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Those Who Died That Others Might Be Free


Purple HeartJames Newberry


Date and Place of Birth: Gonzales, Texas
Date and Place of Death: August 14, 1944 Senoches, France
Baseball Experience: College
Position: unknown
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Military Unit: Company A, 48th Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations


James E Newberry Jr was born in Gonzales, Texas. He played baseball at Texas A & M University and was called to service in 1944 before he completed his degree.


Second Lieutenant Newberry served with the 48th Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division in Europe. On August 14, 1944 he was killed when a screaming mimi (nebelwerfer) hit his jeep at Senoches, France. Newberry was the first member of the 7th Armored Division to be killed in action in WWII.


After the Nazi surrender in May 1945, the 7th Armored Division honored their first combat casualty by naming their parade ground in Osterburken, Germany after Newberry.


James Newberry is buried in Gonzales, Texas.


Thanks to Texas A & M for help with this biography.


Added November 21, 2006.

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