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Carl K. Mattocks

Source: Carl K. Mattocks, “Carl K. Mattocks,” from History of the Seventh Armored Division and the Seventh Armored Division Association, Neil Chapin, editor (Dallas: Taylor Publishing Company, 1982), page 273.


Born in [information withheld to protect privacy] on [information withheld to protect privacy]. I served with Headquarters Company of the 38th Armored Infantry Battalion from August, 1943 until January 25, 1945, at which time I incurred a severe chest wound during an attack from Neder Emels to Wallerode, Belgium. Though I was involved in most actions of the 38th, from its first commitment at Leves, France, the one I recall most clearly involved Company “B” and the supporting Heavy Machine Guns, 81mm Mortars and Assault Guns of my Company. This occurred while occupying the wooded area lying between the two East-West roads leading into St. Vith, Belgium. Commanded by a Lt. Higgins, and assisted by Major Don Boyer, these men were under almost continuous attack by a numerically superior and determined enemy, for a period of five days, only to be captured in the end. Their magnificent stand disrupted the German schedule, which permitted the forming of a defensive line to the West, a line that was never broken. I ended the war as a Captain, and a patient in a hospital near Denver, Colorado.

My awards included the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the French Croix de Guerre, and the British Military Cross, but I did not receive a Good Conduct Medal. I am married to the former 1st Lt. Betty Bryant, who served with the Army Nurse Corps in Normandy. We have three wonderful daughters, Ellen, Marion and Cheryl. I have spent my life in the heavy construction field. My leisure time is spent restoring old Packard cars, and enjoying a grandson.

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