA and 70 known prisoners.

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Entered the Service from Illinois.



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