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First Name: Gene

Last Name: Daugherty

Birthplace: Bethel, MO, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Shelby County, MO
Middle Name: Porter

Date of Birth: 05 December 1923

Date of Death: 04 February 1945

Rank: Technical Sergeant

Years Served:
Gene Porter Daugherty

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Gene Porter Daugherty
Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army

On 28 August 1944, then-Staff Sergeant Gene Porter Daugherty was serving with Company L, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, Seventh U.S. Army.

On that day, SSG Daugherty's unit was in action against German forces. SSG Daugherty's courageous actions and extraordinary heroism that day earned him the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

TSGT Daugherty was Killed in Action on 4 February 1945 in France.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star Medal
Purple Heart with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Army Good Conduct Medal
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Combat Infantryman Badge

Distinguished Service Cross Citation (Synopsis)

Staff Sergeant Gene P. Daugherty (ASN: 37616042), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 November 1944. Staff Sergeant Daugherty's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 128 (1945)

Silver Star (Synopsis)

Pvt. Gene Daugherty of near Bethel, with his automatic rifle, killed 12 Germans, wounded 13 and captured 15 in battle on the Italian front, thus enabling his company to move by a motor convoy toward a strategic city. For these accomplishments he has been awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action while serving with the 36th "Texas" division of the 7th army in Europe. He has also received the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge for wounds received January 28, in action in Italy. Words accompanying the Silver Star award were: "Pvt. Gene Daugherty, was automatic rifleman with the 1st platoon Company ?, as it moved by motor convoy toward a strategic city. An enemy force attack engaged the platoon in a fire fight. From his covered position, Pvt. Daugherty saw an enemy machine gun crew going into action. Realizing the gravity of the threat and the casualties it would cause, he left his place of safety and advanced headlong into the machine gun fire, answering with deadly blasts from his rife. By his courageous action he destroyed the gun crew and materially aided his platoon to defeat the enemy, killing 12, wounding 13 and capturing 15." Pvt. Daugherty, son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Daugherty of near Bethel entered service June 9, 1943, and in December of last year was sent to North Africa, and from there to Italy. -The Palmyra Spectator, 08 Nov 1944, Wed, Page 2.


Technical Sergeant Gene Porter Daugherty is buried at the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France, in Plot D, Row 44, Grave 17.



Honoree ID: 107299   Created by: MHOH




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