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Local veteran honored for his service in defending Luxembourg during World War II

The Ambassador of Luxembourg, Gaston Stronck, presented Enoch “Nick” Scull, a U.S. Army World War II veteran and former resident of Plano and Sandwich, with the Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg medal in a ceremony June 12 at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

Scull was honored with the medal in recognition of his service in defending Luxembourg against Nazi Germany in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.

Scull served as a combat engineer with the U.S. Army’s 103rd Combat Engineer Battalion with the 28th Infantry Division. He was recognized as one of the 300 “Heroes of Hosingen,” a small village in northern Luxembourg.

In Hosingen, Scull and other soldiers in his battalion made a historic stand against an army of 5,000 of Hitler’s elite, battled-hardened troops, supported by as many as 20 German tanks. The battalion fought off the German’s massive assault for two and one-half days, sacrificing themselves for time and arguably helping to change the course of the war. Their delaying action helped stall the German advance long enough to allow the 101st Airborne to arrive at and defend the critical crossroads city of Bastogne on Dec. 18, 1944 before the bulk of Hitler’s forces could arrive.

As a combat engineer, Scull set land mines, destroyed enemy mines, repaired roads for vehicles to cross and commanded a machine gun station on the second floor of a house in Hosingen.

Scull and his fellow U.S. soldiers were later captured and spent four months in German POW camps. After returning home, Scull played one season of minor league baseball as a first baseman with the Tampa Bay Smokers in the Florida Atlantic League. After moving home when his father-in-law became ill, and helping with the family farm, Scull operated Nick’s Barber Shop in Plano and was a foreman at Plano Metal Specialties Inc., where he worked until his retirement.

Scull received two Purple Hearts for his service and was awarded the French Legion of Honor award in October 2019.

Scull and his wife, Patricia, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary July 1.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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