The Red Bull in World War II 34th Infantry Division Resources 1941-1945

Jack E. McCoy, 34th Div., 168th Regt., Co. G, 135th Regt., Co. I

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SSgt. Jack E. McCoy

SSGT. Jack McCoy served initially with the 168th, Company G., and later, with the 135th, Company I.

McCoy was wounded by schrapnel at Fondouk, Tunisia on March 27 and recieved the purple heart. He was a part of the actions at Hill 609 in Tunisia, the Volturno River, Cassino,and Anzo. He received the Bronze Star for his actions on May 29, 1944, during the breakout from Anzio presumably somewhere to the south/southwest of Lanuvio, Italy. His experience continued on to Rome, Leghorn, Pisa, through the Gothic Line north of Florence, .

McCoy, almost 27 at his death, was buried at Oakland Cemetery in Centerville, Iowa.

 

 

Staff Sergeant McCoy's Bronze Medal citation reads:


STAFF SERGEANT JACK E. MC COY

JACK E. MC COY (XXXXXXXXX), Staff Sergeant, INfantry, Company "I", 135th Infantry Regiment. For heroic achievement in action on 29 May 1944, in Italy. After being halted by heavy machine gun fire, Sgt McCoy's platoon was ordered to execute a flanking movement under a smoke screen and an artillery preperation. After a short advance, the platoon was pinned down by their own artillery fire and one man was seriously wounded. When an aidman was wounded trying to reach this man, Sgt McCoy then returned to his platoon and after the artillery fire lifted he again led them forward. Sgt McCoy's courage and utter disregard for his own safety saved the wounded man from certain death and reflects great credit to himself and the military service. Home address: Centerville, Iowa.

CHARLES L. BOLTE
Major General, U. S. Army,
Commanding.


 

 

 


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