Eli L. Whiteley

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Eli L. Whiteley
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Eli L. Whiteley and an exhibit Medal of Honor on display at Texas A&M University[1][2]
Born (1913-12-10)December 10, 1913
Georgetown, Texas
Died December 2, 1986(1986-12-02) (aged 72)
College Station, Texas
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1942–1945
Rank Captain
Unit Company L, 15th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Medal of Honor
Purple Heart
Combat Infantryman Badge

Eli Lamar Whiteley (December 10, 1913 – December 2, 1986) was a former infantry captain in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor for valor in World War II, for his actions in Sigolsheim, France in 1944. He was drafted into the US Army in April 1942.[3]

Medal of Honor[edit]

Whiteley's Medal of Honor citation reads:

While leading his platoon on December 27, 1944, in savage house-to-house fighting through the fortress town of Sigolsheim, France, he attacked a building through a street swept by withering mortar and automatic weapons fire. He was hit and severely wounded in the arm and shoulder; but he charged into the house alone and killed its 2 defenders. Hurling smoke and fragmentation grenades before him, he reached the next house and stormed inside, killing 2 and capturing 11 of the enemy. He continued leading his platoon in the extremely dangerous task of clearing hostile troops from strong points along the street until he reached a building held by fanatical Nazi troops. Although suffering from wounds which had rendered his left arm useless, he advanced on this strongly defended house, and after blasting out a wall with bazooka fire, charged through a hail of bullets. Wedging his submachine gun under his uninjured arm, he rushed into the house through the hole torn by his rockets, killed 5 of the enemy and forced the remaining 12 to surrender. As he emerged to continue his fearless attack, he was again hit and critically wounded. In agony and with 1 eye pierced by a shell fragment, he shouted for his men to follow him to the next house. He was determined to stay in the fighting, and remained at the head of his platoon until forcibly evacuated. By his disregard for personal safety, his aggressiveness while suffering from severe wounds, his determined leadership and superb courage, 1st Lt. Whiteley killed 9 Germans, captured 23 more and spearheaded an attack which cracked the core of enemy resistance in a vital area.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Memorial Student Center". Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Aggie Traditions". Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ Texas Handbook Online