Paul S. Prevey, Jr.


Name:  Paul S. Prevey, Jr.
Date of Birth:  2/10/16
Branch of Service:  Army Infantry
Dates of Service:  May, 1941 to November, 1945
Location of Military Service:  Europe

The following account of the highlights of Mr. Prevey's time in the service is taken from memoirs that he dictated in August, 2000.  He was drafted on May 1, 1941 into the Army and sent to Fort Snelling, Minnesota.  He was assigned as a clerk in the induction center there.  From there, he went to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for basic training.  He scored a high expert on the M1 and was promoted from private to PFC and was made a BAR gunner.  He was then sent to OCS at Fort Benning, Georgia.  From there he went to camp Walters in Mineral Wells, Texas and then to Paris, Texas as a 2nd Lieutenant.
He was assigned to the 102nd Infantry Division (The Ozark Division), 407th Regiment, as planning and training officer for the Battalion.  Then he went back to Fort Benning, Georgia for Advanced Officers School.  He took over the training of M Company and was made a Captain.
In September, 1944, he went by ship to Cherbourg, France in Normandy.  They were headed for Germany.  The first battle he was in was to break through the Ziegfried Line in order to move out of France and into Germany and the Netherlands.  It was a successful attack, but 20 men out of 200 were killed.  From there, his command went to the Rohr River and took the town of Linich.  He then went to the Rohr River.  He was wounded when he was hit in the back with a piece of shell.  His ribs were broken and cracked, but he was taped up and sent back to his unit.  His battalion was chosen to make the initial crossing of the Rohr River to proceed on towards getting into deep Germany.  The bridge was blown earlier so the crossing had to be done by boat.  There were twelve battalions of artillery behind them as they made the crossing.  He was given a commendation for planning a successful crossing of the river.
He fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  His unit advanced to the Rhine River and headed towards Berlin.  Here he was wounded for the second time.  He was hit in the neck, shoulder, and thighs with shell pieces.  He was operated on and then sent to Chester, England.
He received 2 Purple Heart Medals, 2 Bronze Stars, Expert Rifleman Award, and 3 Ribbons for recognition of geographic combat. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

  102nd Division Patch