PRIVATE SAVAS “SAMUEL” J. BATSOS; U.S. ARMY

March 1, 1910 (Lemnos, Greece) – April 6, 1945; 35 years old
Married to Mary Neforos Batsos on October 29, 1939 in Stamford, CT
No children
Local address: Mother Mrs. Maria Batsos lived at 100 South Main Street, Norwalk
Enlisted on April 4, 1944
Serial number 31461723
Unit: 75th Infantry Division, 417th Infantry Regiment

Born to John Batsos (1882-?) and Maria Batsos (1882-1972), both born in Greece. One brother, Vasilios (1908-1990). Two sisters Stamato “Stella” Batsos Caras (1914-2004) and Helen Batsos Nicholas (1923-2011).


From findagrave.com.

Awarded the Silver Star Medal (citation needed) and Purple Heart Medal.

Also went by “Samuel” on the 1930 and 1940 census.


From the Stamford Advocate June 28, 1945

PVT BATSOS MET DEATH ONLY AFTER KILLING MANY NAZIS

With the 76th Infantry Division in Germany, Private Savas J. Batsos was a machine gunner. He knew what the weapon would do, and he had faith in himself. On April 6, Company L, 417th Battalion, 417th Infantry Regiment, was clearing out the woods in the vicinity of Oberkaufungen, Germany. These woods were infested with numerous camouflaged enemy machine gun nests and snipers, well-entrenched. The platoon to which Private Batsos machine-gun squad was attached was moving through a particularly heavy patch of woods. Sniper fire was exceptionally heavy. Suddenly without any warning, hidden machine guns opened up. The men, already unnerved by the constant sniper fire, dropped in their tracks. Private Batsos, lying prone with his machine gun by his side, suddenly sprang to his feet, clutching his gun alongside his hip, and fired shell after shell with deadly accuracy into the German lines. The enemy, seeing this lone individual standing erect, disrupting their defense, concentrated all their firing power on him. Despite this hail of bullets, he continued forward, waving and urging his buddies to take heart and follow. Inspired by his heroic example, the platoon started moving out once more. They swarmed over the German positions and put the enemy to rout. Taking a short rest while reorganizing, word was received by the unit that another platoon had met the same kind of resistance. It was pinned down in the woods, unable to advance or withdraw. Without saying a word, Private Batsos picked up his machine gun and started in the direction of the trapped platoon. When he reached the men and saw the predicament they were in, he placed himself directly at their front, rose in full view of the enemy, and charged toward them, firing his machine gun from his hip. Spurred to action by this display of courage, the platoon moved out, sweeping the enemy before it, killed several, captured a few, and forced the rest to retreat. But the gallant soldier had led his last assault. Private Batsos was fatally wounded. The story of Batsos’s death appeared in the Advocate April 23, last. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Batsos, Miller Street, Stamford.


Buried in Netherlands American Cemetery, AM Begraafplaats 1, Margraten, Netherlands. Block I, Row 18, Grave 6. Photo from findagrave.com


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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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