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To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting: 

This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Takes Pride in Presenting


THE 
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
to


ABCEDE, SALVADOR
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Salvador Abcede, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force in the Philippine Islands. Lieutenant Colonel Abcede distinguished himself by intrepid actions during the period from 8 July 1943 to 23 March 1945 while serving with the Philippine Scouts. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 109 (1945)


ABRAMS, CREIGHTON WILLIAMS, JR.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (0-20296), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 September 1944, when two of his tank companies were out-flanked and seriously disorganized by an armored attack of superior forces. Quickly and accurately estimating the situation, Lieutenant Colonel Abrams unhesitatingly attacked the enemy force with his command tank, striking with such ferocity that the enemy was thrown into a state of confusion and his own forces were able to regroup. Lieutenant Colonel Abrams then daringly led his reorganized companies in a frontal assault which resulted in the complete rout of the enemy and the capture of a valuable position with a considerable amount of enemy supplies. His rapid and heroic action, undertaken with great initiative and brilliant leadership, was largely responsible for the successful action and was an inspiration to all who witnessed it. Lieutenant Colonel Abrams' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 66 (1943)

ABRAMS, CREIGHTON WILLIAMS, JR.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. (0-20296), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 December 1944, when he led his battle- weary battalion in an assault on a heavily defended town. When the advance was held up by a concealed enemy anti-tank gun, Lieutenant Colonel Abrams went forward in his command tank and destroyed the gun; his example inspiring his men to press on and take the town. Then, heedless of approaching darkness and strong enemy defenses, he brilliantly led his battalion on to a further objective. Lieutenant Colonel Abrams' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Armored Division and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 43 (1945)
Born: September 15, 1914 at Springfield, Massachusetts
Home Town: Feeding Hills, Massachusetts
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII), 5@ Army Distinguished Service Medals, Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, 2@ Silver Stars (WWII), Legion of Merit


ACHESON, ROBERT B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert B. Acheson (0-303279), Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 September 1943, about one mile east of Paestum, Italy. Major Acheson was assigned the mission of delivering five quarter-ton truckloads of ammunition to a battalion that was surrounded by enemy forces. At the La Cosa creek, the trucks were unable to proceed because of heavy enemy rifle, mortar, and artillery fire, With complete disregard to his own safety, Major Acheson then voluntarily proceeded alone across the valley to the encircled battalion. While crossing the valley, Major Acheson came upon a group of riflemen who were pinned down by enemy fire. He reorganized and directed their force so effectively that they cleared the opposition from the slope. Although he was wounded in the chest and sustained severe shell fragment wounds in the right arm, which later required amputation, Major Acheson completed his assigned mission before accepting medical attention. Major Acheson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 84 (November 11, 1943)


ACHILLE, JOHN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John J. Achille, Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force. Corporal Achille distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 5 February 1945 while serving with the 11th Airborne Division. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 11th Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 300 (1945)


*ADAMS, HERSEL R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Hersel R. Adams (0-283874), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force. Captain Adams distinguished himself by intrepid actions in September 1943 while serving with the 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 94 (1943)
Home Town: Mineola, Texas


ADAMS, JOHN E. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John E. Adams, Major (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force. Major Adams distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 24 January 1944 while serving with the 2d Surgical Group. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 52 (1944)


*ADAMS, JOHN W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John W. Adams, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force. Private First Class Adams distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 18 November 1944 while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 53 (1945)


ADAMS, PATRICK A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Patrick A. Adams, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force. Second Lieutenant Adams distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 29 August 1944 while serving with Company I, 7th Infantry Regiment. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Infantry Regiment, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 77 (1945)


*ADAMS, PLATT, JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Platt Adams, Jr. (32776433), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force. Corporal Adams distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 9 April 1945 while serving with Company E, 386th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 97th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Twelfth Army Group, General Orders No. 40 (1945)
Born: October 29, 1923 at Newark, New Jersey
Home Town: New Haven, Connecticut


ADAMS, RAYMOND E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Raymond E. Adams, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 374th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 February 1945, at Spicheren Heights, France. After taking strategic high ground, Sergeant Adams' squad, occupying the platoon's forward position, was subjected to machine gun fire which supported a two-company enemy counterattack. Sergeant Adams immediately crossed fifty yards of open terrain, firing and maneuvering as he advanced. Throwing a hand grenade into the machine gun position, he charged with fixed bayonet, killing the three-man crew. Quickly turning the captured gun on the advancing troops, he inflicted many casualties and disorganized the attack, After expending all ammunition, he destroyed the gun and led his squad against the enemy. His courageous action enabled his platoon to break the counterattack and hold its vital objective. Sergeant Adams' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 70th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 438 (August 25, 1945)
Home Town: Rock Springs, Texas


