C.L. Elmore was born on 19 January 1916 to Benjamin Franklin Elmore and Mary Evans.
He died on 19 February 1944 in Italy.
Buried at Fort Hill Cemetery, Cleveland, TN
30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
The Chattanooga Times, August 26, 1944
Mrs. B.F. Elmore of 1139 West Central Avenue, learned today that her son, Capt. C.L. Elmore, was killed in action on a beachhead in Italy on last Feb. 5. The War Department message was sent to Capt. Elmore’swife in Lexington, Ky., and the information was relayed here. Capt. Elmore entered the service on July 5, 1941, at Lexington, just after completing a dairy course at the University of Kentucky. In January, 1944, a delayed Associated Press dispatch from the Fifth Army’s beachhead south of Rome, referred to an exploit in which Elmore played a leading part. “Capt. C. Elmore of Lexington, Ky.” The dispatch read, “took two canal bridges and after a seesaw battle ended up at dawn in control of both points.” In the battle in which Capt. Elmore distinguished himself, American doughboys, the dispatchh continued, “Battled all night to hold on to vital bridgeheads along the Mussolinin canal, which the Germans attempted to seize with counter-attacks, but at dawn today the American still held the bridges and had thrown the enemy back.”
Mrs. Elmore, mother of Capt. Elmore, has three other sons in the service. They are Ben, Ralph and Sherman Elmore. Their sisters are Misses Evelyn and Catherine Elmore of Cleveland and Mrs. Marie Smith of Fortenburg, Ky.
Associated Press Correspondent Don Whitehead’s article mentioning Elmore, January 24, 1944:
Doughboys under Major Oliver G. Kenney of Berkeley, Calif., had reached their objective the morning of the landing by a swift march across the flat marshland near Anzio. They were well ahead of schedule when they dug in near the Mussolini Canal to meet an expected countermove by the Germans. One of Kenney’s units was attacked by infantry and tanks but held on until the enemy worked around on the flank and forced them back. Then the doughboys pushed the Nazis back with a vigorous counterthrust with close support from tanks. Capt. C. Elmore, Lexington, Ky., took two canal bridges and after a see-saw battle ended up at dawn in control of both points. These clashes, however, did not involve any large concentrations on our side and as yet the Germans have not thrown in any great number of troops against the bridgehead, although we can expect them.
- Rank: Captain
- Date of birth: 19 January 1916
- Date of death: 19 February 1944
- County: Bradley
- Hometown: Cleveland
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Fort Hill Cemetery, Cleveland, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VII, Top Panel
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