Thomas Frank Dyess Jr.
Company B 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Division
Thomas F. Dyess Jr. was born in
Mississippi February 2, 1920. He was drafted into the Army
on December 29, 1942 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. His home of residence was listed
as Pike County, Mississippi and his civilian occupation was listed as Unskilled Nonprocess
Occupations In Manufacturing. He had completed grammar school and was married.
Dyess was assigned as a Private
First Class to Company B 22nd Infantry on June 26, 1944.
He was one of 12 enlisted men assigned to the Company as replacements on that date.
On November 27, 1944 Dyess
received his first Purple Heart for wounds received
in action in Germany during the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest.
Staff Sergeant Dyess was killed
in action in Germany in the vicinity of Sellerich,
during the 22nd Infantry's second penetration into Germany on February 6, 1945.
For his actions the day he was killed he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
The President of the
United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service
(Posthumously) to Thomas F. Dyess, Jr. (34612781), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for
extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy
while serving with Company B, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action
against enemy forces on 6 February 1945. Staff Sergeaant Dyess' 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 4th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army General Orders No. 603 (1945)
Grave marker for Thomas F. Dyess
Photo by Terry Stinson from the Find A Grave website
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