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134th Infantry Regiment

"All Hell Can't Stop Us"

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S/Sgt Thaine J. Hale

Company A

S/Sgt Thaine J Hale

Silver Star Medal Citation

Staff Sergeant Thaine J. Hale, 20721516, Infantry, United States Army, for gallantry in action in the vicinity of Agincourt, France, on 18 September 1944. Sergeant Hale was one of a group of eighty soldiers of the First Battalion, 134th Infantry, encircled by enemy forces within the town of Agincourt and forced to take refuge, along with twenty prisoners they had captured, in barns. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Sergeant Hale, a platoon guide, voluntarily and alone, made his way through enemy lines, met an American tank, and riding on the outside, directed the crew to the vicinity of the trapped force. Fire from this tank dispersed the enemy and provided covering fire which enabled the eighty soldiers to rejoin their units with their prisoners. Sergeant Hale was killed by fire from an enemy tank during the withdrawal from the area. His gallant actions, initiative, and utter disregard for personal safety enabled a large group of his comrades-in-arms to extricate themselves from a precarious position. Entered military service from Nebraska.

Staff Sergeant Thaine J. Hale was awarded the Silver Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He was killed in action on September 20, 1944.

The picture was taken shortly before Sergeant Hale will Killed in Action. He is buried at the Lorraine American Military Cemetery, St. Avold, France, Plot B, Row 12, Grave 3.

Thanks to Nancy Skrocki for this photo, used by permission of Russell S. Hale.

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