Clyde L. Choate-Anna, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 37° 27.018 W 089° 14.478
16S E 301746 N 4147186
Quick Description: World War II Medal of Honor Recipient for action near Bruyeres, France on October 25, 1944. He is buried in Anna Cemetery, Anna IL in Block B, Lot 7.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 10/25/2017 12:41:24 PM
Waymark Code: WMWX42
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
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Long Description:
He was born on January 28, 1920 in Anna, IL and died on October 5, 2001 in Balcom, IL. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: CHOATE, CLYDE L.
• Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion
• Place and date: Near Bruyeres, France, 25 October 1944
• Entered service at: Anna, Ill.
• G.O. No.: 75, 5 September 1945
Citation: He commanded a tank destroyer near Bruyeres, France, on 25 October 1944. Our infantry occupied a position on a wooded hill when, at dusk, an enemy Mark IV tank and a company of infantry attacked, threatening to overrun the American position and capture a command post 400 yards to the rear. S/Sgt. Choate's tank destroyer, the only weapon available to oppose the German armor, was set afire by 2 hits. Ordering his men to abandon the destroyer, S/Sgt. Choate reached comparative safety. He returned to the burning destroyer to search for comrades possibly trapped in the vehicle risking instant death in an explosion which was imminent and braving enemy fire which ripped his jacket and tore the helmet from his head. Completing the search and seeing the tank and its supporting infantry overrunning our infantry in their shallow foxholes, he secured a bazooka and ran after the tank, dodging from tree to tree and passing through the enemy's loose skirmish line. He fired a rocket from a distance of 20 yards, immobilizing the tank but leaving it able to spray the area with cannon and machinegun fire. Running back to our infantry through vicious fire, he secured another rocket, and, advancing against a hail of machinegun and small-arms fire reached a position 10 yards from the tank. His second shot shattered the turret. With his pistol he killed 2 of the crew as they emerged from the tank; and then running to the crippled Mark IV while enemy infantry sniped at him, he dropped a grenade inside the tank and completed its destruction. With their armor gone, the enemy infantry became disorganized and was driven back. S/Sgt. Choate's great daring in assaulting an enemy tank single-handed, his determination to follow the vehicle after it had passed his position, and his skill and crushing thoroughness in the attack prevented the enemy from capturing a battalion command post and turned a probable defeat into a tactical success.
Armed Service: Army

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