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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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*CACOSSA, PETER A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Peter A. Cacossa (20302176), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 August 1944. Sergeant Cacossa'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 28th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 72 (1944)
Home Town: Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania


CADIEUX, WILLIAM P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William P. Cadieux, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 47th Armored Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 9 April 1945. Staff Sergeant Cadieux'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. 342 (1945)


CAFFEY, EUGENE M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Eugene M. Caffey, Colonel (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Engineer Special Brigade, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Colonel Caffey'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, Theater Service Forces, European Theater, General Orders No. 161 (1945)


CAGWIN, LELAND G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leland G. Cagwin, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 and 16 January 1943, at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. In an attack upon an enemy bivouac area when the members of the patrol began to hesitate because of heavy enemy fire, Captain Cagwin advanced to the front and led the men against the enemy-held ridge they were storming. In spite of heavy fire from automatic weapons, the patrol cut through the defense, captured one 77-mm. gun and one heavy machine gun, and killed 78 enemy soldiers. The following day, 16 January, he led a second patrol into an enemy controlled area, personally killing five enemy soldiers, and leading in the rout of the opposing forces. On a third occasion, Captain Cagwin led a small patrol into another enemy bivouac area, and personally captured an enemy noncommissioned officer, who furnished information valuable for further action. Captain Cagwin'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 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 94 (1943)
Home Town: Carbondale, Pennsylvania


CALABRESE, CARMEN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carmen J. Calabrese, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 25 and 30 May 1943. Sergeant Calabrese'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-Pacific Ocean Areas, General Orders No. 8 (1944)


CALDWELL, GEORGE J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George J. Caldwell, 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 August 1944. Private First Class Caldwell's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 90 (1944)


CALLAGHAN, EUGENE J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Eugene J. Callaghan, Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 2d Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 February 1945. Technician Fourth Grade Callaghan'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. 195 (1945)


CALLAWAY, EVERETT M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Everett M. Callaway, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 January 1945. Private Callaway'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. 60 (1945)


*CALLAWAY, HOWARD E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Howard E. Callaway (34893612), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 July 1944. Staff Sergeant Callaway'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 30th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 482 (1945)
Home Town: Surry County, North Carolina


CALLAWAY, WILLIAM H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William H. Callaway, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 January 1945. First Lieutenant Callaway's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 30th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 79 (1945)


CALVERT, ROSS HAMILTON (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ross Hamilton Calvert, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 3d Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 August 1944. First Lieutenant Calvert's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 16 (1945)
Home Town: Nashville, Tennessee


*CAMBRON, JOSEPH W. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Joseph W. Cambron (0-1317881), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Infantry Company of the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 October 1944, in Germany. Seriously wounded by a shell fragment as he led his platoon across an open field during an advance upon a pillbox, First Lieutenant Cambron dragged himself to a nearby shell crater to locate the source of the withering machine gun, automatic weapons and small arms fire which pinned his platoon to the ground. After crawling back to his squad leaders to issue necessary orders, when he was spotted by the enemy and again wounded. Despite intense pain, he remained staunch and directed effective fire upon the strongpoint to cover the withdrawal of his men. Observing a squad leader struck by a hail of bullets from the pillbox, First Lieutenant Cambron, although twice wounded, dragged himself across a completely exposed sector to the aid of his wounded sergeant. Again the object of devastating enemy fire, First Lieutenant Cambron was fatally wounded as he attempted to pull the sergeant to safety. First Lieutenant Cambron's fearless 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. 3 (January 4, 1945)
Home Town: Jefferson County, Kentucky


CAMERON, JAMES H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James H. Cameron (0-1284286), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 November 1942, in North Africa. Second Lieutenant Cameron'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, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 35 (1943)
Home Town: Beauregard Parish, Louisiana


*CAMINITI, HARRY W. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harry W. Caminiti (33680078), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 259th Infantry Regiment, 65th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 March 1945, in Germany. During an attack on heavily defended Siegfried Line positions near Fraulautern, Germany, Sergeant Caminiti's Squad was subjected to extremely heavy machine gun fire emanating from an enemy pill box. Exhibiting cool, heroic leadership he urged his squad forward, courageously silenced the hostile position with demolition charges and grenades and continued the advance forward until he was seriously wounded and the squad forced to take cover. When he saw a comrade hit by enemy rocket-fire he fearlessly went to his aid and although hit again, and mortally wounded, dragged him to safety. Staff Sergeant Caminiti's intrepid 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 65th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 171 (July 13, 1945)
Home Town: Mercer County, Pennsylvania


CAMP, FRANCIS S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Francis S. Camp, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 26th Cavalry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 13 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Private Camp'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. 424 (1946)


CAMP, LLOYD VERNON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lloyd Vernon Camp, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 526th Armored Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 3 January 1945. During an enemy attack, Private First Class Camp left a place of safety and fearlessly made three trips under intense fire to rescue three wounded men exposed to the enemy and unable to move to safety. Later, he observed three more wounded soldiers and, still under enemy fire, with the assistance of a comrade, he rescued one of the men and then alone he aided and guided the other two to cover. Private First Class Camp'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, Twelfth Army Group, General Orders No. 32 (1945)


CAMPAGNA, ROBERT A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert A. Campagna, Staff Sergeant, 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 October 1943. Staff Sergeant Campagna's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 8 (January 17, 1944)


*CAMPBELL, CHARLES L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles L. Campbell (37421389), Staff Sergeant, 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 28 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Campbell'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 71st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-European Theater, General Orders No. 311 (1945)
Home Town: Greene County, Iowa


CAMPBELL, JOHN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John J. Campbell, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 121st Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Campbell'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 8th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 587 (October 8, 1945)


CAMPBELL, ROBERT H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert H. Campbell, Private, 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 from 7 December 1942 through 1 January 1943, in Buna, New Guinea. Private Campbell'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. 34 (1943)
Home Town: Iowa


CANHAM, CHARLES DRAPER WILLIAM
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles Draper William Canham, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. Colonel Canham landed on the beach shortly after the assault wave of troops had landed. At the time, the enemy fire was at its heaviest and had completely arrested the attack. Though wounded shortly after landing, Colonel Canham, with utter disregard for his own safety, continued to expose himself to the enemy fire in his efforts to reorganize the men. His personal bravery and determination so inspired and heartened the men that they were able to break through the enemy positions. Colonel Canham's outstanding leadership, gallantry 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)


CANNON, ALFRED A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Alfred A. Cannon, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 July 1944. Private First Class Cannon'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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 90 (1944)


*CANNON, NEWTON A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Newton A. Cannon (0-1696528), Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Officer, in action against enemy forces on 23 March 1945. Captain Cannon'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: Davidson County, Tennessee


*CANNON, ROBERT W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert W. Cannon (0-1284655), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Anti-Tank Company, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 January 1945. Captain Cannon'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 45th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 126 (1945)
Home Town: Washington County, Wisconsin


CANO, PEDRO
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Pedro Cano, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 December 1944. Private Cano'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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 90 (1945)


CAPILI, AUERO
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Auero Capili, Third Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces from 7 to 17 February 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Third Lieutenant Capili'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. 39 (1942)


CAPPOLETTI, LAWRENCE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lawrence Cappoletti, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 August 1944. Technical Sergeant Cappoletti'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. 9 (1945)


CAPRI, SAM
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sam Capri, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the Medical Detachment, 53d Armored Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 10 January 1945. Private Capri's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 82 (1945)


CAPRON, WILLIAM M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William M. Capron, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 15th Armored Infantry Battalion, 5th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 April 1945. Second Lieutenant Capron'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 Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 292 (1945)


*CARBERRY, WILLIAM F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William F. Carberry (12095812), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 January 1945. Sergeant Carberry'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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 100 (May 11, 1945)
Home Town: Hudson County, New Jersey


CARDINALE, JOSEPH J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph J. Cardinale, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 108th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 24 February 1945. Private First Class Cardinale's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 78 (1946)


CAREW, JOHN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John J. Carew, Colonel (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 114th Engineer Combat Battalion, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 November 1942, in the vicinity of Cape Sudest in New Guinea. Colonel Carew'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. 64 (December 28, 1942)
Home Town: Medford, Massachusetts


*CARLSON, ERIC G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Eric G. Carlson (39022945), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 24 January 1945. Sergeant Carlson'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. 12 (1945)
Home Town: Boyd County, Nebraska


*CARLSON, FRANKLIN E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Franklin E. Carlson (39458979), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the Medical Detachment, 362d Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 October 1944. Technician Fifth Grade Carlson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 91st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 11 (1945)
Home Town: Kootenai County, Idaho


CARMICHAEL, HUGH A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Hugh A. Carmichael, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 13 October 1944. Corporal Carmichael'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. 5 (1945)


CARMON, FRANK W., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank W. Carmon, Jr., Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 351st Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 April 1945. Major Carmon'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)
Home Town: Windsor, Connecticut


CAROTHERS, THOMAS F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas F. Carothers, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 41st Armored Infantry Regiment, 2d Armored Division, in action against enemy forces from 9 to 14 August 1944. Captain Carothers' 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 2d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 43 (1944)


*CARPENTER, JAMES R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James R. Carpenter (0-1298823), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 March 1945. First Lieutenant Carpenter'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 90th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 206 (1945)
Home Town: North Carolina
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 5@ Purple Hearts


*CARR, CLAIR R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Clair R. Carr (31221119), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 320th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Carr'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 35th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 130 (1945)
Home Town: Penobscot County, Maine


CARR, GUY E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Guy E. Carr, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in March 1943. Captain Carr's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 27 (1943)


CARR, WILSON R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wilson R. Carr, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 September 1944. Technical Sergeant Carr's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 29th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 10 (1945)


*CARRIGAN, JOHN F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John F. Carrigan (0-415081), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 2d Battalion, 172d Infantry Regiment, 43d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 9 to 18 January 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Carrigan'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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 56 (1945)
Home Town: Vermont


*CARROLL, EDWARD J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Edward J. Carroll (32823394), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 331st Infantry Regiment, 83d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces during World War II. Staff Sergeant Carroll's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 83d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 312 (1945)
Home Town: Kings County, New York


CARROLL, JAMES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James R. Carroll, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 3d Battalion, 328th Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 March 1945. Private First Class Carroll'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. 150 (1945)


CARROLL, PHILLIP H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Phillip H. Carroll, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of Company K, 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 July 1944, in the vicinity of Les Sablons, France. On that date, Company K was ordered to attack through lines held by another company to secure a strong enemy position. Other attacking troops had twice been thrown back, suffering heavy casualties. Captain Carroll personally led his company forward, across a deep railroad cut, through intense enemy mortar, machine- gun, automatic weapons and artillery fire, fearlessly exposing himself to the enemy in order to encourage his men. Despite a painful shell-fragment wound which blinded him in one eye, Captain Carroll continued his courageous advance inspiring his men to capture the objective, and not until he had assured the defense of the position did he seek medical aid. Even then he walked to the aid station so that another wounded soldier of his company could be evacuated by litter. Captain Carroll's fearless 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. 97 (1944)
Home Town: Sacramento, California


CARRUTH, JAMES E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James E. Carruth, Captain (Corps of Engineers), 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 16 December 1944. Captain Carruth'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, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 55 (1945)


*CARSON, JACK W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Jack W. Carson (34086690), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 30 May 1944. Private First Class Carson'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. 124 (1944)
Home Town: Fulton County, Georgia


CARTER, GEORGE W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George W. Carter, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 382d Infantry Regiment, 96th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 November 1944, at Leyte. Captain Carter'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 96th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 402 (1945)


*CASEY, CHARLIE L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charlie L. Casey (20829068), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in July 1943. Sergeant Casey's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 45th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 24 (1943)
Home Town: McCurtain County, Oklahoma


CASEY, HUGH JOHN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Hugh John Casey, Colonel (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 5 January 1942. Colonel Casey'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. 8 (1942)
Born: June 7, 1898 at Brooklyn, New York
Home Town: Washington, D.C.


CASHMORE, EARL J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Earl J. Cashmore, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 129th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 March 1944. Technical Sergeant Cashmore'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. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 996 (1944)


*CASPER, CHARLES E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles E. Casper (33440208), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 333d Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 and 9 April 1945. Private First Class Casper'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 84th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-European Theater, General Orders No. 196 (1945)
Home Town: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania


CASSADY, VERNON E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Vernon E. Cassady, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 183d Field Artillery, in action against enemy forces on 15 March 1945. Private First Class Cassady's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 158 (1945)


CASSIDY, O'DELL K.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to O'Dell K. Cassidy (13121733), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with a Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 June 1944, in France. When his company was pinned down because of heavy enemy rifle and machine gun fire from prepared positions, Sergeant Cassidy, with complete disregard for his own safety, moved to a forward position. From this exposed position, Sergeant Cassidy placed rifle fire on the enemy machine gun emplacement and wounded or killed the entire crew thereby permitting his company to continue the attack. Sergeant Cassidy's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)
Home Town: Crewe, Virginia


CASSIDY, PATRICK F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Patrick F. Cassidy (0-351262), Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 502d Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 June 1944, in France. Lieutenant Colonel Cassidy's battalion was committed to the assault of Carentan. To accomplish the mission it was necessary to cross a narrow bridge. When the battalion was held up at the bridge, Lieutenant Colonel Cassidy came up to the bridge and despite intense machine gun and mortar fire directed a movement across. He then led his battalion in an assault up a narrow causeway, continually exposing himself to heavy enemy fire. When his artillery liaison officer became a casualty, he, through his command radio net, directed artillery fire upon a German machine gun nest that was holding up the advance. Lieutenant Colonel Cassidy'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 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)
Home Town: Oregon


CASTLEMAN, SAMUEL T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Samuel T. Castleman, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 and 24 December 1944. Second Lieutenant Castleman'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, U.S. Forces in Austria, General Orders No. 59 (1945)
Home Town: Louisville, Kentucky


CASTRO, IGNACIO H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ignacio H. Castro, Staff Sergeant, 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 from 10 August 1944 to 19 September 1944. Staff Sergeant Castro'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 Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 67 (1944)


CASTRO, LUIS F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Luis F. Castro (32873352), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 December 1944, in Germany. Private First Class Castro occupied a position alone on the right flank of an intricate enemy trench system captured by his company. As two platoons of Germans advanced along the trench toward him, Private First Class Castro, fully aware of his small supply of ammunition, withheld his fire. When enemy troops jammed the trench a short distance away, he poured point-blank fire upon them until his ammunition was expended. Ignoring intense small arms fire, he repelled a second attack with hand grenades. As the enemy withdrew, 15 dead were found within 20 feet of his position. Private First Class Castro'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 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 27 (February 15, 1945)


*CASUGA, FELIPE (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Felipe Casuga, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 121st Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces in 1943 and 1944. Captain Casuga'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, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 32 (1946)


CATANESE, ALBERT
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Albert Catanese (33256410), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 121st Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 December 1944. Private First Class Catanese'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 8th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 52 (1945)
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (Korea)


CATHEY, JOHN W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John W. Cathey, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 March 1945, near Styring Wendel, France. During an attack on a heavily fortified emplacement Sergeant Cathey voluntarily rode the back of a tank into battle. He directed fire and pointed out targets until a seven-foot wall halted the advance of the company. Repeatedly exposing himself, he brought rifle fire on the enemy, knocking out a machine gun nest, wounding several of the enemy and killing four. He then moved through a shell hole in a wall and rushed the enemy positions, calling for his squad to follow. After advancing thirty feet, he was severely wounded by rocket fire. His intrepid action and courage under fire led to the success of the attacking troops. Staff Sergeant Cathey's personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 70th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 480 (September 7, 1945)
Home Town: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


CATO, ARTHUR C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arthur C. Cato, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 1 November 1943. Private Cato'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)


CATON, WILBUR
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wilbur Caton (6887722), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Infantry Company of the 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 August 1944, in France. A lone German Mark IV tank, well-protected by riflemen, was inflicting numerous casualties upon Sergeant Caton's company. Voluntarily and with complete disregard for his personal safety, Sergeant Caton advanced alone through intense automatic weapons, small arms and mortar fire and reached a point approximately twenty feet from the tank. Coolly and with great determination, he fired a rifle grenade into the tracks of the tank, rendering it immobile. Wounded in the neck by retaliatory fire, he remained steadfast and fired a second grenade into the open turret, knocking the tank completely out of action and enabling his company to continue its advance. Sergeant Caton's extraordinary heroism, 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 28th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 19 (January 31, 1945)
Home Town: North Carolina


CATRI, WILLIAM A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William A. Catri, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 10th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 September 1944. Staff Sergeant Catri'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. 10 (1945)


CAVALIERE, PETER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Peter Cavaliere (31070940), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. As Private Cavaliere's company was about to attack the town of *****, the enemy laid down an intense artillery barrage and started a counterattack. This required that the attack be launched from a different sector. As his company was moving out, Private Cavaliere voluntarily remained behind to cover its movement. He took cover in a building from which he could snipe at the enemy. Though subjected in this position to heavy artillery fire, Private Cavaliere resisted every effort to dislodge him and maintained his accurate fire against the enemy, effectively hampering their attempt to cut off his company. The gallantry, tenacity of purpose and outstanding devotion to duty displayed by Private Cavaliere exemplifies the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflects great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)
Born: at Bristol, Rhode Island
Home Town: Bristol, Rhode Island


CEFFALO, JOHN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John Ceffalo, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Landing by parachute, Private First Class Ceffalo assembled, organized and led a reinforced machine gun squad that repulsed numerous armor-led hostile attacks. He personally disabled one enemy half-track and laid a number of road mines under fire that enabled his group to defeat the armored car and infantry attacks until relieved. Private First Class Ceffalo's imitative, gallantry, and superior combat leadership made a vital contribution to the success of his unit on D-Day. 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.
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 50 (1951)


CERMAK, JAMES J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James J. Cermak, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 41st Armored Infantry Regiment, 2d Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 July 1944. Staff Sergeant Cermak'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. 78 (1944)


*CERMAK, MIKE (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Mike Cermak (32042930), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 November 1944, in Germany. On that date, Private Cermak's company launched an attack against a strong enemy position near Schevenhuitte, Germany. When the enemy counterattacked, forcing the company to withdraw, Private Cermak, without thought of his own safety placed his machine gun in an exposed, strategic position determined to slow the enemy advance until his company could establish a new line. Despite intense fire concentrated against him he courageously held his post, manning his weapon with deadly accuracy. When his company resumed the advance they found him dead at the gun he had so valiantly defended. Private First Class Cermak's heroism and courageous, unselfish devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 92 (May 2, 1945)
Home Town: Broome County, New York


CESSNA, ELMER J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Elmer J. Cessna, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 July 1944. Staff Sergeant Cessna'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. 148 (1944)


CESTONI, ANGELO, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Angelo Cestoni, Jr., Corporal [the Private First Class], U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 393d Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 December 1944, in Belgium. When a strong enemy tank-infantry force overran a portion of his company's front line position, Corporal Cestoni voluntarily crawled toward an emplacement from which two Germans were firing a captured machine gun upon friendly troops. Displaying great courage, he charged the gun position and killed the two enemy soldiers with pistol fire. Although he was twice wounded by fire from a column of tanks approaching his position, Corporal Cestoni, disregarding his painful wounds, fired a rocket into the lead tank, knocking it out of action and forcing the remaining tanks to withdraw. Corporal Cestoni'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 99th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 46 (1945)
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


CHAMBERLAIN, GEORGE D.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George D. Chamberlain (7040810), Private First Class, 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. Private First Class Chamberlain'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)
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (Korea)


*CHAMBERS, CLIFTON H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Clifton H. Chambers (34165823), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 21 August 1943. Private First Class Chambers' 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 South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 377 (1944)
Home Town: Dale County, Alabama


CHAMBLEE, DELMAR B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Delmar B. Chamblee, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 6 October 1944. Private First Class Chamblee'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. 153 (1945)


CHAMBLEE, GRAHAM V.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Graham V. Chamblee, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of an Infantry Company of the 13th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 34 August 1944, near Brest, France. Captain Chamblee led his company in an assault on Hill 88, a heavily fortified enemy position. While under devastating enemy artillery and mortar barrage, with small arms fire enfilading the slope, Captain Chamblee was informed that one of his platoon leaders had been wounded. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Captain Chamblee boldly fought his way through the intense opposition and carried the wounded man to safety. Although being wounded himself in the performance of this courageous act, he refused medical attention and returned to his men. When he and two of his men were cut off completely and asked to surrender, he refused and opened fire with his carbine, killing two Germans and shooting a way out for himself and his two men. As the advance continued, Captain Chamblee moved to a forward observation post from which he directed artillery fire that repulsed three major counterattacks. Only after the objective was secure and his wounded men treated would he himself accept first aid. His cool-headed, calculated leadership, and courageous actions, which were largely responsible for the ultimate capture of Hill 88 Captain Chamblee's personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 20 (1944)


CHAMPENY, ARTHUR S.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
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 Arthur S. Champeny (0-8264), Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 351st Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 11 to 14 May 1944. Colonel Champeny'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 88th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 114 (July 9, 1944)
Born: at Briggs, Wisconsin
Home Town: Lyons, Kansas
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)


CHANCEY, BUSH H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Bush H. Chancey, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 April 1945. Private First Class Chancey'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. 68 (1945)


*CHAPEK, ANTHONY B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Anthony B. Chapek (0-1113633), Captain (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 159th Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 21 December 1944. Captain Chapek'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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 58 (1945)
Home Town: Omaha, Nebraska


CHAPEK, VIRGIL A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Virgil A. Chapek, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 April 1943. Sergeant Chapek'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, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 64 (1943)


CHAPIN, NEIL M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Neil M. Chapin, Second Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Member of Battery B, 434th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, performing duty as a Reconnaissance Officer and Forward Observer with Company C, 23d Armored Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 29 October 1944. Second Lieutenant Chapin went forward of advanced positions in order to deliver effective artillery fire against a numerically superior enemy. When the supported unit was withdrawn to a better defensive position, he took as his observation post a bullet-ridden house which was subjected to direct enemy fire. He stood by his post, effectively delivering artillery fire, until the infantry was ordered to retire. Since the officers of the supported unit had been evacuated, he assumed command and successfully withdrew the company in the face of the enemy, adjusting protective artillery fire at the same time. Second Lieutenant Chapin's gallant leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 23 (1945)


CHAPMAN, JAMES T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James T. Chapman, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 302d Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 March 1945. Technical Sergeant Chapman'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. 109 (1945)


CHAPMAN, ROBERT L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert L. Chapman, , U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 301st Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 February 1945. Chapman'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. 11 (1946)
Home Town: Camp Verde, Arizona


*CHAPPETTA, EDWARD D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Edward D. Chappetta (32004069), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 165th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 17 and 23 June 1944. Staff Sergeant Chappetta'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-Pacific Ocean Areas, General Orders No. 74 (1944)
Home Town: Bronx, New York


CHAPPUIS, STEVE A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Steve A. Chappuis (0-20899), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 December 1944, in Belgium. During the siege of Bastogne by overwhelming enemy forces, Colonel Chappius commanded a regiment of the defending 101st Airborne Division. When the enemy launched a fierce attack with strong infantry and armored forces in a supreme effort to seize the town, Colonel Chappius mustered all available cooks, drivers and orderlies to augment his depleted, widely deployed troops and skillfully maneuvered his forces to meet the attack. Under his courageous, inspiring leadership his men held, repulsing every attempt by the enemy to penetrate the lines. He repeatedly exposed himself to intense enemy fire in order to direct his troops effectively and personally reconnoitered enemy infested territory, completely disregarding his own safety. The heroic, inspiring leadership of Colonel Chappius, and his personal courage and supreme 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. 14 (January 14, 1945)
Home Town: Louisiana


CHASE, DONALD J
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald J Chase, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 22d Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 June 1944. Staff Sergeant Chase'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)


CHASE, FRANCIS T., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Francis T. Chase, Jr. (32942130), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 414th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 December 1944, in Germany. When his company was pinned down by intense enemy automatic rifle and cannon fire, Private First Class Chase raced across fifty yards of open, fire-swept terrain and gained the entrance to a large factory. Moving from window to window, he placed devastating rocket fire upon the hostile positions, permitting his company to occupy the building without casualties. As an enemy self-propelled gun advanced and placed point-blank direct fire upon the structure, Private First Class Chase occupied an exposed position outside the building and fired two rockets into the enemy vehicle. The weapon fired directly at Private First Class Chase, painfully wounding him. Despite his wounds, he continued to fire and forced the vehicle to withdraw. A second self-propelled gun approached, followed by foot troops. Firing his rocket launcher, Private First Class Chase forced the vehicle back, then fired upon the attacking infantry, inflicting severe casualties and halting the assault. Private First Class Chase'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 104th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 48 (1945)
Home Town: Utica, New York


CHASE, WILLIAM C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William C. Chase, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 2 and 3 February 1945. Brigadier General Chase'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. 87 (1945)


CHATFIELD, HENRY H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Henry H. Chatfield (0-456081), Captain (Armor), 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 22 and 23 November 1944, in Germany. With only 7 tanks remaining after 6 days of heavy fighting and supported by one rifle company, Captain Chatfield launched a coordinated infantry-tank attack against a strongly entrenched and reinforced German battalion. Constantly exposing himself to artillery, mortar, and rifle fire, he executed a daring double envelopment with his meager force which resulted in the capture of 95 Germans and the killing or wounding of many others. On numerous occasions, he deliberately exposed himself to heavy fire, forcing the enemy to disclose their positions, thus enabling his tanks and infantry troops to destroy innumerable hostile strongpoints. Captain Chatfield's intrepid 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 2d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (1945)
Home Town: Ohio


CHATMAN, EDWARD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward Chatman, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 3 February 1945. Private Chatman'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-India/Burma Theater, General Orders No. 192 (1945)


*CHAVEZ, GABRIEL (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Gabriel Chavez (38338106), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 383d Infantry Regiment, 96th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 April 1945, at Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. Private First Class Chavez'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 96th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Tenth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 142 (1945)
Home Town: Potter County, Texas


CHEANEY, IRA B., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ira B. Cheaney, Jr., First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 57th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 13 January 1942. First Lieutenant Cheaney'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. 16 (1942)


CHEEK, ANDREW ROY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Andrew Roy Cheek, Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 760th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces from 14 through 26 May 1944. Major Cheek'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. 133 (August 8, 1944)
Home Town: Stockdale, Texas


CHEENEY, PERRY J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Perry J. Cheeney, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 351st Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 April 1945. First Lieutenant Cheeney'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. 107 (1945)


*CHENOWETH, CHARLES H., Sr. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles H. Chenoweth (35848673), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 November 1944. When Private First Class Chenoweth’s platoon was isolated in a house by fire from a German machine gun, he dashed out of the house and engaged the hostile gun crew with automatic rifle fire. Firing from the hip, he stormed the German weapon killing its crew and wounding several others. As his platoon maneuvered under the cover of his fire, he was struck and killed by fire from an enemy sniper. By his superb courage and unhesitating action, Private First Class Chenoweth enabled his platoon to move to a new position from which the German attack was repelled. Private First Class Chenoweth'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 28th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 53 (1945)
Home Town: Calhoun County, West Virginia


*CHERNEY, CARL J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Carl J. Cherney (20649177), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 and 21 November 1942, at Buna, New Guinea. Staff Sergeant Cherney'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, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 14 (1943)
Home Town: Wood County, Wisconsin


CHERRY, HENRY T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Henry T. Cherry, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 3d Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 1 March 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Cherry's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 237 (1945)
Home Town: Macon, Georgia


CHESNUT, WEBB W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Webb W. Chesnut, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 13 June 1944. First Lieutenant Chesnut'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. 39 (1944)


CHESTON, ELLIOTT B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Elliott B. Cheston, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 3d Battalion, 319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 and 7 September 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Cheston'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.
War Department, General Orders No. 34 (1947)


CHILSON, LLEWELLYN M.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Llewellyn M. Chilson, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Platoon Sergeant in Company G, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 March 1945, in Germany. During the crossing of the Rhine River near Gernsheim, Germany, Technical Sergeant Chilson distinguished himself by his coolness, bravery, and aggressiveness. When the leader of the Second Platoon, the assault platoon of the company, was wounded, he, by his own initiative, assumed command and quickly organized the platoon into a compact, efficient assault force and with vigor and keen judgment led his force along the river bank. Despite heavy and intense enemy fire of all types and all calibers, he, because of his exceptional self-sacrifice and disregard of his personal safety, performed outstandingly intrepid actions, resulting in the death of eleven enemy soldiers and in the capture of a total of two hundred and twenty-five prisoners. In addition, Technical Sergeant Chilson personally destroyed an ammunition vehicle and two heavy machine guns and made possible the capture of two other heavy machine guns and the destruction of three enemy flak vehicles. The brilliant and exemplary leadership and superior devotion to duty which characterized his accomplishments, contributed directly to the company's combat success and reflect the highest credit upon himself, the 45th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-European Theater, General Orders No. 269 (1946)

CHILSON, LLEWELLYN M.
(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 Llewellyn M. Chilson, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 April 1945, in Germany. When the enemy opened up with 20-mm. guns on the company's positions shortly after entering the town of Meilenholen, Germany, Sergeant Chilson quickly observed their positions and moved a jeep, armed with a machine gun, to the middle of the street and opened fire. In the ensuing action, he personally knocked out two flak guns, one 88-mm. gun, rendered another 88-mm. useless by knocking out it's crew and killed approximately 40 enemy riflemen. When our reconnaissance troops advanced to take the town of Zell, they were halted by 20- mm. flak fire. Sergeant Chilson quickly mounted a motorcycle, abandoned by the enemy and riding in front of the reconnaissance troop located six more 20-mm. guns. One flak gun opened fire on him from a distance of about 50 yards and his motorcycle was shot from under him. He hit the dirt, rolled over, jumped to his feet, and ran directly towards the gun position and threw a grenade. This action killed three members of the enemy crew and knocked out the gun. Returning to the lead tank, he directed their fire upon the remaining five flak guns which were subsequently destroyed. Sergeant Chilson has always been an inspiration to the men of his company and 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 45th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 60 (1946)

CHILSON, LLEWELLYN M.
(Third Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Llewellyn M. Chilson, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 April 1945, in Germany. While engaged in taking the town of Neuberg, Germany, Sergeant Chilson and his platoon were halted by intense automatic weapons fire coming from a second story apartment house. Realizing that unless the enemy was knocked out immediately, a large number of casualties would be inflicted upon his platoon, Sergeant Chilson, with complete disregard for his own safety, rushed across the fire-swept street and into the house. Racing up the stairs to the second floor, he tossed a high explosive grenade into the room, killing two members of the enemy machine gun crew and capturing eight. He then called his platoon forward and they occupied the building without a casualty. Later, as one of his squads was moving into the next house, they were halted by automatic rifle fire which came from a courtyard. Again Sergeant Chilson came forward, and, tossing a white phosphorous grenade into the courtyard, assaulted the enemy position. Firing his carbine with his left hand after being wounded in the right arm by an enemy bullet, he killed two of the enemy and captured a third. His daring and utter disregard for his own personal safety is worthy of the highest praise. Technical Sergeant Chilson'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. 60 (1946)
Born: April 1, 1920 at Dayton, Ohio
Home Town: Puyallup, Washington
Personal Awards: 3@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


CHIMENTI, FRANK, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank Chimenti, Jr., 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 2 and 3 August 1942, at New Georgia. Private First Class Chimenti'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 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 489 (1943)


CHINCHAR, MICHAEL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Michael Chinchar, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 27th Armored Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 7 March 1945. Technical Sergeant Chinchar'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. 49 (1945)
Home Town: Saddle Brook, New Jersey


CHITTENDEN, EVERETT F. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Everett F. Chittenden (36535781), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 383d Infantry Regiment, 96th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 and 29 April 1945, at Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. Private First Class Chittenden'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 96th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Tenth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 145 (1945)
Home Town: Genessee County, New Jersey


CHMAR, PAUL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul Chmar, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 14 March 1945. Captain Chmar'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 80th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 222 (1945)
Born: June 29, 1922 at Baltimore, Maryland


CHOATE, CLYDE L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clyde L. Choate, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces during World War II. Staff Sergeant Choate'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.


