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Alden P. Cochran

Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army

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18th Infantry Regiment,
1st Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: November 20, 1944
Buried at: Plot A Row 12 Grave 25
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal

TECHNICAL SERGEANT ALDEN P. COCHRAN, 24, of 327 Mercer Street, Gloucester City NJ, was killed in action on November 20, 1944. 

Alden P. Cochran had enlisted in the Army in September of 1938. A member of the 1st Infantry Infantry Division. He took part in the invasion of North Africa, where he saw combat against the Vichy French and Germans, and was awarded the Silver Star for heroism. He was with the 1st Infantry Division during the invasion of Sicily, and was with the division at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, where for his actions he was awarded the Bronze Star. His Bronze Star Citation reads as follows:

           "....when advance elements of his company encountered stubborn resistance, Sergeant Cochran fearlessly reconnoitered enemy gun emplacements and, maneuvering his men into strategic positions, led a daring and successful assault against the foe. Sergeant Cochran's heroic leadership facilitated seizure of an important objective."

Sergeant Cochran was survived by his wife, Madeline, and father, Alexander H. Cochran of Gloucester City NJ. Also surviving were sisters Mrs. Sarah Lex of Somerdale NJ, and Mrs. Doris Hoover of Woodbury NJ.   


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