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Britton, Lee Amos

Rank and Name, Staff Sergeant Lee Amos Britton.
Unit/Placed in, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1 Cavalry Division “First Team”.

The 1st Cavalry Division (“First Team”) is a combined arms division and is one of the most decorated combat divisions of the United States Army.

Lee is born approx. on 19 March 1917 in Weatherford, Texas.
Father, Randolph Marion Britton.
Mother, Virgie Lee (Whitfield) Britton.
Sister(s), Edith May, Clara Bessie, Mary Beulah, Dolly Cleo, Nelly Belle, Nancy Oleta, Baby Girl and Baby Girl Britton.
Brother(s), Ray Otis, Winifred Edgar, Randolph Marion, Luie Enos, J.N., Baby Boy, Warren Hardy and Don Leon Britton.
Spouse, Shirley Louise (Feaster) Britton.
Spouse, Beatrice Adel (Vandergriff) Britton.

Lee enlisted the service in Texas with service number # 06954971.
The division next took part in the invasion of Leyte, captured Tacloban and the adjacent airstrip and secured Leyte Valley, elements landing on and securing Samar Island. Moving down Ormoc Valley (in Leyte) and across the Ormoc plain.
The division then invaded Luzon, landing in the Lingayen Gulf area 27 January 1945, and fought its way as a “flying column” to Manila. They Liberated more than 3,000 civilian prisoners at the University of Santo Tomas.

Lee survived the War, he is honored with a Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Bronze Arrowhead, American Defense Ribbon, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, WW II Victory Medal.

Lee is buried/mentioned at Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas, USA.

Thanks to,
Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com ww2-europe.com
Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.
ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov
Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/ Geoffrey Roecker
Seabees History Bob Smith https://seabeehf.org/
Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org
POW Info, http://www.mansell.com Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.
Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano
National Historian
Navy Seal Memorial, http://www.navysealmemorials.com
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com
Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

12th Cavalry Regiment
1st Cavalry Division
Japanese Submarine I-21 (Newcastle Shooting 1942)
Santo Tomas POW Camp
Lee Amos Britton
His rank Staff Sergeant