CHONOPLIS, GEORGE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George Chonoplis, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 28 October 1944. Staff Sergeant Chonoplis' 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-Pacific Ocean Areas, General Orders No. 51 (1945)


*CHRISTIAN, LOUIS K. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Louis K. Christian (0-2042863), Second Lieutenant, 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 27 July 1943, in the vicinity of New Georgia. Second Lieutenant Christian's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 485 (1943)
Home Town: Whitman County, Washington


*CHRISTIANA, ANGELUS M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Angelus M. Christiana (31049351), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 2d Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 January 1945. Corporal Christiana'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 4th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 179 (1945)
Home Town: Hartford County, Connecticut


CHRISTIANSON, WARREN C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Warren C. Christianson, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces during World War II. First Lieutenant Christianson'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-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 48 (1944)


*CHRISTL, EDWARD C., JR. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Edward C. Christl, Jr. (0-26591), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, 868th Field Artillery Battalion, 65th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 May 1945, in Austria. During an attack on Eferding, Austria, our troops met fierce resistance from German SS troops. Lieutenant Christl, although an artillery forward observer, heroically volunteered to lead an infantry squad into the bitterly defended town. With utter disregard for his own safety, he exposed himself to intense hostile automatic weapons fire and led his men in the successful accomplishment of their mission. Lieutenant Christl 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 65th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 273 (October 1, 1945)
Home Town: Hennepin County, Minnesota


CHRISTY, JOHN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John J. Christy, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 3d Battalion, 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 26 to 31 December 1944. Captain Christy'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 26th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces in Austria, General Orders No. 59 (1945)
Born: September 1, 1914 at Rhode Island Home Town: Cranston, Rhode Island


CHUA, JULIAN Q.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Julian Q. Chua, Third Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 6 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Third Lieutenant Chua's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 27 (1942)


CHUDEJ, ROBERT L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert L. Chudej, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 143d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 December 1943, at Mount Summucro, Italy. From his dug-in position, Sergeant Chudej observed the movements of the enemy in launching a vicious counterattack against his battalion. With complete disregard for his own life, he quickly secured ten volunteers, and skillfully deployed them along a ridge overlooking the enemy. Ammunition and grenades were urgently needed, and Sergeant Chudej made two hazardous trips for these supplies. He then ordered his men to attack and led his group forward under heavy small arms and machine gun fire. By expert use of hand grenades and employment of small arms fire his group repulsed the counterattack and routed the enemy. Under Sergeant Chudej's courageous leadership, the small group captured an enemy officer and seventeen enlisted men. Sergeant Chudej's aggressive leadership and heroism under fire were an inspiration to all who witnessed his intrepid performance and exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States, reflecting great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 39 (1944)


CHURCHILL, THOMAS E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas E. Churchill, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 April 1945. Private First Class Churchill'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. 218 (1945)

CIANCANELLI, ARCO A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arco A. Ciancanelli, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 September 1944. Private First Class Ciancanelli's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Home Town: Chicago Heights, Illinois


*CISNEROS, LUZ A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Luz A. Cisneros (19060862), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 60th Coast Artillery, in action against enemy forces on 5 May 1942 in the Philippine Islands. Private First Class Cisneros' 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. 242 (1945)
Home Town: Arizona
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


*CISSNA, ARNOLD J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Arnold J. Cissna (0-1100486), Captain (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 249th Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 24 24 December 1944. Captain Cissna'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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 206 (1945)
Home Town: Okfuskee County, Oklahoma


CITRAK, MICHAEL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Michael Citrak, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 29 November 1944. Private First Class Citrak'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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 51 (1945)


*CLAPP, WADSWORTH P. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Wadsworth P. Clapp (0-23687), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 55th Armored Engineer Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 19 February 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Clapp'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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 99 (1945)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


CLARDY, RAY A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ray A. Clardy, Captain (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 217th Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 26 April 1945. Captain Clardy'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. 392 (1945)


CLARK, ARTHUR C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arthur C. Clark, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 2 April 1945. First Lieutenant Clark'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, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 42 (1945)


CLARK, CLAUDE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Claude E. Clark, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces during World War II. First Lieutenant Clark'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. 29 (1943)


*CLARK, MARION (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Marion Clark (34124666), Private, 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 on 29 September 1944. Private Clark'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. 27 (1945)
Home Town: York County, South Carolina


CLARK, MARK W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Mark W. Clark, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while Commanding the 5th Army, in action against enemy forces on 14 September 1943. Lieutenant General Clark'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 Army, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 6 (1944)


CLARK, PHILIP C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Philip C. Clark (35011921), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Staff Sergeant Clark landed with the Battalion Headquarters but voluntarily joined a rifle company to aid in the assault. Leaving the slight cover of a shale shelf, he crept under heavy enemy machine gun fire to the barbed wire entanglements and forced a breach. He then led his group of men across a minefield to the foot of the heavily defended cliffs. Here, his men were pinned down by the intense machine gun fire. Staff Sergeant Clark then charged the machine gun position killing three of the crew in hand-to-hand combat and taking two prisoners. The personal bravery, skill and disregard for his own safety displayed by Staff Sergeant Clark exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)
Home Town: Ohio


CLARK, REX D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Rex D. Clark, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 2d Ranger Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944 in France. Technician Fifth Grade Clark's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 204 (1945)
Home Town: Kettle Falls, Washington


CLARK, WILLARD D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Willard D. Clark, Staff Sergeant, 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 22 September 1944. Staff Sergeant Clark'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 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 92 (1944)


CLARK, WILLIAM A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William A. Clark, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 164th Infantry Regiment, Americal Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 October 1942. Corporal Clark'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 Americal Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 39 (1943)


CLARKE, BRUCE COOPER
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Bruce Cooper Clarke, Colonel (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Chief of Staff, 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 August 1944. Colonel Clarke's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 71 (1944)
Born: April 29, 1901 at Adams, New York
Home Town: Adams, New York


CLARKE, CHRISTIAN H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Christian H. Clarke, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 August 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Clarke'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. 103 (1944)


CLARKE, JAMES A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James A. Clarke (33181894), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 June 1944, at Normandy, France. As Private Clarke's battalion was advancing, they were hit with severe artillery and machine gun fire and were forced to withdraw slightly. Due to this extremely heavy fire, they were unable to take back with them their wounded personnel. Private Clarke, from his position of cover, observed that two men from his company were lying in a field severely wounded. Private Clarke secured a horse and cart from a nearby farmyard. Despite the intense enemy fire and, with complete disregard for his own safety, he drove the horse and cart to the wounded. He administered first aid and then loaded the wounded men into the cart and brought them to safety. Private Clarke's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 29th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (June 29, 1944)


*CLARKE, JAMES F. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James F. Clarke (0-1294267), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 14 June 1944, in Normandy, France. Second Lieutenant Clarke was commanding the advance rifle platoon of Company B, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment in an attack against the enemy situated on high ground north of Le Bonneville, France. The advance elements were held up by fire from an enemy machine gun, nested in an emplacement on the high ground to the front. Setting an example of courage and initiative, Lieutenant Clarke raced for the enemy gun. He wiped it out with grenades, and in the performance of this brave action, lost his life. His intrepidity set an example for others to follow. This courageous action was a determining factor in the successful accomplishment of the battalion mission. Second Lieutenant Clarke's fearless 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 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 19 (March 14, 1945)
Home Town: Bronx, New York


*CLARKSON, DAVID B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to David B. Clarkson (1181203), 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 21 and 22 April 1945, at Okinawa, in the Ryukyu Islands. First Lieutenant Clarkson'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, Tenth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 206 (1945)
Home Town: Baxter Springs, Kansas


*CLARKSON, GORDON M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Gordon M. Clarkson (0-21222), Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 28 June 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Clarkson'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, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 23 (1944)
Home Town: Macon County, Missouri


CLAY, GAYLN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gayln Clay (18032647), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 July 1944, in France. During an attack on enemy positions near Le Bois de la Roche, France, Sergeant Clay and his squad were instructed to eliminate an enemy machine gun emplacement which had stopped the advance of his entire company. During the assault, every man in the squad was killed or wounded. Sergeant Clay, though badly wounded in the leg, disregarded his wound and without fear or hesitation, continued the advance alone, crawling through short grass, still exposed to this machine gun's fire. As he approached the machine gun nest, he was again wounded, this time by an enemy hand grenade. Again, oblivious of his wounds, he actually pulled the enemy gun from its emplacement and emptied his rifle into the nest. He then threw two hand grenades into the dugout, killing all three members of the gun crew. The success of this single-handed mission enabled the attack to sweep on to its objective. Sergeant Clay'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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (October 18, 1944)
Born: December 10, 1918 at Warner, Oklahoma
Home Town: Tulsa, Oklahoma


CLAYMAN, DONALD C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald C. Clayman, Lieutenant Colonel, 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 from 16 to 25 June 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Clayman'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 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 71 (1944)
Born: at Rochester Junction, Mendon, New York
Home Town: Rochester Junction, Mendon, New York


CLAYMORE, GRANT W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Grant W. Claymore, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 607th Tank Destroyer Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 11 April 1945. Second Lieutenant Claymore'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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 297 (1945)


CLAYTON, HERBERT B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herbert B. Clayton, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 136th Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 May 1945. Sergeant Clayton'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. 162 (1945)


*CLAYTON, RICHARD F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Richard F. Clayton (32069823), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 310th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Clayton'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 78th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 589 (1945)
Home Town: Burlington County, New Jersey


CLEGG, CARL R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carl R. Clegg, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 11 November 1943. Technician Fifth Grade Clegg'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)


*CLEMENS, MELVIN R. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Melvin R. Clemens (0-1291590), First Lieutenant (Infantry), 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 on 29 August 1944, near La Coucourde, France. In the early morning a strong hostile force supported by tanks penetrated the defensive position of his regiment. Lieutenant Clemens, reconnaissance officer, volunteered to lead a counterattack. Fearlessly exposing himself to small-arms, artillery, and tank fire he went to one of the guns of the cannon company which had been surrounded by the enemy. By radio he ordered three self-propelled guns into position for mutual support and going from gun to gun he personally directed their fire. Lieutenant Clemens organized the extra men of the gun crews and courageously led them in close fighting against enemy infantry. Under his heroic leadership his command destroyed one enemy tank, two antitank guns, a large number of trucks, and other motor vehicles completely blocking the road and trapping the remaining Germans. His intrepid actions prevented a serious break-through in the regimental defenses. First Lieutenant Clemens' 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 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
War Department, General Orders No. 17 (March 13, 1945)
Home Town: Tarrant County, Texas
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


CLEMENS, OTTO W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Otto W. Clemens (0-1300761), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 July 1943. First Lieutenant Clemens' 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, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 28 (1944)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


CLEMENS, RICHARD TIMOTHY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard Timothy Clemens, Captain (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Battery A, 183d Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 28 July 1944. Captain Clemens' 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. 82 (1944)
Born: March 23, 1918 at Boise, Idaho
Home Town: Boise, Idaho


