82nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Armored Division
Plot G, Row 26, Grave 34
On September 14, 1918, Sgt. Dallis A. Drake was born into a large family near Chapman, Kan. In 1938, he joined the cavalry at Fort Riley, Kan. and in 1940, Drake was sent to active duty at Fort Benning, Ga. and assigned to the 2ndArmored Division. The division, under the command of Gen. George S. Patton, was nicknamed "Hell on Wheels."
Drake and his battalion arrived in North Africa in December 1942 and by July 1943, he was sent on to Sicily where he received the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action.
On July 9, 1944, Drake landed in Normandy with the 1st Platoon, Company ‘B’, 82ndReconnaissance Battalion, 2ndArmored Division. Eighteen days later, Drake’s unit was about 300 yards south of Quibou, a small village southwest of St. Lô, when an observation aircraft reported three enemy tanks on the crest of the hill the platoon was climbing.
Two M7 “Priest” assault guns, one with Drake inside, were brought up, but could not maneuver because of the terrain. The platoon was withdrawn to Quibou and requested artillery fire. Shortly after, to support ‘A’ Company, the platoon moved out of Quibou. As they moved out, enemy tank guns hit the last vehicle, the M7 “Priest” assault gun housing Drake and killing him. Four months later, Drake’s older brother, William, died of wounds in action in Germany, leaving his daughter without a father and an uncle.
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart
Dallis A. Drake is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot G, Row 26, Grave 34.