Local Heroes: PFC Jim Clutts | New

Jim Clutts was born on April 10, 1921 in County Limestone to Ed and Emma Clutts. The family lived in Athens. At the age of 20, Jim enlisted in the United States Army and served in World War II.

PFC Clutts was attached to the 80th Infantry Division, 318th Infantry Regiment. The 80th Division left for Europe on July 4, 1944, aboard the SS Queen Mary. Once in England, the soldiers crossed the English Channel before landing in Normandy on Utah Beach on the afternoon of August 2, 1944, known as D-Day.

According to the 8th Division’s history, the division’s “bloody month” occurred in September 1944. Pfc Clutts was wounded in September 1944. A U.S. Hospital Admission Card from the Second World War II indicated the following diagnosis: “Knee region – Popliteal space; Causal agent: artillery shells, shrapnel, on foot or unspecified. he received the will in the performance of his duties.

Pfc Clutts was discharged and returned to active duty. On November 26, 1944, as the 318th Infantry Regiment advanced through the forest of Longeville with the aim of capturing Saint-Avold, they came under heavy enemy mortar and artillery fire. During this push, Pfc Clutts was killed in action.

The Alabama Courier reported on December 21, 1944:

“Additional information has been obtained about the death of Pfc. Jim Clutts who was reportedly killed in action in the Courier last week. His mother Mrs Emma Clutts of Route 4 was told he was killed in France on 26 November. He was 22 years old.

On September 24, he was seriously wounded in action and received the Purple Heart. Recovering from this injury, he returned to active duty on October 19.

PFC Jim Clutts is buried in Plot C, Row 10, Grave 59 Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in Saint-Avold, Department of Moselle, Lorraine, France. He received the following commendations for his service to the country.

• World War II Victory Medal

• Purple heart

• Combat Infantry Badge

• Marksmanship Badge

• American Campaign Medal

• Army Presidential Unit Citation

• Army Good Conduct Medal

• Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

CP Bailey, a Navy mother and historian, writes Hometown Heroes, a column that highlights and honors Limestone County’s fallen veterans.

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