|The Kentucky Medal of Honor Memorial
Medal of Honor
The Kentucky Medal of Honor Memorial
JOHN C. SQUIRES
Medal of Honor recipient
|On November 12, 2001, the Kentucky Medal of Honor Memorial, sculpted by Doyle Glass, will be dedicated. The ten foot monument depicts John C. Squires, a Medal of Honor recipient from Louisville. On the base of the sculpture will be engraved the names of all Medal of Honor recipients from Kentucky. The Memorial will honor all Kentuckians who served their country "above and beyond the call of duty".|
|2962 * *SQUIRES, JOHN C.
Rank: Sergeant (rank at time of action: Private First Class)
THE KENTUCKY MEDAL OF HONOR MEMORIAL
In October of 1944, John C. Squires was the first soldier from Kentucky to receive the Medal of Honor in World War II. At the time, he was the youngest soldier in the Army to receive the Medal. John Squires was killed at Anzio, Italy about a month after the action for which he received the Medal and four days after his nineteenth birthday. He is buried in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.
|The monument depicts Squires in full battle gear on the night of April 23-24, 1944 near Spaccassasi Creek, Anzio, Italy. As a platoon messenger, Squires had to negotiate barbed wire, shell holes and other obstacles in order to reach the front lines. According to Squire's commanding officer, Second Lieutenant Randolph Bracey: "He left the draw, and between flashes of bursting shells which lit up the area, I could see him running through barbed wire and zigzagging across the exposed, flat fields toward our lines, shells bursting within fifteen yards of him as he moved."
I have enclosed an article that appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal on October 2, 1944, some photographs of Sgt. Squires, a copy of the official order describing the actions for which Squires was awarded the Medal, and a copy of an article that appeared in "Battle Cry" magazine regarding those events.
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