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First Name: Woodrow

Last Name: Bailey

Birthplace: Mercer County, WV, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Bluefield, WV
Middle Name: Wilson

Date of Birth: 07 April 1912

Date of Death: 21 August 1944

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Years Served:
Woodrow Wilson Bailey

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Woodrow Wilson Bailey
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

On 30 June 1944, then-Major Woodrow Wilson Bailey was serving with 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, First U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations.

On that day, MAJ Bailey's unit was in action against German forces. MAJ Bailey's courageous actions and extraordinary heroism, at the eventual cost of his life, earned him the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

On 21 August 1944, Major Bailey Died of Wounds received during the battle for which he was awarded the DSC.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Distinguished Service Cross
Bronze Star Medal (Merit)
Purple Heart
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Combat Infantryman Badge

Distinguished Service Cross Citation (Synopsis)

Major Woodrow W. Bailey (ASN: 0-327993), 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 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 June 1944. Major Bailey'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 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 71 (1944)


Lieutenant Colonel Woodrow Wilson Bailey is buried at the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial in Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England, in Plot E, Row 2, Grave 92.


Honoree ID: 54325   Created by: MHOH




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