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To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting:

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


THE 
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
to


*TABER, HENRY G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Henry G. Taber (0-382981), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 February 1945. Captain Taber'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 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 43 (1945)
Home Town: Edgar County, Illinois


*TAKATA, SHIGEO JOSEPH (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Shigeo Joseph Takata (30102426), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on the morning of 9 September 1943, west of Monte Milleto, Italy. Sergeant Takata personally led his squad in a flanking movement, forcing the withdrawal of enemy machine gunners and materially assisting in the attainment of the Battalion objective. Taking position in front of his men, he led them through intense artillery, mortar and machine gun fire to carry out his mission. He continuously and deliberately disregarded his own welfare in making personal reconnaissance to determine enemy gun positions. While so exposing himself, he was struck by an artillery shell and mortally wounded. In spite of his wounds he attempted to communicate with his platoon leader to inform him what he had learned of the enemy positions. Sergeant Takata'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 34th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 94 (November 23, 1943)
Born: April 29, 1919 at Waialua, Oahu, Hawaii
Home Town: Oahu, Hawaii


TAKEMOTO, TSUNEO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Tsuneo Takemoto (30103873), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while a member of Company E, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 October 19454 in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France. In completing the capture of Hill 617, Sergeant Takemoto's platoon spearheaded the attack of his company. When his platoon was pinned down by a well dug-in enemy armed with automatic weapons, he ran a distance of 30 yards directly into the face of enemy fire, raking the enemy positions with his Thompson sub-machine gun. As he ran he shouted to draw hostile fire, making the enemy troops reveal their exact locations to his men. Inspired by his fearless action, his comrades charged after him and destroyed the strong-point. When his platoon was counter-attacked by twelve enemy troops supported by four automatic weapons, he organized his men into a skirmish line that checked the initial rush. Then, sending out a flanking party whose fire temporarily confused the enemy, he led his men in a charge against the attackers. Once again he ran a distance of thirty yards into the face of hostile fire shouting to attract enemy fire to himself and giving his charging men the opportunity to advance with a minimum of risk. Inspired by his fearlessness, his men completely routed the enemy, and during the action captured 34 prisoners. By his fearlessness and skillful leadership, Sergeant Takemoto won the respect and confidence of his men. 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 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 5 (January 26, 1945)
Born: June 26, 1923 at Hilo, Hawaii
Home Town: Hilo, Hawaii


*TAKKUNEN, ERNEST (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Ernest Takkunen, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 41st Armored Infantry Regiment, 2d Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Takkunen'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, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 482 (1945)


TALLEY, BENJAMIN BRANCHE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Benjamin Branche Talley, Colonel (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with V Corps (Omaha Beach Command), in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, n France. Colonel Talley'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. 37 (1944)
Born: July 29, 1903 at Oklahoma Territory, Oklahoma
Home Town: Anchor Point, Alaska


TALLEY, DEESIE H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Deesie H. Talley, Technical 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 on 21 January 1945. Technical Sergeant Talley'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. 85 (1945)


*TALLEY, DONALD P. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Donald P. Talley (33089451), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 23 October 1944. Private Talley'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. 49 (1945)
Home Town: Halifax County, Virginia


*TAN, FERNANDO (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Fernando Tan (10301202), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 57th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 11 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Private Tan'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. 14 (1942)
Home Town: Philippine Islands


TANDO, JOSE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jose Tando, Captain, 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 9 February 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Captain Tando'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)


*TANIMOTO, LARRY TADAYUKI (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Larry Tadayuki Tanimoto (30105535), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an acting Platoon Leader in Company I, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 and 31 October 1944 and 3 November 1944, in the Vosges Mountains, France. Sergeant Tanimoto, while participating in an attack on "Suicide Hill", forced the surrender of two enemy gunners while making himself the sole target for another machine gun fifty yards away. He successfully led a heavily armed patrol in dispersing a numerically superior enemy mine-laying detail. While leading another patrol, an enemy machine gun wounded the scout and pinned the remaining men to the ground. Sergeant Tanimoto rose to his feet and killed two of the gun crew, giving his men an opportunity to outflank the nest. The heroic courage and loyalty displayed by Sergeant Tanimoto in the face of great danger, at the cost of his own life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 65 (1945)
Born: May 9, 1919 at Honomu, Hawaii
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


