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Biography of Neeland Sublett

Ennis, Texas

Neeland Sublett was a private first class in the U.S. Army. He entered the army on October 23, 1942, and served in the 13th Infantry Regiment (known as "Greyhound"), 8th Infantry Division (known as "Granite"). 

He received training at Camp Joseph T. Robinson near Little Rock, Arkansas; Fort Leonard Wood in south central Missouri Ozarks in Pulaski County; Camp Forest in Tennessee and Fort Jackson near Columbia, South Carolina. 

Shortly after noon on August 25 the 8th Infantry Division with other units of the VIII Corps began the battle at the French Port at Brest on the Bay of Brest, which is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean. The port was protected by a garrison of 50,000 German soldiers. It was very important to Germany as a  submarine base and port. The fighting was some of the bitterest faced by the 8th Division in the war. Neeland was first listed as missing in action, but later reported killed in action on September 1, 1944 probably in the area of the Port at Brest. He was reburied at Myrtle Cemetery in Ennis.

Neeland was the son of Mrs. B. B. Sublett of Ennis. He was born on September 14, 1922. He graduated Ennis High School in May of 1941, and was employed by Layton Bros. grocery before entering the army.

Neeland was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Honorable Service Lapel Button World War II.

Neeland is listed on the Memorial Monument to Ennis War Dead and the Ellis County Veterans Memorial.

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Jack Lummus Memorial Park   Ellis County Veterans Memorial

Picture and bio information are courtesy of Jesse C. Barnhardt, Jr. of Burbank, California and Perry Giles, Giles Monument Company, Waxahachie, Texas.

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