Kimbrough, Oscar C.

Oscar Clark Kimbrough was born March 24, 1914 in Jackson County, Alabama to William Greenville Kimbrough, a farmer, and Sarah Octavia (Brandon) Kimbrough. Both of his parents were born in Alabama. Oscar had five brothers and four sisters. In 1920, the family was living in Paint Rock, Jackson County, Alabama and by 1930 had relocated to a farm on Meridianville Road in Hazel Green, Madison County, Alabama. He apparently dropped out of school after the sixth grade to work on the family farm. Oscar married the former Bonnie Lucille Jacobs on October 15, 1933 in Madison County and they eventually had five children.

Oscar was inducted into the US Army on 30 November 1943 at Fort McClellan, Alabama. At the time, he was working for the Cudahy Packing Company as a truck driver. After completing basic training, he was assigned as a Private to the 291st Infantry Regiment of the 75th Infantry Division. The 75th ID was activated 15 April 1943 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and departed the States for England 22 October 1944, then after a brief training program, crossed the English Channel and landed at Le Havre and Rouen, France on 13 December 1944.

On 16 December 1944 the German army launched an offensive through eastern Belgium, northeast France, and Luxembourg that was intended to split the Allied lines and deny them the use of the critical port at Antwerp, in what became known as the Battle of the Bulge. The 75th was rushed 200 miles to the front to help counter the German advance and entered defensive combat on 23 December 1944 alongside the Ourthe River in Belgium. The division then advanced to the Aisne River, entered Grandmenil on 5 January 1945, and relieved the 82d Airborne Division in defensive positions along the Salm River 8 January 1945.

In the snow and bitter cold of 15 January 1945, the 291st Regiment attacked entrenched Germans in the village of Grand Halleux, Belgium. Private First Class Kimbrough was killed in action that day, and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the US Armed Forces' third-highest personal decoration for valor in combat.

Oscar Clark Kimbrough was initially buried in Belgium and in 1947 was reinterred in New Sharon Cemeteryin his hometown of Hazel Green, Alabama. He is also memorialized at the Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial.1945