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Lafayette G. Pool
SPOUSE(S) Evelyn (née Wright) Pool (1942-1991; his death) RELATIONS John K. Pool (father) Mary Lee (née Laycock) Pool (mother) Eight children LAFAYETTE GREEN POOL (July 23, 1919 – May 30, 1991) was an American tank-crew and tank-platoon commander in World War II
World War II
and is widely recognized as the US tank ace of aces , credited with 12 confirmed tank kills and 258 total armoured vehicle and self-propelled gun kills, over 1,000 German soldiers killed, and 250 more taken as prisoners of war all of which took place in a combat career that covered only 81 days in action from 27 June to 15 September 1944 with three different Shermans. He received many medals, including the Distinguished Service Cross , the Legion of Merit , the Silver Star , the Purple Heart , the Belgian Fourragère
Fourragère
, and the French Légion d\'honneur
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Odem, Texas
ODEM is a city in San Patricio County , Texas
Texas
, United States
United States
. The population was 2,389 at the 2010 census. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Geography * 3 Demographics * 4 Education * 5 References HISTORYThe city was platted in 1909 by John James Welder and David Odem. It was named for Odem, who was the county sheriff. GEOGRAPHYOdem is located at 27°56′52″N 97°35′3″W / 27.94778°N 97.58417°W / 27.94778; -97.58417 (27.947773, -97.584169). According to the United States
United States
Census
Census
Bureau , the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²), all of it land. DEMOGRAPHICS HISTORICAL POPULATION CENSUS POP. %± 1930 842 — 1940 1,147 36.2% 1950 1,680 46.5% 1960 2,088 24.3% 1970 2,130 2.0% 1980 2,363 10.9% 1990 2,366 0.1% 2000 2,499 5.6% 2010 2,389 −4.4% EST
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Killeen, Texas
KILLEEN is a city in Bell County, Texas
Texas
, United States. According to the recent populations estimates, its population was 140,806, making it the 21st most populous city in Texas. It is the principal city of the Killeen–Temple – Fort Hood
Fort Hood
Metropolitan Statistical Area . Killeen is directly adjacent to the main cantonment of Fort Hood
Fort Hood
, and as such its economy heavily depends on the post, and the soldiers and their families stationed there
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Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
FORT SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL CEMETERY is a United States
United States
National Cemetery in the city of San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas
Bexar County, Texas
. Administered by the United States
United States
Department of Veterans Affairs , it encompasses 154.7 acres (62.6 ha), and as of 2014, had over 144,000 interments. The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Notable interments * 3 References * 4 External links HISTORYAlthough the Army post in the area was established in 1875, and construction of Fort Sam Houston began the following year, no burials were made in the area that is currently the cemetery until 1926. In 1931 60 acres (24 ha) were added as an addition to San Antonio National Cemetery . In 1937, the addition became a National Cemetery in its own right, renamed Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
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San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO (/ˌsæn ænˈtoʊni.oʊ/ Spanish for "Saint Anthony "), officially the CITY OF SAN ANTONIO, is the seventh-most populated city in the United States
United States
and the second-most populous city in the state of Texas
Texas
, with a population of 1,469,845. It was the fastest growing of the top 10 largest cities in the United States
United States
from 2000 to 2010 , and the second from 1990 to 2000 . The city straddles South Texas
Texas
and Central Texas
Texas
and is on the southwestern corner of an urban megaregion known as the Texas
Texas
Triangle . San Antonio
San Antonio
serves as the seat of Bexar County . Recent annexations have extended the city's boundaries into Medina County and, though for only a very tiny area near the city of Garden Ridge , into Comal County
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Texas
TEXAS (/ˈtɛksəs/ , locally /ˈtɛksᵻz/ ; Spanish : _ Texas or Tejas_ ) is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population . Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua , Coahuila , Nuevo León , and Tamaulipas to the southwest, while the Gulf of Mexico is to the southeast. Houston is the most populous city in Texas and the fourth largest in the U.S., while San Antonio is the second most populous in the state and seventh largest in the U.S
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United States
Coordinates : 40°N 100°W / 40°N 100°W / 40; -100 United States
United States
of America _ Flag Great Seal MOTTO: " In God We Trust " Other traditional mottos _ * " E pluribus unum " (
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United States Army
U.S. Department of Defense * Dept. of the Army
Army
(since 1947) HEADQUARTERS The Pentagon
The Pentagon
Arlington County, Virginia
Arlington County, Virginia
, U.S
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Service Number
A SERVICE NUMBER is an identification code used to identify a person within a large group. Service numbers are most often associated with the military ; however, they may be used in civilian organizations as well. Social Security Numbers may be seen as types of service numbers. The term "serial number " is often seen as synonym of service number; however, a serial number more accurately describes manufacture and product codes, rather than personnel identification. In the Canadian military, a "Serial Number" referred to a unique number assigned each unit that mobilized for the Second World War. CONTENTS * 1 Australia * 2 Canada * 3 Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
