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McCullough, Lt. Col. Clay E.


Lt. Col. Clay Elwood McCullough 
Parents: John E. McCullough & Daisy McCullough
Born: 2 April 1906 – River Forest, Illinois 
Parents: John E. McCullough & Daisy M. McCartney-McCullough 
Siblings: 1 brother 
– 815 South Sixteenth Avenue – Maywood, Illinois 
– Irving Grade School 
– Proviso Township High School 
– Class of 1924 
– Crane Junior College – Chicago, Illinois 
– University of Illinois 
– 1927 – 1930 
Occupation: Engineer – Universal Atlas Cement Company 
Wife: Dorothy 
Children: 1 son 
Selective Service Registration: 16 October 1940
Contact Person: John E. McCullough – father
Enlisted: Illinois National Guard – Headquarters Company – Chicago 
– 3 May 1929 – 25 June 1929 – private 
– 1 July 1929 – commissioned 2nd Lieutenant -Ordnance Department 
– Graduated from Ordnance Field Service School – National Guard Officers’
Maintenance Course – 1936 
– 3 August 1936 – 1st Lieutenant 
– 3 May 1937 – Captain – Ordnance 
– transferred to infantry as a captain – 23 July 1937 
– it is not known if he stayed in National Guard or if he did not re-enlist
– U.S. Army 
– April 1942 
Serial Number: O&265805 
– Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri 
– Fort Knox, Kentucky 
– Fort Benning, Georgia 
– Fort Belvoir, Virginia 
– Camp Bowie, Texas 
Unit: 124th Engineer Battalion, 13th Armored Division, 3rd Army 
– France 
– Germany 
– May 1945 – wounded in right upper chest and leg 
– 3 June 1945 – died of wounds – Cambridge, England 
– Cambridge American Military Cemetery – Cambridge, England 
– Plot: D Row: 6 Grave: 83 
– Purple Heart
– Silver Star

Citation Read: “For gallantry in action in Germany. On 15 April 1945, in operations near Plattling and Memming, Germany, advance of the entire division was stymied on the north bank of the Isar River. His energetic, personal reconnaissance, technical skill and sound judgement enabled troops to effect a successful crossing with minimum delay despite heavy concentration of enemy artillery fire. While engaged in the selection of a suitable site for the river crossing, Lt. Col. McCullough was severely wounded. The courageous and heroic devotion to duty displayed by this officer are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Services.”





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