Sgt Richard W. Huntzberry

Sgt Richard W. Huntzberry

Washington County, Maryland, USA
Death 22 Sep 1944 (aged 21)
Burial Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 77084357 · View Source
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The News, Frederick, MD, February 26, 1944
The War Department on Friday reported Pfc. Richard Huntzbury, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence A. Huntzbury, 8 Water street, slightly wounded in action in Italy. The telegram said his condition is satisfactory.

In a letter to his parents, received by them on Wednesday, Pfc. Huntzbury wrote that he had something to tell them but could not do so. They assume that he referred to his wound.

Inducted in January, 1943, Pfc. Huntzbury was in Africa four months later. His parents said they have never seen him in uniform. He saw action
for the first time eight months ago and has been in the thick of the Sicilian and Italian campaigns.

Prior to his induction, Pfc. Huntzbury had worked on the farm of Ambrose Fox, at Downsville, Washington County. He had spent most of his life in that community. His parents said he liked the Army very much and quickly acquired medals for marksmanship. He had recently been promoted to
his present rank.

His father was credited with saving the life of Roy Baker in June, 1942, when the latter's clothing caught fire in a gasoline fire at the Richard F. Kline repair shop on Water street.
The News, Frederick, MD, September 11, 1944
Once wounded and long since back in combat, Sgt. Richard W. Huntzberry,(sic) son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Huntzberry, 8 Water street, has been awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service
in the Italian theater.

Sgt. Theodore B. Moore, Clearfield, Pa., and Sgt. Huntzberry were jointly cited for a daring rescue of a wounded man under heavy enemy fire. Their citation recites:

"At 2200 hours on 6 July, 1944, in the vicinity
of Castellina, Italy, Company F., 168th Regiment, was engaged in fierce combat with the enemy. The second platoon of Company F was compelled to withdraw because of severe shelling and lack of any cover or concealment. For those reasons it
was impossible to evacuate all of the wounded. Realizing that immediate evacuation of the seriously injured would possibly save lives, Sgt. Moore and Pfc. Huntzberry voluntarily crawled
out to within whispering distance of the enemy in search of their wounded comrades. However, it was impossible to rescue any of the men at that time as they learned that the casualties lay in a section between the enemy outpost and main line. On 8 July, 1944, at 0800 hours, during an intense artillery barrage over the area, Sgt. Moore and Pfc. Huntzberry, on their third attempt, discovered Pfc. Weissman alive. Pfc. Huntzberry remained with Pfc. Weissman until Sgt. Moore returned with the litter bearers and carried the man to safety."

Second Lieut. Richard A. Bugno, in his citation, said: "Sgt. Moore and Pfc. Huntzberry's determination, courage and devotion toward a fellow soldier exemplify the highest traditions
of the Armed Forces of the United States."
Formerly employed on a farm near Williamsport, Md., Pfc Huntzberry was wounded in Italy last January. He was inducted in January, 1943, and
was in Africa four months later.

Mr. and Mrs. Huntzberry were notified Saturday that their son was promoted to the rank of sergeant.
The News, Frederick, MD, October 10, 1944
Another Frederick soldier was reported killed in action in Italy in a War Department telegram received by his parents Monday.

Sgt. Richard W. Huntzberry, recently cited for bravery and awarded the Bronze Star, was killed
in action in Italy on September 22, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Huntzberry, 8 Water street, were advised.

Promoted to sergeant early in September after being cited for the rescue of a wounded comrade, Sgt. Huntzberry was one of the first local men reported wounded in the Italian campaign last January. He received the Purple Heart and more recently has been awarded the Infantry Badge and the Machine Gun Expert medal. He returned to duty last May 12 after recovering from his wound.

Born in Washington County near Williamsport, he attended the Williamsport and Boonsboro public schools and was employed on his aunt's farm near Williamsport when he entered the service in January, 1943. Four months after his induction,
he was in Africa, before going into the Sicilian and Italian campaigns.

His last letter to his parents was dated
September 20. He reported himself in good health and "everything going along nicely."

Besides his parents, he is survived by one brother, Ronney, at home and three sisters, Miss Edna Huntzberry, employed at Fort Meade, June and Tilly Huntzberry, at home.
The News, Frederick, MD, June 4, 1945
The Bronze Star medal for gallantry in action in the Italian campaign was presented today to Clarence A. Huntzberry, 8 Water street,
Frederick, for his late son, Sgt. Richard W. Huntzberry, 22, killed in service with the 34th Infantry Division.

The award was made by Col. Edward G. Sherburn, deputy chief of staff of the Third Service Command, at a special ceremony at command headquarters.

The citation accompanying the award said that between July 6 and July 8, 1944, because of
severe enemy artillery and mortar fire, Sgt. Huntzberry's command was forced to withdraw and leave several wounded behind. He and a companion, the citation continued, "voluntarily crawled to within a few feet of the Germans in an attempt
to evacuate their wounded comrades. Due to the fact that the men lay between American outpost
and the main line it was practically impossible
to rescue them.

On the third attempt on July 8 they succeeded in evacuating one man. Their courage and devotion to their fellow soldiers exemplified the highest traditions of the armed forces of the United States."

Sgt. Huntzberry attended school in Washington county, where his family lived near Hagerstown prior to their residence in Frederick. He entered the service in January, 1943, and was a farmer in civilian life.
The News, Frederick, MD, November 19, 1948
The remains of Sgt. Richard Wallace Huntzberry,
8 Water Street, arrived in this city Monday afternoon and were removed to the funeral home, 106 East Church street.

Sgt. Huntzberry, aged 20 years, was killed in action in Italy on September 22, 1944. He had
just been promoted to sergeant after being cited for bravery in the rescue of a wounded comrade
and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was also one
of the first local men to be reported wounded in the Italian campaign in January of the same year and had rejoined his outfit sometime before his death.

A native of Williamsport, Washington county, he was employed on his aunt's farm near Williamsport when he entered the service in January 1943. Four months later he was in Africa before going into the Sicilian and Italia campaigns.

Sgt. Huntsberry was a son of Clarence A. And Reba Bowers Huntzberry, this city, and was a member
of the United Brethren church, Downsville,
Washington county.

Surviving him are his parents, three sisters,
Mrs Steve Heffner and June Huntzberry, both of Washington; Tillie Huntzberry, at home; one brother, Ronnie Huntzberry, at home.

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