S/Sgt. David S Griffin 18005559

Staff Sergeant David S Griffin 18005559, US Army. He was born on July 1, 1921 in Marietta Texas. He was the son of Richard Hightower Griffin and Bernice Cameron Griffin of Linden. David was also the brother of CM 1/ c Richard L. Griffin, and Sgt. Welborn E. Griffin. David was in the class of 1938 from Atlanta High School in Atlanta, Texas. He entered the US Army on July 25, 1940 at the age of 19 in Dallas Texas. At the time of his enlistment he was 6 feet tall weighed 164 pounds had blue eyes and brown hair. He trained at Fort Clark, Texas, Fort Bliss, Texas and Fort. Riley, Kansas. While serving in the Army his address was listed as 152 Robinson Court, Texarkana, Texas. He left the United States for Europe on October 8, 1944 and got to Europe on October 20, 1944. He went into combat at the age of 23. He served in I Company, 399th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division. He served in France and Germany. He earned 1 of his Bronze Stars Medal for valor and one of his Purple Heart Medals in Freudenberg Farms, France. He earned his 2nd Bronze Star Medal for valor and one of his Purple Heart Medals in Germany. He earned a 3rd Bronze Star Medal this one was a meritorious for earning the Combat Infantry Badge. Griffin transferred into H Company, 255th Infantry, 63rd Infantry Division on June 25, 1945. He served in H Company during occupation duty and went home with them on September 23, 1945. He was awarded the, Bronze Stare Medal with V and 2 Oak leaf cluster,  Purple Heart Medal with 1 Oak leaf clusterAmerican Defense Medal, the Good Conduct MedalThe American Theater of operations MedalEuropean African Middle Eastern Theater of operations Medal with  two battle stars. the World War Two Victory Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge. He was discharged in 1945. He married Marie Burns in 1951 in El Dorado, Union, Arkansas. He died on October 10, 2014, in Lewisville, Texas, at the age of 93, and was buried at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.


1- 63rd Infantry Division Records

2- 100th Infantry division Records 

3- Men and women in the Armed Forces from Cass County Texas

4- 100th Infantry Division Unit History 

5- 1938 from Atlanta High School

6- World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947

7- the U.S., Veterans’ Gravesites, ca.1775-2019

8- https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=all&tf=F&q=18005559&bc=sd&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=1494034

9- the Arkansas, Marriage Certificates, 1917-1969

10- CLIPPED FROM The Shreveport Journal Shreveport, Louisiana 09 Oct 1951