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First Name: Elbert

Last Name: Newton

Birthplace: Jones County, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Delk, TX
Middle Name: E.

Date of Birth: 22 February 1922

Date of Death: 17 July 2005

Rank: Private First Class

Years Served:
Elbert Eden Newton

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Elbert Eden Newton

Private 1st Class, U. S. Army

Silver Star

Headquarters, 82d Airborne Division, General Orders No. 22 (February 26, 1945)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private Elbert E. Newton (ASN: 38230446), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company G, 3d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action on 16 - 17 July 1944, near ****, France.
When his company became disorganized during an attack, Private Newton, with a small group, infiltrated to a point 500 yards behind enemy lines. With utter disregard for his own safety, although he was exposed to small arms and automatic weapons fire from both enemy and friendly forces, Private Newton took position in a hedgerow on a main highway in an attempt to halt enemy reinforcements. Observing two enemy vehicles approaching, Private Newton opened fire at point blank range, killing two of the enemy. Then, assisted by his comrades, he captured four enlisted men, one officer, both vehicles and an enemy field piece. A total of seventeen enemy were killed. Refusing to withdraw to his own lines, Private Newton waited until a group of seventeen men and one officer of his company assembled and joined them in another successful attack in which their objective was seized. This gallant and courageous conduct on the part of Private Newton aided materially in the success of his company's mission.
His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.

Origin of Nickname/Handle:

Texas Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 317325   Created by: drjones46




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