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Sgt Julius A. “Rusty” Houck

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Sgt Julius A. “Rusty” Houck Veteran

Birth
Ojibwa, Sawyer County, Wisconsin, USA
Death
6 Jun 1944 (aged 22)
Caen, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Burial
Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Add to Map
Plot
F Row 19 Grave 17
Memorial ID
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Julius A. (Rusty) Houck was the eldest son of Lawrence and Margaret Houck of Ojibwa, Sawyer, Wisconsin. Julius was born on August 28, 1921. He had three brothers, William, Ronnie and Kenneth. The Houck brothers would grow up in the 1930's in Couderay, Sawyer, Wisconsin where their father worked as a butcher in a local food store and their mother maintained the home.

In 1942 Julius join the US Army as a member of the 101st Airborne - 506 Parachute Infantry...Screaming Eagles. The 101st Airborne - Fox Company training began at Camp Toccoa in Georgia at the foot of Currahee Mountain in 1942 under the command of 2nd Lt. Ronald C. Speirs. It was here that Rusty would learn the discipline, gain the conditioning and skills that made the 101st Airborne 506th one of the elite units in WW II.

Company D was deployed in the first wave on D-Day June 6, 1944. Rusty was one of the reinforcements from Fox Company, led by 2nd Lt. Ronald C. Speirs, Company D, who arrived to complete the assault on the fourth and last gun at Brecourt Manor. Speirs had a reputation as an excellent and extremely aggressive officer and he led his men against the last gun position by running outside the trenches and exposing themselves to enemy fire. Rusty Houck was one of two men who made the ultimate sacrifice, together with one who was wounded.

Rusty was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart posthumously. Sgt. Julius Houck is buried at the American - Row 19 Normandy Cemetery & Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer France.
Julius A. (Rusty) Houck was the eldest son of Lawrence and Margaret Houck of Ojibwa, Sawyer, Wisconsin. Julius was born on August 28, 1921. He had three brothers, William, Ronnie and Kenneth. The Houck brothers would grow up in the 1930's in Couderay, Sawyer, Wisconsin where their father worked as a butcher in a local food store and their mother maintained the home.

In 1942 Julius join the US Army as a member of the 101st Airborne - 506 Parachute Infantry...Screaming Eagles. The 101st Airborne - Fox Company training began at Camp Toccoa in Georgia at the foot of Currahee Mountain in 1942 under the command of 2nd Lt. Ronald C. Speirs. It was here that Rusty would learn the discipline, gain the conditioning and skills that made the 101st Airborne 506th one of the elite units in WW II.

Company D was deployed in the first wave on D-Day June 6, 1944. Rusty was one of the reinforcements from Fox Company, led by 2nd Lt. Ronald C. Speirs, Company D, who arrived to complete the assault on the fourth and last gun at Brecourt Manor. Speirs had a reputation as an excellent and extremely aggressive officer and he led his men against the last gun position by running outside the trenches and exposing themselves to enemy fire. Rusty Houck was one of two men who made the ultimate sacrifice, together with one who was wounded.

Rusty was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart posthumously. Sgt. Julius Houck is buried at the American - Row 19 Normandy Cemetery & Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer France.

Inscription

Julius A. Houck
SGT 506 PRCHT INF 101 ABN DIV
Indiana - June 6, 1944




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  • Maintained by: Bill Blake
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: Aug 8, 2010
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56645781/julius_a-houck: accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Julius A. “Rusty” Houck (28 Aug 1921–6 Jun 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56645781, citing Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France; Maintained by Bill Blake (contributor 47575608).