Frank Burrus Reid

Commanding Officer

Company C 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry

4th Infantry Division

DOW 09/14/1944

 

 

Frank B. Reid was born on June 25, 1920 in Fulton, Kentucky.

He entered military service on October 2, 1941.
His religion was listed as Protestant.

 

     

The 1st Battalion website does not have access to
Captain Frank Reid's service record.

Apparently he entered the Army as an
enlisted man and later became an officer.

The article at left describes how Reid
was promoted to Sergeant in his
Training Company.

The article is from Warren Franklin
as posted on Ancestry.com.

Warren stated:

"Advancement from Private to Sergeant:
Frank was stationed at Camp Wheeler Georgia
before the US really got involved in WWII,
so I'm guessing this newspaper article
is from around 1940-42.

 

 

In late July 1944, Frank B. Reid was a Captain, commanding Company C of the 22nd Infantry,
his Company attached to 2nd Battalion of the 66th Armored Regiment of the 2nd Armored Division,
during Operation Cobra, the breakout from Normandy, centered around the town of St. Lô.

At the village of Moyon (called Le Moyen in the citation below) Captain Reid led a patrol
of 12 men from Company C, in an effort to destroy a German anti-tank gun which was
delaying the American advance. Reid and his patrol encountered German tanks in the village,
and engaged in a fierce fight, destroying several tanks. Reid was personally responsible for the
destruction of at least two German tanks himself.

The following citation was drawn up by Major Robert B. Latimer, commanding 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
at this time, recommending Reid for the Distinguished Service Cross:

 



Original recommendation for the Distinguished Service Cross for Frank B. Reid

Courtesy of John R. Tomawski

 

 

 

Map showing the advance of 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry ( red line )
from St. Gilles to Moyon during the breakout from St. Lô.
Moyon was approximately 6-8 miles to the south of St. Lô.

Map from Google - line of advance colored by website editor

 

 

 

Apparently the recommendation for the Distinguished Service Cross was not acted upon,
as Frank B. Reid never received the D.S.C. for which he was recommended in the above action.

Two years after his death, Captain Frank B. Reid was awarded the Silver Star Medal,
in General Orders, HQ, 1st Army, G.O. No. 10 (1946).

 

Captain Frank B. Reid died of wounds received in action in Germany, during the 22nd Infantry's first attack
against the Siegfried Line on September 14, 1944. The following is the entry of his casualty in the 22nd
Infantry Daily Action Journals for 1944. Note that it is recorded, at the time he was seriously wounded,
he was considered to be "The best remaining Co (Company) commander."

 

Journal of the 22nd Infantry Regiment for September 14, 1944.
Red star marks the line noting the loss of Captain Frank B. Reid.

Daily Action Journal excerpt courtesy of John R. Tomawski

 

 

 

 

Frank B. Reid was buried in the temporary U.S. Military Cemetery,
Fosse Cemetery, Namur, Belgium and some time later his remains
were returned to the United States where he was
reinterred in Kentucky.

Burial:
Hickman City Cemetery
Hickman
Fulton County
Kentucky

 

Grave marker for Frank B. Reid

Photo by Craig Thweatt from the Find A Grave website

 

 

The grave of Frank B. Reid

Photo by Craig Thweatt from the Find A Grave website

 

 

 

 

 

Vase containing dirt from the orchard at the village of Moyon where the action took place in which CPT Frank Reid was involved.
The wooden cap to the vase is made from the wood of an apple tree which existed in the orchard during the war. This memento
was presented to John Tomawski upon his visit to Moyon in October 2014 to honor the grave and memory of his great-uncle
Ernest Lavoie, who lost his life in the battle of Moyon as a member of Company A 22nd Infantry.

Photo courtesy of John Tomawski

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top photo by Warren franklin from Ancestry.com

 

 

 

 

 


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