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