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Mr. Tommy's Army History

        Thomas Clay Fourshee was born November 22, 1920, in Trigg County, Kentucky, to parents Riley Isaac and Edna Carr Fourshee. He was raised in the Lock “E” community. Following graduation from Trigg County High School Tommy was inducted into the United States Army, September 29, 1942.

        After training at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, with Headquarters Battery of the 16th Field Observation Battalion, he traveled with the unit to Texas and Louisiana for maneuvers and was then stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

        June 22, 1944, the Battalion left Camp Shanks, New York for Liverpool, England.  After the arrival of their equipment, they departed Southampton on August 16, 1944, and were landed on Utah Beach, Normandy, France on August 17.  The Headquarters Battery was assigned to survey and position the enemy.

        After Normandy the Battery was in Brest, France then Luxembourg and Belgium and was caught up in the Battle of the Bulge; crossed the Rhine and moved across Germany with Patton’s 3rd Army.  His unit was in Prague, Czechoslovakia when the war ended.

        Tommy was transferred on July 7, 1945 to the Service Battalion 955 Field Artillery and began training for service in the Pacific.  After Japan surrendered in August, he was stationed at Camp Lucky Strike in France.  While waiting to return home he volunteered as a truck driver to transport American GIs on furlough to Paris.

December 27, 1945, Tommy was discharged at Fort Knox, Kentucky with rank of Technician 5th Grade.  Throughout his tour of duty he fought in four battles: Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe.  He received the American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal.

Tommy returned to Cadiz and in 1946 married Geneva Nell Mize.  They had three sons, Anthony, John and Paul and three grandchildren, Edye, Amy, and John Matt.  After Nell’s death in 1975, Tommy married Edith Stewart Cameron, September 11, 1976.

 

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