TANNER, JOHN L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John L. Tanner, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 411th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on the evening of 17 - 18 December 1944, near Bobenthal, Germany. Under his leadership, First Lieutenant Tanner protected the left flank of the regiment by repulsing for 22 hours wave after wave of determined and well-supported attacks. He remained in the forefront of the battle and reconnoitered hostile dispositions and lead counterattacks. First Lieutenant Tanner'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 and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 155 (1945)


*TAPLEY, ELBERT (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Elbert Tapley (20407203), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 December 1944. Corporal Tapley'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. 362 (August 3, 1945)
Home Town: Tattnall County, Georgia


*TARDIFF, ROY R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Roy R. Tardiff (36467017), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 382d Infantry Regiment, 96th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 14 November 1944, at Leyte, Philippine Islands. Private Tardiff'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, U.S. Army Forces-Pacific Ocean Areas, General Orders No. 51 (1945)
Home Town: Wayne County, Michigan


TATARA, EDWARD F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward F. Tatara, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 September 1944. Staff Sergeant Tatara'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, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 97 (1945)
Home Town: Erie, Pennsylvania


*TATE, CHARLES L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles L. Tate (34085714), 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 3 January 1945. Staff Sergeant Tate'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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 137 (1945)
Home Town: Buncombe County, North Carolina
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


TATKO, WALTER A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter A. Tatko, Private First Class, 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 27 August 1944. Private First Class Tatko'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. 190 (1945)


*TAUCHERT, WALTER R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Walter R. Tauchert (36029279), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 31 July 1944. Staff Sergeant Tauchert'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. 5 (1945)
Home Town: St. Clair County, Illinois


*TAYLOR, ALBERT B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Albert B. Taylor (37005812), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 14th Tank Battalion, 9th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 February 1945. Sergeant Taylor'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 Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 120 (1945)
Home Town: New Madrid County, Missouri


TAYLOR, BARNEY B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Barney B. Taylor, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 June 1944. Second Lieutenant Taylor'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. 4 (1946)


TAYLOR, DARRELL L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Darrell L. Taylor, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 30 June 1943. Second Lieutenant Taylor'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. 323 (1943)


TAYLOR, EMMETT M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Emmett M. Taylor, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces during April and May 1943. Staff Sergeant Taylor's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 32 (1943)


TAYLOR, FLOYD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Floyd Taylor, Private, 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 2 September 1944. Private Taylor'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. 85 (1944)


*TAYLOR, GARLAND B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Garland B. Taylor (0-1691713), 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 23 March 1945. First Lieutenant Taylor's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 217 (1945)
Home Town: Rockwall County, Texas


TAYLOR, GEORGE A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George A. Taylor (0-14922), Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Colonel Taylor landed during the most crucial and threatening period of the invasion operation. Thousands of men lay huddled on a narrow beachhead, their organizations and leaders cut down by the disastrous enemy fire. Without hesitation, unmindful of the snipe and machine gun fire which was sweeping the beach, Colonel Taylor began to reorganize the units. While continuously exposed to this murderous fire, Colonel Taylor never slackened in his efforts in directing and coordinating the attack. By his initiative and leadership, he was able to clear an exit from the beach and begin moving groups of men from the crowded beachhead. This was the only exit opened in the early part of the assault and subsequent events proved it to be one of the most vital points contributing to the success of this operation. The high professional skill and outstanding courage exhibited by Colonel Taylor 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: Oklahoma


TAYLOR, HERMAN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herman J. Taylor, 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 April 1944. Private First Class Taylor'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. 68 (1944)


TAYLOR, LEO G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leo G. Taylor, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 1 to 5 December 1942, in the Philippine islands. Sergeant Taylor'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. 11 (1943)


TAYLOR, MAXWELL DAVENPORT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Maxwell Davenport Taylor (0-14898), Major General [then Brigadier General], U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Division Commander of the 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Landing with his parachute unit in enemy territory and in the face of intense enemy fire, Major General Taylor quickly organized the control elements of the Division Headquarters. Perceiving that the important causeway at Carentan could not be taken by the unit assigned that mission, General Taylor personally led elements of the Division Headquarters and other special troops in an attack on the causeway. General Taylor led the successful assault and seized the causeway thereby clearing the way for the advance of the seaborne units. The courage and outstanding leadership displayed by General Taylor 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)
Born: August 26, 1901 at Keytesville, Missouri
Home Town: Keytesville, Missouri


