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Capt Joseph B Scully

Captain Joseph B Scully 

134th Infantry Regiment - Company F

Joseph Bampton Scully was born February 9, 1919. He, his wife Lorraine, and daughter Joyce lived in Chicago, Illinois. Captain Joseph B Scully was commander of Company F, 134th Infantry Regiment. He was awarded a Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action July 15 and 24, 1944. He was Killed in Action July 28, 1944 during the battle for St Lo, France. He is buried at Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

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Silver Star Medal Citation (posthumous)

Captain Joseph B Scully, O411637, Infantry, United States Army, for gallantry in action on 15, 24 July 1944 near St Lo, Normandy, France. Captain Scully commanded Company F, 134th Infantry, in the operations against St Lo. During the attack on 15 July he successfully, and without a single casualty, led his company to a position past a fallow enemy mine field, where mines had been laid some two years previously and where the field was so overgrown with grass as to make mine detection extremely difficult. In the next field, his company encountered very bitter hostile fire, and the unit suffered heavy casualties, including all of its officers except Captain Scully, who leaped to the top of the near hedgerow and with a challenging battle cry, led his unit in an inspiring advance of seven hundred yards. On 24 July, while his company was engaged in a holding action, he voluntarily led a reconnaissance patrol through hostile fire and obtained valuable information of enemy positions and strength. Although wounded in this activity, after receiving superficial treatment, he returned to his unit to resume outstanding leadership in battle, until he was killed in action on 28 July. The gallantry in action, leadership in battle, and tenacity of purpose of Captain Scully, were an inspiration to the troops under his command, and reflect the highest credit upon him and were in accordance with the high tradition of the military service. Entered military service from Illinois.

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

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