CLEMENT, WALLACE L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wallace L. Clement, Major (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 19 April 1945, in the vicinity of Sasso Bolognese. Accompanying an armored force consisting of one company of tank destroyers and one company of tanks which was assigned the mission of cutting a road behind an enemy force which was blocking the advance of friendly infantry elements, Major Clement, voluntarily taking command, decided to split the armor into two columns and have them converge on the enemy's rear. Despite the fierce battle that was raging around him between the armored elements and the enemy artillery, mortars, machine guns and small arms, he dismounted and went around to all the platoon leaders and most of the Tanks and Tank Destroyers to explain his plan and to give instructions. Returning to his lead vehicle, he ordered an advance and personally led the attack with such determination that the enemy resistance was overrun and the force advanced to the road junctions where the armor was to be split up into two columns. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Major Clement again dismounted, went forward, and supervised the evacuation of the wounded and the removal of the knocked out Tank which was then blocking the road. Completing a foot reconnaissance of the left fork of the road under intense fire from snipers and machine gunners, he led his column in an outflanking maneuver and reduced the immediate resistance. The column which he was leading reached its objective that night, outflanking the enemy force and reducing its resistance. Major Clement's heroism, inspiring leadership and indomitable spirit under intense fire exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 68 (1946)
Born: at Massachusetts Home Town: Massachusetts


*CLEMENTI, VINCENT (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Vincent Clementi (32070368), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 334th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 November 1944, in Germany. While acting as a platoon sergeant, Technical Sergeant Clementi courageously stormed a strong enemy position when his company began to waver and slow down in their attack because of intense enemy fire. With no thought of his own personal safety, he charged across open terrain and engaged the enemy in bitter hand-to-hand combat. Though this intrepid act cost his life, Technical Sergeant Clementi killed two of the enemy and by his action inspired his men to renew their efforts and surge forward. Technical Sergeant Clementi'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 84th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 61 (1945)
Home Town: New Brunswick, New Jersey


*CLEMENTS, JOHN T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John T. Clements (13186396), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 January 1945. Private First Class Clements' 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 90th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 131 (1945)
Home Town: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


CLEVELAND, EMERY FRANK
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Emery Frank Cleveland, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 January 1945, in the vicinity of Reidwihr, France. Staff Sergeant Cleveland's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 625 (1945)
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


CLIFFORD, THOMAS EUGENE (KIA)
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Thomas Eugene Clifford (0-20339), Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 10 to 30 November 1944, in the Philippine Islands. Leading his Battalion in an amphibious operation to effect the envelopment of an enemy position which had prevented a frontal advance for several days, Lieutenant Colonel Clifford aggressively executed the maneuver and seized a prepared enemy position well in rear of the main hostile defenses. Under extremely difficult supply and evacuation conditions, always in contact with the enemy and frequently attacked by much larger forces, his Battalion made determined and sustained harassing attacks on enemy supply lines and communications thus diverting and destroying a large number of hostile troops and disrupting a major enemy counter offensive. Without rest, after this arduous and highly effective action, the Battalion under his command and when reinforced by fresh troops, immediately launched a further determined attack. During this entire period, Lieutenant Colonel Clifford, by his aggressive leadership and courageous personal conduct in close contact with the enemy, imbued his men with an indomitable fighting spirit, the direct result of which was a costly and serious defeat of the enemy. Lieutenant Colonel Clifford'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 24th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Advanced Echelon, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 3 (December 10, 1944)

*CLIFFORD, THOMAS EUGENE (KIA)
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Thomas Eugene Clifford (0-20339), Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 17 April 1945 to 24 June 1945, at Mindanao, Philippine Islands. Constantly advancing with his forward elements through mountainous jungle terrain despite adverse weather conditions, heavily mined roads, and bitter enemy resistance, Colonel Clifford aggressively led his unit in a grueling, sustained drive from Parang to the south bank of the broad, unfordable Davao River. Davao City, the objective on the opposite bank, was surrounded by flat swamps to the south and was well defended by a battalion of Japanese naval personnel who manned eight captured naval guns and an elaborate system of mutually supporting machine guns and 20-mm. dual-purpose weapons. After making a rapid reconnaissance, Colonel Clifford personally led the advance elements of his assault company across a small, hastily repaired foot bridge and, under small arms and artillery fire, fearlessly directed the establishment of the initial beachhead. His vigorous and bold leadership inspired his troops to consolidate and expand their foothold before darkness. The following morning, he skillfully deployed his men and led them in capturing the important city. Later, while directing his troops in combat, he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. By his intrepid leadership, great personal bravery and fearless determination to perform his mission, Colonel Clifford played a major role in assuring the success of his regiment and his outstanding leadership and courage provided a lasting inspiration to his men. His actions exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 24th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 296 (October 28, 1945)
Home Town: Ronceverte, West Virginia
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Legion of Merit, 2@ Bronze Stars, Purple Heart


CLINE, GEORGE A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George A. Cline, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 10 to 13 November 1944. Sergeant Cline'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. 442 (1945)


*CLINTON, WELDON DOYLE (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Weldon Doyle Clinton (6954832), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 October 1944. Technical Sergeant Clinton'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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 47 (1945)
Home Town: Leonard, Texas


CLOUGH, ARTHUR G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arthur G. Clough, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 31 March 1945. Corporal Clough'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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 276 (1945)


CLOUGH, CAMERON A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Cameron A. Clough, Captain (Infantry), 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 28 and 29 August 1944. Captain Clough'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 2d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 90 (1944)


COBB, CYRUS W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Cyrus W. Cobb, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with a Tank Destroyer Battalion, in action against enemy forces in December 1942. Staff Sergeant Cobb'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. 15 (1943)


COBB, HENRY H., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Henry H. Cobb, Jr., First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 42d Field Artillery Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 10 November to 12 November 1944, in the Hurtgen Forest, Germany. Lieutenant Cobb, Forward Observer for a field artillery unit, displayed remarkable courage and competence, and was largely responsible for averting disaster to elements of friendly infantry which had become surrounded. On four distinct occasions, he faced either direct tank fire from points as near as seventy-five yards, or intense hostile artillery, mortar, and small arms fire, in order to direct effective artillery fire against the attacking enemy. One direct hit demolished a dugout from which he was operating. Later, a heavy artillery near miss buried him, momentarily, in debris. Undaunted by these perilous circumstances, he pursued until he had successfully repulsed every assault and on one occasion annihilated an entire enemy force of approximately seventy-five men. First Lieutenant Cobb'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. 235 (1945)
Home Town: Birmingham, Alabama


COBB, ROBERT B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert B. Cobb, Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 374th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 March 1945, in Germany. Colonel Cobb led the assault wave of his battalion across the Moselle River under heavy enemy fire and organized his troops for further attacks upon hostile positions. Throughout the ensuing action Colonel Cobb remained with the leading elements of his battalion, exposing himself to continual enemy observation and fire while directing the operations. In this action, Colonel Cobb personally killed two enemy soldiers, wounded one and forced the surrender of thirteen more. The extraordinary heroism and courageous action of Colonel Cobb exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 87th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 295 (1945)


COBBETT, WARREN E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Warren E. Cobbett, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with Company D, 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 January 1945, in Belgium. On that date, positions of Company D, 502nd Parachute Infantry near Longchamps, Belgium, were assaulted by a strong force of German tanks supported by artillery. Although heavy casualties were suffered the men held their positions on a bald, snow-covered slope, and it was on that completely exposed terrain that Technician fifth Grade Cobbett fearlessly braved enemy fire to evacuate and give aid to the wounded. He obtained a quarter-ton truck and although it was not marked with the medical insignia he boldly drove it among the enemy tanks in order to reach overrun positions. By his absolute fearlessness Technician Fifth Grade Cobbett saved many lives and inspired his comrades to hold fast and deny infantry support to the enemy tanks. 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 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 100 (May 11, 1945)


COCANNOUER, RAYMOND O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Raymond O. Cocannouer, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 345th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 February 1945. Sergeant Cocannouer'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 87th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 289 (1945)


COCANOWER, KENNETH E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Kenneth E. Cocanower, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 10th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 January 1945. Private Cocanower'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. 84 (1946)


CODAY, BERNARD F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Bernard F. Coday, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 7th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 22 January 1945. First Lieutenant Coday'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. 622 (1945)


COFFMAN, RALPH S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ralph S. Coffman (20365662), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving Company L, 3d Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. Upon landing on the coast of France with the initial assault troops, Staff Sergeant Coffman observed that they were immediately pinned down by heavy enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire. With complete disregard for his own safety, Staff Sergeant Coffman gathered together a group of men and fearlessly led them forward to destroy several enemy machine guns which had been inflicting numerous casualties on the men pinned down on the beach. Staff Sergeant Coffman's valor, initiative, 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)


*COGHILL, MONROE (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Monroe Coghill (20219407), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 106th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 February 1944. Technician Fifth Grade Coghill'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 27th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces-Central Pacific Area, General Orders No. 228 (1944)
Home Town: Westchester County, New York
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


COHEN, HAROLD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harold Cohen, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 10th Armored Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 February 1945, in Germany. When the situation became untenable during the battalion's attack upon Brecht, Germany, because of small arms, artillery and direct fire that came from all directions, Lieutenant Colonel Cohen took a position on high ground in plain view of the enemy and oblivious to all danger and constant fire that fell all about him directed tank fire, lifted friendly artillery fire that was falling too close and by personal bravery, inspiring leadership and tactical skill retained the initiative and gained the important objective. Lieutenant Colonel Cohen's intrepid actions and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Armored Division, and the United States Army.


COHEN, MARVIN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Marvin Cohen, Private First Class, 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 on 11 September 1944. Private First Class Cohen's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 105 (1944)


COKER, JAMES T. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James T. Coker (0-405391), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 January 1943, at Tarakena, New Guinea. First Lieutenant Coker'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. 34 (1943)
Home Town: Comanche County, Oklahoma
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, Purple Heart


*COLBURN, HARRY B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harry B. Colburn, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 10th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 February 1945. First Lieutenant Colburn'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 Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
War Department, General Orders No. 70 (1947)


*COLEMAN, FRED N. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Fred N. Coleman (34500529), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 236th Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 15 June 1944. Sergeant Coleman'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-China/Burma/India, General Orders No. 131 (1944)
Home Town: Roane County, Tennessee


*COLEMAN, GEORGE T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George T. Coleman (0-22150), Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 26 and 27 January 1945 and on 7 and 8 February 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Coleman'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, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 110 (1945)
Home Town: Lea County, New Mexico


COLEMAN, MACDONALD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to MacDonald Coleman, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 349th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 October 1944. Private First Class Coleman'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. 176 (1944)


*COLEMAN, WILSON DUDLEY (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Wilson Dudley Coleman (0-19914), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 41st Armored Infantry Regiment, 2d Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 July 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Coleman'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. 74 (1944)
Born: March 7, 1911 at Fort Logan H. Roots, Arkansas
Home Town: Orange County, New York


COLES, JAMES W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James W. Coles, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 August 1944. Captain Coles' 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 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 118 (1945)


*COLGAN, AQUINAS T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Aquinas T. Colgan (0-525920), Captain (Chaplain), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 31st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 May 1945. Chaplain Colgan'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: Will County, Illinois


COLL, ANTHONY P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Anthony P. Coll, 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 a Medical Detachment, in action against enemy forces on 6 May 1943. Private First Class Coll'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. 37 (1943)


COLLADO, ESCOLASTICO
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Escolastico Collado, Sergeant, 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 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Sergeant Collado'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)


