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First Name: Chauncey

Last Name: Cole

Birthplace: Norwich, NY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: David

Date of Birth: 23 September 1919

Date of Death: 18 August 1990

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Years Served:
Chauncey David Cole, Jr.

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Chauncey David Cole, Jr.
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
World War II

Chauncey David Cole, Jr. was born on 23 September 1919 in Norwich, NY.

He served in the CCC in 1936-37 and joined the 2nd Battalion/105th Infantry, New York National Guard in 1938 as a Private.

Chauncey married Gertrude Florence Daly on 15 July 1941 and remained her faithful husband and friend until his death.

After graduating from Army Infantry OCS in 1942 as a Second Lieutenant, he was assigned to the 78th "Lightning" Division at Camp Butner, NC. He deployed overseas with the division to the European Theatre of Operations, assigned to the First Army. He saw action as Commander of the Machinegun Platoon, 3rd Battalion/311th Infantry Regiment and Company Commander of "L" Company, 3/311. By 1960 he commanded the Battalion as a Lieutenant Colonel. He participated in the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns.

Medals and Awards

Silver Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal with "Valor" Device and 1 Oak Leaf Cluster (2 Awards)
Army Commendation Medal with "Valor" Device

Combat Infantryman's Badge
Presidential Unit Citation (2)

Worked 35 years for the General Electric Company.

Death and Burial

Chauncey David Cole, Jr. died of bladder cancer on 18 August 1990. He is buried at the Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna, Schenectady County, NY.

Honoree ID: 2120   Created by: MHOH




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