Llewellyn Morris Chilson was born in Dayton, Ohio back in 1920 to Frank and Goldia. The family moved to Akron, Ohio when he was young. His mother was struck and killed by a truck in front of their home in 1930. He left South High School when he was 16, taking a truck driving job hauling freight across the country.
He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1942. He reported to Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana for basic training. After basic training, he was transferred to Camp Livingston, Louisiana then to Camp Johnson, Florida for amphibious training with the 112th Infantry Regiment. Later he was assigned to the 45th Infantry Division becoming a member of Anti-Tank Company of the 2nd Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment.
He saw action in Algeria, Sicily, France and Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He re-enlisted in the Army in 1947, waving his 40% disability becoming an Army Recruited. He died in 1981, he was 61.
What you may not know about Master Sergeant Chilson is that according to the National Guard Association he was the second most decorated soldier of WWII. He received seven decorations for valor, three Distinguished Services Crosses, the Purple Heart with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and many more.
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