* 4 Hong Kong * 5 United Kingdom * 6 United States * 7 References AUSTRALIAIn the First Australian Imperial Force soldiers were allotted numbers known as regimental numbers. These were allotted to NCOs and other ranks but not to officers or nurses, who had no numbers
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32nd Cavalry Regiment
U.S. CAVALRY REGIMENTS PREVIOUS NEXT 31st Cavalry Regiment 38th Cavalry Regiment The 32ND ARMOR REGIMENT was an armored regiment of the United States Army until 2000 at which time it was deactivated. It was redesignated and reactivated as the 32ND CAVALRY REGIMENT serving in the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division in 2005. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 World War II * 1.2 Cold War * 1.3 Gulf War * 1.4 Reactivation as 32nd Cavalry Regiment * 1.5 Global War on Terror * 1.6 Popular culture * 2 See also * 3 References * 4 External links HISTORYThe 32nd Armor Regiment was activated 15 April 1941 at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana as the 2nd Armored Regiment and assigned to the 3rd Armored Division . This title designation did not last long as the unit was quickly redesignated less than a month later on 8 May 1941 as the 32nd Armor Regiment
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3rd Armored Division (united States)
World War II
World War II
* Normandy * Northern France * Rhineland * Ardennes-Alsace * Central Europe Gulf War COMMANDERS Notable commanders MG Maurice Rose MG Gordon B. Rogers MG Creighton Abrams
Creighton Abrams
INSIGNIA FLAG 3RD ARMORED DIVISION "SPEARHEAD" (1942–1945) PARENT UNIT 3rd Armored Division COMPONENTS * 36th Armored Infantry Regiment * 32nd Armored Regiment * 33rd Armored Regiment * 23rd Armored Engineer Battalion * 83rd Armored Reconnaissance Battalion * 54th Armored Field Artillery Battalion * 67th Armored Field Artillery Battalion * 391st Armored Field Artillery Battalion * 643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion (Dec
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Operation Overlord
WESTERN ALLIES : * United Kingdom * United States * Canada * Free French Forces * Polish Forces * French Resistance * Australia * Free Belgian Forces * Free Czechoslovak Forces * Free Greek Forces * Free Luxembourgish Forces * Free Dutch Forces * New Zealand * Free Norwegian Forces Germany COMMANDERS AND LEADERS* Dwight D
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Allied Advance From Paris To The Rhine
U.S.: 240,082 casualties (50,410 killed, 172,450 wounded, 24,374 captured or missing) (15 September 1944 – 21 March 1945) U.K. ~32,366 TOTAL: 272,448+ 400,000+ casualties * ~40,000 killed * ~80,000 wounded * 280,000+ captured * v * t * e Western Front of World War II
World War II
prelude 1939 * Phoney War * Saar * The Heligoland Bight 1940 *
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Distinguished Service Cross (United States)
The DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS is the second highest military award that can be given to a member of the United States Army (and previously, the United States Army Air Forces and the United States Air Force ), for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force. Actions that merit the Distinguished Service Cross must be of such a high degree that they are above those required for all other U.S. combat decorations but do not meet the criteria for the Medal of Honor . The Distinguished Service Cross is equivalent to the Navy Cross (Navy and Marine Corps ), the Air Force Cross (Air Force ), and the Coast Guard Cross (Coast Guard ). The Distinguished Service Cross was first awarded during World War I . In addition, a number of awards were made for actions before World War I
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Silver Star
The SILVER STAR MEDAL, unofficially the SILVER STAR, is the United States military 's third-highest personal decoration for valor in combat. The Silver Star Medal is awarded primarily to members of the United States Armed Forces for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Award criteria * 3 Appearance * 4 Recipients * 4.1 Female recipients * 4.2 Notable recipients * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links HISTORYThe Silver Star Medal (SSM) is the successor award to the "Citation Star " ( 3⁄16 silver star) which was established by an Act of Congress on July 9, 1918, during World War I . On July 19, 1932, the Secretary of War approved the conversion of the "Citation Star" to the SSM with the original "Citation Star" incorporated into the center of the medal
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Legion Of Merit
The LEGION OF MERIT (LOM) is a military award of the United States Armed Forces that is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. The decoration is issued to members of the seven uniformed services of the United States as well as to military and political figures of foreign governments. The Legion of Merit (Commander degree) is one of only two United States military decorations to be issued as a neck order (the other being the Medal of Honor ) and the only United States military decoration which may be issued in award degrees (much like an order of chivalry or certain Orders of Merit ). The Legion of Merit is sixth in the order of precedence of U.S. military awards and is worn after the Defense Superior Service Medal and before the Distinguished Flying Cross . In contemporary use in the U.S
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