Henry Grady Cochran, who seems to have used both
middle names of "Willis Grady" only on this document, registered for
the draft in Jefferson City, MO but the record was filed in his home
area of Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia. He was inducted into the
Army on 1 January 1942.
Pvt Cochran came through the Normandy campaign
unscathed and was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for that
He was wounded on 17 September 1944.in Holland and
evacuated. He returned to duty on 5 December 1944 and
transferred to Service Company for light duty.
His dog tag was found 74 years later, in May 2020,
by Pascal Stolte in a wooded area near Fox Hill (circled area on map).
It isn't clear whether he was able to join the
regiment on 18 December when they were rushed to the Bulge but they
probably felt he was strong enough by then and needed every man they
could get.. .
He was promoted to Pfc on 4 January 1945
Pfc Cochran was discharged on 21 November 1945 but
re-enlisted at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA on 6 May 1946.
That service period ended on 26 September 1952 but
on 2 October 1952 he again re-enlisted.
He was discharged for the final time on 9 June
... but then his life went south ... REALLY south