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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
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BABIASZ, THEODORE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Theodore Babiasz, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 May 1945. Staff Sergeant Babiasz'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. 380 (1945)
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


*BABISH, FRANCIS J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Francis J. Babish (42035446), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 315th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 11 to 13 January 1945. Staff Sergeant Babish'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 79th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 600 (1945)
Home Town: New York, New York


BABSON, ROBERT F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert F. Babson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 145th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 February 1945, near Malabon, Luzon, Philippine Islands. At daybreak, Company E prepared to make an assault crossing of the Dampalit River east of Malabon to seize a strategic crossroads. The enemy, 500 in number, delivered intense mortar, small arms, and automatic weapons fire on our troops as they forced the crossing, causing such heavy casualties that a withdrawal was ordered. Private Babson voluntarily assisted in the evacuation of the casualties, all of whom were exposed to hostile fire. Using native dugouts and litters, he made repeated trips under constant, intense fire from the enemy positions, wading through mud and water to load the wounded and dead on the dugouts, and then dragged and pushed them across the river through the deadly fire to safety. Working over a period of two and one half hours, Private Babson eight times crossed the treacherous river and, by his complete disregard for safety and heroic determination in the face of grave danger, saved many lives and furnished a shining example of high courage. 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 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 162 (1945)


BACH, FREDERICK L., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frederick L. Bach, Jr., First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 October 1944, in France. As Lieutenant Bach was leading a platoon of Company L through the enemy-held village of Fossieux, France, his men were pinned down by enemy machine-gun fire coming from a house located on high ground in front of them. As he deployed his platoon for an attack against the position, Lieutenant Bach noticed a wounded soldier lying exposed to the intense enemy fire. Disregarding this fire, Lieutenant Bach fearlessly made his way to the injured man, rendered immediate first aid, and then carried him to shelter. Returning to his previous position in front of his platoon, Lieutenant Bach then led his men against the building where the enemy had established a strong point. He first threw a grenade through a window on the first floor, then made a room to room search of the house and determined that the enemy had taken refuge in the cellar. Directing his men to surround the house he threw grenades down the cellar ramp and was successful in securing the surrender of one enemy officer and fifteen enlisted men. Lieutenant Bach then continued the mopping up of the sector assigned to his platoon, repeatedly demonstrating his courageous and skillful leadership when the enemy threatened several times to over-run his position. First Lieutenant Bach'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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 115 (1944)


*BACLE, PETER (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Peter Bacle (14010206), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, attached to the 2d Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 November 1944, in Germany. Sergeant Bacle's platoon was assigned a mission of clearing a large and dense minefield. Upon his arrival at the area, he found approximately twenty seriously wounded infantrymen lying in the field. Others who had made previous attempts to reach the helpless men also had become casualties. Directing two medical aid men to remain at a safe distance, Sergeant Bacle, with utter disregard for his own safety, courageously probed for mines, cleared a path to two wounded soldiers and evacuated them to safety. Although the area was subjected to intermittent artillery and mortar fire, Sergeant Bacle unflinchingly resumed his hazardous task and successfully reached a third comrade who was so severely wounded that he could not be lifted. In turning the wounded man over to roll him upon a stretcher, a mine was set off which resulted in the death of both men. Sergeant Bacle'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 Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 24 (February 10, 1945)
Home Town: Mangham, Louisiana


BAECKER, WALTER J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter J. Baecker, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 66th Armored Regiment, 2d Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 January 1945. Staff Sergeant Baecker'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 2d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 205 (1945)


BAETCKE, BERNARD G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Bernard G. Baetcke, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 November 1942, in the vicinity of Sananada, New Guinea. Major Baetcke'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 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (1943)
Home Town: Michigan


BAILEY, CLADIE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Cladie Bailey, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 December 1942, in the vicinity of Buna, New Guinea. First Lieutenant Bailey'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 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 1 (1943)
Home Town: Heltonville, Indiana


BAILEY, HARRISON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harrison Bailey, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy during World War II. Sergeant Bailey'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.


*BAILEY, WOODROW W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Woodrow W. Bailey (0-327993), Major, 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 30 June 1944. Major Bailey'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. 71 (1944)
Home Town: Bluefield, West Virginia


*BAIN, HAROLD W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harold W. Bain (37482224), Private First Class, 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 24 January 1945. Private First Class Bain'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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 12 (1945)
Home Town: Page County, Iowa


BAIRD, CUD T., III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Cud T. Baird, III, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 September 1944. Captain Baird'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 90th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 237 (1945)


BAIS, ELBERT L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Elbert L. Bais, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy during World War II. First Lieutenant Bais' 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.


BAJDEK, WALTER A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter A. Bajdek, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 December 1942, in the vicinity of Buna, New Guinea. Private First Class Bajdek'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 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (1943)
Home Town: Michigan


*BAKER, EVERETT E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Everett E. Baker (17122788), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 February 1945. Staff Sergeant Baker'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 Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 137 (1945)
Home Town: Montgomery County, Iowa


BAKER, FREDERICK K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frederick K. Baker, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 December 1944. Second Lieutenant Baker'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 95th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 299 (1945)


BAKER, JAMES F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James F. Baker, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 January 1945. Private First Class Baker'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. 179 (1945)


BAKER, ODELL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Odell Baker, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 June 1944. Private Baker'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 Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 32 (1944)


*BAKER, OSCAR C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Oscar C. Baker (38038546), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 16 September 1944. Private First Class Baker'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. 124 (1944)
Home Town: Fayette County, Alabama


BAKER, RALPH D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ralph D. Baker, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 June 1944. Private Baker'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. 149 (1944)


*BAKER, WILLIAM H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William H. Baker (1327488), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the FIFTH Army, in action against enemy forces on 5 & 6 March 1945. Second Lieutenant Baker'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 FIFTH Army Corps, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 86 (1945)
Home Town: Denver, Colorado


