Sgt John G Colflesh, Jr

Sgt John G Colflesh, Jr

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 1 Nov 1944 (aged 21)
France
Burial Draguignan, Departement du Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Memorial ID 56510566 · View Source
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Entered the service from Pennsylvania.

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Sergeant John Gaul Colflesh, Jr. was the son of John and Pauline R. Colflesh of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. Drexel Hill is on the west side of Philadelphia.
In the 1930 census, 6-year-old John is living with his parents, siblings Paul 4, Robert 3, and his paternal grandfather Ettevine J Colflesh 72, on Alexander Avenue in Chester, Burlington County, New Jersey. Chester is 30 miles due west of Newark. His father is a salesman for a dairy.
The 1st Special Service Force (also called The Devil's Brigade, The Black Devils, The Black Devils' Brigade, and Freddie's Freighters), was an elite American-Canadian commando unit in World War II, under command of the United States Fifth Army. The unit was organized in 1942 and trained at Fort William Henry Harrison near Helena, Montana in the United States. The Force served in the Aleutian Islands, and fought in Italy, and southern France before being disbanded in December 1944.
On 14 August 1944, the 1st SSF landed on the islands of Port Cros and Île du Levant during Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France. They fought the small Battle of Port Cros in which they captured the five forts on the islands from the German Army. Nine men were killed in action or died of wounds received in combat. On 22 August it was attached to the 1st Airborne Task Force, a provisional Seventh Army airborne division, and later made part of the Task Force. On 7 September it moved with the 1st Airborne Task Force to defensive positions on the Franco-Italian border.
The NARA WWII casualty listings by state and county show Colflesh, John G Jr., Sgt from Philadelphia County as killed in action 1 Nov 1944.


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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56510566
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt John G Colflesh, Jr (22 May 1923–1 Nov 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56510566, citing Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial, Draguignan, Departement du Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .