DANIEL, Carlnell "Carl" Osburn
- Born: 25 May 1915, Hanna, Mcintosh, Oklahoma, USA
- Died: 4 Mar 1943, , , Belgium at age 27
- Buried: Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Information provided by Jana Daniel Webb.
He was killed on the Rhine Drive.
American WW II Military Cemeteries & Memorial in Belgium
World War II
Plot: B, Row: 7 Grave: 17
Noted events in his life were:
- 22 Jan 1920 he appeared as Carl, son age 3, born in Oklahoma on the census in Hanna, Mcintosh, Oklahoma, USA. 1 ED 49, R-1471 pg 179.
- 30 Apr 1930 he appeared as Carl Daniels, son, age 13, born in Oklahoma on the census in Dustin, Hughes, Oklahoma, USA. 2 ED 32-12, Sheet 5-A, Household #88
- 16 Apr 1940 he appeared as Carl O. Daniel, son age 23, single born in Olahoma, common laborer on the census in Hughes, Oklahoma, USA. 3 Family 109 1935, they were living in Rural, Hughes county, Oklahoma
- Military Casualties: 4 Mar 1945. 4 Name: Carl O Daniel
Inducted From: Oklahoma Rank:
Private First Class
Combat Organization: 38th Infantry 2nd Division
Death Date: 4 Mar 1945 Monument: Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Last Known Status: Buried
U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal
- Military: Carl O. Daniel. 5 War Department
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: Hughes County, OK
- Burial records-findagrave: PFC Carl O. Daniel, 4 Mar 1943, Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial. 6 Tombstone & National records show Mar 4, 1945
- Discrepencies: Date of Death. Military Casualties list dod as 4 Mar 1945
World War II Memorial list dod as 4 Mar 1943
- WW II: The Crossing of the Rhine River. 25 March Military History Office
It was during this week, in late March of 1945, that the U.S. Third Army under Gen. Patton, began its famous bridging and crossing operations of the Rhine. After the completion of the Battle in The Ardennes, Patton and his Army turned to the south and east attacking toward the Rhine. Without the luck of the 9th Armored Division, further to the north, who were able to capture the only intact bridge across the Rhine at Remagen, Patton's Third Army faced the necessity of bridging the wide river with their own resources. There had been a total of 22 road and 25 railroad bridges spanning the Rhine into Germany, but with the exception of the Remagen Bridge, they had all been destroyed.
In a special order to his men, Patton stated that from late January to late March, "you have taken over 6,400 square miles of territory, seized over 3,000 cities, towns and villages including Trier, Koblenz, Bingen, Worms, Mainz, Kaiserslautern, and Ludwigshafen. You have captured over 140,000 soldiers, killed or wounded an additional 100,000 while eliminating the German 1st and 7th Armies. Using speed and audacity on the ground with support from peerless fighter-bombers in the air, you kept up a relentless round-the-clock attack on the enemy. Your assault over the Rhine at 2200 last night assures you of even greater glory to come." (After Action Report, Third U.S. Army, page 313)
The first unit to cross was the 5th Infantry Division that used assault rafts to cross the raging Rhine at Oppenheim (west of Darmstadt and south of Mainz) in the early morning hours of March 23. The 150th Engineer Combat Battalion (ECB) inflated the floats for the bridge in the rear area, moved them to the river in trucks, and by daybreak had assembled them into rafts. By 1880 that evening, a class 40 M-2 treadway bridge was taking traffic. The following day, a second 1,280 foot class 24 bridge was completed in the same area. It was later upgraded to a class M-40 bridge. Without the benefit of aerial bombardment or artillery preparation, units landed quickly and established a beachhead that was seven miles wide and six miles deep in less than 24 hours. Several amphibious tanks of the 748th Tank Battalion crossed with the men of the 5th ID.
When daylight came, the Luftwaffe attacked the enclave with 154 aircraft in an attempt to dislodge the foothold on the east bank. Effective anti-aircraft fires brought down 18 of the attacking planes and destroyed 15 more.
By March 27, five divisions with supporting troops and supplies had crossed the three bridges constructed at Oppenheim. The entire 6th Armored Division crossed in lass than 17 hours. During the period of March 24-31, a total of 60,000 vehicles passed over these bridges. After consolidating on the east bank, the Third Army continued its drive to the east, capturing Darmstadt on March 25, and arriving in Frankfurt the following day.
Working as a well-coordinated unit, the Third Army relied upon trained veteran soldiers, dedicated leadership, an excellent working relationship with the XIX Tactical Air Command, a logistical train that moved all classes of supplies and personnel replacements quickly to the front.
See Barry W. Fowle, editor, Builders and Fighters: U.S. Army Engineers in World War II, Office of History, US Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Belvoir, VA, 1992. See especially Fowle, "The Rhine River Crossings," pp 463-476
- WW II: Crossing the Rhine Feb - April 1945 -- Allied advance from Paris to the Rhine. Http://www.worldwar2database.com/html/rhine.htm
- Purple Heart: The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those who have been wounded or killed while serving on or after April 5, 1917 with the U.S. This medal was awarded to Pfc. Carlnell Osburn Daniel when he died in the Spring of 1945 during the final Allied military push into Germany. The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those who have been wounded or killed while serving on or after April 5, 1917 with the U.S. military. With its forerunner, the Badge of Military Merit, which took the form of a heart made of purple cloth, the Purple Heart is the oldest military award that is still given to members of the U.S. military, the only earlier award being the obsolete Fidelity Medallion.
- Burial Record: Carl O. Daniel. 7 ID: 18019617
Entered the Service From: Oklahoma
Rank: Private First Class
Service: U.S. Army, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division
Awards: Purple Heart
Died: Thursday, March 04, 1943
Buried at: Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Location: Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Plot: B Row: 7 Grave: 17
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