Estle Ervin Templeton
Born: May 9, 1914 Ider, DeKalb Co., AL
Died: February 4, 1985 Chattanooga, TN
With the 94th Division, Western Front - S/Sgt. Estle E.
Templeton, husband of Mrs. Thelma Templeton of St. Elmo and a member of Company
D, 376th Infantry, has been awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in
action in Germany.
His mother, Mrs. Maggie L. Templeton, lives in Chattanooga. Sgt.
Templeton was formerly awarded the combat infantry badge.
During a fierce enemy attack assaulting forces reached his gun position.
Despite this precarious situation he valiantly remained at his post and called
for mortar and artillery fire upon the enemy which repulsed the attack. Three
subsequent attacks were made and although communications were severed he
efficiently deployed his section and frustrated each attempt with tremendous
cost in casualties and equipment to the enemy.
After one of his gun positions was disabled he carried a wounded squad
leader to the basement of a nearby building. With complete disregard for
personal safety he raced back to the wounded man's former position and
reorganized the section to deliver accurate and effective fire that completely
disrupted and repelled enemy attempts to take his position. His gallantry and
devotion to duty exemplified the highest tradition of the military service.
Chattanooga Times January 1945
by Anne Templeton Wilson