Puffer, Arthur W. "Pop"

Date of birth:
December 2nd, 1911
Date of death:
September 12th, 1997
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Corporal
Unit:
Company H, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division "All American", U.S. Army
Awarded for:
Operation Market Garden
Action:
For heroic conduct in action 23 September 1944 near ***. Corporal Puffer, Assistant Squad Leader, Company H, displayed exceptional courage and assisted in the orderly movement of his platoon while an enemy counterattack was in progress. When his company had reached its objective, the enemy launched a counterattack supported by heavy artillery fire. Company H displace to new positions and prepared for a second attack. During the displacement, Corporal Puffer remained in position from which he covered his platoon until he was seriously wounded by artillery. His brave action contributed to the orderly movement and subsequent prompt re-organization of his platoon and company for a second attack.
Details:
Headquarters 82nd Airborne Division, General Orders No. 19 (1945).
Bronze Star  Medal (BSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Private 1st Class
Unit:
Company H, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division "All American", U.S. Army
Action:
For wounds received in action in September 1944 in the Netherlands.
Purple Heart
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Private 1st Class
Unit:
Company H, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division "All American", U.S. Army
Awarded on:
November 16th, 1943
Details:
Headquarters 82nd Airborne Division, General Orders No. 58 (1943).
Good Conduct Medal - Army

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