|50th Infantry Battalion Half Track at Battle of the Bulge were Pvt. McMullen was killed.|
Richard J. McMullen could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on February 18, 1917 in West Virginia. His father was also born in West Virginia while his mother was born in Ohio. His father was a railroad yard switchman who later became a yardmaster. Richard had two older sisters and an older brother. He also had three younger brothers. His brother Arlie also served in WW2. After completing high school Richard worked as a foreman.
Richard enlisted in the Army on October 13, 1942. Enlistment records show he was married, but no details were found.
Pvt. McMullen served in Company B, 50th Armored Infantry Battalion, 6th Armored Division. The 6th Armored was called on to counterattack the Germans who attacked the 101st Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge. The 50th Armored Infantry Battalion moved into a position a mile east of Bastogne on December 31, 1944 with plans to attack the next day. During the American attack, the troops encountered strong enemy resistance and at one point were being hit by artillery from three sides. Pvt. McMullen died on January 1, 1945, most likely during this attack.
His remains were returned to be buried at Grafton National Cemetery.
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