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Colonel, New York National Guard

Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army National Guard 1
Rank:
Colonel 1
Birth:
1889 1
Death:
20 Nov 1943 1
Butaritari Island, Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands 1
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Full Name:
James Gardiner Conroy 1
Birth:
1889 1
Male 1
Death:
20 Nov 1943 1
Butaritari Island, Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands 1
Cause: Killed In Action 1
Residence:
Place: Brooklyn, NY 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army National Guard 1
Rank:
Colonel 1
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Occupation:
Lawyer; Army Officer 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Education:
Institution: Xavier High School 1
Place: New York, NY 1
To: 1906 1
Battle Honors (WWII):
Central Pacific 1941-43 (w/ Arrowhead): 7 December 1941 - 6 December 1943 1
Military Awards:
American Defense Service Medal: 8 September 1939 - 7 December 1941 1
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Service Medal: 1 bronze Arrowhead & 1 Battle Star 1
Bronze Star Medal (Merit): 20 Nov 1943 1
Combat Infantryman Badge: 20 Nov 1943 1
Distinguished Service Cross: 20 Nov 1943 1
Mexican Border Service Medal: Texas 1
Purple Heart: 20 Nov 1943 1
WWI Victory Medal: 6 April 1917 - 11 November 1918 1
WWII Victory Medal: 7 December 1941 - 31 December 1946 1
WWII Service:
Branch: Infantry 1
Component: New York National Guard 1
Grade: O6 1
Rank: Colonel 1
Serial Number: O-185592 1
Unit: 165th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division 1

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Distinguished Service Cross Citation

Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands

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Colonel James Gardiner Conroy (ASN: 0-185592), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 165th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 20 November 1943. Colonel Conroy's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders No. 40-44, Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces-Central Pacific Area

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