Elmer Lewis McKesson


Agricultural Engineering

ASAE; Company E, Second Battalion, Second Regiment.

Petersburg, VA

Army, Staff Sergeant

Company K, 329th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division

Silver Star; Purple Heart

Sep 27, 1919

Jul 10, 1944

Killed in Action - Normandy

Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia


Additional Information

Silver Star:  With conspicuous coolness and devotion to duty, Staff Sergeant McKesson assisted an officer assaulting an enemy machine gun position.  Despite intense fire from the position through a wooded area, they successfully secured a hedgerow across and open field where they were able to build up a base of fire and establish the troops in position.  Staff Sergeant McKesson’s conspicuous coolness under fire and undaunted courage and determination reflect great credit upon himself and the finest traditions of military history.

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Hedgerow Heroism – Vignette written by Kelly Durham for The Echo