Rauh, George A.

George A. Rauh was born on 28 January 1912 in New York, New York. He entered military service in February 1943, receiving his basic training at Camp Wheeler in Macon, Georgia. Private Rauh was shipped to Oran, Africa in May 1943 and assigned to Company F, 179th Regiment, 45th Division. George was appointed Brevet Sergeant to the 3rd Platoon before he sailed to Sicily for the invasion of Italy. Sergeant Rauh fought in the olive groves in Salarno, Italy and then made the beach landing in Naples. Sergeant Rauh fought up the boot of Italy until Monte Cassino where, while engaged in hand-to-hand combat with German forces, was bayoneted in the back. Hospitalized, he received his first Purple Heart. He returned to his unit for the invasion of Anzio Beach. Along the Mussoline Canal, while under German artillery fire, a shell caved in the platoon leader's bunker. Ignoring the incoming fire, Sergeant Rauh ran to the bunker and made a hole large enough to pull the platoon leader free. For his heroic duty on this occassion, Sergeant George Rauh was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for bravery, and his second Purple Heart for wouunds received during the rescue. Sergeant Rauh continued combat operations in Italy, to include a third Purple Heart for wounds received on the approach to Rome. Sergeant Rauh made a beach landing at St Maxine in southern France. He was reassigned as Provost Sergeant to the invasion of Japan, but instead was assigned to Manila after Japan surrendered. Sergeant Rauh was honorably discharged in December 1945, but promptly re-enlisted in January 1946. Sergeant First Class George Rauh continued to serve in the US Army until he was honorably discharged in 1963 while serving at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

George Rauh lived in the Huntsville area and organized the first chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He served as the Commander of the chapter, in addition to holding leadership position in the VFW and the DAV. George Rauh was presented with the Veteran of the Year Award in September 1990. Chapter 2201 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart in Huntsville, Alabama was named the George A. Rauh chapter.