Russell H. Clement

Killed in action near Gouesnou on 8 August 1944, during the assault on Fortress Brest.
Brest itself was the next problem -- the prize of the dusty race. But the prize was not to be taken by the Sixth Armored Division. Some 40,000 Germans within the fortress so decided. And the division and the battalion saw some dark moments during the next few days. At 1000 August 8 the defenders of Brest opened up in earnest on Combat Command A, dropping mortars, artillery, and antitank shells in large concentrations on its positions. Some 500 rounds fell into the area within a short time, and the 212th suffered five casualties. Pfc. Russell H. Clement, Battery A, was killed instantly; Pfc. William C. Holder, Battery A, received serious wounds which resulted in his death three days later; Pvt. Hillery H. Bell, Battery A, Tec. 5 Russell E. Hergesell and Tec. 5 Lonnie Jones, Jr., Battery B, were all seriously wounded. By noon the battalion had displaced two miles to the north, and the remainder of the day was quiet.
Source: Battlefield Brest Remembered
The memorial pays tribute to Lormeau 75 Americans killed during the fighting for the liberation of Plabennec and Plouvien 8 and 9 August 1944. Located in the countryside, on the road between Plabennec Gouesnou, Lormeau the memorial was initiated by the local veterans and opened in 2009 and is dedicated to the American liberators. Author of several books on the subject, Louis Bothorel, plouviennois a writer, did a great job which allowed to find the names of 75 fallen GI's during those bloody days.

Russell H. Clement

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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212th Field Artillery Battalion, 6th Armored Division

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Died: 8-August-1944

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Awards: Purple Heart