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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Conflict Period:
World War II 2
Branch:
Army 2
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Technical Sergeant 2
Birth:
21 Apr 1918 2
Elizabeth, New Jersey 2
Death:
30 Apr 1945 2
Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan 2
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Pvt. George A. Christel
Pvt. George A. Christel
Fort McClellan, Alabama, 1941. Photo is from the 27th Division 1940-41 yearbook.
Report of Death
Report of Death
CIB awarded under General Order #9, Headquarters, 165th Infantry Regiment, 30 January 1944.
Headstone
Headstone
St. Gertrude's Cemetery, Colonia, New Jersey
Headstone
Headstone
St. Gertrude's Cemetery, Colonia, New Jersey
Bronze Star Citation
Bronze Star Citation
Meritorious Achievement on Makin Atoll, 20-23 November 1943. General Orders #35, Headquarters, 27th Infantry Division, 21 May 1944.
Bronze Star Citation
Bronze Star Citation
Heroic Achievement on Okinawa, 25 April 1945. General Orders #90, Headquarters, 27th Infantry Division, 23 November 1945.
Bronze Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal posthumously awarded to T/Sgt. George Christel on 27 February 2007. The miniature Combat Infantryman Badge was a later addition. He was awarded this Bronze Star for having received the Combat Infantryman Badge during World War II.
165th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
165th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
Actual DUI worn by T/Sgt. George A. Christel. It was found among the personal effects of CW2 John A. Christel.
Bronze Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart
Purple Heart
69th Infantry Regiment
69th Infantry Regiment
27th Infantry Division
27th Infantry Division
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.png
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.png
WWII Victory Medal.png
WWII Victory Medal.png

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Personal Details

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Full Name:
George Adam Christel 2
Person:
George A Christel 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
21 Apr 1918 2
Elizabeth, New Jersey 2
Male 2
Birth:
1918 1
New Jersey 1
Death:
30 Apr 1945 2
Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan 2
Cause: Killed In Action 2
Burial:
Burial Date: 21 Mar 1949 2
Burial Place: St. Gertrude's Cemetery, Colonia, New Jersey, USA 2
Burial:
Burial Date: 30 Apr 1945 2
Burial Place: 27th Infantry Division Cemetery, Okinawa Shima, Japan 2
Residence:
Place: Union County, New Jersey 1
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Birth:
Mother: Ruth E. O'Connell 2
Father: John G. Christel 2
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World War II 1

World War II 2

Branch:
Army 2
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Technical Sergeant 2
Service Start Date:
05 Feb 1941 2
Service End Date:
30 Apr 1945 2
Enlistment Date:
05 Feb 1941 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
32058640 1
Enlistment Place:
Newark New Jersey 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Religion:
Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Occupation:
Musicians and teachers of music 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Army Service:
Branch: Infantry 2
Component: Selectees 2
Inducted: 05 Feb 1941 2
Military Occupational Specialty: Platoon Sergeant 2
Place of Induction: Newark, New Jersey 2
Rank: Technical Sergeant 2
Serial Number: 32058640 2
Unit: Company "I", 165th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division 2
Battle Honors:
Central Pacific 1941-43 (w/ Arrowhead): 7 December 1941 - 6 December 1943 3
Ryukyus 1945: 26 March - 2 July 1945 3
Western Pacific 1944-45: 15 June 1944 - 2 September 1945 3
Military Awards:
American Defense Service Medal: 5 February - 7 December 1941 2
Army Good Conduct Medal: 1943 2
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal: Bronze Arrowhead & 3 Battle Stars 2
Bronze Star Medal (Merit): 27 Feb 2007 2
Bronze Star Medal (Merit): 20-23 November 1943 4
Bronze Star Medal (Valor): 25 Apr 1945 5
Combat Infantryman Badge: 20 Nov 1943 5
Purple Heart: 30 Apr 1945 2
WWII Victory Medal: 7 December 1941 - 31 December 1946 2
Source Information:
Box Number: 0460 1
Film Reel Number: 3.182 1

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Bronze Star Medal Citation

Butaritari Island, Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands

Bronze Star Medal

 

By direction of the President, under the provisions of Executive Order #9419, 4 February 1944 (Section II, Bulletin #3, War Department, 1944), and pursuant to authority contained in AR 600-45 (Decorations), 22 September 1943, as amended by Changes #1, 9 March 1944, a Bronze Star Medal was awarded by the Commanding General, 27th Infantry Division, to

Technical Sergeant GEORGE A. CHRISTEL (then Staff Sergeant)

A.S.N. 32058640, Company I, 165th Infantry, United States Army

“For meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy at Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands, 20-23 November 1943.  Assigned as Platoon Sergeant, Technical Sergeant CHRISTEL was in the first wave of assault boats to land on Butaritari Island.  A few minutes after the initial landing, he came upon an enemy outpost consisting of six enemy soldiers.  He immediately took charge of the situation and directed fire which annihilated all of the enemy, personally killing one of the enemy, at a range of approximately one hundred yards, who was trying to escape to the main Japanese lines.”

General Orders #35, 21 May 1944, Headquarters 27th Infantry Division.

By command of Major General Ralph C. Smith:

Albert K. Stebbins, Jr.
Colonel, General Staff Corps, Chief of Staff

 

Bronze Star Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster) Citation

Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan

Bronze Star Medal

 

By direction of the President, in addition to a Bronze Star Medal awarded by the Commanding General, 27th Infantry Division to Technical Sergeant GEORGE ADAM CHRISTEL, as published in Section II, General Orders #35, this headquarters, dated 21 May 1944, a bronze Oak-Leaf Cluster was awarded posthumously to him by the Commanding General, 27th Infantry Division, under the provisions of Executive Order #9419, 4 February 1944 (Section II, Bulletin #3, War Department, 1944), and pursuant to authority contained in AR 600-45 (Decorations), 22 September 1943, as amended. The citation is as follows:

Technical Sergeant GEORGE ADAM CHRISTEL,

A.S.N. 32058640, Company I, 165th Infantry, United States Army

 “For heroic achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy at Okinawa Shima, Nansei Shoto, on 25 April 1945.  Sergeant CHRISTEL led a rifle platoon attacking a high, well-defended ridge held by Japanese hidden in caves.  Enemy machine gun, mortar, and sniper fire impeded the advance of his company.  Sergeant CHRISTEL maneuvered his platoon through the heavy concentration of enemy fire to within 200 yards of the foe, while the Japanese directed the majority of their fire against the platoon.  This enabled the remainder of the company to advance.  One Japanese machine gun in particular inflicted heavy casualties upon his platoon.  Abandoning the slight concealment he had, in view of the enemy, he moved through open terrain into the withering crossfire.  This he did voluntarily, knowing the hostile positions must be attacked and destroyed.  While trying desperately to discover a better route of approach, he was constantly exposed to small arms fire.  By his courageous action, Sergeant CHRISTEL furthered the advance of his platoon a total of 200 yards and was responsible for the continuation of his company’s advancement.”

 

General Orders #90, 23 November 1945, Headquarters, 27th Infantry Division.

By command of Major General George Griner:

O. E. Trechter,
Colonel, General Staff Corps, Chief of Staff

 

Bronze Star Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster) Citation

New Jersey

Bronze Star Medal

 

By direction of the President, in addition to a Bronze Star Medal awarded by the Commanding General, 27th Infantry Division to Technical Sergeant GEORGE ADAM CHRISTEL, as published in Section II, General Orders #35, Headquarters, 27th Infantry Division, dated 21 May 1944, a second bronze Oak-Leaf Cluster was awarded posthumously to him under the provisions of Army Regulation AR 600-8-22, Chapter 3, Section 13.  The citation is as follows:

 Technical Sergeant GEORGE A. CHRISTEL,

A.S.N. 32058640, Company I, 165th Infantry, United States Army

 “For exemplary conduct in ground combat against the armed enemy during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations.”

 Given under my hand in the city of Washington on this 27th day of February 2007.

Note: 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster to the Bronze Star Medal awarded based on having been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge during World War II.

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