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Pyle Wilbur C.

Monuments

Execution Memorial

 

Name:
Wilbur C.  Pyle
Rank:
Staff Sergeant
Serial Number:
18198599
Unit:
134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division
Date of Death:
1945-01-08
State:
Texas
Cemetery:
Luxembourg American Cemetery, Hamm, Luxembour
Plot:
E
Row:
12
Grave:
32
Decoration:
Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart
Comments:

Executed by the Germans after being taken POW while serving in C Company, 134th Infantry Regiment, near Lutremange, Belgium. His DSC citation from 14 Nov 44 states: On that date, Private First Class Pyle was advancing with his company against the enemy near Pevange, France. When a series of defensive enemy foxholes were encountered, Private First Class Pyle unhesitatingly advanced upon them. His helmet was knocked off by an enemy bullet as he started forward but he went on without it, ignoring the heavy frontal and flanking fire laid down by the enemy. He captured three of the enemy in the first foxhole and sent them to the rear. He coolly advanced upon a second and third foxhole, throwing grenades, and capturing two more prisoners. Still advancing, he threw grenades into a fourth foxhole, killing one of the entrenched enemy and capturing another.