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Appleton, Erskine F.

Erskine F. Appleton, Sr. Was born on June 17, 1930 in Stella, TN. He entered the service on February 26, 1951 from Huntsville, AL. After basic training and then advanced training as an air defense artillery crewman, Private Appleton was assigned to duty in Japan for eight years. He then was assigned to artillery units at Ft Devens, MA and Ft Monmouth, NJ before his assignments in Germany for two years. SGT Appleton was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One) in Vietnam in February 1967. While responding to enemy fire on 3 September 1967, SGT Appleton was wounded by shrapnel and awarded the Purple Heart. On 21 October 1967, SGT Appleton heroically led his mortar crews in responding to heavy enemy fire. He moved from position to position during the incoming enemy artillery, assisting his men in arming, aiming and firing defensive fires. For his heroic actions, SGT Erskine F. Appleton was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with V Device. After retiring from the US Army on 31 July 1971, Staff Sergeant Appleton lived in the Huntsville, AL area until his death.