President Trump Awards Posthumous Medal of Honor To Garlin Murl Conner – 3:30pm Livestream…

Today President Trump will award a posthumous medal of honor to WWII veteran First Lieutenant Garlin Murl Conner, who died in 1998 after returning home from his deployment in France in 1945. The honors will be received by his widow, Pauline Lyda Wells Connor.  Anticipated start time 3:30pm

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♦ Enlistment date: March 1, 1941 ♦ Unit: 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division ♦ Campaigns: Algeria-French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome-Arno, Southern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe.

Garlin M. Conner was born on June 2, 1919, and raised in rural Clinton County, Kentucky. With the nearest high school almost 15 miles away, Conner’s formal education ended in eighth grade. He spent his teenage years working on his family’s farm and served in the Civilian Conservation Corps when he enlisted in the Army, March 1, 1941, at Fort Lewis, Washington.

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Following basic training, Conner was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division. After several months of training, Conner and the 3rd Infantry Division deployed, Oct. 23, 1942. During Conner’s service, he fought for 28 months on the front lines in 10 campaigns, participated in four amphibious assault landings, was wounded seven times and earned a battlefield commission.

Conner’s awards and decorations include: the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Bronze Arrowhead and two Silver Service Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the French Croix de Guerre, the French Fourragere and the Honorable Service Lapel Button-WWII.

After spending over two years in nearly continuous combat, Conner was honorably discharged from the Army, June 22, 1945. Conner returned home to Clinton County after his discharge to a parade in his honor, where he met Pauline Lyda Wells. After a one-week courtship, they were married.

When locals in the rural farming town of Albany, Kentucky, would ask Garlin “Murl” Conner about his time in World War II, he’d hush them quickly.

“I’d done what I had to do,” Conner said in Soldier accounts, “and that’s all there is to it.”

Conner ran a 36 acre farm in Clinton County, Kentucky, where he and Pauline raised their son, Paul. For several years, he served as president of the local Kentucky Farm Bureau, and he and Pauline volunteered their time to help disabled veterans receive their pension benefits. Conner died in 1998 at the age of 79 after battling kidney failure and diabetes

SERVICE – The Battle

On the morning of Jan. 24, 1945, 1st Lt. Garlin M. Conner was serving as an intelligence staff officer with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, near the town of Houssen, France, when German formations converged on 3rd Battalion’s position.

With his battalion at risk of being overrun, Conner volunteered to run straight into the heart of the enemy assault in order to get to a position from which he could direct friendly artillery on the advancing enemy forces.

With complete disregard for his own safety, Conner maneuvered 400 yards through enemy artillery fire that destroyed trees in his path and rained shrapnel all around him, while unrolling telephone wire needed to communicate with the battalion command post. Upon reaching the battalion’s front line, he continued to move forward under the withering enemy assault to a position 30 yards in front of the defending U.S. forces. He plunged into a shallow ditch that provided little protection from the advancing enemy’s heavy machine gun and small-arms fire.

With rounds impacting all around him, Conner calmly directed multiple fire missions on to the force of 600 German infantry troops, six Mark VI tanks and tank destroyers, adjusting round after round of artillery from his prone position until the enemy was forced to halt their advance.

For three hours, he remained in this prone position, enduring the repeated onslaught of German infantry which, at one point, advanced to within five yards of his position. When the Germans mounted an all-out attack to overrun the American lines and his location, Conner ordered his artillery to concentrate on his own position, resolved to die if necessary to halt the enemy.

Ignoring the friendly artillery shells blanketing his position and exploding within mere feet, Conner continued to direct artillery fire on the enemy assault swarming around him until the German attack was finally shattered and broken. By his incredible heroism and disregard for his own life, Conner stopped the enemy advance. The artillery he expertly directed while under constant enemy fire killed approximately 50 German soldiers and wounded at least 100 more, thus preventing heavy casualties in his battalion.

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112 Responses to President Trump Awards Posthumous Medal of Honor To Garlin Murl Conner – 3:30pm Livestream…

  1. kay123 says:

    May the good Lord protect him, he surely has
    a place in Heaven.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. MelH says:

    I would really like the e-mail address of his widow. Is that possible?

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  3. ForGodandCountry says:

    Liked by 4 people

  4. kay123 says:

    May the good Lord protect him, he surely has
    a place in Heaven.

    Just found out yesterday that a friend of mine (our
    parents were friends) died at Anna Veterans Hospital, in
    Anna, Il. He spent his tour in Zurch. retired from ISU
    as areo tech instructor.

    Super nice guy, wish I knew why he died. We were just
    kids when he left for service.

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  5. TimesUp says:

    1st Lt. Conner, a man whose place will never be with those cold, timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

    To his widow and son: know that we are grateful for the man he was and for his service.

    My father served in Italy and to know it brings chills to my bones knowing it is possible their paths may have crossed. Be it that their paths have taken them both to a place where they are at peace.

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  6. kay123 says:

    May the good Lord protect him, he surely has
    a place in Heaven.

    Just found out yesterday that a friend of mine (our
    parents were friends) died at Anna Veterans Hospital, in
    Anna, Il. He spent his Army tour in Zurich. (1967) then retired from ISU
    as areo tech instructor. (2001) Died 2016…???

    Super nice guy, wish I knew why he died. We were just
    kids when he left for service. Families all gone now.

    Like

  7. Michael says:

    A good Kentucky boy. Bless him.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. scslayer says:

    Not bad for a backwards deplorable from fly-over country!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. advancestrategy says:

    Link to youtube flick in regard to how the military with their intelligence is saving the world with Trump below:
    https://t.co/9Bb4ekJQWM

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    • sturmudgeon says:

      Probably worth watching… but, again, for some of us (elderly) the background music spoils it, and I had to stop watching… why is it that “productions” have to put music as background to spoil the rest?

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Pyrthroes says:

    Good lord– another Sergeant York. As a non-combat but devoted veteran, we stand in awe.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Donzo says:

    In the context of today’s assault on democracy and even decency, Conner’s heroism is all the more incredible. May he rest in peace.

    Liked by 1 person

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