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TACKETT, Darold W.


Posted By: Betty J. (Tackett) Abell (email)
Date: 1/28/2021 at 21:55:48

DAROLD TACKETT was born in Riverton, Fremont County, IA on April 28, 1921, to Jerry W. Tackett and Laura J. Baker, along with siblings, Ida Mae (Tackett) Wichael, Viola (Tackett) Focht, David Tackett and Earl Tackett.

Darold married Margaret "Marge" Van Dyke on July 17, 1945, and had twin daughters, Betty J. (Tackett) Abell and Laura J. (Tackett) Smith on November 8, 1946.

Darold enlisted into the Army in 1942, and soon became a member of the 8th Infantry Division, which trained in Death Valley, CA, and Belfast, Northern Ireland. The 8th Infantry Division, also known as the "Golden Arrows", landed on Utah Beach, Normandy, as a part of Operation Overlord.

Darold was a combat bodyguard for Maj. General Donald A. Stroh, Brig. General William G. Weaver, and Maj. General Bryant E. Moore.

The 8th Infantry Division contributed to the liberation of France, and the Battles of the Hurtgen Forest. They held a blocking position along the northern perimeter of the Battle of the Bulge. The Golden Arrows helped drive the German Army back across the Rhine River into Germany, and participated in the liberation of German concentration camps, including the camp at Wobbelin.

Darold was awarded the Bronze Star and Oak Leaf Cluster, for valor in combat on May 27, 1945.


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