PRIVATE SANDERS MELANCTHON DORR JR.; U.S. ARMY

February 28, 1926 (Willimantic, CT) – February 19, 1945; 18 years old; unmarried
Last local address: 24 Emerson Street, East Norwalk
Service number: 31466953
94TH INFANTRY DIVISION, 376TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 1ST BATTALION, CO. B


Awarded the Purple Heart Medal

Private Sanders was Killed in Action in Sinz, Germany (near Saarburg).

From napavalleyregister.com May 29, 2016

On Memorial Day, we should remember all soldiers that lost their lives and especially those that were very young. They did not have the opportunity of living life.

Sanders Dorr was the brother of Millicent Bailey of Napa but was originally from Norwalk, Connecticut. Sanders enlisted in the army paratroopers right after his high school graduation in May 1944 in Norwalk.

Sanders was killed in action in Sinz, Germany (near Saarburg) on Feb. 19, 1945. He was 18 years old.

He was awarded the bronze star for his bravery that day while serving in a light machine gun squad with the 376th infantry regiment of the 94th Infantry division. They were part of General George Patton’s 3rd Army and the infantry units sustained heavy casualties fighting with Patton through Belgium, Luxembourg and into Germany.

He was originally declared missing in action. But the Army eventually changed it to killed, but not until September of 1945. During those seven months, the family held out hope even though they had heard from his fellow soldiers of Sanders’ death.

Private Dorr is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Norwalk.

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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