Elton H. Liles wartime biography


Home address at time of entry
Wake County, North Carolina

Occupation at entry - Farm Hand

Birth data - Aug. 28, 1916 in North Carolina

Brigade - 3rd ESB
Regiment - 593rd
Company - Hq Co Shore Battalion

Enlistment / entry date - Jan 15, 1941

Departed United States - ?

Military Occupation at discharge - T/Sgt communications

Military qualifications -
Battles and Campaigns - New Guinea

Decorations - Good Conduct, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

Buried at Wake Crossroads Baptist Church, Wake, NC

Additional notes - Elton H. Liles was mortally wounded May 31, 1944 on mainland New Guinea near Wakde Island and died 3 days later. At the time he was extending a telephone line and had entered the jungle alone. He was confronted by 3 Japanese soldiers. When he refused to go with them as a prisoner, he was attacked. His calls for help alerted his fellow soldiers. He was issued a Bronze Star Medal posthumously.

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