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 Paul Luther Bolden

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Paul Luther Bolden

Birth
Hobbs Island, Madison County, Alabama, USA
Death 21 May 1979 (aged 56)
Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA
Burial Owens Cross Roads, Madison County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 7130099 View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Staff Sergeant in Company I, 120th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravert at Petit-Coo, Belgium, on December 23, 1944. His citation reads "He voluntarily attacked a formidable enemy strong point in Petit-Coo, Belgium, when his company was pinned down by extremely heavy automatic and small-arms fire coming from a house 200 yards to the front. Mortar and tank artillery shells pounded the unit, when S/Sgt. Bolden and a comrade, on their own initiative, moved forward into a hail of bullets to eliminate the ever-increasing fire from the German position. Crawling ahead to close with what they knew was a powerfully armed, vastly superior force, the pair reached the house and took up assault positions, S/Sgt. Bolden under a window, his comrade across the street where he could deliver covering fire. In rapid succession, S/Sgt. Bolden hurled a fragmentation grenade and a white phosphorous grenade into the building; and then, fully realizing that he faced tremendous odds, rushed to the door, threw it open and fired into 35 SS troopers who were trying to reorganize themselves after the havoc wrought by the grenades. Twenty Germans died under fire of his submachinegun before he was struck in the shoulder, chest, and stomach by part of a burst which killed his comrade across the street. He withdrew from the house, waiting for the surviving Germans to come out and surrender. When none appeared in the doorway, he summoned his ebbing strength, overcame the extreme pain he suffered and boldly walked back into the house, firing as he went. He had killed the remaining 15 enemy soldiers when his ammunition ran out. S/Sgt. Bolden's heroic advance against great odds, his fearless assault, and his magnificent display of courage in reentering the building where he had been severely wounded cleared the path for his company and insured the success of its mission". His Medal was awarded to him on August 30, 1945.

Bio by: Don Morfe


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IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE MANY MANSIONS

MEDAL OF HONOR
M SGT US ARMY
WORLD WAR II


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  • Originally Created by: Don Morfe
  • Added: 30 Jan 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7130099
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/7130099/paul-luther-bolden : accessed ), memorial page for Paul Luther Bolden (15 Jun 1922–21 May 1979), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7130099, citing Moon Cemetery, Owens Cross Roads, Madison County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .