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Garlin Murl Conner

Date of death: 1998
Place of Birth: Kentucky, Clinton County
Home of record: Aaron Kentucky

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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) Garlin Murl Conner, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 January 1945, in the vicinity of Houssen, France. On that date, at 0800 hours, First Lieutenant Conner ran 400 yards through the impact area of an intense concentration of enemy artillery fire to direct friendly artillery on a force of six Mark VI tanks and tank destroyers, followed by 600 fanatical German infantrymen, which was assaulting in full fury the spearhead position held by his battalion. Along the way, he unreeled a spool of telephone wire, disregarding shells which exploded 25 yards from him and set up an observation post which he manned for more than three hours during the intense fighting. He was individually credited with stopping more than 150 Germans, destroying all the tanks and completely disintegrating the powerful enemy assault force and preventing heavy loss of life in his own outfit. First Lieutenant Conner's intrepid actions, 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 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 47 (January 24, 1945)

Action Date: January 24, 1945

Service: Army

Company: Company K

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 7th Infantry Regiment

Division: 3d Infantry Division

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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 Sergeant Garlin Murl Conner, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On ** October 1943, during a heavy enemy counter attack, Sergeant Conner left the safety of a covered position to direct fire and place men in a gap in the line. These men, at the time, were separated from their own platoon and were under the heaviest of fire from the enemy who were attempting to infiltrate through our lines. Even though he was a Communication Sergeant at the time of the action, Sergeant Conner, on his own initiative and with utter disregard for personal safety, took control of the situation, giving orders and first aid to many of our wounded, who were unable to be evacuated at the moment.

General Orders: Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 84 (1943)

Action Date: October 1943

Service: Army

Company: Company K

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 7th Infantry Regiment

Division: 3d Infantry Division

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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 a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Technical Sergeant Garlin Murl Conner, United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 30 January 1944, at about 0200 hours, near Ponte Rotto, Italy, Technical Sergeant Conner stormed a strongly fortified house, leading an assault group which he had organized, and succeeded in clearing it. Held by enemy soldiers armed with machine guns and machine pistols, the house blocked an attack being made by Company K. Four men previously sent to capture it were wounded. Taking a bazooka team and two rifle grenadiers with him, Technical Sergeant Conner led the way across 50 yards of exposed terrain and openly directed such effective fire on t he enemy at 25 yards range that one machine gun and two machine pistols were silenced and the crew of a fourth automatic weapon was routed. As a result, Company K continued its advance unhindered.

General Orders: Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 87 (1944)

Action Date: January 30, 1944

Service: Army

Company: Company K

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 7th Infantry Regiment

Division: 3d Infantry Division

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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 a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Infantry), [then Second Lieutenant] Garlin Murl Conner, United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 11 September 1944, First Lieutenant Conner's fearless leadership under devastating enemy shell and small arms fire, resulted in the capture by his company of a road junction north of *****, France. Despite shells bursting within 10 yards of him, first hitting six men and later wounding three more, First Lieutenant Conner continued advancing and inspiring his platoon to follow him until he was approximately 300 yards from the enemy. He then crawled forward alone for about 250 yards through mortar, machine gun and rifle fire that barely missed him, and observed the enemy's dispositions. Leading his platoon by a covered route to the rear of the enemy, he launched a surprise attack that knocked out a machine gun and two mortars, killed three of the enemy, captured seven, and forced the remainder to flee.

General Orders: Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 11 (January 11, 1945)

Action Date: September 11, 1944

Service: Army

Company: Company K

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 7th Infantry Regiment

Division: 3d Infantry Division

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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 a Third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Garlin Murl Conner, United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as S-2, 3d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 3 February 1945, at 1700 hours, near *****, France, First Lieutenant Conner assumed command of a badly battered and disorganized rifle company and led it in an assault over 200 yards of fire-swept ground. Despite bullets which barely missed him, First Lieutenant Conner dashed forward with such grim ferocity that the enemy's morale was shattered. Closing in hand-to-hand combat he led his assault elements in killing 12 and capturing 75 of the enemy, totally shattering enemy resistance in the town.

General Orders: Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 43 (February 10, 1945)

Action Date: February 3, 1945

Service: Army

Company: Company K

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 7th Infantry Regiment

Division: 3d Infantry Division