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702nd Tank Battalion “Red Devils”

Rolling On



Bastogne Job Nets Commision For EM


Stars and Stripes


“With the 80th infantry Division,


Walter Hodge, of Louisville, Ky., joined the Blue Ridge Division as a reinforcment last November.  By the end of the first day of combat, he was a platoon sergeant.  In less than a month and a half, he was company executive officer.


Hodge received his second lieutenant’s commision and the Bronze Star medal for his courage and leadership in the 318th Infantry drive to relieve besieged Bastogne.


Then, T/Sgt. Hodge, he took over when his company commander was wounded and led a wild charge that stormed and over-ran the objective.  In the furious attack, Hodge personally killed seven Germans, wounded four more and took 31 prisoners.




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