*COLLETTE, JACK M. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Jack M. Collette (20710921), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 254th Infantry Regiment, 63d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 April 1945, near Leipheim, Germany. On that date, an enemy force of company strength, bearing white flags, advanced to within two hundred yards of Sergeant Collette's platoon and then suddenly opened fire. As the order was given for his platoon to withdraw, Sergeant Collette voluntarily remained in an exposed position to provide covering fire. With five comrades, he repeated his action when his unit failed to regain the position from the numerically superior enemy. Deliberately exposing himself to accomplish his self-assigned mission, Sergeant Collette was killed. His courageous actions and regard for his fellow soldiers, live as an inspiration to the men of his unit and exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States, reflecting great credit upon himself, the 63d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 574 (4 October 1945)
Home Town: Grand Forks, North Dakota
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


COLLEY, DWIGHT T.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
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 Dwight T. Colley, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 104th Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 November 1944. Colonel Colley'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 26th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 102 (1944)
Born: at Barrington, Rhode Island
Home Town: Nayatt, Rhode Island
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)


*COLLINS, AMOS R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Amos R. Collins (33812127), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 345th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 February 1945. Staff Sergeant Collins' 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 87th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 577 (October 4, 1945)
Home Town: Clarion County, Pennsylvania


COLLINS, BOGGS G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Boggs G. Collins, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 15 and 16 March 1944. Corporal Collins' 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. 78 (1944)
Home Town: Huntsville, West Virginia


COLLINS, FRED W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Fred W. Collins, Major, 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 21 November 1944. Major Collins' 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. 203 (1945)


COLLINS, JAMES
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James Collins, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in April 1943. Private First Class Collins' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 23 (1943)


*COLLINS, JESS W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Jess W. Collins (6852821), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 105th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 26 April 1945. Private First Class Collins' 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-Middle Pacific, General Orders No. 57 (1946)
Home Town: Edgartown, West Virginia


*COLLINS, RAYMOND H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Raymond H. Collins (38137048), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 123d Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 April 1945. Private First Class Collins' 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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 72 (1945)
Home Town: Hunt County, Texas


COLLINS, TRAVIS P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Travis P. Collins, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Collins' 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. 254 (1945)


COLLINSON, JOSEPH F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph F. Collinson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 November 1944, in France. On that date, during an attack on Nomeny, France, Private Collinson was severely wounded by enemy artillery fire. He courageously continued on, and while approaching the town he was again wounded and his rifle was blown out of his hands. Undeterred, the intrepid soldier seized an automatic rifle lying nearby and went forward into the town. He remained there with his squad, despite his serious wounds, refusing evacuation until it was forced upon him the following day. Private Collinson's conspicuous heroism, 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. 22 (1945)


COLLONAN, WILLIAM K. C. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William K. C. Collonan (0-243539), Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, 1st Army, in action against enemy forces on 9 August 1944. Major Collonan'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 Army, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 65 (1944)
Home Town: Sacramento, California


COLOMBE, DAVID L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to David L. Colombe (37486968), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 414th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 November 1944, in Germany. Armed only with a trench knife after his rifle had been shattered by shell fragments, Sergeant Colombe leaped into an enemy foxhole and single-handedly captured two Germans. Securing a hostile automatic rifle from the emplacement, he voluntarily worked his way behind enemy lines. As pressure was exerted upon the enemy stronghold by his company, Sergeant Colombe killed seven Germans and wounded many more as they attempted to withdraw. His deadly fire demoralized the enemy force, resulting in the collapse of their defenses. Sergeant Colombe's valorous actions, performed at great personal risk, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 104th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 55 (1945)
Home Town: South Dakota


COLSON, CLARENCE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clarence Colson (12-22792), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. When the landing craft carrying Sergeant Colson and his squad had grounded some 400 yards offshore, the men were forced to swim in under heavy enemy machine gun fire. Sergeant Colson, despite the enemy fire moved from one man to another encouraging and aiding them shoreward. Reaching shore, Sergeant Colson was determined to continue the attack. He moved across the fire swept beach, locating and organizing his scout section. He then took up a firing position in clear view of the enemy and directed his fire at the nearest machine gun emplacement while some of his men cut a gap in the wire. Firing as he advanced, Sergeant Colson then led his squad through an uncharted mine field to assault the enemy machine guns. Despite enemy hand grenades thrown at him, Sergeant Colson reached the gun position and leaped into it with his rifle blazing. In this daring action against overwhelming odds, Sergeant Colson killed several enemy and force the surrender of seventeen. The courage, initiative, and leadership exhibited by Sergeant Colson 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. 39 (1944)
Home Town: Cattaraugus, New York


COLWELL, ALBERT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Albert Colwell, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 11 May 1944. Private First Class Colwell'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. 149 (1944)


COLWELL, CURTIS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Curtis Colwell (6662084), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Under the heavy enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire of the enemy, Staff Sergeant Colwell fearlessly cut a gap in the wire. He then led his section through this gap in the wire and through the mine field beyond the wire. As his section approached its objective it came under fierce enemy machine gun fire. Completely ignoring his own safety, Staff Sergeant Colwell led his section in a successful assault upon the machine gun position. Staff Sergeant Colwell's determined leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)
Home Town: Kentucky


COMBS, JOHN E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John E. Combs, Private, 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 1 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign in New Guinea. Private Combs' 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: Tennessee


COMBS, PAT G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Pat G. Combs, First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 319th Field Artillery Battalion, 88th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 11 through 13 May 1944. First Lieutenant Combs' 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. 110 (1943)


COMBS, SYDNEY S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sydney S. Combs, Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, 1st Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 February 1943. Captain Combs' 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 Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 17 (1943)


*COMBS, WILLIAM HARRY (KIA)
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William Harry Combs (0-110977), Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces in May 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Combs' 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, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces-China/Burma/India, General Orders No. 137 (1944)

*COMBS, WILLIAM HARRY (KIA)
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William Harry Combs (0-110977), Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 14 June 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Combs' 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, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces-China/Burma/India, General Orders No. 115 (1944)
Born: at Oregon Home Town: Westchester County, New York
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


COMPTON, CHARLES E., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles E. Compton, Jr., Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 398th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 April 1945, in the vicinity of Heilbronn, Germany. Sergeant Compton's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 100th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 306 (1945)


*COMPTON, JOHN C. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John C. Compton (0-413755), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 57th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 11 January 1942 in the Philippine Islands. First Lieutenant Compton'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: Franklin County, Ohio


CONGER, ALMON N., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Almon N. Conger, Jr. (39457112), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Medical Detachment, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 February 1945 in Germany. In the face of heavy enemy small arms fire and with complete disregard for his personal safety, Technician Conger, a surgical technician, voluntarily left the comparative safety of his shelter to administer first aid to the wounded. While so engaged he was wounded in the back but despite his own wound, Technician Conger, in order to further protect the wounded, lay between them and the grazing fire. Technician Fifth Grade Conger's extraordinary heroism, 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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 129 (1945)
Home Town: Spokane, Washington


CONGER, ALWYN D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Alwyn D. Conger, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 113th Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 26 March 1945. Second Lieutenant Conger'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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 221 (1945)


CONKLIN, WILLIAM A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William A. Conklin, Private First Class, 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 18 and 19 September 1944. Private First Class Conklin'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, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 436 (1945)


*CONKLING, JOHN S. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John S. Conkling (38019239), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 11th Armored Infantry Battalion, 1st Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 August 1944. Sergeant Conkling's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 175 (1944)
Home Town: Custer County, Oklahoma
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


CONLEY, EDWARD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward J. Conley, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 17 September 1944. Captain Conley'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. 4 (1945)


CONLEY, HARRY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harry Conley, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces during World War II. Lieutenant Colonel Conley'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.


*CONLEY, IRVIN F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Irvin F. Conley (20526726), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 320th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 July 1944. Technical Sergeant Conley'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 35th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 99 (1944)
Home Town: Roane County, West Virginia
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


CONLEY, JAMES F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James F. Conley, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 January 1945. Technical Sergeant Conley's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 177 (1945)


CONLEY, SAMUEL G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Samuel G. Conley, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 February 1945, near Saarbrucken, Germany. During a bitter battle for the Siegfried Line defenses, atop the strategically Important Kreutzberg Ridge, Colonel Conley maneuvered under intense artillery barrages to within thirty yards of enemy entrenchments. Miraculously eluding hostile machine-gun and mortar fire for a sustained period, he dashed across the front lines, recruiting a tank and twenty-two infantrymen for an assault on the enemy. He then led a charge over barbed-wire entanglements into the German-held trenches, capturing the position and twenty-six prisoners. Colonel Conley's superb leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 70th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 496 (September 10, 1945)
Home Town: Van Wert, Ohio


*CONLON, JAMES C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James C. Conlon (0-426733), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 6th Armored Infantry Battalion, 1st Armored Division, in action against enemy forces in March 1943. Second Lieutenant Conlon's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 71 (1943)
Home Town: Rochester, New York


*CONLON, ROBERT B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert B. Conlon (0-335887), Captain (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 93d Armored Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 21 May 1944. Captain Conlon'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. 114 (July 9, 1944)
Home Town: Broward County, Florida


*CONNER, CHARLES F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles F. Conner (0-1324148), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 November 1944. First Lieutenant Conner's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 45th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 21 (1945)
Home Town: Dane County, Wisconsin


CONNER, GARLIN MURL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Garlin Murl Conner, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 3d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 January 1945, in the vicinity of Houssen, France. First Lieutenant Conner's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 47 (1945)
Born: at Clinton County, Kentucky
Home Town: Aaron, Kentucky


CONNER, HASKETT L., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Haskett L. Conner, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 3 February 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Conner'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. 131 (1945)


CONNOR, PAUL S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul S. Connor, Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 716th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 16 and 27 January 1945, and on 4, April 1945. Captain Connor's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 316 (1945)


CONRAD, CLARENCE L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clarence L. Conrad, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 25 January 1945. Staff Sergeant Conrad'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 in Austria , General Orders No. 63 (1945)


CONRAD, WILBERT L., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wilbert L. Conrad, Jr. (0-447463), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 19 February 1944. First Lieutenant Conrad'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-Pacific Ocean Areas, General Orders No. 8 (1944)
Home Town: Lamoille County, Vermont


*CONROY, JAMES GARDINER (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James Gardiner Conroy (0-185592), Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 165th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 20 November 1943. Colonel Conroy'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, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces-Central Pacific Area, General Orders No. 40 (1944)
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York


*CONWAY, CLAUDE E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Claude E. Conway (34872375), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the Medical Detachment, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 June 1944. Private Conway'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. 106 (1944)
Home Town: Perry County, Mississippi


COOK, EUGENE W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Eugene W. Cook, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 March 1945. Private First Class Cook's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 318 (July 16, 1945)


COOK, JOHN G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John G. Cook, First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 714th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 10 January 1945. First Lieutenant Cook'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. 438 (August 25, 1945)


COOK, JOHN M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John M. Cook, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 2d Battalion, 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 January 1945. Captain Cook'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 26th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 100 (May 11, 1945)


COOK, JULIAN A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Julian A. Cook (0-23290), Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 September, 1944, near Nijmegen, Holland. Major Cook led his battalion with unparalleled bravery in the initial assault wave during the daring daylight crossing of the Waal River. Although his boatload suffered heavy casualties as a result of the incessant enemy small arms and artillery fire which raked the 250 yard wide stream, he guided the barge safely ashore. Although still under heavy fire, Major Cook remained on the river bank directing the remainder of his battalion coming ashore. On several occasions he plunged back into the river to pull damaged boats ashore and to care for the wounded. During the crossing heavy casualties were suffered, but Major Cook quickly reorganized the remainder of his battalion and led it successfully from objective to objective during the 4000-yard attack, until the north end of the Nijmegen bridge was reached and seized. Major Cook's thoroughness in effecting rapid reorganization and consolidation after the seizure of each intermediate objective was highly instrumental in the success of the entire operation. Major Cook's inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 8 (November 14, 1944)


*COOK, PAUL R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Paul R. Cook (37233278), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 165th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 20 April 1945. Private First Class Cook'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-Middle Pacific, General Orders No. 57 (1946)
Home Town: Alameda, California


*COOLEY, NORMAN L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Norman L. Cooley (34331921), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 315th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 October 1944. Private First Class Cooley'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, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 45 (1945)
Home Town: Marshall County, Alabama


COOMBS, SYDNEY S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sydney S. Coombs, Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces during World War II. Captain Coombs' 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.


