Army Memorabilia

Garrison, Eugene D.

Rank: Private First Class
Serial Number: 35899550
Military Branch: Co. F 180th Infantry, 45th Division
Origin: Indiana
Date of Death: 1945-1-11
Epinal American Cemetary
Featured: No

Pfc Eugene Garrison was born September 21, 1920, enlisted in the Army November 24, 1943. His wife, Constance, lived in Anderson, Indiana at the time of his death on January 11, 1945 in France. The 180th Infantry was operating near the German border in France at the time that the Americans were pushing back the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge.

The following is a narrative of what happened that day: "In the sector in which the 45th Division had withdrawn, as part of the 7th Army move back to permit the detachment of divisions for the Ardennes fighting, the enemy struck on January 11. The attack came at 0700 when the 2nd Bn., 12 SS Regiment and Engineers assaulted in the Wildenguth-Saeg-Muhl-Reipertsmiller sector to capture the high ground north of Wildenguth. A withdrawel of 600 yards was forced in the Division's positions, but such heavy casualties were inflicted on the Germans that they were forced to halt for regrouping."

Pfc Garrison's group includes his posthumous officially engraved slot brooch Purple Heart with titled presentaion case; and his Individual Deceased Personnel File. His Purple Heart with enamel center is numbered 444482 on the edge.

SOLD to a collector 04-2021 

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