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World War II

COATS, CLAIR R

Sergeant, U. S. Army. Home address: Sand Springs, Tulsa County. Mrs. Vivian Lula Coats, Mother, 26141/4 Kenwood Ave., Los Angeles 7, California. Born May 5, 1924. Enlisted December 29, 1942. Decorations: Combat Infantry Badge ; European, .African-Middle Eastern Service Medal; French Croix de Guerre (awarded his Division) ; Order of the Purple Heart awarded posthumously. Graduated from Sand Springs schools in 1942. Member of the Baptist Church. Awarded Good Conduct Medal. Served as Light Mortar Crewman commanding three mortars and a crew of twenty-one men; supervised the selection of the positions and the installment of the guns, and called fire on enemy targets. Served in the battles for Naples, Foggia, Rome, Arno and Southern France. Died August 21, 1944, in action near A ix, France.

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