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World War II hero responsible for capture of 20,000 Nazi troops honored


ac ac FB sam magill mugshotASHTABULA_World War II hero Samuel Wallace Magill Sr., Lt. Col., U.S. Army (Ret.) was honored in a memorial service at Ashtabula American Legion Dewey Howlett Post 103 Saturday, May 24. Lt. Magill with his platoon of 24 men, convinced German Major General Erich Elster and his more than 18,000 men to surrender after a late arrival of air power of 16 planes.  Magill promised there would be more if the Germans did not surrender. The Lieutenant and his men escorted the 20,000 armed Germans through 90 miles of the French countryside to the official surrender site.

Chaplain Duane Hatch, North Kingsville American Legion Neal Post 743, performed master of ceremony duties.  Fred Pearson, 83rd Infantry Division, spoke of serving in the division during WWII.  Ralph Edwards’ popular show, “This is Your Life” featured Magill in 1955. The program was viewed during the service. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 943 Color Guard and the Post 103 Honor Guard presented the colors.

Samuel W. Magill Jr., Lt. Col., U.S. Army (Ret.) and and Lyn Magill-Hoch spoke about exploits and the personal side of their father.

After the service, the 83rd Infantry Division, 329th Intelligence and Reconniassance Reenactors and the Post 103 Legion Riders escorted the procession to the Kelloggsville Cemetery in Monroe Township. A funeral service with full military honors was held for Magill Sr. George Studor performed the dedication of a bronze plaque donated by the 83rd Infantry Division Association. Heather Martinez of Post 103 performed “Taps”.

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