Pvt Sampson Juru Stephens

Pvt Sampson Juru Stephens

Birth
Flagler Beach, Flagler County, Florida, USA
Death 25 Feb 1945 (aged 19)
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot A Row 27 Grave 18
Memorial ID 56375734 · View Source
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He enlisted May 18, 1944 at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA. Prior to the war, he lived in Nassau County, FL where he worked as a welder. He was part of the 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, which were called "Trailblazers" as they were the front lines. This is his citation for receiving the Distinguished Service Cross:

Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sampson J. Stephens (34946539), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 February 1945. On that date, the enemy counterattacked positions held by Private Stephens' company. When an assaulting tank threatened to break through, Private Stephens, with complete disregard for his own safety advanced alone through intense fire, armed only with a rocket launcher. Although under direct enemy observation he obtained a position within 15 yards of the tank and put it out of action with one round of fire. Private Stephens fought on with characteristic aggressiveness with his unit until he was killed by enemy fire on 25 February 1945. Private Stephens' 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 70th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 100 (May 11, 1945)
Home Town: Nassau County, Florida

He was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
May 6, 1945 was Victory in Europe. He served our nation for 8 months.

Gravesite Details Entered the Service from Florida.

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  • Maintained by: Linda Davis
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56375734
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Sampson Juru Stephens (8 Feb 1926–25 Feb 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56375734, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Linda Davis (contributor 46609907) .