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S/Sgt Floyd W Hawkins, Jr

S/Sgt Floyd W Hawkins, Jr

134th Infantry Regiment - Company C

Floyd W Hawkins, Jr, son of Floyd and Beulah Hawkins, was born in Nebraska on November 20, 1920. He was a member of the Nebraska National Guard and was inducted into the Army on December 23, 1940. He married Donella Dillow February 17, 1942. S/Sgt Floyd W Hawkins, Jr served in the Third Platoon, Company C, 134th Infantry Regiment. He was Killed in Action July 16, 1944 during the battle for St Lo, France. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for heroic action during that battle and is buried at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.

Bronze Star Medal (posthumous) Citation

Staff Sergeant Floyd W Hawkins Jr, 20721898, Infantry, United States Army, for heroic service in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in the St Lo sector, Normandy, France, 15 July 1944. Sergeant Hawkins, a squad leader, realizing that the advance of his squad was impeded because of heavy and accurate enemy machine gun and mortar fire, placed himself in an exposed position from which he could most advantageously direct his squad's fire against the enemy positions. As a result of his courageous action, his squad succeeded in destroying several enemy positions. Sergeant Hawkins was killed during this action. His intense desire to continue the advance of his squad, even at the cost of his life, was immeasurably responsible for the successful accomplishment of the company's mission. Sergeant Hawkins' devotion to duty, his fearlessness and disregard for his personal safety, reflects credit upon the military service of the United States. Entered military service from Nebraska.

General Orders No. 19, Headquarters 35th Infantry Division, 13 August 1944

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