PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Ahearn, John Littleton
Date of birth: November 30th, 1914 (Brooklyn, New York, United States)
Date of death:  June 23rd, 2004 (Phoenix/Arizona, United States)
Nationality:  American
     
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS (DSC)
Rank: 1st Lieutenant (Lieutenant)
Unit: Commanding Officer Company C, 70th Tank Battalion, attached 4th Infantry Division "Ivy", VII Corps, U.S. Army
Action: For action performed on D-Day, June 6th, 1944 near Pouppeville/Manche département, Basse-Normandie, France. The tank unit of 1st Lieutenant John Ahearn was among the first to land on Utah Beach on 6th June 1944, D-Day. After moving inland, his tank was disabled by a mine. Attempting to rescue two wounded American paratroopers, he lost most of one leg and another foot to a mine.
Details: Citation unavailable.
 
     
SILVER STAR MEDAL (SSM)
Unit: 70th Tank Battalion, U.S. Army
 
     
PURPLE HEART
Rank: 1st Lieutenant (Lieutenant)
Unit: Commanding Officer Company C, 70th Tank Battalion, attached 4th Infantry Division "Ivy", VII Corps, U.S. Army
 
 
 
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Information source(s):   - Balkoski, J., Utah Beach: The Amphibious Landing and Airborne Operations on D-day, June 6, 1944, Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, U.S.A., 2006
- Rootsweb.Ancestry.com
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