First Lieutenant William J McGuire

Name William J McGuire
Rank First Lieutenant
Army Serial # O-1315709
State New York
Date of death 1945-01-14
Plot, Row, Grave C, 15, 4
Cemetery Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium, Google Maps
Role MOS 1542 Infantry Unit Commander
Unit K Company, 330th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division
Awards Silver StarPurple Heart
Remarks First Lieutenant McGuire was a member of K Company. The morning report for August 2, 1944 on page 6 lists him joining the unit from the 41st Replacement Battalion on July 29, 1944. The morning report for October 27, 1944 on page 28 lists him slightly sick. The morning report for December 16, 1944 on page 24 lists him lightly wounded in action but remaining on duty. The pages can be seen below.

First Lieutenant William J. McGuire was awarded a Silver Star posthumously. The commendation is listed in General Order 188 which can be seen below:

FIRST LIEUTENANT WILLIAM J. McGUIRE, O1315709, 330th Infantry, United States Army. For gallantry in action on 14 January 1945 near Cherain, Belgium. Although Lieutenant McGuire had suffered extreme exposure during the preceding day and night, he readily organized his company and mounted them on tanks to make a daylight attack on Cherain, Belgium. Realizing that the attack would result in almost certain death for those riding in the first tanks, he unhesitantly mounted one of the leading tanks in order to inspire the members of his company, and mounted his remaing officers on the succeeding tank. The outstanding gallantry, personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant McGuire reflect the highest credit upon himself and exemplify the finest traditions of the armed forces of the United States. Entered military service from New York. Residence 1386 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn New York.
Documents - Citation Silver Star August 31, 1944. General Order 188, 83rd Infantry Division
- Morning report August 2, 1944, K Company, 330th IR, page 6
- Morning report October 27, 1944, K Company, 330th IR, page 28
- Morning report December 16, 1944, K Company, 330th IR, page 24
Grave Soldier
William J McGuire (O-1315709) William J McGuire (O-1315709)

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