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American Legion Post 226 was awarded its temporary charter in 1947 and received a permanent one in 1950.  Post 226 is named in honor of three local men, born and raised on the Mayo peninsula, who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country during World War II.  Two brothers, Howard and Bernard Cummings, and a cousin William Ellsworth Behlke never made it home.  They forever rest in the very soil they fought and were killed on in Europe.

 

PFC Howard Cummings

Born – 30 November 1916

KIA – 11 June 1944 (6 Days after the invasion at Normandy)

Age – 28

Unit – 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division

Awards – Purple Heart

Good Conduct Medal

Presidential Unit Citation with D-Day Arrowhead Device

Meritorious Unit Commendation

European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with D-Day Arrowhead Device

World War II Victory Medal

Combat Infantry Badge

Honorable Service “Ruptured Duck” World War II Victory Pin

Interned – The Normandy American Cemetery, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, France

 

PFC Bernard H. Cummings

Born – 9 October 1924

KIA – 9 October 1944

Age – 20

Unit – 377th Infantry Regiment, 85th Infantry Division

Awards – Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster (signifying two awards)

Good Conduct Medal

Presidential Unit Citation

European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

World War II Victory Medal

Combat Infantry Badge

Honorable Service “Ruptured Duck” World War II Victory Pin

Interned – The Florence American Cemetery, Florence, Italy

 

SGT Wm. Ellsworth Behlke

Born – 5 September 1918

KIA – 8 February 1945

Age – 27

Unit – 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division

Awards –  Bronze Star with Combat “V” for Valor

Purple Heart with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters (signifying four awards)

Good Conduct Medal

Presidential Unit Citation with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster

European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with D-Day Arrowhead Device and 3 Oak Leaf Clusters

World War II Victory Medal

Combat Infantry Badge

Honorable Service “Ruptured Duck” World War II Victory Pin

Interned – The Henri-Chappelle American Military Cemetery, Henri-Chappelle, Belgium

 

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