William J. Cordell.
11.5 x 7.5.
Additional information from the Tribune Chronicle as compiled in Thomas Kachur’s World War II materials: William Cordell, son of Mrs. John Cordell, 211 Austin NW, was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 22, 1942, leaving his wife of Howland Corners. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal at Camp Forrest, Tennessee in 1942 and was a Technician 4th Grade by 1945. Williams played the trumpet in the 80th Blue Ridge Division’s Band, which was awarded the Meritorious Service Unit Plaque for “superior performance of duty, achievement and maintenance of a high standard of discipline” during the Division’s campaigns in France, Luxembourg, Germany and Austria, from August 8, 1944 to V-E Day. The individual decoration accompanying the citation is a gold laurel wreath, worn on the right sleeve, the only American decoration so worn.
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