FLOR500, Garden 239 James Henry Mills, World War II Soldier (1923–1973) A farmer from Ft. Meade, Mills served as a private in the US Army’s 3rd Infantry Division during World War II. Near Cisterna di Littoria in Italy on May 24, 1944, following heavy combat, Mills volunteered to cover the advance of his platoon by standing on a river bank and firing his rifle in full view of the enemy less than 100 yards away. His action resulted in the capture of 22 Germans and the taking of the objective without American casualties. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry while risking his life to save his platoon against a heavily fortified German strongpoint.
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James Henry Mills, World War II Soldier 

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James Henry Mills, World War II Soldier 

(1923–1973)

A farmer from Ft. Meade, Mills served as a private in the US Army’s 3rd Infantry Division during World War II. Near Cisterna di Littoria in Italy on May 24, 1944, following heavy combat, Mills volunteered to cover the advance of his platoon by standing on a river bank and firing his rifle in full view of the enemy less than 100 yards away. His action resulted in the capture of 22 Germans and the taking of the objective without American casualties. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry while risking his life to save his platoon against a heavily fortified German strongpoint. 





 




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