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Army 1st Lt. Garlin Murl Conner the second-most decorated soldier from World War II, after Maj. Audie Murphy, is set to finally posthumously receives the Medal of Honor.
Army 1st Lt. Garlin Murl Conner will be honored during a ceremony at the White House later this year for his bravery on Jan. 24, 1945, while assigned to K Company, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.
Conner, a Kentucky native who died in 1998 at age 79, earned four Silver Stars, one Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during 28 months in combat during World War II as an intelligence officer.
He is said to be the second-most decorated soldier from World War II, after Maj. Audie Murphy, who is commonly referred to as the most decorated WWII soldier.
Conner joined the Army in 1941 and was discharged in June 1945. On Jan. 24, 1945, the first lieutenant volunteered to run 400 yards through “an intense concentration of enemy artillery” in Houssen, France, according to Conner’s Distinguished Service Cross citation.
Along the way, he unrolled a spool of telephone wire so he could use a field telephone to direct attacks on the enemy. Conner directed friendly artillery fire to hold off six German tanks and about 600 German infantrymen.
As shells exploded 25 yards from him, he set up an observation post, where he stayed for more than three hours, the citation said.
Conner was individually credited with stopping more than 150 German troops, destroying the tanks and “disintegrating the powerful enemy assault force and preventing heavy loss of life in his own outfit,” the citation said.
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Story by Charlsy Pazino