BALBATON, ANTHONY J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Anthony J. Balbaton, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 7th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 22 March 1945. Sergeant Balbaton'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. 192 (1945)


BALCH, RANDALL E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Randall E. Balch, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with a Medical Detachment, in action against enemy forces on 3 August 1943. Staff Sergeant Balch'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. 69 (1944)


BALDARI, CHARLES A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles A. Baldari, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 February 1945, in Germany. During the initial phase of the assault upon Biesdorf, Germany, First Sergeant Baldari alone successfully attacked three enemy pill boxes which were delaying the advance of his company. By his bold actions, he permitted his company to advance; captured fourteen prisoners. On the following day, he courageously crawled 150 yards forward of his company front line, under direct enemy fire, and evacuated a wounded comrade. He was largely instrumental in disrupting an enemy counterattack which threatened to encircle his company command post. First Sergeant Baldari'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. 123 (1945)
Home Town: New York, New York


*BALDIMAS, ANDRES (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Andres Baldimas, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 42d Field Artillery, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 9 January 1942 in the Philippine Islands. Corporal Baldimas' 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. 29 (1942)


BALDONADO, VALENTIN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Valentin Baldonado, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 57th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 11 and 12 January 1942 in the Philippine Islands. Private Baldonado'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. 14 (1942)


*BALDWIN, LEWIS W. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Lewis W. Baldwin (6988953), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Battery C, 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 July 1943, five miles northwest of Vittoria, Sicily. Corporal Baldwin voluntarily went forward from his own lines, alone, driving a captured enemy 3-ton tankette, in order to secure information for the defense of the ridge. He was killed while returning to his own lines, under heavy machine gun and artillery fire. Corporal Baldwin'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 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 16 (1945)
Home Town: Dayton, Ohio


*BALE, JOSEPH L. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Joseph L. Bale (16105122), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 January 1945 near Wihr-en-Plaine, France. On that date Private Bale's battalion was attacked and halted by enemy tanks, which rolled over the assault riflemen and killed others. With 88-mm. machine gun fire and rifle grenade fire, Private First Class Bale fearlessly attacked with his rocket launcher, ignoring shells exploding five yards away and machine gun bullets which raked the position, he knocked out an enemy tank, forcing the Germans to withdraw. Later the same morning when his Battalion Operations was attacked by another tank at 100 yards, he braved shell fire in a single-handed attempt to destroy it, but was mortally wounded. Private First Class Bale'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, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 185 (1945)
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


*BALL, CHARLES (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles Ball (19019171), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 31st Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 24 January 1942, in the vicinity of Abucay Hacienda, Bataan, Philippine Islands. Wounded while his company was occupying an exposed front line position under heavy rifle and machine gun fire, Private Ball refused to be evacuated to the rear, but dressed his own wound and maintained the fire of his automatic rifle, thereby assisting materially in repulsing several strong enemy attacks on his position. When his company was ordered to withdraw, this gallant soldier remained in position, effectively covering the withdrawal of his platoon by fire from his weapon. Private Ball'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 Philippine Scouts, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 23 (1942)
Home Town: Browning, Montana


BALZA, WILLIAM J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William J. Balza, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry, in action against enemy forces on 25 December 1942, near Buna, New Guinea. When an infantry Company was cut off from its battalion, Private First Class Balza, in an effort to reestablish communications, volunteered to attempt to carry a telephone line to the isolated company. Though forced back twice by heavy enemy fire, with courageous determination and complete disregard for his own safety, he crawled forward across an open field and succeeded in reaching the isolated company with the telephone line. Private First Class Balza's conspicuous courage and determination were an inspiration to the men of his unit. 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 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)
Home Town: Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin


BAMFORD, ARTHUR J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arthur J. Bamford, Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 19th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 12 April 1945. Captain Bamford'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-European Theater, General Orders No. 281 (1945)


BANARES, LINO
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lino Banares, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 57th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces from 14 to 18 January 1942 in the Philippine Islands. Sergeant Banares' 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. 37 (1942)


BANDY, PAUL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul Bandy, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 2d Battalion, 319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 December 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Bandy'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. 57 (1945)


BANGSBOLL, LEIF
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leif Bangsboll, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Office of Strategic Services, in action against enemy forces from 6 October 1944 to 6 May 1945. First Lieutenant Bangsboll'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-European Theater, General Orders No. 212 (1945)
Home Town: Fort Bragg, North Carolina


BARANEK, MIKE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Mike Baranek, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 11 November 1943. Sergeant Baranek'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. 49 (1944)
Home Town: Akron, Ohio


*BARBA, JAMES N. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James N. Barba (11065499), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944 in France. Corporal Barba'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 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 58 (1944)
Home Town: Branford, Connecticut


BARBER, ALEXANDER W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Alexander W. Barber (33575048), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Private First Class Barber landed with his medical unit on the coast of France at a time when the beach was under heavy enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire. Numerous casualties had already been inflicted by this devastating fire. In spite of this heavy fire, Private First Class Barber constantly exposed himself to the direct fire of the enemy as he went along the beach administering aid to the wounded. On one occasion he took a horse and cart into the middle of an artillery barrage to bring out three men who had been wounded. Private First Class Barber'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. 28 (June 20, 1944)
Home Town: Johnstown, Pennsylvania


BARBER, ERNEST L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ernest L. Barber, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 April 1945. Staff Sergeant Barber'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 2d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 163 (1945)


*BARBOUR, WILL P., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Will P. Barbour, Jr. (0-2006889), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 7th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 18 March 1945. Second Lieutenant Barbour'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. 625 (1945)
Home Town: Johnston County, North Carolina


