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Lloyd L. Polette , Jr.

Date of death: January 21, 1945
Home of record: Caddo Parish Louisiana
Status: KIA

Lieutenant Polette's DSC was awarded to him in proper ceremony on January 19, 1945. Two days later he was wounded in action, and died the following day of those wounds.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Lloyd L. Polette, Jr. (ASN: 0-1309822), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 17 and 18 September 1944, near Nijmegen, Holland. First Lieutenant Polette, platoon leader of Company F, 508th Parachute Infantry, by his courage and intrepidly, destroyed two enemy gun positions and led a determined assault upon an important bridge. On 17 September 1944, Lieutenant Polette led his platoon as advance party of his battalion on the advance through the outskirts of Nijmegen to the battalion objective, southwest of the city. He destroyed a 20-millimeter anti-aircraft gun, which was placing effective fire upon the column, by moving to a position near the gun and attacking the position with an explosive grenade. At another point along the battalion route of advance, two enemy machine guns threatened the column with heavy fire. He directed his platoon in the destruction of one gun while he destroyed the second with a bazooka and a phosphorous grenade. On 18 September 1944, he led his platoon in an attack upon a bridge near Nijmegen, an important bridge crossing the Maas-Waal Canal. When his platoon was pinned down by enemy automatic weapons fire, Lieutenant Polette remained in an exposed position where he could best observe the enemy and direct the fire of his platoon. Although his automatic weapons were knocked out by German mortars, he continued to press the attack. After a quick reorganization of his depleted platoon, he led a second spirited attack which seized the position. The conduct of Lieutenant Polette inspired much confidence within his platoon. His willingness to personally lead every assault, and his complete indifference to danger was responsible for the success of his platoon mission. First Lieutenant Polette's gallant leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 14 (1944)

Action Date: September 17 - 18, 1944

Service: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Company F

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment

Division: 82d Airborne Division

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Lloyd L. Polette, Jr. (ASN: 0-1309822), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against the enemy at Normandy, France, on 8 June 1944.

General Orders: Headquarters, 82d Airborne Division, General Orders No. 34 (July 14, 1944)

Action Date: June 8, 1944

Service: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Company F

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment

Division: 82d Airborne Division

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Lloyd L. Polette, Jr. (ASN: 0-1309822), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against the enemy at Normandy, France, on 13 June 1944.

General Orders: Headquarters, 82d Airborne Division, General Orders No. 34 (July 14, 1944)

Action Date: June 13, 1944

Service: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Company F

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment

Division: 82d Airborne Division