*COOPER, GEORGE S., II (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George S. Cooper, II, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 25 November 1944. First Lieutenant Cooper'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. 85 (1945)


COOPER, HOWARD E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Howard E. Cooper, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 136th Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 May 1945. Private First Class Cooper'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. 159 (1945)


COPE, ROBERT L. E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert L. E. Cope (35796689), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 12 March 1944. Private First Class Cope'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 South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 845 (1944)
Home Town: Highland County, Ohio


COPELAND, EDWARD W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward W. Copeland, Technician Third Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the Medical Detachment, 411th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 15 March 1945. Technician Third Grade Copeland'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. 318 (July 16, 1945)


COPELAND, WILLIAM E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William E. Copeland, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 May 1943. Second Lieutenant Copeland'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 7th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Troops, APO 726 (Attu Landing Force), General Orders No. 31 (1943)


COPP, CLARENCE W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clarence W. Copp, Technical Sergeant, 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 27 March 1945. Technical Sergeant Copp'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. 484 (1945)


CORCORAN, THOMAS W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas W. Corcoran, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces in September 1943. Corporal Corcoran'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. 110 (1943)


CORDES, HAROLD B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harold B. Cordes, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 22d Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 August 1944. Sergeant Cordes' 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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 32 (1945)
Home Town: Sweet Springs, Missouri


*CORDES, HERMAN J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Herman J. Cordes (39528950), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 June 1944, in France. A patrol of which Private Cordes was a member, while attempting to determine whether or not forces observed in a nearby town were friendly, was suddenly brought under intense machine gun, mortar and artillery fire. Then, without hesitation and with total disregard for his own safety, Private Cordes moved a light machine gun to an exposed position on the road and opened fire on the enemy. Although the enemy placed their intense fire on Private Cordes, he continued to fire and hold his ground until the patrol had safely withdrawn. The courage, initiative and determination displayed by Private Cordes in the face of great danger exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


CORLEY, JOHN T.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John T. Corley, Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 March 1943. Major Corley'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 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 48 (1943)
Born: August 4, 1914 at Brooklyn, New York
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (Korea)


CORMIER, ROBERT A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert A. Cormier, Second 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 7 July 1944 to 21 September 1944. Second Lieutenant Cormier'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. 62 (1945)


*CORNELIUS, WILLIAM C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William C. Cornelius (0-454348), Captain (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 7 March 1944. Captain Cornelius' 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. 64 (1944)
Home Town: Davidson County, Tennessee


CORNELL, JOHN C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John C. Cornell (0-524915), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 September 1944, in France. During an attack near Gravelotte, France, Second Lieutenant Cornell displayed outstanding courage and bravery when his platoon was subjected to enemy anti-tank fire, artillery, mortar, machine gun and rifle fire. With utter disregard for his own personal safety and in the face of enemy fire, Lieutenant Cornell dismounted from his vehicle and personally directed return fire that silenced an enemy gun. When several of his men were wounded, he gave orders to fight through to a friendly aid station. Although he was seriously wounded, Lieutenant Cornell courageously continued to direct the operation. Inspired by his devotion to duty and determination, his men breached the enemy lines and reached the aid station. Second Lieutenant Cornell's extraordinary heroism, 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. 49 (1944)


CORNIAK, JOSEPH, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph Corniak, Jr., Second Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Officer, in action against enemy forces during World War II. Second Lieutenant Corniak'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.


COSLOW, REX P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Rex P. Coslow, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 242d Infantry Regiment, 42d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Coslow'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 42d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 580 (1945)


COSSON, EDGAR A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edgar A. Cosson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 7th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 4 November 1944. Private Cosson'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. 86 (1945)


COTA, NORMAN D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Norman D. Cota (0-5284), Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Assistant Division Commander, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. General Cota landed on the beach shortly after the first assault wave of troops had landed. At this time the beach was under heavy enemy rifle, machine gun, mortar and artillery fire. Numerous casualties had been suffered, the attack was arrested, and disorganization was in process. With complete disregard for his own safety, General Cota moved up and down the fire-swept beach reorganizing units and coordinating their action. Under his leadership, a vigorous attack was launched that successfully overran the enemy positions and cleared the beaches. Brigadier General Cota's superb 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: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


*COTE, ROGER E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Roger E. Cote (11084219), First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, Office of Strategic Services, in action against enemy forces from 15 through 30 August 1944, in France. First Sergeant Cote'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, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 61 (1945)
Home Town: Manchester, New Hampshire


COTELO, MELCHIOR L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Melchior L. Cotelo, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 November 1944. Private First Class Cotelo'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 24th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 295 (1945)


COTNER, RAYMOND E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Raymond E. Cotner, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 152d Infantry Regiment, 38th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 May 1945. Second Lieutenant Cotner'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 38th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 349 (1945)
Born: May 8, 1919 at New Amsterdam, Indiana


COTTER, JOHN J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John J. Cotter (0-429492), Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Officer of the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. Captain Cotter landed early in the assault upon the coast of France as part of the Regimental Medical Detachment. At this time the beach was subjected to intense enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire and numerous casualties had been inflicted. With complete disregard for his own safety, Captain Cotter administered medical attention to the wounded under this heavy fire. His fortitude and devotion to duty in rendering aid to the wounded under such hazardous and difficult conditions inspired those who saw him to a more determined effort in meeting the enemy. Captain Cotter's intrepid actions, personal courage 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)


COTTER, LLOYD H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lloyd H. Cotter, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 November 1944. First Lieutenant Cotter's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 77 (1945)


COUNASSE, EMILE R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Emile R. Counasse, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces from 28 May 1944 though 6 September 1944. Sergeant Counasse'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. 82 (1945)


COURTNEY, WILLIAM J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William J. Courtney (15104744), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Infantry Company of the 2d Ranger Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 7 June 1944, in France. While advancing as the point of a column into a village, Sergeant Courtney met point-blank machine gun fire. Without hesitation he moved forward and destroyed this enemy machine gun. He continued to move into the village and was suddenly subjected to a barrage of enemy mortar and small arms fire. He engaged the enemy in this uneven fire fight, killing two enemy riflemen and remained at this advanced position until the enemy withdrew. Sergeant Courtney'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: Ohio


COUSINEAU, JAMES F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James F. Cousineau, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 302d Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 January 1945. Private Cousineau'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. 100 (May 11, 1945)


COWDEN, PAUL W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul W. Cowden, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 and 10 December 1944. Second Lieutenant Cowden'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 8th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 52 (1945)


COX, CHARLES D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles D. Cox, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces in March 1943. Private First Class Cox'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. 33 (1943)


COX, JOHN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John A. Cox, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 145th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 March 1944. Captain Cox'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 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 991 (1944)


*COX, SHIRLEY G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Shirley G. Cox (32012605), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 71st Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 3 March 1945. Technical Sergeant Cox'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. 9 (1946)
Home Town: Nassau County, New York


COYLE, JOHN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John J. Coyle, 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 the Medical Detachment, 303d Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 January 1945. Private First Class Coyle'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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 58 (1945)


CRABTREE, WILLIAM H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William H. Crabtree, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 October 1944. Staff Sergeant Crabtree's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 30th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 143 (1945)


CRAFT, GEORGE H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George H. Craft (0-1297146), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 September 1944 in the vicinity of Saint Oedenrode, Holland. When his platoon came under enemy small arms fire, Lieutenant Craft raced across the distance separating him from the enemy position, firing his weapon into the enemy foxholes routing them from their positions, and capturing five of them. As his platoon continued to move forward, it came under the fire of an estimated enemy company. With total disregard for personal safety, Lieutenant Craft charged forward across an open field, his troops deploying behind him. The fury of his charge carried his platoon forward and caused the enemy to break. In overrunning the enemy position, his platoon captured thirty eight of the enemy. While his platoon reorganized, Lieutenant Craft pushed forward on a personal reconnaissance of a nearby house. Observing it to be an enemy headquarters, he charged forward alone, and by the use of hand grenades, drove out the enemy and captured eleven prisoners. First Lieutenant Craft'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, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 19 (March 14, 1945)
Home Town: Owosso, Michigan


*CRAFT, ROY V. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Roy V. Craft (20731515), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 September 1944. Private First Class Craft'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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 47 (1945)
Home Town: Bernie, Missouri


CRAIG, JAMES A., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James A. Craig, Jr., Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Battalion, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 November 1944, in France. On that date, Major Craig personally led a small group of the 1st Battalion, 317th Infantry to capture, intact, the one remaining bridge over the Nied River near Han-Sur-Nied, France. His gallant, fearless example inspired his troops to capture the bridge in spite of fierce enemy fire and to press on and establish a bridgehead on the far side of the river. Major Craig'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 80th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 25 (1945)
Home Town: Hampden Township, Pennsylvania


CRAIG, WILLIAM B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William B. Craig, 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 24 and 26 July and 2 August 1943. First Lieutenant Craig's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 317 (1943)


*CRAIN, RICE E. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Rice E. Crain (39468456), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 - 23 February 1945, in the Pfaffenwald Forest, France. During an attack, Sergeant Crain's company was pinned down by a heavy enemy artillery barrage and small arms fire. When two approaching enemy tanks seriously threatened the company's right flank, Sergeant Crain, under direct enemy fare, moved to a vantage point from which he fearlessly fired two well placed bazooka shells and forced the tanks to withdraw. On the following day, when his company was harassed by sniper fire, he heroically exposed himself to observe enemy fire and personally eliminated eleven snipers. When he had almost completely wiped out the harassing element, Sergeant Crain was mortally wounded by the fire of one of. The few survivors of his heroic attack. 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 70th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 362 (August 3, 1945)
Home Town: Salmon, Idaho