ADAMS, REGGIE G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Reggie G. Adams, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force. Private First Class Adams distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 8 November 1942 while serving with Company L, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Allied Force Headquarters, General Orders No. 39 (1942)


*ADAMS, STEPHEN S., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Stephen S. Adams, Jr. (0-409105), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force. Captain Adams distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 23 June 1944 while serving with the 20th Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 6th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 95 (1944)
Home Town: Union County, South Dakota


ADLEY, RICHARD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard J. Adley, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force. Technician Fifth Grade Adley distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 9 November 1944 while serving with Company G, 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 95th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-European Theater, General Orders No. 217 (1946)


*ADONA, BALTAZAR (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Baltazar Adona, Third Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force in the Philippine Islands. Third Lieutenant Adona distinguished himself by intrepid actions from 10 to 16 December 1941 while serving with the Philippine Scouts His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 18 (1942)


*AGRA, ALFREDO (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Alfredo Agra, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force. Private First Class Agra distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 12 February 1942 while serving with Company H, 45th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Allied Force Headquarterss in the Philippines, General Orders No. 15 (1942)


AHEARN, JOHN L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John L. Ahearn, First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force. First Lieutenant Ahearn distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 6 June 1944 while serving with Company C, 70th Tank Battalion, 6th Armored Group. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 124 (1944)


AHRENS, WALTER E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter E. Ahrens, Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force in Southern France. Private Ahrens distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 15 August 1944 while serving with the U.S. Army Engineers. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 71 (1944)


*AIELLO, FRANK F. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Frank F. Aiello (32002089), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 February 1943, at Kasserine Pass, Tunisia. While serving as leader of a section of machine guns, Sergeant Aiello was painfully wounded by an enemy grenade. Although ordered to seek first aid, he refused to leave his position, which was under heavy enemy attack, but continued to direct his section in repelling those attacks. Several hours later, when the platoon sector became untenable as a result of enemy penetrations and withdrawal to a new position through heavy machine-gun fire was ordered, Sergeant Aiello elected to remain behind, firing a machine gun at the advancing enemy to protect the withdrawal of his men by drawing to himself the fire and attention of the enemy. In so doing, he was mortally wounded. Sergeant Aiello's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 16 (March 5, 1948)
Home Town: New York, New York


*AIEZZA, PATSY A., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Patsy A. Aiezza, Jr. (32739686), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force. Private First Class Aiezza distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 10 April 1945 while serving with Company E, 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 80th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 230 (August 26, 1945)
Home Town: Albany, New York


AKAHOSHI, IRVING M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Irving M. Akahoshi (30102373), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 May 1944, near Cisterna, Italy. Private First Class Akahoshi voluntarily accompanied an officer on a patrol to secure information of enemy units and dispositions in a vital sector of the front. All previous patrols of combat strength had attempted without success to take prisoners in this well defended sector. Private First Class Akahoshi and the officer infiltrated approximately eight hundred yards through the enemy line to outposts. While observing enemy dispositions, he observed a strong enemy outpost situated in a small ditch. To reach this outpost, Private First Class Akahoshi and the officer, in broad daylight, crawled two hundred fifty yards across an open field, exposed to enemy observation from the German main line of resistance on the command slope to their rear. Arriving at a point near the outpost, they surprised two Germans armed with machine pistols who were acting as security. After aiding in the capture of these two prisoners, Private First Class Akahoshi retraced his perilous route and successfully by-passed two enemy listening posts to arrive at his own lines. Private First Class Akahoshi's daring accomplishment provided vital information and identification of enemy units in a critical sector of the front. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 34th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 102 (June 18, 1944)
Born: January 15, 1920 at Hilo, Hawaii
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


