David Paul Duck was born on 28 June 1915, the son of Rexter Duck who died of pneumonia on 15 December 1918 and of Lydia Rice. He was the stepson of Frank Morgan. Husband of Margaret Jane Humple and father of a daughter.
Died 7 March 1945
Buried at Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, Greeneville, TN,
14th Tank Battalion, 9th Armored Division, Company B
The Greeneville Sun, 9 May 1945
First Lieut. David P. Duck was the subject of a commendation from Brig. Gen. W.M. Hoge for meritorious service in the European theater on Dec. 22. Lt. Duck was in command of the 1st Platoon, Co. B, 14th Tank Bn., which had been assigned to the task of covering the valley from Galhauson to Neubruck and protecting the command post of the 27 AIB. General Hoge’s letter, addressed to Lt. Duck’s commanding officer, tells the following story: “In preceeding to its mission it (1st Platoon) encountered enemy anti-tank fire and lost one tank. With the remainder of his platoon Lt. Duck outflanked the enemy anti-tank defense and destroyed one gun. In the meantime the CP of the 27 AIB had been overrun by the enemy and the C.O. and Staff were prisoners. Lt. Duck organized a task force, with infantry attached to his platoon, and attacked the former CP of the 27 AIB. By reason of the speed and dash with which this attack was delivered the command post was recaptured together with the C.O. and Staff of the 27 AIB and the position restored and the German defenders were killed or captured. The vigor and initiative displayed by this platoon in this counterattack demonstrated a high degree of skill, training, teamwork and aggressive spirit. This action sets an example for this Combat Command and is in accordance with the best traditions of our service. It is requested that you convey my appreciation to Lt. Duck and members of the 1st Platoon, Co. B, 14th Tank Bn. Since this commendation however, Mr. Morgan has received word that Lt. Duck has been missing in action since March 7. We are sincerely hopeful that the Morgans will have good news of him soon.
- Rank: First Lieutenant
- Date of birth: 28 June 1915
- Date of death: 7 March 1945
- County: Greene
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 14th Tank Battalion, 9th Armored Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, Greeneville, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar IX, Bottom Panel
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