BARCELLONA, GAETANO R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gaetano R. Barcellona, Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 741st Tank Battalion, attached to the 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on D-Day, 6 June 1944 during the invasion of Normandy, France. Though upon landing, his tank received several hits, Second Lieutenant Barcellona continued it in operation and fearlessly exposed himself to severe enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire in order to select enemy targets and direct the fire of his unit. When his ammunition supply became exhausted, Lieutenant Barcellona, completely disregarding his own safety, dismounted from his tank and moved across the fire-swept beach to secure additional ammunition. He then returned through the heavy enemy fire to his tank and continued to carry on the fight. Second Lieutenant Barcellona'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, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 37 (1944)


BARKER, EDWARD F. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward F. Barker, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 18 February 1944. Private First Class Barker'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. 63 (1944)


*BARKER, JOSEPH R., II (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Joseph R. Barker, II (0-021155), Captain (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy (assigned to the 26th Cavalry Regiment, Philippine Scouts), while serving with the Philippine Guerilla Forces, East Central Luzon Guerrilla Area, in action against enemy forces from May 1942 to November 1943, in the Philippine Islands. Captain Barker'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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 263 (1946)
Home Town: Jefferson County, Alabama
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Legion of Merit, Purple Heart


BARKER, STEPHEN M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Stephen M. Barker, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces in February 1943. First Lieutenant Barker'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-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 25 (1943)


BARKER, WILLIAM R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William R. Barker, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 141st Infantry Division, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 - 22 January 1944, near San Angelo, Italy. First Lieutenant Barker was ordered to direct amphibious operations in an attack across the Rapido River. Impenetrable fog over the river required the boat teams to keep together to maintain contact. First Lieutenant Barker moved along the column to encourage his men over the difficult and hazardous route. Near the river heavy mortar and artillery barrages forced dispersion and two teams lost contact. As they attempted to rejoin the Company, an anti-personnel mine exploded blowing one man into an adjacent mine field and wounding several others. Immediately First Lieutenant Barker went to this group, crawled through the perilous mine field, and carried out the wounded man. Reorganizing the men, he led them to rejoin the Company. En route another mine exploded, wounding First Lieutenant Barker and several more men. Disregarding his own wounds, he directed care for the casualties and led the remainder of the group through the mine field to the Company. Concealing his wounds he reconnoitered a safe route of advance and led the company to the crossing point. Exposing himself to intense enemy fire, he attempted four times to launch the clumsy assault boats down the steep and slippery banks into the swift, treacherous current. On the fifth attempt a boat was launched, but it struck a submerged object and sank. Hearing the cries of one man being carried downstream, Lieutenant Barker dropped to the ground and extended his rifle which the soldier grabbed. Another soldier attempting to aid in the rescue also plunged into the river. Hanging over the edge, Lieutenant Barker caught this man with his free hand. Weakened from the loss of blood and exhausted, he managed by sheer stamina to hold both men while bullets struck all around. His courageous leadership inspired his company to succeed in its approach march to the river. First Lieutenant Barker'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, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 88 (1944)
Home Town: Lincoln, Massachusetts


*BARNABY, GEORGE W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George W. Barnaby (20151764), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 172d Infantry Regiment, 43d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 July 1943. Corporal Barnaby'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 43d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 314 (1943)
Home Town: Tunbridge, Vermont


BARNCARD, EARL L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Earl L. Barncard, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on from 24 February 1945 to 3 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Barncard'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. 95 (1945)


BARNES, BILL R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Bill R. Barnes, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 289th Infantry Regiment, 75th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 April 1945. Private First Class Barnes' 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, XVI Corps, General Orders No. 54 (1945)


BARNETT, FRED M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Fred M. Barnett, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 4th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 25 May 1943. Private Barnett'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 Troops, APO 726 (Attu Landing Force), General Orders No. 31 (1943)


*BARNETT, JOE M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Joe M. Barnett, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 August 1944. Technical Sergeant Barnett'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. 35 (1945)
Home Town: Stantonville, Tennessee


BARNETT, WARDIE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wardie Barnett, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 5th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 August 1944. Staff Sergeant Barnett'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. 80 (1944)
Home Town: Hardin County, Ohio


*BARRON, DANIEL D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Daniel D. Barron (36551776), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 19 February 1945. Private First Class Barron'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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 42 (1945)
Home Town: Wayne County, Michigan


BARRY, MARIO
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Mario Barry, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy during World War II. Staff Sergeant Barry'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.


BARSTOW, LEE J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lee J. Barstow, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 14th Infantry Regiment, 71st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 April 1945. First Lieutenant Barstow'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 71st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 228 (1945)


BARTH, GEORGE B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George B. Barth, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 - 28 October 1944. Colonel Barth'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 90th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 85 (1944)


BARTOLO, FREDERICK S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frederick S. Bartolo, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 57th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 11 and 12 February 1942 in the Philippine Islands. Private First Class Bartolo'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. 14 (1942)


BARTON, EARL W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Earl W. Barton, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 66th Armored Regiment, 2d Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 January 1945. Technician Fifth Grade Barton'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 2d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 205 (1945)


BARTON, RAYMOND F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Raymond F. Barton, Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 September 1944. Technician Fourth Grade Barton'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, XVI Corps, General Orders No. 82 (1945)


*BARTON, VIRGIL E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Virgil E. Barton (35900924), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 12 April 1945.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 261 (1945)
Home Town: Wabash County, Indiana


*BASER, RAYMOND W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Raymond W. Baser (37615204), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 December 1944. Private First Class Baser'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 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 105 (1945)


BASSET, MAURICE M. R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Maurice M. R. Basset, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Office of Strategic Services, in action against enemy forces from 10 April 1944 to 10 September 1944. First Lieutenant Basset'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, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 33 (1945)


BASTRON, LEROY A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leroy A. Bastron, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 363d Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 April 1945. First Lieutenant Bastron'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 91st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 95 (1945)


BATES, CARLTON C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carlton C. Bates, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 5th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 September 1944. Private Bates' 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. 97 (1944)


