Veteran Memorial: Paul G. Absher

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Paul G. Absher was born March 7, 1921 in Cullman County. His parents were Isaac and Hattie Absher of Steppville (Hanceville). His father was a veteran who fought in World War I and Paul’s brother Horace was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.  

Paul enlisted in the Army and served in World War II. Although his available records do not list his attachment, according to an article in The Cullman Tribune from September 14, 1944, he had served for five years and was “with the Infantry Division which took Cherbourg.” The 9th Infantry Division was the first to reach Cherbourg and they were joined by the 4th and 79th Infantry Divisions soon after.  

Pvt. Paul G. Absher was reported as killed in action in France on August 23, 1944 ans was awarded The Purple Heart. By 1944, his parents were living in Etowah County and Paul is now buried at Crestwood Memorial Cemetery in Gadsden. He is memorialized at Cullman’s Veterans Memorial Park on the World War II monument.  

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