Clyde E. Townsend

Army Commendation Medal
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  • Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Germany, 15 March 1946 – 15 June 1946
  • G.O. No.: HQ, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 55 (1946)

Citation: Clyde E. Townsend, O2018951, Second Lieutenant, Headquarters Company, 16th Infantry. For meritorious service in connection with operations in the Army of Occupation in Germany from 15 March 1946 to 15 June 1946. During this period Lieutenant Townsend, as Regimental S-2, I and R Platoon Leader, and DP and PW Officer, for the 16th Infantry Regiment, organized and trained units, such as the I and R Platoon so well that they have provided extremely valuable service and assistance to the Border Patrol on the German-Czech Border, and as a result of his planning, the administrative problem in these areas, where there were a number of DP Camps, was considerably lessened by the closing of seven camps. He was instrumental in the movement of two thousand five hundred prisoners of war and the discharge of the two thousand prisoners of war without a single incident. Lieutenant Townsend’s cheerful cooperation, efficiency, and devotion to duty reflects great credit upon himself and the military service. Lieutenant Townsend is hereby authorized to wear the Army Commendation Ribbon by direction of the Secretary of War. Residence at appointment: Macomb, Illinois.

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