Gniot, Charles C. – 4th Armored Division

Born on November 7, 1919 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA.

Killed in action on December 23, 1944.

Army Service Number: 39931600.

Charles C. Gniot, Jr. entered the U.S. Army on November 10, 1941 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois.

First Lieutenant Charles C. Gniot, Jr. served with A Company, 10th Armored Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division. On December 23 (and not 27), 1944,  Company A was forced to withdraw to positions on the outskirts of Chaumont, 1st Lt. Gniot remained behind to cover the troop’s withdrawal. He maintained surpressing fire with a BAR (Browning Automatic Weapon) until he was killed by enemy fire. 

1st Lt. Charles C Gniot is buried at plot H, row 10, grave 65, Luxembourg American Cemetery, Luxembourg.

Distinguished Service Cross Citation (Synopsis):

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles C. Gniot (0-1302965), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 10th Armored Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces during World War II. First Lieutenant Gniot’s intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 112 (1945)

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