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Clyde L. Choate

Military Person from United States of America

Clyde Lee Choate (June 28, 1920 – October 5, 2001) was an American politician in southern Illinois and a decorated soldier. From Anna, Illinois, Choate served thirty years in the Illinois House of Representatives. As a United States Army sergeant in World War II, he was awarded the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for single-handedly destroying a German tank. Choate was born in West Frankfort, Illinois, one of twelve children born to a coal miner. He joined the Army from Anna, Illinois, and by October 25, 1944 was serving as a Staff Sergeant in Company C, 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion. On that day, near Bruyères in eastern France, his tank destroyer was hit and set on fire in an attack by German forces. He ordered his crew to abandon the destroyer and reached a position of relative safety, but then returned through hostile fire to the burning vehicle to make sure no one was trapped inside. Seeing a German tank overrunning American infantry soldiers, he single-handedly attacked and destroyed the tank. In a ceremony at the White House on August 23, 1945, President Harry S. Truman presented Choate with the Medal of Honor for his actions near Bruyères. After the  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Clyde Choate
Date of birth
1920-06-28
Place of birth
West Frankfort
Nationality
United States of America

Death

Date of death
2001-10-05
Place of death
Carbondale

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