Theodore R. Houghton

NAME: Theodore R. Houghton

ASN: 33513160

PLACE OF BIRTH: Lancaster, PA

DATE OF BIRTH: 04 Mar 1924

DATES OF SERVICE: 17 Jul 1943 - 19 Dec 1945

UNITS ASSIGNED:

C CO 509th PIB

HHC 509th PIB Pathfinders

508th Parachute Infantry Regiment

CAMPAIGNS: Rome-Arno, Southern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe

AWARDS: Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge with Combat Jump Star, Pathfinder Badge, Bronze Star Medal-CIB 1947, Purple Heart Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Good Conduct Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with arrowhead device and five bronze campaign star devices, WWII Victory Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge with two oak leaf clusters, Sharpshooter Badge - M1 Rifle, Expert Badge - M1 Carbine, Belgian Forraguerre, French Legion of Honor, Three Overseas Service Bars (1yr, 9mo, 2days)

SUMMARY OF SERVICE:

17 Jul 1943 - Enlisted at Harrisburg, PA - NARA Enlistment Record

ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 33513160 33513160
NAME HOUGHTON#THEODORE#R##### HOUGHTON#THEODORE#R#####
RESIDENCE: STATE #2 Undefined Code
RESIDENCE: COUNTY 071 Undefined Code
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 3252 HARRISBURG PENNSYLVANIA
DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 17 17
DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 07 07
DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 43 43
GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT# Private
GRADE: CODE 8 Private
BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION NO# No branch assignment
BRANCH: CODE 02 No branch assignment
FIELD USE AS DESIRED # #
TERM OF ENLISTMENT 5 Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
LONGEVITY ### ###
SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 0 Civil Life
NATIVITY 32 PENNSYLVANIA
YEAR OF BIRTH 24 24
RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen
EDUCATION 4 4 years of high school
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 685 Semiskilled welders and flame cutters
MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents
COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 7 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
CARD NUMBER # #
BOX NUMBER 0670 0670
FILM REEL NUMBER 1.187 1.187

31 Jul 1943 - Entered Active Service at New Cumberland, PA

Qualified as Sharpshooter on M1 Garand, qualified as Expert on M1 Carbine

29 Jan 1944 - Graduated from Parachute School

13 Mar 1944 - Departed US for Italy

08 Apr 1944 - Arrived in Italy

17 Jul 1944 - Pvt. Theodore R. Houghton 33513160, 17-Jul-44SO 51 Placed on Temporary Duty with Radar School (Pathfinder)

15 Aug 1944 - Pvt. Theodore R. Houghton 33513160 HHC 509th PIB Pathfinder Southern France page 14 book First Airborne Task Force by Michel De Trez

15 Aug 1944 - Pvt. Theodore R. Houghton 33513160 Pathfinder Team Southern France page 77 book American Airborne Pathfinders in World War II by Jeff Moran Pathfinder Plane 1

22 Aug 1944 - Wounded in Action vicinity Napoule, France

24 Dec 1944 - Wounded in Action vicinity Parkers Crossroads Belgium

01 Mar 1945 - 509th PIB disbanded, S/Sgt Houghton reassigned to 508th PIR

29 Mar 1945 - Small Pox, Typhoid, Typhus and Tetanus shot

03 Dec 1945 - Departed France for US

14 Dec 1945 - Arrived in US

19 Dec 1945 - Honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant at Seperation Center I GMR, PA with 2 years, 5 months 3 days.

Click Here - Brochure given to Theodore Houghton recruiting him into the Paratroops



Click Here - Enemy proproganda leaflet dropped behind Allied Lines


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Theodore Houghton reads a letter from home

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Theodore Houghton seated on bench

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Theodore Houghton displays pipe

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Theodore Houghton reads a letter from home

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Theodore Houghton with local French girl

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Theodore Houghton with dog

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Theodore Houghton with local French children

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Theodore Houghton walks through town

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