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Paul Bert Huff

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. His citation reads: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, in action on 8 February 1944, near Carano, Italy. Cpl. Huff volunteered to lead a six-man patrol with the mission of determning the location and strength of an enemy unit which was delivering fire on the exposed right flank of his company. The terrain over which he had to travel consisted of exposed, rolling ground, affording the enemy excellent visibility. As the patrol advanced, its members were subjected to small arms and machinegun fire and a concentration of mortar fire, shells bursting within 5 to 10 yards of them and bullets striking the ground at their feet. Moving ahead of his patrol, Cpl. Huff drew fire from three enemy machineguns and a 20-mm. weapon. Realizing the danger confronting his patrol, he advanced alone under deadly fire through a minefield and arrived at a point within 75 yards of the nearest machinegun position. Under direct fire from the rear machinegun, he crawled the remaining 75 yards to the closest emplacement, killed the crew with his submachine gun and destroyed the gun. During this act he fired from a kneeling position, which drew fire from other positions, enabling him to estimate correctly the strength and location of the enemy. Still under concentrated fire, he returned to his patrol and led his men to safety. As a result of the information he gained, a patrol in strength sent out that afternoon, one group under the leadership of Cpl. Huff, succeeded in routing an enemy company of 125 men, killing 27 Germans and capturing 21 others, with a loss of only three patrol members. Cpl. Huff's intrepid leadership and daring combat skill reflect the finest traditions of the American infantryman. Paul B. Huff retired from the United States Army as a Command Sargeant Major, the service's highest non-commissioned rank. The City of Cleveland designated Paul B. Huff Parkway, a major thoroughfare linking Interstate 75 and U.S. Highway 11 in his honor on Veterans Day, 1988.

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  • Originally Created by: Dustin Oliver
  • Added: 13 May 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7439401
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Paul Bert Huff (23 Jun 1918–21 Sep 1994), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7439401, citing Hilcrest Memorial Gardens, Cleveland, Bradley County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .