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La Fiere, Sainte-Mere-Eglise in Manche Département, Basse-Normandie, France — Lower Normandy (Atlantic Coast)

PFC Charles DeGlopper Memorial

Iron Mike Monument at LaFiere Bridge


—Memorial Parachutiste —

PFC Charles DeGlopper Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 28, 2008
1. PFC Charles DeGlopper Memorial Marker
Inscription. In honor of PFC Charles DeGlopper, Company C, 325th Glider Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. PFC Charles DeGlopper posthumously won the Medal of Honor, the highest medal given by the United States of America near this spot on June 9, 1944.
Erected 2003 by Veterans 325th Glider Infantry, WWII.
Location. 49° 24.085′ N, 1° 21.773′ W. Marker is in La Fiere, Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Basse-Normandie, in Manche Département. Marker is on Moulin (D15). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Fiere, Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Basse-Normandie 50480, France.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 80th Airborne Antiaircraft Battalion, 82nd Airborne Div. U.S. Army (here, next to this marker); 6 June 1944 at LaFiere Bridge (here, next to this marker); General Gavin’s Foxhole (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); In Remembrance of the Airborne Spirit (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); 82nd and 101st Airborne on D-Day (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); Clifford A. Maughan P.F.C. (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); House on Fire at Sainte-Mère-Église (approx. 3.6 kilometers away); U.S. Coast Guard Memorial at Utah Beach (approx. 13.7 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in La Fiere, Sainte-Mere-Eglise.
Categories. War, World II
Iron Mike Monument-Memorial Paradchutiste image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 28, 2008
2. Iron Mike Monument-Memorial Paradchutiste
PFC Charles DeGlopper Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 17, 2001
3. PFC Charles DeGlopper Grave Marker
He is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Grand Island, NY. His Medal of Honor citation etc: *DEGLOPPER, CHARLES N. • Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Co. C, 325th Glider Infantry, 82d Airborne Division • Place and date: Merderet River at la Fiere, France, 9 June 1944 • Entered service at: Grand Island, N.Y • G.O. No.: 22, 28 February 1946 Citation: He was a member of Company C, 325th Glider Infantry, on 9 June 1944 advancing with the forward platoon to secure a bridgehead across the Merderet River at La Fiere, France. At dawn the platoon had penetrated an outer line of machineguns and riflemen, but in so doing had become cut off from the rest of the company. Vastly superior forces began a decimation of the stricken unit and put in motion a flanking maneuver which would have completely exposed the American platoon in a shallow roadside ditch where it had taken cover. Detecting this danger, Pfc. DeGlopper volunteered to support his comrades by fire from his automatic rifle while they attempted a withdrawal through a break in a hedgerow 40 yards to the rear. Scorning a concentration of enemy automatic weapons and rifle fire, he walked from the ditch onto the road in full view of the Germans, and sprayed the hostile positions with assault fire. He was wounded, but he continued firing. Struck again, he started to fall; and yet his grim determination and valiant fighting spirit could not be broken. Kneeling in the roadway, weakened by his grievous wounds, he leveled his heavy weapon against the enemy and fired burst after burst until killed outright. He was successful in drawing the enemy action away from his fellow soldiers, who continued the fight from a more advantageous position and established the first bridgehead over the Merderet. In the area where he made his intrepid stand his comrades later found the ground strewn with dead Germans and many machineguns and automatic weapons which he had knocked out of action. Pfc. DeGlopper's gallant sacrifice and unflinching heroism while facing unsurmountable odds were in great measure responsible for a highly important tactical victory in the Normandy Campaign.
PFC Charles DeGlopper Grave Marker-Replaces old marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 23, 2013
4. PFC Charles DeGlopper Grave Marker-Replaces old marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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