AKIN, SPENCER BELL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Spencer Bell Akin, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Chief Signal Officer, Pacific Forces, in action against enemy forces on 31 December 1941, in the vicinity of Santa Barbara, Pampanga, Philippine Islands. While returning from an inspection of Signal installations in Cuagua and Bucalor, conducted in the face of hostile aerial bombing and consequent oil and gasoline fires, and explosion of ammunition dumps en route, Brigadier General Akin was halted by a severe traffic congestion at a bridge on the Luboa-Leyac road in the vicinity of Santa Barbara. Despite the concentration of aerial bombs bursting in the congested area, this intrepid officer left his vehicle, walked to the center of the traffic block and proceeded, while under fire, to untangle and direct traffic until the normal flow was restored. By his courageous exploit, efficiently performed without regard for the serious personal hazards involved, the exodus of troops, civilians, guns and supplies to the south was expedited, and destruction of personnel and material incident to the concentrated bombing target presented by the extensive traffic block was minimized. Brigadier General Akin's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the Office of Strategic Services, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 40 (1942)
Home Town: Purcellville, Virginia


ALDEN, CARLOS C., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carlos C. Alden, Jr., Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces near Anzio, Italy on 27 January 1944. Captain Alden voluntarily attached himself to a company advancing across open terrain in a dangerous assault on two enemy-held houses. He exposed himself to machine gun fire to aid the wounded. Several days later he repeated his heroic acts in another similar assault. Prior to Anzio, he was the battalion surgeon for a parachute battalion making the first parachute mission on the invasion of Africa. In another parachute mission behind German lines, he was captured and then escaped. He also participated in the Battle of the Bulge and was again taken as prisoner and escaped.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 133 (August 8, 1944)


ALEXANDER, IRVIN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Irvin Alexander (0-12414), Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Quartermaster Corps, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 27 January 1942, near Agloloma Bay, Bataan, Philippine Islands. During an attack to expel an enemy landing party near Agloloma Bay, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander, then on duty with the 1st Regiment, Philippine Constabulary, learning that a company commander had been wounded and that the company was without an officer, went forward to assume command in person. On arrival, he found the unit disorganized and by setting a personal example of courage, pushed the company forward in the face of heavy fire to within thirty-five yards of the enemy positions. In spite of the concentration of the heaviest fire in his vicinity he continued to expose himself, encouraging and steadying his men, although severely wounded in t he hand and struck in the chest, continuing to display courageous leadership until he collapsed from shock and fatigue. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the Philippine Scouts, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 16 (1942)
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


ALEXANDER, MARSHALL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Marshall Alexander (0-454332), First Lieutenant (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force. First Lieutenant Alexander distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 10 April 1945 while serving with Company B, 32d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized). Lieutenant Alexander was in command of a patrol into Berg, Germany, when the patrol came under attack from enemy hidden in ambush, wounding Lieutenant Alexander and killing or wounding other members of the patrol. In spite of bullet wounds in his arm and his leg, Lieutenant Alexander continued to lead his men in the fierce action that followed and directed them in effecting a forced withdrawal without further casualties. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 156 (June 30, 1945)
Born: November 23, 1918 at Terre Haute, Indiana
Home Town: Vigo, Indiana


*ALEXANDER, PAUL EDWIN (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Paul Edwin Alexander (15104455), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 14 June 1944, near Normandy, France. When his company had been held up of over an hour by extremely heavy machine gun fire from an enemy strongpoint, Staff Sergeant Alexander led his squad forward to attack the enemy position. As he moved ahead of his men across the fire-swept terrain, Staff Sergeant Alexander was seriously wounded, but nevertheless continued to lead his squad and direct their attack. He personally threw hand grenades into four enemy machine gun positions completely silencing the guns and inflicting numerous casualties on the enemy. Staff Sergeant Alexander's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 70 (October 17, 1944)
Home Town: Bloomington, Indiana


ALEXANDER, ROBERT O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert O. Alexander, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 October 1943. Sergeant Alexander's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 45th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 110 (1944)
Home Town: Idabel, Oklahoma


ALEXANDER, RUDOLPH F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Rudolph F. Alexander, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 11 February 1944. Sergeant Alexander's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 88 (1944)


ALEXANDER, WALTER N.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter N. Alexander, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy from 3 to 10 May 1942. Private Alexander's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 360 (1945)


*ALGAR, EDWIN J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Edwin J. Algar (36331583), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 26 February 1945. Technical Sergeant Algar's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 123 (1945)
Home Town: Cook County, Illinois


ALLARD, DAVID W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to David W. Allard, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, XX Corps, in action against enemy forces on 23 August 1944. First Lieutenant Allard's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the XX Corps, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 59 (1944)


ALLCORN, HUGH J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Hugh J. Allcorn, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in April 1943. Second Lieutenant Allcorn's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 32 (1943)


*ALLEE, JOSEPH D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Joseph D. Allee (38005177), First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 December 1943. First Sergeant Allee's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 45th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 126 (1944)
Home Town: Routt County, Colorado


