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Magnolia in Stark County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Magnolia Cemetery

Joe E. Hastings World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

 
 
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By Don Morfe, June 20, 2002
1. Magnolia Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Burial site of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Private First Class Joe R. Hastings, U.S. Army, World War II. Hastings, the squad leader of a light machinegun section in Company C. 386th Infantry, 97th Infantry Division, displayed conspicuous initiative in battle at Drabenderhohe, Germany on April 12, 1945, allowing his battered unit to evacuate its wounded and reorganize. “Pfc. Hastings, by his intrepidity, outstanding leadership, and unrelenting determination to wipe out the formidable German opposition, cleared the path for his company’s advance.” He was killed in action four days later while again supporting his unit. President Truman posthumously awarded Hastings the Congressional Medal of Honor on November 8, 1945.
 
Erected 2000 by Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-76.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 39.282′ N, 81° 17.832′ W. Marker is in Magnolia, Ohio, in Stark County. Marker is at the intersection of North Brady Street and Harrison Street on North Brady Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Magnolia OH 44643, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
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By Mike Wintermantel, November 16, 2014
2. Magnolia Cemetery Marker
8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sandy Valley Cemetery (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Great Trail / The Ohio Country in the Revolution (approx. 6.3 miles away); Malvern Veteran's Memorial (approx. 6.3 miles away); The Sandy and Beaver Canal (approx. 6.3 miles away); Zoar Garden (approx. 7.1 miles away); Zoar Village (approx. 7.2 miles away); Zoar Town Hall / Zoar and The Ohio & Erie Canal (approx. 7.2 miles away); Zoarville Station (approx. 7.2 miles away).
 
Categories. War, World II
 
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By Don Morfe, June 20, 2002
3. Magnolia Cemetery Marker
Joe E. Hastings is buried in Magnolia Cemetery. The grave GPS Coordinates are N40.6556 W81.2962. MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION: *HASTINGS, JOE R. (KILLED IN ACTION) Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 386th Infantry, 97th Infantry Division. Place and date: Drabenderhohe, Germany, 12 April 1945. Entered service at: Magnolia, Ohio. Birth: Malvern, Ohio. G.O. No.: 101, 8 November 1945. Citation: He fought gallantly during an attack against strong enemy forces defending Drabenderhohe, Germany, from the dug-in positions on commanding ground. As squad leader of a light machinegun section supporting the advance of the 1st and 3d Platoons, he braved direct rifle, machinegun, 20mm., and mortar fire, some of which repeatedly missed him only by inches, and rushed forward over 350 yards of open, rolling fields to reach a position from which he could fire on the enemy troops. From this vantage point he killed the crews of a 20mm. gun and a machinegun, drove several enemy riflemen from their positions, and so successfully shielded the 1st Platoon, that it had time to reorganize and remove its wounded to safety. Observing that the 3d Platoon to his right was being met by very heavy 40mm. and machinegun fire, he ran 150 yards with his gun to the leading elements of that unit, where he killed the crew of the 40mm. gun. As spearhead of the 3d Platoon's attack, he advanced, firing his gun held at hip height, disregarding the bullets that whipped past him, until the assault had carried 175 yards to the objective. In this charge he and the riflemen he led killed or wounded many of the fanatical enemy and put 2 machineguns out of action. Pfc. Hastings, by his intrepidity, outstanding leadership, and unrelenting determination to wipe out the formidable German opposition, cleared the path for his company's advance into Drabenderhohe. He was killed 4 days later while again supporting the 3d Platoon
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By Don Morfe, June 20, 2002
4. Magnolia Cemetery Marker
Joe E. Hastings private grave marker in Magnolia Cemetery.
 
 
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