TAYLOR, STOKES M. (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Stokes M. Taylor (31192689), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 80th Airborne Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Parachute Infantry, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 December 1944, near Trois Ponts, Belgium. Corporal Taylor's anti-tank squad was in position on a hill covering the road leading into Trois Ponts, Belgium. At approximately 1400 hours on 21 December 1944, the enemy launched a savage attack against the hill. Corporal Taylor's gun was put out of action by enemy fire during this enemy advance. Seizing a Browning Automatic Rifle and ammunition, Corporal Taylor ordered his men to fall back, while he took up a position on the road and covered their withdrawal by fire. With complete disregard for his personal safety, and with full knowledge of the overwhelming odds against him, Corporal Taylor raked the hillside with intense and accurate fire which prevented the enemy from gaining the edge of the woods to fire on his anti-tank squad as they effected their withdrawal. After his ammunition was exhausted, Corporal Taylor was seen to be hit by enemy rifle fire. His unfailing courage and leadership were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and won the admiration and respect of all who witnessed his actions.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 19 (March 14, 1945)
Home Town: Johnson City, Tennessee


TAYLOR, WALTER P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter P. Taylor, Second Lieutenant, 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 6 June 1944. Second Lieutenant Taylor'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. 75 (1944)


TAZOI, JIM YOSHIO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jim Yoshio Tazoi (20924666), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a member of Company K, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 and 29 October 1944, near Biffontaine, France. While serving as radioman for a command group, Private First Class Tazoi observed a concealed machine gun position which had been by-passed by forward elements. As the machine gunner attempted to fire at the command group, Private First Class Tazoi shouted warning to his comrades and opened fire on the nest to kill the gunner. The following day, Private First Class Tazoi, transporting his radio, joined the attacking elements in an advance under heavy automatic fire to take an enemy strongpoint. Later, he accompanied a group of riflemen in a bayonet charge against a strongly defended enemy hill position. Sighting an enemy machine gun nest, he exposed himself to heavy enemy fire and fired at the position to neutralize the effectiveness of the German weapon while his comrades assaulted the strongpoint. Although handicapped by his radio which made him an easier target for the hostile fire directed at him, he rushed to the assistance of two comrades who were trapped by two Germans throwing grenades. Struck by a sniper's bullet, he determinedly continued to advance and reached a clear field of fire. As he killed the two German grenade throwers he was wounded a second time by grenade fragments. The prodigious courage and fighting spirit of Private First Class Tazoi exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 52 (May 12, 1945)
Born: August 28, 1919 at Garland, Utah
Home Town: Garland, Utah


TEAGUE, ARTHUR S. T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arthur S. T. Teague, Lieutenant Colonel, 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 14 June 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Teague'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)


TEGTMEYER, CHARLES E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles E. Tegtmeyer (0-335197), Major (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Regimental Surgeon, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. When Major Tegtmeyer landed with his Medical Section, the assaulting troops were still pinned down on a narrow beachhead. Due to the devastating fire of the enemy, numerous casualties had been sustained. With complete disregard for his own safety, Major Tegtmeyer covered the length of the beach, administering aid to the wounded lying all along the shore. Time and gain, he went into the mine-strewn waters and pulled the wounded in to comparative safety behind a shale barrier. Major Tegtmeyer, heedless of the heavy fire, worked unceasingly in rendering aid to the wounded under the most hazardous conditions. Major Tegtmeyer's fortitude, personal 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: New York


*TEMPESTA, ANTHONY A. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Anthony A. Tempesta (33082666), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 743d Tank Battalion, attached to the 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 October 1944, in Germany. Staff Sergeant Tempesta displayed marked personal bravery in a combined infantry-tank attack upon a German village. During the day's engagement, while continuously exposed to hostile fire, he directed the fire of his tank in destroying two anti-tank guns and six vehicles mounting 20-mm. guns. In addition, Staff Sergeant Tempesta inflicted heavy casualties upon infantry ranks and made dangerous reconnaissance missions on foot to locate enemy strongpoints. Upon learning that all officers had been wounded, he voluntarily assumed command of the entire company and successfully led his tanks in the accomplishment of a difficult mission. Staff Sergeant Tempesta'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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (February 17, 1945)
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


