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Woodard, Richard

American (1776 - present, Republic)


1st Lieutenant Woordard, from the 771st Tank Destroyer Battalion, was acting as observer with Piper L-4J Grasshopper 44-80233, 63-J, the obeservationplane of 690th Field Artillery Battalion, which was shot down by German machinegun fire, on January 26th, 1945 at 12.00 hrs near the blown bridge over the Ruhr river near Brachelen. In this event, pilot 1st Lt John Badura of the 690th Field Artillery Battalion was killed and Richard Woodard was taken prisoner by the Germans.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
1st Lieutenant (Lieutenant)
Headquarters Company, 771st Tank Destroyer Battalion, 102nd Infantry Division "Ozark", U.S. Army
For action performed somewhere in the period of 20 January 26 January 1945 in the vicinity of Brachelen and Randerath/Rhine Province, Germany.

The exact date of action as well as the citation are unknown to us.
Silver Star Medal (SSM)