|John F Mansfield's American Army Medals|
John F Mansfield 1906 - 1965
He was born at Ballinroad, Old Parish, Co Waterford on 6 February 1906 to James and Bridget Mansfield (nee Power).
John emigrated to America in 1924. Just before the Second World War he enlisted in the American army and served with the 4th Armoured Division - Third Army, from its founding in April 1942 until he ended up in Pilsin, Czechoslovakia in May 1945.
This Division was the spearhead attack from Normandy right into Germany and was known as 'Paton's Pride & Joy', having had the most days in combat of any unit of the Third Army. John was wounded twice and decorated on several occasions. Received honourable discharge on 19 October 1945 and he settled in New York where he died on 1 July 1965.
- Bronze Star for valour at the Battle of the Bulge
- Purple Heart with cluster after being wounded at Normandy and Metz
- European-African Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon
- Occupation of Germany Medal
- American Defence Medal
- Good Conduct Medal