BATES, STANLEY F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Stanley F. Bates, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 31 July 1943, in the vicinity of New Georgia Island. Private Bates' 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. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 380 (1943)
Home Town: Walla Walla, Washington


BATTI, CARMINE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carmine Batti, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 1 and 2 April 1943. Private First Class Batti'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-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 80 (1943)


BAUM, ABRAHAM J. (POW)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Abraham J. Baum, Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 10th Armored Infantry Regiment, 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 March 1945, in Germany. Captain Baum led an armored task force in daring action into enemy territory to liberate Allied prisoners held by the Germans near Hammelburg, Germany. En route, as the column entered the town of Germunden, Captain Baum was wounded by enemy rocket fire. Despite his wounds he continued to lead the force throughout the day and the following night until he was again wounded during action on the outskirts of Hammelburg. Captain Baum's fearless determination and his inspiring leadership and loyal, courageous devotion to duty are in keeping with 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. 87 (1945)
Born: March 29, 1921 at New York, New York
Home Town: Bronx, New York
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Silver Stars (WWII), 2@ Bronze Stars, 4@ Purple Hearts, Prisoner of War Medal


*BAUM, FRANCIS J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Francis J. Baum (0-1010840), Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 10th Tank Battalion, 5th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 September 1944. Captain Baum'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 5th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 119 (1945)
Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio


*BAUSHAUSEN, HENRY V. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Henry V. Baushausen (0-409715), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 3d Battalion, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 November 1944. Captain Baushausen'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 90th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 30 (1945)
Home Town: Brazos County, Texas
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, Purple Heart


BAUTISTA, AMADO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Amado Bautista (0-1365), Colonel (Corps of Engineers), [then Captain], U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 11th Engineer Battalion, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces from 21 December 1941 to 4 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Colonel Bautista displayed extraordinary heroism while in the performance of his duties in action against the enemy at San Juan, La Union, Philippine Islands, on 21 December 1941; at Klondykes and Camp One, Pangasinan, Philippine Islands, on 23 December 1941; at Concepcion, Tarlac, Philippine Islands on 28 December 194; at Guagua and Lubao, Pampanga, Philippine Islands, on 3 - 4 January 1942; and at other times and places in the 11th Division sector, where need was greatest and enemy pressure strongest. 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 and the United States Army.
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 65 (September 24, 1948)


BAXTER, WILLIAM T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William T. Baxter, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 302d Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 March 1945. Private First Class Baxter'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 94th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 156 (June 30, 1945)


*BAYANGOS, PABLO (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Pablo Bayangos (6610821), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 57th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 11 February 1942. Corporal Bayangos' 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. 39 (1942)
Home Town: Philippine Islands
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Purple Hearts


*BAYERL, JOSEPH P. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Joseph P. Bayerl (20649268), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 7 July 1944. Staff Sergeant Bayerl'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. 140 (1944)
Home Town: Wood County, Wisconsin


*BAYLISS, JAMES L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James L. Bayliss (6262770), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 December 1944. Technical Sergeant Bayliss' 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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 58 (1945)
Home Town: Hockley County, Texas


BAZATA, DOUGLAS D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Douglas D. Bazata, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Office of Strategic Services, in action against enemy forces from 27 August 1944 to 6 October 1944. Captain Bazata'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, U.S. Forces-European Theater, General Orders No. 37 (1946)


*BAZE, ROY E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Roy E. Baze (0-377640), Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Officer with the 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 23 August 1944. Captain Baze'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, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 12 (1944)
Home Town: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


BEACHAM, CHARLES M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles M. Beacham, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 15 December 1943. Captain Beacham'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, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 67 (1944)


BEALKE, JACOB W., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jacob W. Bealke, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 3d Battalion, 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 July 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Bealke'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. 10 (1945)
Home Town: Boonville, Missouri


BEALL, ROBERT L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert L. Beall, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 40th Engineer Combat Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 10 July 1943. Technician Fifth Grade Beall'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. 3 (1944)


*BEAMAN, PHILIP A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Philip A. Beaman (32242911), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 130th Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 March 1945. Sergeant Beaman'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 33d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 131 (1945)
Home Town: New Castle, Delaware


BEAMISH, WARREN W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Warren W. Beamish (37086785), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 40th Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 10 July 1943 in Sicily. A few minutes after landing, Staff Sergeant Beamish then a Sergeant and squad leader, volunteered to accompany an army officer and, under fire from enemy guns, succeeded in moving inland, assaulting a gun position and pill box which was being manned by six Italian soldiers. This action resulted in the capture of the enemy and opened a landing site, specifically nullifying the fire power of the enemy on our assault and landing craft and opened a path for the advancing infantry. Staff Sergeant Beamish and the officer then proceeded up the beach in search of a better landing site and suitable position for erection of panel lights. Upon locating such a site, the officer and Staff Sergeant Beamish proceeded to erect the lights. When the lights were turned on, the staff sergeant and officer continued to advance and captured twenty-five Italian soldiers who were manning 20 millimeter and 50 caliber guns. This action opened the beach for 500 yards, affording the infantry assault waves a clean beach. The aggressiveness of Staff Sergeant Beamish, his complete disregard for personal safety, his coolness and courage under fire and in the face of a numerically superior enemy reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 3 (January 25, 1944)
Home Town: Saginaw, Michigan


*BEAN, DONALD E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Donald E. Bean (36361019), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 9, 12 and 13 February 1945. Private First Class Bean'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. 99 (1945)
Home Town: Boone County, Illinois


BEAVER, CHESTER M. (DNB)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Chester M. Beaver (0-20887), Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 December 1942, in the vicinity of Buna, New Guinea. Major Beaver'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 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 36 (1943)
Home Town: Yankton, South Dakota
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, Purple Heart


