Clyde Friddell was born on 22 July 1916, the son of David Campbell “Dugger” Friddell and Eva Harden. Father of Joyce Faye Friddell.
Died of Wounds 28 May 1944
947th Field Artillery, Service Battery
Cpl Friddell ran a 155mm machine gun. He was killed on Biak Island in New Guinea and was initially buried at the USAF Cemetery Finschaffen #2, British Guinea.
The Chattanooga Daily Times, 21 June 1944
Clyde J. Friddell, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.C. Friddell, 2403 Taylor Street, was killed in action in Biak Island in New Guinea, relatives were informed by the War Department. Veteran of four years’ service with the national guard and two in the regular army, Cpl. Friddell, former member of the 181st Field Artillery, Tennessee National Guard, was serving in a field artillery division when he met death on Biak in the New Guinea area. He is believed to be the first of the 181st group to die in action. The local regiment was split up into other outfits during the training period and only the band remains intact, it was learned. Cpl. Friddell was commended on March 31 by his commanding officer for “quick and effective action in a moment of emergency.” The commendation came as a result of quick-thinking by Cpl. Friddell after the driver of an army truck was killed by a rock thrown by the crash of a fighter plane on a landing strip. Cpl. Friddell was seated beside the driver, and acting quickly, brought the moving truck under control within 75 yards, preventing injury of himself and other occupants of the vehicle.
- Rank: Corporal
- Date of birth: 22 July 1916
- Date of death: 28 May 1944
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Chattanooga
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 947th Field Artillery, Service Battery
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Top Panel
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