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Pvt Thomas E King

Pvt Thomas E King

Birth
South Carolina, USA
Death 3 Sep 1944 (aged 31–32)
France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot B Row 28 Grave 14
Memorial ID 56373484 · View Source
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Son of Mexie G. King who resided in Leo, South Carolina.

Thomas served as a Private, 22nd Engineer Battalion, 5th Armored Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in South Carolina prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 3, 1942 at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Skilled pattern and model maker and also as Single, without dependents.

Thomas was "Killed In Action" in France during the war. He was awarded the "Distinguished Service Cross" and the Purple Heart.

Service # 34213697

(Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett)

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Distinguished Service Cross

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 Private Thomas E. King (ASN: 34213697), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 22d Armored Engineer Battalion, 5th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 September 1944, in France. Detecting an enemy armored column as it approached his outpost on a narrow city street, Private King, without hesitation and with utter disregard for his life, engaged the column single-handedly with his machine gun. His position offered no protection from the continuous point-blank fire of machine guns, pistols and grenades hurled by the enemy, but Private King remained staunch as the enemy reached a point less than ten yards away. Although his rifle belt was shot from his hips, this valiant soldier continued to pour devastating fire from his weapon until it suddenly jammed. Private King was frantically attempting to put his gun into operation when he was mortally wounded by a burst of enemy fire. His courageous and valorous efforts deterred the enemy column long enough to permit his company and adjacent units to secure positions and to inflict disastrous casualties and heavy loss of equipment on the enemy. Private King's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Armored Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders:
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 3 (January 4, 1945)

Action Date: 3-Sep-44
Service: Army Rank: Private
Battalion: 22d Armored Engineer Battalion
Division: 5th Armored Division

Citation submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson.

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56373484
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Thomas E King (1912–3 Sep 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56373484, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .