We shall not forget

OWEN WILLOUGHBY FIELDS, JR.

The Citadel Class of: 1944

Cadet Company: E (4), E – Corporal (3), N – Platoon Sergeant (2)
Age: 21
Born: 3-JUL-23
Hometown: Bainbridge, Georgia
Family: Margaret McIntosh Williams Fields (mother), Owen W. Fields, Sr. (father)
Rank: Sergeant
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Servicenumber: 14115795
Entered the Service from: Georgia
Function: Not Available
Regiment: 22nd Infantry Regiment
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Division: 4th Infantry Division
Company: E
Unit: Not Available
Date of death: 13-Jul-44
Status: KIA
Place of death: Vicinity of La Maugerie, Sainteny, Normandy, France
Spot: Not Available
Awards: Purple Heart
Gravenumber: Plot E Row 12 Grave 24
Cemetery: Normandy American Cemetery
Biography: Not Available
Other information: Business Administration major (Source: Sphinx 1943)Military Service – Active duty 1943. Basic training, Fort McClellan, Alabama. Assigned to OCS Class #323A, Ft Benning Ga.
He did not graduate because “he looked too young”. Was assigned to the European Theater of Operations and was
Killed in Action at St. Lo, France on 13 July 1944. This information was supplied by his friend, Charles Gavin whose poignant
comment was “He was a great boy and this was a waste. Too young to be an officer, but old enough to die for his country.”
Source: The Class of 1944, Claude K Hydrick Sr., 1994 (This is the yearbook the class of 1944 never got –
basically a collection of information from those ’44 grads that were living in 1992 when the book started to
take shape and then finally published in 1994).http://www.lonesentry.com/gi_stories_booklets/4thinfantry/

According to Army records, Owen Fields was inducted into the service on 29 May 1942. His mortal wound was a skull fracture
caused by shrapnel. He was buried at 1600, 17 July 1944, in the temporary military cemetery St. Mere Eglise #2, Plot R Row 8
Grave 143. He was moved in 1948 and permanently interred in the permanent American Cemetery at Coleville-Sur-Mer, France.
Source: Individual Deceased Personnel File

http://www.dday-overlord.com/after_action_report_4_division_infanterie.htm

Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Citadel Archive & Museum, Mike Stannard ’65, Sphinx 1942 & 1943, AGRC records, Paul Cober, usgwarchives.net, Find A Grave.com

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    February 10, 2013 at 8:45 pm

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