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BRITISH MILITARY CROSS AWARDED TO LT. LLOYD POLETTE

The awarding of the British Military Cross went unknown to the 508th for many years until a letter sent to Lt. Polette's widow from the Adjutant General's office was submitted on August 31, 2005 by the grandson.  Included with the letter was a British Military Cross.  Unfortunately there was no citation to indicate how or why Lt. Polette won this award.

Forwarded by the the Adjutant General's office of the War Department on 27 April 1945 and under the signature of , Major General J. A. Ulio, who wrote:

   "I have the honor to forward to you the Military Cross awarded by His Majesty, The King of England to your husband , the late First Lieutenant Lloyd L. Polette.

May I again offer to you my deepest sympathy to you in your bereavement.".

On 9 July 2018, we located his citation in the British National Archives.  It reads as follows:

   Lloyd G. POLETEE [sic] (O-1309822) 1st Lieutenant, Infantry, US Army.  For gallantry in action on 15 September 1944, southwest of NIJMEGEN, HOLLAND.  Lt Polette, commanding a platoon of only 20 men and one LMG section, moved against a bridge spanning the MAAS - WAAL canal. Within 300 yards of the objective the platoon was stopped by heavy machine gun fire.   He dispersed his men and directed fire and re-disposition with utter disregard for the perils of such exposure.  Lt POLETTE persevered in this attack for two hours against .88 mm artillery and depressed .20mm flak-gun fire, then withdrew his men, rested them, and returned to the assault with .81 mm mortars.  He led his squad in a charge that forced the bridge defenses and then held out until relief was available.  Through his courage, skill and cool, resourceful leadership. a crossing over the MASS - WAAL canal was secured to make a clean route available to the north for the SECOND ARMY.  The accomplishment of a mission normally assigned a larger force, reflects great credit on  Lt POLETTE and the United States Army.

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