*CRANDALL, ROBERT W. (POW-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert W. Crandall (0-22010), Major (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 473d Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 14 and 15 April 1945. Major Crandall'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. 61 (1945)
Home Town: Rockingham County, New Hampshire


*CRANE, CECIL L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Cecil L. Crane (20943076), 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 enemy forces on 17 January 1943. Staff Sergeant Crane's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 74 (1943)


*CRANFILL, BARRY, JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Barry Cranfill, Jr. (35097195), 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 the Medical Detachment, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 26 to 29 May 1944. Private First Class Cranfill's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 45th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 114 (July 9, 1944)
Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana


CRAWFORD, JOSEPH B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph B. Crawford, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 July 1943. Lieutenant Colonel Crawford's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 104 (1943)


CREAGHE, JOHN S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John S. Creaghe, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Battalion, 85th Mountain Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 March 1945. First Lieutenant Creaghe'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 10th Mountain Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 80 (1945)
Born: April 14, 1921 at Meeker, Colorado


*CROHAN, FRANCIS J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Francis J. Crohan (0-1294982), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 May 1943. Second Lieutenant Crohan's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 7th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Troops, APO 726 (Attu Landing Force), General Orders No. 31 (1943)
Home Town: Norfolk County, Massachusetts


CROMEN, WILLIAM J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William J. Cromen, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 129th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 February 1945. Private First Class Cromen'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. 55 (1945)


CRONIN, DANIEL F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Daniel F. Cronin, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 254th Infantry Regiment, 63d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 and 26 April 1945. Private First Class Cronin'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 63d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 579 (October 4, 1945)


CRONYN, FOSTER S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Foster S. Cronyn, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 5 January 1945. Staff Sergeant Cronyn'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. 140 (1945)


CROOKS, JAMES E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James E. Crooks, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 22 January 1943. Staff Sergeant Crooks' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 62 (1943)


CROSBY, DEE W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Dee W. Crosby, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 325th Engineer Combat Battalion, 100th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 December 1944, in the vicinity of Wingen-sur-Moder, France. Sergeant Crosby's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 100th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 137 (1945)


CROSBY, RICHARD B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard B. Crosby, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 30 January 1945. Captain Crosby'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. 87 (1945)


CROSS, MELVIN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Melvin A. Cross, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 November 1944. Sergeant Cross' 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. 113 (1944)


CROUCH, JENNINGS W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jennings W. Crouch, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 12 March 1944. Private First Class Crouch's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 864 (1944)


*CROUCH, THEODORE (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Theodore Crouch (0-1298669), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 24th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 May and 2 and 7 June 1945. Captain Crouch'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 24th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 60 (1946)
Home Town: Bath County, New York


*CROW, JOHN W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John W. Crow (0-328644), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in aerial combat while serving with the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division in New Guinea. On 20 November 1942, during the battle at Buna, First Lieutenant Crow led Company C to destroy several Japanese machine gun emplacements, and during the fighting, while assaulting another enemy machine gun nest, he aggressively moved forward firing into the emplacement, but was killed by enemy fire.
Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 14 (1943)
Born: February 28, 1909 at Waxahachie, Texas
Home Town: Plum Grove, Texas


CROW, LANNY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lanny Crow, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 December 1944. Private First Class Crow'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. 100 (May 11, 1945)


CROWSON, EDWARD R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward R. Crowson, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 March 1945, in France. During the attack on Stiring-Wendel, France, First Lieutenant Crowson assumed command of Company K when his Company Commander was wounded. Under heavy enemy artillery and mortar fire he moved erect among his men shouting and encouraging them to follow him in a charge against enemy-held houses. Inspired by his leadership, the men charged and overwhelmed the enemy positions. Lieutenant Crowson was wounded by an enemy sniper, but he continued to lead the attack until late in the evening. Ordered to be evacuated, he refused, staying with his company until he had it reorganized and ready to continue the attack. First Lieutenant Crowson's fearless leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 70th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 318 (July 16, 1945)
Home Town: Fayetteville, North Carolina


*CROXON, LEROY E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Leroy E. Croxon (36131165), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 5 February 1945. Private First Class Croxon'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. 96 (1945)
Home Town: Wayne County, Michigan


CRUIKSHANK, CHESTER G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Chester G. Cruikshank, Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 2d Battalion, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces during the period 23 May 1944 to 3 June 1944 at Anzio, Italy. Prior to launching an attack against strong enemy positions, Colonel Cruikshank selected and occupied a forward observation post which he maintained in spite of intense machine gun, mortar, and artillery fire, directing the attack of his battalion. When the enemy launched a determined counter- attack, Colonel Cruikshank proceeded across fire swept terrain to his forward companies to direct the defense of the battalion's sector. Moving among his harassed men while they were engaged in close combat with the enemy, Colonel Cruikshank skillfully and courageously coordinated organic and supporting weapons in disrupting the enemy counter-attack. On one occasion when an enemy mortar barrage wounded seven men in the battalion observation post, Colonel Cruikshank went out into the barrage to treat the wounded men and assist in their evacuation. Inspired by their commander's bravery and disdain for personal safety, the Second Battalion succeeded in breaking fierce enemy resistance and captured all of their objectives, inflicting heavy losses upon the enemy.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 121 (1944)
Home Town: Colorado


CRUZ, EMIGDIO C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Emigdio C. Cruz, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces from 18 June 1943 to 18 February 1944. Major Cruz'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. 16 (1944)


CULVER, ARTHUR P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arthur P. Culver, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 September 1944. Technical Sergeant Culver's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 59 (1945)
Home Town: Strasburg, Illinois


*CUMMINGS, ALBERT H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Albert H. Cummings (0-1299379), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 26 September 1944. First Lieutenant Cummings' 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. 64 (1945)
Home Town: Cerro Gordo County, Iowa


*CUMMINGS, HARRY J. (DNB)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harry J. Cummings (0-366428), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces in July 1943. Captain Cummings' outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 16 (1943)
Home Town: Kings County, New York


CUMMINGS, JULIAN W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Julian W. Cummings, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 10th Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces in July 1943. Second Lieutenant Cummings' 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. 8 (1943)


*CUNHA, JOSEPH (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Joseph Cunha (39003611), Private First Class, 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 19 May 1943. Private First Class Cunha's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 7th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Troops, APO 726 (Attu Landing Force), General Orders No. 31 (1943)
Home Town: Sonoma, California


CUNNINGHAM, CHARLES D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles D. Cunningham, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 25th Armored Engineer Battalion, 6th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 November 1944, in France. When the 6th Armored Division captured, intact, the bridge across the Neid Francaise River at Han-Sur-Neid, France, Technician Fifth Grade Cunningham, Company B, 25th Armored Engineer Battalion, was assigned the mission of assisting his platoon leader in searching for mines on the bridge and cutting the wires the enemy had strung to demolition charges. Working fearlessly under intense enemy machine-gun, artillery and small arms fire, Technician Fifth Grade Cunningham had succeeded in cutting the wires at the rear end of the bridge when he noticed that his platoon leader, who had crossed to the far side, had fallen, wounded. Disregarding the intense enemy fire, Technician Fifth Grade Cunningham courageously crossed the bridge and returned, carrying the wounded platoon leader. His gallant action, above and beyond the call of duty, and his indomitable courage exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 6th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 107 (1944)


CUNNINGHAM, JACK C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jack C. Cunningham, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 February 1945. Private Cunningham's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 30th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 191 (1945)


CUNNINGHAM, JACK K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jack K. Cunningham, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 January 1943, in the vicinity Tarakena, New Guinea. Private First Class Cunningham'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. 36 (1943)
Home Town: Texas


CURRAN, JOHN L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John L. Curran, Captain (Chaplain), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 88th Field Artillery, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 6 January 1942. Chaplain Curran's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 27 (1942)


CURRY, CLIFFORD L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clifford L. Curry, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, in action against enemy forces on 26 July 1944. Private First Class Curry's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 205 (1945)


CURRY, JAMES M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James M. Curry, First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 13th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 December 1942. First Lieutenant Curry'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 Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Allied Force Headquarters, General Orders No. 11 (1943)


CURRY, ROBERT W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert W. Curry, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 129th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 March 1944. First Lieutenant Curry'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. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 1165 (1944)


*CURTIS, EARL R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Earl R. Curtis (20457704), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 21 to 24 June 1944. Technical Sergeant Curtis' 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 30th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 50 (1944)
Home Town: Dyersburg, Tennessee


CURTISS, JOHN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John A. Curtiss, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 24 November 1944. Private First Class Curtiss' 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. 87 (1945)


CUSHING, JAMES M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James M. Cushing, Lieutenant Colonel (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces from 22 January 1944 through 23 March 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Cushing'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. 109 (1945)


*CUSHING, WALTER A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Walter A. Cushing, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 121st Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 20 September 1942, among the Philippine Guerilla Forces at Ilocos, in the Philippine Islands. Captain Cushing'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, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 109 (1945)


CUSSANS, THOMAS L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas L. Cussans, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 3d Battalion, 350th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 September 1944. Captain Cussans' 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 88th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 175 (1944)
Home Town: Beulah, Michigan


CUTLER, ROBERT R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert R. Cutler, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of Company L, 3d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. First Lieutenant Cutler'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. 48 (1944)


*CYMERYS, CHARLES F. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles F. Cymerys (31021808), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 July 1943, in Sicily. With utter disregard for his own safety, Corporal Cymerys, who was second in command of a rifle squad, crawled to his unit's equipment bundle to secure automatic weapons needed in the attack on enemy positions. In the face of heavy enemy machine gun and rifle fire he secured the weapons, but was wounded in doing so. Despite his wounds he crawled 150 yards toward the position where the enemy was hiding and threw hand grenades, killing two of the enemy and forcing the others to abandon their position. This heroic act enabled his squad to procure its equipment and organize for an attack. Corporal Cymerys later succumbed to the wounds he received during this gallant 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, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 27 (1943)
Home Town: Windsor, Connecticut


CYR, PAUL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul Cyr, Captain, 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 9 June 1944 through 25 August. Captain Cyr'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. 116 (1944)


CZAR, FRANK L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank L. Czar, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 November 1942, in North Africa. Corporal Czar demonstrated coolness and bravery beyond the call of duty when upon the withdrawal of our troops from the native village, he and Second Lieutenant Charles Dushane manned an enemy anti-tank gun in full view of the enemy. Part of the breech of the gun had been removed and Lieutenant Dushane was able to fire the gun only by firing bullets from his sub- machine gun into the base of the anti-tank shell. Meanwhile Corporal Czar aimed the gun. In this manner he destroyed one enemy tank and delayed the enemy attack.
Allied Force Headquarters, General Orders No. 28 (1942)


*CZINKI, JOHN (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John Czinki (36870963), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 362d Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 September 1944. Private First Class Czinki's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 91st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 175 (1944)
Home Town: Wayne County, Michigan

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