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Five in family serve overseas by Linda Sult, Curator of The Berwick Historical Society

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“A Great American family” repulsed with heavy losses. is the title bestowed on the Supported by direct tank fire, family and descendants of the they finally gained entrance, late Russell and Leona Belle but the intrepid sergeant reTurner who were residents fused to surrender although of Orange Street, Berwick. five of his men were woundThree sons as well as three ed and one was killed. He sons-in-law and a grandson boldly flung a can of flaming served in the US military in oil at the first wave of attackthree conflicts World War II, ers, dispersing them, and the Korean War, and Vietnam fought from room to room, conflict. closing with the enemy in The Congressional Medal fierce hand to hand encounof Honor, the nation’s highest ters. He hurled hand greaward to a local soldier, Staff nade for hand grenade, bayoStaff Sgt Day G. Turner Sgt Day G. Turner. Turner neted two fanatical Germans commanded a nine-man squad with the who rushed a doorway he was defending and mission of holding a critical flank position. fought on with the enemy’s weapons when When overwhelming numbers of the enemy his own ammunition was expended. The attached under cover savage fight raged for four hours, and finally of withering artillery, mortar, and rocket fire, when three men of the defending squad were he withdrew his squad into a nearby house, left unwounded, the enemy surrendered. determined to defend it to the last man. The Twenty-five prisoners were taken; 11 enemy enemy attacked again and again and were dead and a great number of wounded were counted. Sgt Turner’s valiant stand will live on as a constant inspiration to his comrades. His heroic inspiring leadership, his determination and courageous devotion to duty exw w w .r id e H P T.c o m emplify the highest tradition of the military service. Get Your Staff Sgt. Day Turner was killed in action one month after his historic defense. He is Senior Citizen buried in the National cemetery, Dahl, Luxembourg. Staff Sgt Turner served the US Pass Today Army Company b, 319th Infantry, 80th Infantry Divison. Date of birth: September 2, 1921, Date of death: February 8, 1945; Citation: G O No. 49, June 28, 1945. Brother, Private Ernest K. Turner, was the first enlisted casualty of the Korean War, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on August 23, 1950 He was a veteran of nine years of army service. Private Turner was in the Hawaiian Islands when war broke out and came back to the US to train selectees. He gave up a Sergeants rating in that work to volunteer for the infantry and go to Europe. Brother, Private First Class Robert Turner, was wounded in Europe during WW II. Sons-in-law of the Turner couple, Pfc. Richard Stout was wounded in Belgium, another son-in-law John W. Slusser served in the Air OPEN Force. They served overseas in World War II MONDAY at the same time as the Turner brothers. 8:30AM TO 4:00PM THRU Research files provided by The Berwick FRIDAY Historical Society. P


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