Sanders, Nolan

Nolan L C Sanders was born May 17, 1925 in Hazel Green, Madison County, Alabama to Lossie Columbus Sanders, a farmer, and Maggie (Hale) Sanders. His parents were born in Tennessee and Alabama, respectively. Nolan had two older sisters. In 1930, the family was living on a farm in the Madison Crossroads area of Madison County and by 1940 had relocated to a farm on Hill School Road in Hazel Green, Alabama. When Nolan registered for the draft in May 1943, the family was living in Taft, Lincoln County, Tennessee. Nolan was inducted into the US Army on 6 August 1943 at Fort McClellan, Alabama. His enlistment record indicates that he was single, had a grammar school education, and had previously worked as a farm hand. After completing basic training, he apparently was able to return home on leave to marry the former Mary Clark on 7 December 1943 in Madison County. Nolan served as a Private in the 26th Infantry Division, which landed in France at Cherbourg and Utah Beach on 7 September 1944 and entered combat a month later. Private Sanders joined the 26th ID in December 1944 in Belgium, likely as a replacement for losses suffered during the Battle of the Bulge. The 26th ID crossed the Wiltz River on 20 January 1945 and advanced eastward, taking Grummelscheid, Luxembourg on 21 January 1945. The division then moved to the east bank of the Saar River, and maintained defensive positions in the Saarlautern area from 29 January until 6 March 1945. On 13 March 1945 the division began to advance into Germany to the Rhine river. Private Sanders was killed in action on 20 March 1945 in Germany, I could not find any details of his loss. However, he was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star “for heroic achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy in Germany, March 20, 1945”.

Nolan L C Sanders was initially buried overseas and after the war was reinterred in Charity Baptist Church Cemetery in Hazel Green, Madison County, Alabama. He is also memorialized at the Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial.