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Olney Adelbert Danks

Graduating Class of 1939
Served in World War II

Olney Adelbert Danks

4th Infantry Division
8th Infantry Division


Stoughton, WI

Date of Birth

Location of Death

Normandy, France

Date of Death

Location of Burial

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, France

More About Private Danks

Olney Adelbert Danks was drafted and joined the US Army in November 1943. He completed his basic training in spring 1944 and embarked with the 8th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division for England shortly thereafter. The 8th Infantry Regiment departed for Normandy alongside other units of the 4th Infantry Division on June 6, 1944, and landed at Utah Beach in Normandy, spearheading the D-Day Invasion. They pushed deeper into France, facing stiff resistance. On July 11, 1944, PFC Olney Danks was killed in action by enemy gunfire. He is buried at Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.