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(courtesy of  Jim Antley)

Grave marker for Ernest S. Hubbard in Greenwood Cemetery, Belmont (Gaston county), North Carolina.

Ernest enlisted in the Army at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC on 13 April 1942.

On 20 October 1942 Pvt Hubbard was part of the cadre team transferred from the 507th PIR to the 508th PIR.  He was assigned to Hq Hq.

Pvt Hubbard was appointed to the grade of T/5 on 4 February 1943.  T/5 Hubbard was sent on detached duty to the Communications School at Fort Benning, GA on 20 march 1943 and returned to duty on 8 May 1943.

On 1 September 1944 he was promoted to the grade of SSgt.

SSgt Hubbard was wounded im action in Holland on 26 September 1944 and evacuated to a field hospital.  He returned to the company on 6Noembe 1944 but was immediately transferred to Service Company for light duty.

On 7 December 1944 SSgt Hubbard was transferred back to Hq Hq but on 17 December reverted to Service Company as he apparently was seen unfit for combat duty on the eve of the regimental departure for the Battle of the Bulge.

SSgt Hubbard rejoined Hq Hq on 25 February 1945 in camp Sissonne, France where the regiment was being held in  Strategic Reserve.  The regiment was not put back into action during the waning days of WWII.

His military decorations include the Purple Heart and the Bronze Service Arrowhead device awarded for participation in the Normandy assault.

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