Coyle A Dempsey enlisted on July 30 1940 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the age of 18. He began as an Private and died as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army. As a Staff Sergeant, Coyle A Dempsey's duties might have been to train soldiers and are responsible for assisting soldiers in reaching and utilizing their full abilities.

                                                      Staff Sergeant insignia.

Coyle A Dempsey was in the 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. On January 29, 1944, the 12th Infantry Regiment arrived in England. The first time the regiment was in action was on D-Day on June 6, 1944. On this day, they made an amphibious assault landing on Utah Beach. The Regiment continued to fight in Belgium, France, Germany, and Luxembourg. The Infantry was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and the Belgian Fourragere. However, Coyle A Dempsey died before the Infantry was awarded.

The Presidential Unit Citation was awarded to the 12th Infantry Regiment for its defense of Luxembourg in the Battle of the Bulge. This was awarded to units who exhibit heroism against an armed enemy. A Fourragere was awarded by a foreign county to units who demonstrate bravery in battle overseas. In this case, the 12th Infantry earned this award for their bravery shown in Belgium.

Presidential Unit Citation.

Belgium Forragere.