*ALLEN, GEORGE A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George A. Allen (0-1299662), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force at Mount. Rotundo, Italy. Second Lieutenant Allen distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 9 November 1943 while serving with the 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Second Lieutenant Allen's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 59 (1944)
Home Town: Flint, Michigan


ALLGOOD, JAMES D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James D. Allgood, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 July 1944. Captain Allgood's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (1945)


*ALLISON, ERNEST H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Ernest H. Allison (6934451), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 161st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 July 1943, in the vicinity of New Georgia. Sergeant Allison's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 485 (1943)
Home Town: Pulaski County, Arkansas


ALLISON, VERNON L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Vernon L. Allison, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 137th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 10 November 1944. Staff Sergeant Allison's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 119 (1944)


ALONZO, HENRY L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Henry L. Alonzo, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 March 1945. Private First Class Alonzo's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 35th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-European Theater, General Orders No. 232 (1945)


ALOP, ALBERT A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Albert A. Alop, Second Lieutenant (Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 463d Anti-Aircraft Artillery, in action against enemy forces on 23 August 1944. Second Lieutenant Alop's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


*ALTOMERIANOS, PAUL (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Paul Altomerianos (0-386000), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Medical Detachment, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in August 1943. Captain Altomerianos' outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 32 (1943)
Home Town: Queens, New York


*AMBROSE, FRANCIS G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Francis G. Ambrose (19171861), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 362d Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 September 1944. Staff Sergeant Ambrose's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 91st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 4 (1945)
Home Town: Utah County, Utah


AMERMAN, WALTER G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter G. Amerman (0-1307632), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Second Lieutenant Amerman with complete disregard for his own personal safety attacked an enemy machine gun nest that was firing upon a Pathfinder Group while they were trying to set up their equipment. After destroying the machine gun nest, Second Lieutenant Amerman organized a defensive position permitting the Pathfinders to set up the equipment and guide the planes to their drop zone. Second Lieutenant Amerman's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)
Home Town: Illinois


AMUNDSON, OSCAR M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Oscar M. Amundson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 February 1944. Sergeant Amundson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 138 (1944)


*ANAYA, FRED (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Fred Anaya, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy 3 on February 1944. Private First Class Anaya's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces-Central Pacific Area, General Orders No. 129 (1944)


ANCRUM, CALHOUN, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Calhoun Ancrum, Jr., First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy. First Lieutenant Ancrum's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


*ANDERSON, AMETH (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Ameth Anderson (39676544), Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 67th Armored Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 1 and 2 March 1945. Technician Fourth Grade Anderson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 482 (1945)
Home Town: Duchesne County, Utah


*ANDERSON, BENJAMIN W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Benjamin W. Anderson (0-414270), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 13th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 August 1944. Captain Anderson's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 50 (1945)
Home Town: Edgefield County, South Carolina
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII)


ANDERSON, CARL A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carl A. Anderson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 145th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 February 1945. Sergeant Anderson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 66 (1946)


ANDERSON, CONRAD V.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Conrad V. Anderson, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in April 1943. Captain Anderson's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 32 (1943)


ANDERSON, EDWARD L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward L. Anderson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 December 1944. Private First Class Anderson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 103 (1946)


ANDERSON, ERIC C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Eric C. Anderson, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 143d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 November 1944, in France. On that date, Company G was given the mission of attacking a heavily fortified enemy position on the high ground east of St. Leonard, France. When the advance was held up by enemy machine gun fire, Captain Anderson, the commanding officer, ran across a seventy-five yard open space and, although the machine gun was firing at him, put it out of action with his submachine gun, killing two of the crew and capturing another. After advancing further, the company was subjected to four strong enemy attacks. Running from position to position, moving his men to where their fire was most effective, giving them words of encouragement, and directing accurate artillery fire by radio, Captain Anderson succeeded in repulsing all four attacks with severe loss to the enemy. His magnificent courage and aggressive leadership enabled his company to hold its ground and set up a strong-defensive position against a vastly superior enemy force. Captain Anderson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 177 (1945)
Home Town: Bozeman, Montana


*ANDERSON, JOHN W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John W. Anderson (0-1297637), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 361st Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 July 1944. First Lieutenant Anderson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 91st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (1945)
Home Town: Deschutes County, Oregon


ANDERSON, LEROY C. (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leroy C. Anderson (36201460), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 192d Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 3 February 1942, in destroying Japanese machinegun nests with a small group of tanks deploying through heavy jungle country in the Philippine Islands. When his tank was demolished Sergeant Anderson's crew proceeded on foot and continued to fight with rifles and hand grenades. His actions enabled U.S. Infantry to advance and reestablish a broken line on the Bataan Peninsula during the early months of the war. Sergeant Anderson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 27 (1942)
Home Town: Racine, Wisconsin


ANDERSON, PAUL W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul W. Anderson, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 12 October 1944. Staff Sergeant Anderson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 11 (1945)


*ANDERSON, REX (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Rex Anderson (6299463), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 331st Infantry Regiment, 83d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 April 1945. Private First Class Anderson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 83d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 274 (1945)
Home Town: Franklin County, Texas


*ANDERSON, ROY L. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Roy L. Anderson (0--543687), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Infantry Company of the 335th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 November 1944, in Germany. When two companies were temporarily halted by enemy machine gun fire, Second Lieutenant Anderson, a platoon leader, though previously wounded, courageously moved forward alone, neutralizing the enemy fire and killed at least five of the enemy. Still disregarding his own wound and despite enemy action, he carried two of his wounded men to safety. After moving his platoon forward, while checking and bettering his men's positions, Second Lieutenant Anderson was killed by enemy artillery fire. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 84th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 61 (1945)
Home Town: Konowa, Oklahoma


ANDERSON, WILFORD C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wilford C. Anderson, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 517th Parachute Combat Team, in action against enemy forces on 18 June l944, near Grosetto, Italy. In executing an attack on strongly fortified enemy positions, Sergeant Anderson's company found itself deployed by platoons along the military crest of a ridge, and receiving heavy small arms and mortar fire from the foot of the hill. Accompanied by a Private, Sergeant Anderson voluntarily moved forward into enemy resistance 200 hundred yards ahead of his platoon, captured five Germans who were part of a mortar crew, silenced a machine gun, and returned to the lines with the prisoners. Though momentarily pinned down by machine gun fire, Sergeant Anderson and his companion moved into enemy territory again and once more returned with a group of prisoners. Sergeant Anderson then proceeded to the machine gun he had previously silenced and opened fire on a group of the enemy, killing six, wounding four and silencing another active machine gun. Joining forces with the Private once more, Sergeant Anderson again crawled to the enemy lines and withdrew with four more prisoners when friendly artillery fire made his position untenable. By his courageous acts Sergeant Anderson made possible the capture of nineteen German prisoners, the killing and wounding of ten more, and acted as an inspiration to all those with whom he served. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 13 (1944)
Home Town: California


ANDERSON, WILLIAM A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William A. Anderson, Second Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 6 June 1944. Second Lieutenant Anderson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 37 (1944)


ANDREWS, EVERARD S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Everard S. Andrews, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 October 1944. Private First Class Andrews' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 335 (1945)


ANDRICK, WILLIAM R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William R. Andrick, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 12 March 1944. Private First Class Andrick's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 836 (1944)


*ANDROSS, ROLLO C. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Rollo C. Andross (0-023624), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 169th Infantry Regiment, 43d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 July 1943. Captain Andross' outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 43d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 529 (1943)
Home Town: Granada, Minnesota


ANDRUS, CLIFT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clift Andrus, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Artillery Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in July 1943. Brigadier General Andrus' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 33 (1943)
Born: October 12, 1880 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas


ANGRISANE, SALVATORE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Salvatore Angrisane, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in May 1943. Private First Class Angrisane's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 15 (1943)


ANKCORN, CHARLES M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles M. Ankcorn, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in July 1943. Colonel Ankcorn's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 45th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 24 (1943)


ANKER, LEONARD A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leonard A. Anker (0-529110), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Platoon Leader in an Infantry Company of the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. At the time of the landing of Second Lieutenant Anker's platoon, the beach was under withering fire from enemy artillery, automatic weapons and small arms. After proceeding about 200 yards, all troops in the vicinity of Second Lieutenant Anker were pinned down by the devastating fire. Second Lieutenant Anker located an enemy machine gun that was inflicting heavy casualties. With complete disregard for his own safety, Second Lieutenant Anker, aided by an enlisted man whom he inspired to action by his own gallantry, fearlessly charged and destroyed the enemy strongpoint with hand grenades, killing 16 and capturing 5 of the enemy. Second Lieutenant Anker's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 29th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (June 29, 1944)


ANKESHEILN, THOMAS E., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas E. Ankesheiln, Jr., Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 January 1945. Private First Class Ankesheiln's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 90th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 109 (1945)


ANSEL, WILLIAM J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William J. Ansel, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 399th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 November 1944, in the vicinity of Neufmaisons, France. Sergeant Ansel's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 100th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 512 (1945)


ANTAL, LOUIS A., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Louis A. Antal, Jr., Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 October 1944. Staff Sergeant Antal's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 80th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 96 (1944)


ANTHONY, WILLIAM D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William D. Anthony, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 7th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 15 March 1945. Captain Anthony's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 625 (1945)


*ANTOSKY, MICHAEL (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Michael Antosky (42141286), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 143d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 March 1945. Sergeant Antosky's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-European Theater, General Orders No. 232 (1945)
Home Town: Middlesex County, New Jersey


APPLEBY, STANLEY P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Stanley P. Appleby (12004300), Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Technician Fourth Grade Appleby disembarked from his craft some fifty yards from the beach under a hail of artillery shells and machine gun fire. A large number of casualties were sustained and, but for Technician Fourth Grade Appleby's prompt and courageous action, would have perished in the surf. With complete disregard for his own safety, he on numerous occasions waded into the surf to lead them ashore and immediately administered first aid. Despite the intense enemy fire, Technician Fourth Grade Appleby never slackened in his efforts to assist and render aid to the wounded on the beach. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)


APPLEGATE, DONALD W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald W. Applegate, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 289th Infantry Regiment, 75th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 February 1945. First Lieutenant Applegate's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 75th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 289 (1945)
Born: February 19, 1922 at Toledo, Ohio


*APPLETON, JAMES H., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James H. Appleton, Jr. (38064120), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 16th Armored Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division, in action against enemy forces in May 1943. Corporal Appleton's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 71 (1943)
Home Town: Beckham County, Oklahoma


ARAO, HENRY Y.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Henry Y. Arao (19013919), Staff Sergeant [then Private First Class], U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 April 1945 near Seravezza, Italy. In attacking an enemy hill strongpoint, two squads of an infantry company were halted by machine gun, rifle and grenade fire. The support squad, composed mainly of replacements with Staff Sergeant Arao as first scout, was ordered to outflank the defensive position. Leading the attack, Staff Sergeant Arao boldly crawled forward through heavily mined approaches under a shower of mortar and rifle grenade fire toward a machine gun emplacement. During the advance, a grenade burst wounded the squad leader, alarming and confusing the squad members. Calmly and efficiently administering first aid, Staff Sergeant Arao quickly restored the confidence of his inexperienced comrades. The enemy, making a frantic attempt to halt the advance, covered the area with grenades and inflicted several casualties. Undaunted by this furious onslaught, Staff Sergeant Arao crawled alone to within seven yards of the enemy gun. Rising quickly to his knees, he lobbed a grenade into the emplacement, followed with a burst from his sub- machine gun, charged the nest, killed the gunner and forced the assistant gunner to surrender. Fired upon by another machine gun, he flattened himself on the ground, inched his way toward the emplacement, tossed another grenade and then fired upon the crew with deadly accuracy. Demoralized, the rest of the enemy fled to a bomb-proof dugout. With the machine guns silenced and the enemy driven off by Staff Sergeant Arao's daring action, the platoon moved forward and effectively neutralized the dugout entrances. Staff Sergeant Arao's courage, driving energy and fearless determination to close with and destroy the enemy exemplify the spirit and traditions of the Infantry of the United States.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 114 (July 9, 1944)
Born: 1920 at California Home Town: Santa Cruz, California


ARCHER, JAMES H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James H. Archer, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 3 February 1944. Sergeant Archer's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 59 (1944)


ARMELLINO, JOHN R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John R. Armellino (0-442775), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Company L, 3d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Upon landing initially on the coast of France in the face of heavy enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire, Captain Armellino quickly moved his men behind the slight cover afforded by a three-foot shelf of shale. However, the constant and accurate fire from the cliff pinned his company down. Captain Armellino then exposed himself to this heavy enemy fire and moved up the beach to a group of four tanks which had been rendered immobile by enemy shells. Upon reaching the tanks, he placed himself before them and from this fire-swept position directed their fire on the enemy strongpoints. For forty-five minutes he continued to move from his company to the tanks coordinating their action. On one of the trips back to his company, he was severely wounded by enemy fire. Captain Armellino's inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)
Home Town: West New York, New Jersey


ARMSTRONG, GENE L., SR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gene L. Armstrong, Sr. (33713130), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Rifleman in a Company of the 58th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 March 1945, in Germany. When a hand grenade in the canteen pouch on the belt of another soldier was accidentally activated while they were riding in a half track with 7 other men, Private First Class Armstrong grasped it in an effort to either throw it or absorb as much of the blast as possible. He had been in a position from which he could have leaped to safety had he chosen to do so but this courageous and fearless soldier ignored the opportunity and the grenade exploded in his left hand. Private First Class Armstrong sustained the loss of his entire left hand and also received severe body wounds during his actions in protecting his comrades. His personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVI Corps, General Orders No. 55 (1945)
Home Town: Emporium, Pennsylvania


ARMSTRONG, L. M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to L. M. Armstrong (20365625), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. Technical Sergeant Armstrong came in on the initial wave of infantry that waded ashore from landing craft in the face of extremely heavy enemy fire. Despite severe casualties, he fearlessly stepped to the head of his men and, with complete disregard for his own safety, set an example and shouted encouragement to the others to follow him. Technical Sergeant Armstrong's gallant actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 29th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (June 29, 1944)


ARMSTRONG, MASON H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Mason H. Armstrong, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 December 1944. Private First Class Armstrong's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 30th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 496 (September 10, 1945)


ARMSTRONG, PETER J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Peter J. Armstrong, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 19 March 1944. Corporal Armstrong's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 83 (1944)


ARNEST, HOWARD L. (POW)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Howard L. Arnest, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 January 1945, near Obermunthal, France. With the mission of taking a hill held by a bitterly resisting enemy, Lieutenant Arnest led a day- light attack and seized the enemy's forward defensive positions. Continuing the attack despite heavy casualties, he inspired his men as they closed with the enemy in hand to hand combat. Seriously wounded when the enemy brought artillery fire on the positions, Lieutenant Arnest ordered a withdrawal, but refused to withdraw himself. He remained behind to cover his men until taken prisoner. First Lieutenant Arnest's inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 70th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 579 (October 4, 1945)
Home Town: Cottage Grove, Oregon


*ARNETT, ROBERT L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert L. Arnett (35712281), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 15 December 1943. Private First Class Arnett's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 94 (June 4, 1944)
Home Town: Hamilton County, Indiana


ARNOLD, EDGAR L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edgar L. Arnold (0-1286417), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while Commanding a Company of the 2d Ranger Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 7 June 1944, in France. Captain Arnold personally led his Ranger company in an attack against enemy installations in the face of small arms fire and accurately directed enemy artillery fire. Despite this heavy enemy fire, Captain Arnold continued to lead the assault and inspired his men to advance with him though they were suffering heavy casualties. Captain Arnold's gallant leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 28 (June 20, 1944)
Home Town: Shenandoah, Iowa


ARVIN, CHARLES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles R. Arvin, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 60th Coast Artillery, in action against enemy forces on 4 and 6 May 1942. First Lieutenant Arvin's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 223 (1945)


ARVIN, FLOYD A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Floyd A. Arvin, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in August 1943. Private First Class Arvin's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 24 (1943)


ASCENCIO, PETER J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Peter J. Ascencio, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 645th Tank Destroyer Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 14 October 1944. Private Ascencio's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 136 (1944)


ASHBY, HUBERT W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Hubert W. Ashby, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 31 May 1944. Private First Class Ashby's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 129 (1944)


ASWELL, JAMES E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James E. Aswell, Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 17 April 1945. Second Lieutenant Aswell's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 103 (1945)


ATCHLEY, JOHN E. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John E. Atchley (34505971), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 3d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 June 1944, in France. When the enemy counterattacked with tanks in the vicinity of Ste. Mere Eglise, one of the very few antitank guns at the disposal of the defending force had been put out of action due to the fact that most of the members of its crew were casualties. As the enemy tanks approached, Private Atchley, despite the fact that he had never previously fired an anti-tank gun, left his place of cover and fearlessly moved over to man the gun. Although without aid, Private Atchley's second shot destroyed one of the advancing tanks, whereupon the other tanks turned about and retreated. The courage, daring and complete disregard for his life displayed by Private Atchley reflects great credit upon himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)
Born: at Lincoln County, Tennessee
Home Town: Alabama


ATHAS, WILLIAM P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William P. Athas, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 7th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces in October 1943. Captain Athas' outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 8 (January 17, 1944)


ATKINS, JAMES L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James L. Atkins, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 October 1944. Sergeant Atkins' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 80th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 59 (1945)


*ATKINSON, ALONZO F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Alonzo F. Atkinson (39075789), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 May 1943. Sergeant Atkinson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 7th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Troops, APO 726 (Attu Landing Force), General Orders No. 31 (1943)
Home Town: Modoc, California


ATWELL, DANIEL E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Daniel E. Atwell, Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 4th Medical Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 10 June 1944. Technician Fourth Grade Atwell's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 67 (1944)


AUER, MICHAEL J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Michael J. Auer (0-2006838), Captain [then Staff Sergeant], U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 19th Armored Infantry Battalion, 14th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces from 13 to 20 January 1945 near Hatten, France. When his battalion was forced to withdraw and covering unit was cut off by the enemy, Captain Auer moved about from group to group under intense enemy artillery, mortar, and small-arms fire and, organizing and encouraging the troops with him, did much by his aggressive and fearless leadership to save the covering force. With the battalion again on the offensive, Captain Auer manned a machine gun, and, in addition, hurled grenades into the enemy position and broke up a German attack single-handed. Then, fighting a rear guard action, he enabled a surrounded and outnumbered company to withdraw from threatened enemy encirclement. Captain Auer's heroic leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 14th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 8 (January 28, 1948)
Home Town: Royaltown, Wisconsin


AUGER, ROBERT F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert F. Auger, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 92d Coast Artillery Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 12 April 1942. First Lieutenant Auger's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Allied Force Headquarterss in the Philippines, General Orders No. 34 (1942)


AUSTIN, BILLY J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Billy J. Austin, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 149th Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944. Technician Fifth Grade Austin's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, COMMZ, European Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 37 (1945)


*AVERITTE, ARCHIE F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Archie F. Averitte (6262643), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 September 1944. Technical Sergeant Averitte's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 2d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 137 (1945)
Home Town: Anderson County, Texas


*AVERSON, CLAYTON E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Clayton E. Averson (6992206), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Recon Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, in action against enemy forces in February 1943. Staff Sergeant Averson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 13 (1943)
Home Town: Cuyahoga County, Ohio


AVERY, WILLIAM D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William D. Avery, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 7th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 15 March 1945. Private Avery's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 625 (1945)


AWAKUNI, MASAO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Masao Awakuni (30102030), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with C, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 February 1944, near Cassino, Italy. While advancing in an attack, Private Awakuni's company encountered an enemy tank upon which was mounted a 75-mm. gun. The enemy tank immediately went into action, supported by intense machine gun and sniper fire, forcing the company to take cover. Rifle grenadiers failed to stop the firing from the tank. Private Awakuni was called from the support platoon to attempt to fire at the tank with his rocket launcher. He worked his way across fifty yards of open ground and arrived at a point only thirty yards from the hostile armor. Although he had poor protective cover, Private Awakuni coolly took aim, and with his first shell hit the tread of the tank. His second shell was a dud. Having disclosed his position from the first two shots, Private Awakuni was subjected to heavy enemy fire. Despite the deadly peril facing him, he calmly took aim for a third time and made a direct hit on the tank, causing it to burst into flames. Private Awakuni then sought the sparse protection of a nearby rock and was forced to remain in this position until darkness permitted his return to friendly lines. For ten hours he was pinned down by deadly sniper fire, and in his attempt to return to his lines in darkness, he was wounded in the arm by machine gun fire. Private Awakuni's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 34th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 91 (May 27,1944)
Born: April 19, 1918 at Hawaii Home Town: Kaneohe, Hawaii


AXFORD, RAY F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ray F. Axford (0-1031372), First Lieutenant (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Troop C, 25th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized), 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 March 1945, in Germany. During a reconnaissance patrol near Nickenich, Germany, Lieutenant Axford observed a large enemy force preparing to evacuate the town, and exhibiting cool initiative and heroic leadership, led his platoon in an audacious, skillfully executed attack. Inspired by his bold actions his men killed fifteen, captured 200 of the enemy soldiers, destroyed or captured a large amount of equipment and so confused the numerically superior hostile forces that the platoon suffered no casualties. First Lieutenant Axford's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 153 (June 25, 1945)
Home Town: Lander, Wyoming


*AYERS, LOVAL E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Loval E. Ayers (34042485), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 22d Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 February 1945. Staff Sergeant Ayers' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 541 (1945)
Home Town: Overton County, Tennessee


AYRES, HAROLD B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harold B. Ayres, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 351st Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 April 1945. Major Ayres' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 88th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 70 (1945)

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