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  GRANTHAM, Shelbourne Lawton

Rank:

Private First Class

 

 

Service Branch:

U.S. Army

Serial Number:

34124859

Division:

79th Infantry ("Cross of Lorraine")

Regiment:

314th Infantry

Company:

 

Battalion:

 

Function:

 

Status:

Killed in Action, Battle of St. Lo, France

Date of death:

July 13, 1944

Place of death:

LaSurieville, France

Age at death:

25

Awards:

 

Burial 1:

American Military Cemetery, Blosville, France

Grave number:

Plot Y, Row 1, Grave ll

Burial 2:

Remains moved to
Grantham Cemetery
May 2, 1948

Cenotaph:


Born:

Dillon County, South Carolina

Hometown:

Gaddy's Mill, South Carolina

Family:

Parents:
William Powell Grantham (1888 - 1964)
Bertha Huggins Grantham (1894 - 1962)

Spouse:


Children:


Siblings:
Sarah Grantham
Mrs. J. F. Mears, Jr.
Gary Grantham
Rhondell Grantham

Additional information:

Landed in England in April 1944. On June 8, 1944 (D-Day plus 2), the 79th crossed the English Channel to land at Utah Beach, in Normandy, France. By 14 Jun 1944, the division began its advance toward the vital port city of Cherbourg, with the 313th and 315th Infantry and reached the outer fortications of the fortress-city June 20th. The division began its main assault 22 Jun 44 as the 313th Infantry drove against the strong point at La Mare a Canards. The 314th Infantry captured Fort du Roule on 26 Jun 44. PFC Grantham's last letter home, written on June 29th, stated that he was resting up after having taken part in the Battle of Cherbourg.

Leaving Cherbourg, the division moved south to hold defensive lines along the Ollonde River until 2 Jul 44. The division then pushed down the west coast of the Cotentin Peninsula in driving rain and took La Haye-du-Puits after repelling German counter-attacks on 8 Jul 44.

 


Research by: Victoria Proctor, genealogist

Sources: Dillon War Memorial, NARA World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing (1946), American Battle Monuments Commission, tombstone, The Dillon Herald April 12, 1945

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