Military Order of the Purple Heart

Texas Capital Chapter 1919 Austin, Texas

 

TOM PRIDDY
1924 - 2006

 

 

 


29th Infantry Division

Shoulder Patch

116th Infantry Regiment

Unit Crest


TOM F. PRIDDY

Patriot, Chapter 1919

 Army, WWII, Europe

 

Tom Frank Priddy was born in Iredell, Texas (Bosque County) in 1924, and died in Austin, Texas on June 27, 2006.

 

His parents, Lee and Ruby Priddy were living in  Priddy, Texas (Mills County) during WWII when Tom reported in to Induction Station, Dallas, Texas, where he was sworn into the Army on  December 21, 1943.  After his individual Infantry training and leave, he departed from home on May 25, 1944 and traveled to Fort Meade, Maryland where replacements were being assembled in anticipation of casualties expected to result from the impending invasion landings in Normandy.  Tom was shipped out on June 15, 1944 and arrived in Europe on June 27th.  He was quickly assigned to Company B, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division; a division that had lost many men on Omaha Beach in the initial assault landing on June 6, 1944, and many others in the fighting in Normandy in the days following.

 

Having arrived three weeks after D-Day, Tom Priddy served through to the end of the war in Europe, participating in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe Campaigns. He was wounded in Germany on April 5th, 1945 and then wounded again on April 7th, and is a recipient of the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. Initially assigned as a machine gunner in Company B, Tom rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant before returning to the United States in December 1945.  He was discharged at Camp Fannin, Texas in January 1946, returned home, and later that year he and Bonnye were married.

 

Tomís post-war career was with the Fire Department of Austin, Texas where he retired after 26 years of service.  He had been a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart for eight years at the time of his death, he was also a Mason and member of the Round Rock Lodge, and a member of Crestview Baptist Church.

 

He was survived by his wife, Bonnye; three daughters, Maritia Priddy of Austin, Carol Weaver and husband Royce of Grand Prairie, and Becky Brooks and Henry Probst of Smithville; and by six grandchildren.

 


TOM FRANK PRIDDY

MAY 25, 1944

DAY HE LEFT FOR FORT MEADE, MD.


TOP PHOTO

 

TOM FRANK PRIDDY

TAKEN 25 APRIL 1945 IN LIEGE BELGIUM

"TO THE DEAREST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, MOM & DAD"


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