Sergeant Max Curtis Holtsclaw 36758602
Sergeant Max Curtis Holtsclaw 36758602 US Army. He was born on February 20, 1925, in Hancock, Illinois, the son of Clarence Holtsclaw and Hilda Holtsclaw, he was also the husband of Mildred Lorene Walker Holtsclaw. He entered the US Army on July 18, 1943 at the age of 18. At the time of his enlistment he weighed 150 pounds had Blue eyes and Brown hair and was working at Gay Eghers. He served in Combat in 4th Platoon Company F, 253rd Infantry Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division. He fought in the European Theater starting at the Battle of the Bulge, he fought through the Siegfried Line and Heidelberg Buchhof and to the end of the war.
On April 6,1945 in Buchhof Lt. Schaafsma was wounded and had a concussion, but he continued to put himself in unnecessary risk. At this point, Sergeant Max Holtsclaw “jumped up and ran through open ground while taking fire from the enemy… he then put a football tackle on Lieutenant Schaafsma.” Sergeant Holtsclaw then helped convince Lieutenant Schaafsma to leave the battlefield for medical attention. After Lieutenant Schaafsma received his concussion he did not wish to leave his men, but he was more danger to them than good because of the concussion. Many men that saw this action credited Sgt. Holtsclaw for saving Lieutenant Schaafsma, life and was surprised that he did not receive a medal of valor for this action.
Holtsclaw was discharged from the US army on April 15, 1946, at the age of 21. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Stare Medal, The American Theater of operations, the European Theater of Operations Medal ETO with 3 battle star, and the World War Two Victory Medal. He died on April 18, 2009, in Quincy, Illinois, at the age of 84.
2- the U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
3- 1930 United States Federal Census
4- U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947