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Lt. James E. Meena - 4th Armored Division
8th Tank Battalion -
Killed in Action
November 11 1944 - Delme France

Lt. James E. Meena

 

Killed in Action 11-11-1944

 

Biography
(More to Come)

 

Hometown Cleveland Ohio
Lieutenant - 8th Tank Battalion - 4th Armored Division
American Campaign and Defense Medal -
European Campaign Medal
Expert in Pistol, Machine Gun, Mortar
 Bronze Star - Purple Heart
Buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery St. Avold France
Plot C Row 15 Grave 9

Bronze Star Citation

The Bronze Star is awarded to First Lieutenant JAMES E. MEENA, 0-101347, 8th Tank Battalion, U.S. Army, for meritorious service in action against an armed enemy of the United States. During an attack on an enemy strong point north of Courbesseaux, France, Lieutenant Meena was given the mission to lead the platoon around the left of the town and attack the high ground north of the town. During this action, his tank and two others became mired in the soft earth of an old stream and drew considerable enemy fire. The tanks got out and continued on the attack under heavy small arms fire supported with occasional artillery fire. The mist and the rain had made the banks of the hill on the other side of the stream quite slippery, with considerable difficulty he made the crest of the hill accounting for three anti tank guns, 75mm or larger, and six anti-aircraft guns 20mm. 

 

Company B - England 1944

 

Officers of Company B - 8th Tank Battalion - June 8th 1944 England
Lt. O'Toole, Lt. McNully, Capt. McGlameny, Lt. Meena, Lt. Nardi 

A report regarding Lt. Meena's Death taken from
Gen. Albin Irzyk's book "He Rode Up Front for Patton"



 

Company B - England 1944

 

The Men of Lt. Meena's Tank Platoon - 4 Brave Crews


 


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