BEAVERS, HAROLD R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harold R. Beavers, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 743d Tank Battalion, attached to the 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. First Lieutenant Beavers landed on the coast of France under heavy enemy small arms, machine gun, mortar and artillery fire with the initial assault wave. During this landing the company commander was killed in action, First Lieutenant Beavers calmly and courageously assumed command of the disorganized company and moved forward up the beach. When another officer in the company was seriously wounded First Lieutenant Beavers, despite the intense enemy fire and without regard for his own personal safety, dismounted from his tank, placed the wounded officer onto his tank and moved the tank through an enemy mine field to a place from which the aid men could remove the wounded officer. First Lieutenant Beavers then mounted his tank and directed the company in the opening of a beach exit. First Lieutenant Beavers' 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 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 37 (1944)
Home Town: New Market, Iowa


*BECK, PAUL (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Paul Beck (6940822), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 273d Infantry Regiment, 69th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 April 1945. Sergeant Beck'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 69th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 248 (1945)
Home Town: Centre County, Pennsylvania


BECKEN, HENRICK M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Henrick M. Becken, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 129th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 and 25 March 1944. Staff Sergeant Becken'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. 84 (1946)


*BECKER, FRANK J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Frank J. Becker (31042767), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 322d Infantry Regiment, 81st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 1 to 21 October 1944. Technical Sergeant Becker'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 81st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces-Pacific Ocean Areas, General Orders No. 7 (1945)
Home Town: Tolland County, Connecticut


BECKMAN, ARNOLD F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arnold F. Beckman, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 June 1944. Private First Class Beckman'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. 10 (1945)


BECKSTROM, MILES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Miles R. Beckstrom, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 16 February 1944. Private Beckstrom'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)


BECKWITH, HENRY W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Henry W. Beckwith, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 December 1944. Sergeant Beckwith'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 Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 436 (1945)


BEDDOW, LEE H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lee H. Beddow, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 350th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 October 1944. Sergeant Beddow'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 88th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 181 (1944)


BEDGOOD, WILLIAM T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William T. Bedgood, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 82d Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 12 April 1945. Corporal Bedgood'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. 580 (1945)


*BEDNARZ, WALTER J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Walter J. Bednarz (20109683), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 17 September 1944, in Holland. Corporal Bednarz, as leader of a squad of eight men, was given the mission of establishing and defending a roadblock at important road junction at Beek, Holland. A patrol of 18 German parachutists armed with machine guns and machine pistols attacked and attempted to destroy the position. Corporal Bednarz, upon seeing that he could not fire on this patrol without endangering the lives of a group of civilians directly between his position and the enemy, without regard for his own safety, leapt from his dug-in position and rushed to meet the oncoming enemy. At point blank range he sprayed the attackers with submachine gun fire. His action in single-handedly attacking a vastly superior enemy force in such a manner required the highest type of courage. The unhesitating action of Corporal Bednarz in a critical and unusual situation saved the lives of a number of innocent persons, rendered a most distinguished service by the destruction of an unknown number of enemy and strengthened the security of the position. Corporal Bednarz was killed in this action. 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 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 11 (1944)
Home Town: New Britain, Connecticut


BEDSOLE, JOHN W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John W. Bedsole, First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 26 May 1944. First Lieutenant Bedsole'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. 66 (1944)


BEHRENS, WARREN DOUGLAS
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Warren Douglas Behrens, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 399th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 December 1944, in the vicinity of Lemberg, France. First Lieutenant Behrens' 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. 587 (October 8, 1945)
Home Town: Jersey City, New Jersey


BEIGHTLER, ROBERT S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert S. Beightler, Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 28 January 1945 to 17 February 1945. Major General Beightler'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. 141 (1945)
Home Town: Marysville, Ohio


BEITLER, KENNETH E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Kenneth E. Beitler, Captain (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 58th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on D-Day in France, on 6 June 1944. The first to debark his landing craft on an artillery piece, Captain Beitler went ashore under intense and well aimed machine gun and small arms fire. He supervised the placement of his weapon and continued through the day to direct accurate artillery fire to support the infantry.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 11 (1945)
Home Town: Sycamore, Ohio


*BELANGER, ALFRED (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Alfred Belanger (0-1014913), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 751st Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 4 November 1943. Second Lieutenant Belanger'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. 59 (1944)
Home Town: Kent County, Rhode Island


BELCHER, JULIUS W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Julius W. Belcher (33213927), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 2d Ranger Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Verville-Sur-Mer, France. Upon landing with the initial assault Ranger Battalion on the coast of France, Sergeant Belcher immediately moved up the beach under heavy machine gun, mortar and sniper fire, and scaled a 100-foot cliff to secure toggle ropes to barbed wire on top of the cliff. Though under constant fire on top of the cliff he remained at his position and cleaned out six snipers. Following this he charged an enemy pillbox and mortar position and destroyed it with grenades. Sergeant Belcher'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 and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 28 (June 20, 1944)
Home Town: Swords Creek, Virginia


BELDEN, LESLIE M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leslie M. Belden, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 January 1945. Corporal Belden'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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 100 (May 11, 1945)


BELFOR, MAX
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Max Belfor, Staff 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 the Japanese Forces on 25 January 1945, in San Manuel, Luzon, Philippine Islands. On a clear moonlit night, the Japanese launched a counter-attack with twenty tanks and eighty to one hundred infantrymen against the 161st Infantry positions in San Manuel. Sergeant Belfor, with his gun crew, was operating his 37-mm anti-tank gun near a street intersection. The main enemy thrust, headed by six tanks, two abreast, moved up the street toward this strong point of the anti-tank company. The rapid, grazing machinegun and 47-mm fire from the tanks killed or wounded Sergeant Belfor s entire crew. Crawling forward through heavy enemy fire, he assisted a bazooka operator in firing against the oncoming tanks. Returning to fire his own gun single-handed, moving forward again through mortar, machine gun and 47-mm fire to regroup anti-tank guns into more effective deployment in depth, carrying badly needed ammunition to bazooka operators across exposed streets swept by enemy fire, returning to fire the remaining shells from his 37-mm. gun and seriously damage two Japanese tanks less than thirty yards away, Sergeant Belfor was a constant inspiration to his comrades. Later he evacuated a wounded man and brought back riflemen and bazooka operators to replace others in the forward positions. By his courageous and tireless devotion and his extraordinary heroism under intense enemy pressure, Sergeant Belfor was an important factor in crushing the enemy's armored assault. 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 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 55 (1945)


