James Henry Mills

James Henry Mills

Birth
Fort Meade, Polk County, Florida, USA
Death 11 Nov 1973 (aged 50)
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, USA
Burial
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Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, USA
Plot Block 528, Lot 7
Memorial ID 7137020 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Private in the United States Army in Company F, 15th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for action near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy on May 24, 1944. His citation reads "Continuing on to the position, he captured a fourth soldier. When it became apparent that an assault on the strongpoint would in all probability cause heavy casualties on the platoon, Pvt. Mills voluneered to cover the advance down a shallow ditch to a point within 50 yards of the objective. Standing on the bank in full view of the enemy less than 100 yards away, he shouted and fired his rifle directly into the position. His ruse worked exactly as planned. The enemy centered his fire on Pvt. Mills. Tracers passed within inches of his body, rifle and machine-pistol bullets ricocheted off the rocks at his feet. Yet he stood there firing until his rifle was empty. Intent on covering the movement of his platoon, Pvt. Mills jumped into the draw, reloaded his weapon, climbed out again, and continued to lay down a base of fire. Repeating this action four times, he enabled his platoon to reach the designated spot undiscovered, from which position it assaulted and overwhelmed the enemy, capturing 22 Germans and taking the objective without casualties."

Bio by: Don Morfe


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Don Morfe
  • Added: 1 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7137020
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Henry Mills (2 May 1923–11 Nov 1973), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7137020, citing Oak Hill Burial Park, Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .