Born 2 December 1914
Died 9 June 1944
Buried at Meredith Cemetery, Elizabethton, TN

Staff Sergeant
4th Infantry Division, 8th Infantry Regiment, Company L

Ira was a member of the 4th Infantry Division and was killed in France on D-Day plus 3. He was awarded (posthumously) the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroic action taken on June 9, 1944. He was wounded by German gunfire; yet he continued to fight despite his wounds. He killed the crew of a machine gun nest that had his men pinned down. He received more gunshot wounds but continued to assault another machine gun nest. He finally went down and died from his numerous wounds.
–Submitted by Rick Meredith

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 2 December 1914
  • Date of death: 9 June 1944
  • County: Carter
  • Hometown: Elizabethton
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 4th Infantry Division, 8th Infantry Regiment, Company L
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Normandy Campaign
  • Awards: Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Meredith Cemetery, Elizabethton, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VII, Bottom Panel
  • Sponsored by: Rick Meredith

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