BELL, BERNARD PIOUS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Bernard Pious Bell, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 December 1944, at Selestat, France. While leading his platoon in an attack to drive the Germans from well fortified positions, the platoon was subjected to heavy machinegun and rifle fire from a building 100 yards away. Ordering his men to cover his advance, Sergeant Bell fearlessly dashed through a hail of enemy fire and reached the German stronghold. Kicking a door open, he fired his carbine several times, shouting to the Germans to surrender. Overwhelmed by his audacious action, ten enemy soldiers dropped their weapons and filed out of the building. Sergeant Bell then continued the attack toward a large factory and, by a brilliant flanking maneuver, destroyed single-handed an enemy position which served as an outpost for the factory, thus enabling the platoon to successfully seize the factory, thus enabling the platoon to successfully seize the factory, capturing 85 of the enemy and forcing the remainder to withdraw in disorder. Technical Sergeant Bell'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. 85 (1945)
Born: December 29, 1911 at Grantsville, West Virginia
Home Town: New York, New York
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)


BELL, EDWARD M., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward M. Bell, Jr., Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 25th Armored Engineer Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 30 March 1945. Private First Class Bell'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, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 242 (1945)


BELL, RAYMOND E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Raymond E. Bell, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 November 1944. Colonel Bell'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 90th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (1945)


BELL, THEODORE S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Theodore S. Bell, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 77th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 and 18 May 1945. First Lieutenant Bell'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 77th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Tenth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 206 (1945)


BELLARD, SHERLE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sherle E. Bellard, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 104th Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 March 1945. Private First Class Bellard'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 26th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 221 (1945)


BELMONT, GAIL H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gail H. Belmont, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 2d Ranger Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 7 June 1944, at Au Guay, France. Staff Sergeant Belmont was with forward elements and became trapped by enemy machine-gun fire on both flanks and to the front. Staff Sergeant Belmont picked up an abandoned enemy machine gun and opened fire. Although his position was exposed to and only 50 yards from the enemy, he succeeded in drawing enemy fire upon himself allowing his troops to advance. He was wounded and evacuated to the beach. On the way back, he captured two enemy soldiers. Staff Sergeant Belmont'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 and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 27 (1944)


BENBOW, JOHN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John A. Benbow, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Benbow'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 33d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 163 (1945)


*BENDER, HERMAN (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Herman Bender (20648133), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 31 December 1942, in the vicinity Buna, New Guinea. Private First Class Bender'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 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (1943)
Home Town: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin


BENN, WILLIAM R., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William R. Benn, Jr. (12009565), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Technical Sergeant Benn landed on the coast of France with the initial assault waves under heavy enemy small arms, mortar and rocket fire. His platoon leader was seriously wounded as soon as they reached the beach and he immediately assumed command. He led his platoon under heavy enemy fire through an uncharted mine field and up the steep slope toward the enemy positions. The intense enemy fire caused several casualties and threatened to stop the advance. Technical Sergeant Benn, completely disregarding his own safety, advanced alone towards the enemy positions, silencing their guns. Though seriously wounded in the course of this action, Technical Sergeant Benn persisted in his efforts until he had carried out his self-appointed mission. Technical Sergeant Benn's aggressive 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. 45 (August 9, 1944)
Home Town: Northampton County, Pennsylvania


BENNETT, DONALD V.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald V. Bennett (0-23001), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 62d Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. When Lieutenant Colonel Bennett landed with the second wave at 0720 on D-Day, his party was subjected to a tremendous volume of machine gun fire which inflicted 50 per cent casualties before they reached the comparative safety of the shingle at the base of the cliff adjoining the beach. Observing that following units were pinned down on the beach, he immediately left his cover and moved about the beach under heavy fire in order to assemble and reorganize the infantry assault companies, four tanks and an anti-aircraft unit. By redistributing the remaining officers and equipment; by emplacing the .50 caliber machine guns of the anti- aircraft unit so as to give close support from the LCT's, he organized a sizeable force and at about 1000 hours successfully assaulted the ridge. He then continued moving about the beach under intense fire and succeeded in locating a protected place to bring in his battalion and move it across the beach. Lieutenant Colonel Bennett, in disregarding his own safety under such heavy enemy fire throughout the day and in his clear thinking, contributed immeasurably to the establishment of the beachhead. His 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 and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 45 (August 9, 1944)
Home Town: Ohio


BENNETT, WILLIAM J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William J. Bennett, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Battery C, 687th Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces from 16 to 19 December 1944, in the Ardennes region of Luxembourg. On 16 December 1944, when the battery with which Sergeant Bennett served was attacked by strong enemy forces this gallant soldier, with no though of his own safety, braved intense enemy fire to reach a position in a building from which he delivered effective rifle fire upon the enemy. Although wounded twice he held his post, refusing to be evacuated. On 19 December when the position was again attacked and the Battalion Command Post was surrounded, Sergeant Bennett on his own initiative organized and led a counterattack, inspiring his men by his bold, fearless leadership. Two days later when the enemy attacked a third time, in force with tanks and infantry, Sergeant Bennett again distinguished himself by braving heavy fire to direct effective artillery fire against the enemy. Staff Sergeant Bennett's fearless determination, his initiative and loyal, courageous 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. 92 (May 2, 1945)


BENTON, JOHN L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John L. Benton, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944 in France. Staff Sergeant Benton'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)


