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S/Sgt Alvin Welch

S/Sgt Alvin Welch 

137th Infantry Regiment - Company L

Alvin Welch, son of Millard Elmer and Luda (Brantley) Welch, was born March 31, 1925 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. He registered for the draft March 31, 1943 and was inducted into the Army April 11, 1944 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. He joined Company L, 137th Infantry Regiment as a Rifleman from the 14th Replacement Battalion on December 23, 1944 and was promoted to Staff Sergeant, Squad Leader, January 18, 1945. He was killed in action March 8, 1945 in the vicinity of Ossenberg, Germany and was posthumously awarded a Silver Star Medal for gallantry during the battle in which he lost his life. S/Sgt Alvin Welch is buried at Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands.

Silver Star Medal Citation (Posthumous)

Staff Sergeant Alvin Welch, 34987441, Infantry, United States Army, for gallantry in action near * * * , Germany on 8 March 1945. When his unit was pinned down and encountered heavy opposition from the enemy during an attack, Sergeant Welch voluntarily covered the reorganization of his squad from an exposed position. His gallant performance in this action enabled his squad to resume its advance, but as he moved to rejoin it, he was killed by an enemy sniper. His intrepid daring and self-sacrifice reflect high credit upon his character as a soldier. Entered military service from Tennessee.

General Orders No. 24, Headquarters 35th Infantry Division, 3 April 1945

Thanks to Pam Thomsen for this picture. She is the granddaughter of Pfc. John Pergolizzi, 60th Combat Engineers Combat Battalion, 35th Infantry Division who was killed in action October 10, 1944.

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