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James Megellas
James Megellas in 2009
NicknameMaggie
BornMarch 11, 1917(1917-03-11)
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedApril 2, 2020(2020-04-02) (aged 103)
Colleyville, Texas, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
RankUS-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant colonel
UnitCompany "H", 3rd Battalion,
504PIRCOA.PNG 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment,
82nd Airborne Division CSIB.png 82nd Airborne Division
Battles/warsWorld War II
 • Operation Shingle
 • Operation Market Garden
 • Battle of the Bulge
AwardsUS-DSC-RIBBON.png Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star Medal ribbon.svg Silver Star (2)
Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star (2)
Purple Heart ribbon.svg Purple Heart (2)

James Megellas (March 11, 1917 – April 2, 2020)[1] was a United States Army officer. He commanded a platoon in Company "H" of the 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division during World War II.

Megellas was "the most-decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division," having received a Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star, and been nominated for the Medal of Honor.[2][3]

Megellas died on April 2, 2020 in Colleyville, Texas at the age of 103.[4]

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