BERANEK, JOHN L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John L. Beranek, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 406th Infantry Regiment, 102d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 March 1945. Second Lieutenant Beranek'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 102d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 241 (1945)
Home Town: Solon, Iowa


*BERARDI, PAT (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Pat Berardi (35622047), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 27 April 1945. Sergeant Bernardi'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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 72 (1945)
Home Town: Montgomery County, Ohio


BERKOWITZ, HENRY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Henry Berkowitz (12006610), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Cannon Company, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. When the craft upon which Private First Class Berkowitz was coming into shore was hit and sunk by enemy artillery fire, he jumped from t he sinking boat with his Signal corps radio and, under a hail of constant enemy machine gun fire, began making his way ashore through the heavy surf. Though seriously wounded as he approached the shore, Private First Class Berkowitz, nevertheless, retained his hold on the vitally important radio and continued ashore with it. Upon reaching the shore, he refused treatment, dragging himself and the radio along the fireswept beach and through a mine field until he reached his forward observation party. Despite the painful wound and the intense enemy machine gun fire, Private First Class Berkowitz operated his radio throughout the period his sector was on the beach. Private First Class Berkowitz'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 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 42 (August 6, 1944)
Home Town: New York


BERLIN, WALTER I.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter I. Berlin, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3d Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 December 1944, in Germany. First Lieutenant Berlin braved a hail of lead and climbed atop a tank to direct it to destroy a pillbox. He remained in his exposed position until all enemy emplacements were knocked out.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 52 (1945)
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland


BERRY, JACK G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jack G. Berry (20807564), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 143d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in September 1943. Sergeant Berry'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, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 110 (1943)
Home Town: Mexia, Texas


*BERRY, JOSEPH F. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Joseph F. Berry (0-365491), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 July 1943, in Sicily. When the enemy hurled an attack of 30 to 40 tanks against the recently established beachhead, Captain Berry, together with several other officers and men, became separated from his organization. He then fearlessly left a concealed position and made his way over hundreds of yards of heavily shelled terrain in the path of the approaching tanks to reach an abandoned anti-tank gun. Captain Berry engaged the enemy armor at almost point-blank range and continued to fire even after a tank had encircled his position. Captain Berry remained at this position engaging the enemy until he was mortally wounded. Captain Berry's courage and heroism, resulting in the loss of his life, materially contributed to the eventual defeat of the enemy. His inspiring 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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 16 (May 3, 1944)
Home Town: Massachusetts


BERRY, KEARIE L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Kearie L. Berry, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces from 26 January 1942 to 17 February 1942, in the vicinity of Bataan, Philippine Islands. Colonel Berry'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, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 216 (1945)


BERTEAU, THOMAS F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas F. Berteau, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with a Military Police Battalion, in action against enemy forces in September 1943. Second Lieutenant Berteau'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. 94 (1943)


*BERTSCH, ROBERT H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert H. Bertsch (0-391384), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 417th Infantry Regiment, 76th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 February 1945. Captain Bertsch'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 76th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 81 (1945)
Home Town: Akron, Ohio


BESSMAN, LEONARD B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leonard B. Bessman, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the II Field Security Detachment, in action against enemy forces in April 1943. First Lieutenant Bessman'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-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 33 (1943)


BESSON, ROBERT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert Besson, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 26 December 1941. Captain Besson'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, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 14 (1942)
Home Town: Washington, D.C.


BEST, FRANK E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank E. Best, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 31 May 1944. Corporal Best'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, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 109 (1944)
Home Town: Forestville, New York


BEUGNON (BRETTON), RAPHAEL G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Raphael G. Beugnon (Bretton), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Office of Strategic Services, in action against enemy forces from 11 April 1944 to 10 September 1944, in France. Second Lieutenant Beugnon was parachuted into France, in civilian clothing, as an organizer of resistance forces. He organized, trained and led resistance groups in sabotage activities against enemy objectives with such success that railway traffic in the Creil area was practically at a standstill and all underground cables were useless to the enemy. During the entire period of operations it was most difficult to deliver supplies to Second Lieutenant Beugnon because of the heavy enemy troop concentrations, and much of the demolition supply had to be improvised or taken from the enemy. He displayed much ingenuity and daring, as when, on one occasion, he recovered an unexploded aerial bomb, transported it to a bridge, and used the explosive for partially demolishing that target. Sergeant Beugnon'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. (Raphael G. Beugnon legally changed his last name to Bretton)
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 33 (1945)
Home Town: England


BIAS, ELBERT L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Elbert L. Bias, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 and 20 April 1943. First Lieutenant Bias' 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, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 328 (1945)
Home Town: Huntington, West Virginia


*BICKWERMERT, ERVIN M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Ervin M. Bickwermert (36030242), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 132d Infantry Regiment, Americal Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 January 1943. Corporal Bickwermert'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 Americal Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 41 (1943)
Home Town: Livingston County, Illinois


BIEBER, MELVIN H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Melvin H. Bieber (37194107), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 743d Tank Battalion, attached to the 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 October 1944, in Germany. After two hours of relentless artillery and mortar fire, the enemy launched a coordinated armored and infantry attack upon defensive positions held by Staff Sergeant Bieber's company. Commanding a lone tank against overwhelming odds, Staff Sergeant Bieber fought off a vicious assault by five German tanks attempting to outflank his company. For a quarter of an hour, he poured devastating fire into the advancing armor, knocking two tanks out of action and holding the remainder at bay. When assistance arrived, he joined in fighting off waves of massive German tanks for a period of three hours. By his fearless courage and extraordinary heroism Staff Sergeant Bieber prevented the enemy from overrunning his company's positions. 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 30th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 23 (February 9, 1945)
Home Town: Iowa


