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First Name: James

Last Name: Durden

Birthplace: USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Uvalda, GA
Middle Name: Leonard

Date of Birth:

Date of Death: 05 August 1944

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Years Served:
James Leonard Durden

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


James Leonard Durden
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army

On 5 August 1944, Second Lieutenant James Leonard Durden was serving with the 15th Tank Battalion, 6th Armored Division, Third U.S. Army.

On that day, 2LT Durden's unit was in action against German forces 5 miles East of Huelgoat, France in the Rhineland Campaign. 2LT Durden's courageous actions and extraordinary heroism that day, at the cost of his life, earned him the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

Medals and Awards

Distinguished Service Cross
Purple Heart
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars
World War II Victory Medal

Distinguished Service Cross Citation (Synopsis)

Second Lieutenant James Leonard Durden (ASN: 0-1018134), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 15th Tank Battalion, 6th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 August 1944. Second Lieutenant Durden's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 6th Armored Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 59 (1944)


Second Lieutenant James Leonard Durden is buried at the Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial in Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France, in Plot L, Row 12, Grave 15.


Honoree ID: 50391   Created by: MHOH




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