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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 period.

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 1955.

... but then his life went south ... REALLY south

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