BIGDA, EUGENE J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Eugene J. Bigda (32017934), Technical Sergeant [then Staff Sergeant], U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Squad Leader in Company B, 106th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 May 1945 at Onna Taka, Okinawa, where he destroyed five of the enemy who had infiltrated behind his company and set up a position blocking its supply route. Moving along a narrow ridge until opposite the enemy machine-gun position on a second ridge, Technical Sergeant Bigda then turned down into the precipitous gulch between them. Taking over an hour, he finally reached the floor of the ravine and started up the other side, climbing an almost perpendicular slope, working his way up in a driving rain which made the cliff a mass of slippery, sticky mud. Slipping and falling at almost every step, literally pulling himself up the side of the cliff by weeds and bush roots, he finally reached the top. Raising his head over the edge and immediately finding himself staring straight into the muzzle of the Japanese gun, Sergeant Bigda ducked below the ridge just as the enemy gunners opened fire. Hanging to the cliff with one hand, desperately digging a toe hold, he took grenades from his pocket with the other hand, pulled the pins with his teeth, and lobbed them over the crest into the enemy position one after another, until the gun was silenced and the enemy killed. Eliminating this dangerous enemy position by his heroic and determined action, Sergeant Bigda exemplified the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflected great credit upon himself, the 27th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 4 (January 21, 1948)


*BILLETT, OMAR R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Omar R. Billett (0-1287464), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 20th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 March 1945. Captain Billett'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 10th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 392 (1945)
Home Town: Council Grove, Kansas
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


BILLINGSLEA, CHARLES
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles Billingslea (0-20367), Colonel (Infantry), [then Lieutenant Colonel], U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 - 3 October 1944, in the vicinity of Katerbosch, Holland. Through fearless and skillful leadership, Colonel Billingslea inspired victory for his regiment in a battle for objectives two miles beyond the forward lines near Mook. Leading troops who were tired after five days of incessant attack, he pushed the enemy back in a twenty-four hour assault. He launched the attack before dawn and under cover of fog which lifted without warning in mid-morning and exposed his forces to intense artillery fire. Key officers and men became casualties, but Colonel Billingslea moved among the disorganized company, restored command and assumed the initiative in the face if determined resistance from numerous German strongpoints in Katerbosch. He personally directed the house-to-house reduction of the enemy. His presence in this critical zone inspired officers and men to emulate his conduct in a fight for the town which lasted all day and through the night. In this valiant and successful assault on Katerbosch, Colonel Billingslea defeated powerful German efforts to break through Mook and sever the Allied corridor in the Motherland. His 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 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 19 (March 14, 1945)

BILLINGSLEA, CHARLES
(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 Charles Billingslea (0-20367), Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 February 1945, in Germany. Colonel Billingslea fearlessly exposed himself to intense enemy small arms, mortar, and artillery fire to direct his command's assault against Siegfried Line fortifications. When elements of his regiment were pinned to the ground by fierce crossfire, he advanced to the area and personally directed his command in thwarting the hostile thrust. During a second vicious counterattack, he proceeded to his reserve battalion, directed the commitment of his reserves and repulsed the counter-attack. By his display of conspicuous courage and selfless devotion to duty, Colonel Billingslea was instrumental in saving a vital position and insuring the continued success of his regiment. 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 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 72 (1945)
Home Town: California
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


BILLMAN, HERBERT E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herbert E. Billman, Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 31 October 1943. Second Lieutenant Billman'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. 71 (1944)


BINGHAM, SIDNEY V.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sidney V. Bingham (0-23267), Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. When his battalion was pinned down on the beach by the heavy and intense enemy fire, Major Bingham gathered together five of his men and personally led them across the beach and up a cliff in an attempt to seek out an enemy machine gun that had been inflicting heavy casualties on his unit. Though unable to reach the machine gun, he was, nevertheless, able to discover its location. He returned to the fire-swept beach and organized a flank and rear attach which succeeded in taking the enemy position, thereby permitting his unit to advance. Major Bingham's superior 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 29th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (June 29, 1944)
Home Town: Aspen, Colorado


*BINNS, JACK M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Jack M. Binns (20634431), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 26 November 1942 to 11 December 1942, in the vicinity Cape Endaiadere, New Guinea. Private Binns' 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 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 29 (1943)
Home Town: Kalamazoo, Michigan


BIRD, JAMES O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James O. Bird, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 December 1944. Private First Class Bird'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. 143 (1945)


BIRKNER, OLIVER R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Oliver R. Birkner, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 February 1944. Staff Sergeant Birkner'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. 91 (1944)


BISCHOFF, LAWRENCE P., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lawrence P. Bischoff, Jr., First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 574th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces near Urbach, Germany on 12 April 1945. When the convoy he was protecting with anti-aircraft artillery was ambushed, First Lieutenant Bischoff exposed himself to hostile fire and organized a defense. During the fighting, he carried a wounded man to safety, drove two trucks to cover, and ran across a field swept by enemy fire to contact friendly tanks.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 147 (1945)


BISHOP, CLARENCE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clarence Bishop, Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 10 October 1944. Second Lieutenant Bishop'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. 39 (1945)


BISHOP, JOHN H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John H. Bishop, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 350th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 April 1945. Second Lieutenant Bishop'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 88th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 70 (1945)


BISHOP, WILLIE H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Willie H. Bishop, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 November 1944. Private Bishop'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 95th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 2 (1945)


*BITAR, EMIL S. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Emil S. Bitar (0-326537), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in August 1943. Captain Bitar'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 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 27 (1943)
Home Town: Pacific County, Washington


BJORK, DELBERT L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Delbert L. Bjork, Captain (Infantry), 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 25 May 1943. Captain Bjork'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 7th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Troops, APO 726 (Attu Landing Force), General Orders No. 31 (1943)


*BJORKLAND, RALPH L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Ralph L. Bjorkland (0-1309899), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 124th Infantry Regiment, 31st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 May 1945. First Lieutenant Bjorkland'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 31st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 68 (1945)
Home Town: Benton County, Minnesota

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