TENAZAS, DEOGRACIAS U.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Deogracias U. Tenazas, Major, 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 8 to 17 February 1942 in the Philippine Islands. Major Tenazas' intrepid actions, personal 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. 8 (1946)


TENER, ELMER D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Elmer D. Tener, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 April 1945. Staff Sergeant Tener'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. 217 (August 19, 1945)


TENNEBRUSCO, FRANK
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank Tennebrusco, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 7th Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 9 November 1942. Corporal Tennebrusco's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Allied Force Headquarters, General Orders No. 13 (1943)


*TERRY, DEWITT S. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to DeWitt S. Terry (39857175), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 401st Glider Infantry Regiment, Attached to Company L, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 September 1944. Sergeant Terry's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 8 (November 11, 1944)
Home Town: Cochise, Arizona


TERRY, JOHN R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John R. Terry, Captain (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Company A, 12th Engineer Combat Battalion, 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 November 1944, in Germany. Captain Terry was assigned the mission of bridging a crater in the road which was essential for a scheduled attack. After several attempts had failed, a driver entered the equipment-laden truck and shouted that he would drive it to the site. Although he was under enemy observation and despite intense fire, Captain Terry directed the truck down the road with no protection for himself. Forced on several occasion to leap into ditches because of increased enemy artillery fire, he continued to guide the truck to the crater 100 yards in front of the Infantry line. After assisting in unloading the span of bridging, Captain Terry returned and guided a second truck over the same dangerous route. Although he was twice wounded by rifle fire during the second trip, he refused medical attention until the bridge was erected. Captain Terry's heroic action permitted the attack to be launched on time and contributed greatly to the gain of much valuable ground. His 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 8th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 36 (1945)
Home Town: South Carolina


TERRY, JOSEPH
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph Terry (0-1993461), Second Lieutenant [then Staff Sergeant], U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 86th Chemical Battalion (Motorized), in action against enemy forces on 3 December 1944, in Germany. During a prolonged a hostile artillery barrage, a direct hit upon an ammunition shed near Second Lieutenant Terry's platoon command post detonated a large quantity of while phosphorus and high explosive shells, threatening the lives of a group of men billeted in a nearby building. At great personal risk, Second Lieutenant Terry boldly ran through flying particles of burning phosphorus and billows of smoke to warn the troops of the impending danger. Disregarding his personal safety, he successfully evacuated the troops through the artillery concentration and exploding shells. Upon hearing a cry for help emanating from the billet, Second Lieutenant Terry re-entered the blazing building, groped through dense smoke and found one of his men unable to walk because of a severe wound. Without hesitation, he took the soldier in his arms and carried him through flames and falling debris. As he reached the outside of the building, white phosphorus particles burned his clothing and intense artillery fire threatened both men. Unable to see because of heavy smoke, Second Lieutenant Terry slowly but with great courage and determination, carried the wounded soldier to safety. As a result of Second Lieutenant Terry's daring in the face of great danger, six men were saved from certain death. His dedication to his comrades, personal 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. 21 (February 6, 1945)
Home Town: Pennsylvania


TESTA, LOUIS
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Louis Testa, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 7th Cavalry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 29 March 1945. Private First Class Testa'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. 74 (1945)
Home Town: St. Paul, Minnesota


*TESTER, PERRY O. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Perry O. Tester (0-1317703), 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 413th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 28 to 30 November 1944, in Germany. When four enemy machine guns opened fire upon his platoon, First Lieutenant Tester, throwing hand grenades and firing his carbine, advanced far forward of his men in an assault which resulted in the complete destruction of the weapons and crews in vicious close-in fighting. While his company withdrew to reorganize for a continuation of the attack, he remained behind, and in the face of intense fire carried a wounded soldier 1,000 yards to an aid station. Leading another assault two days later, First Lieutenant Tester was severely wounded by a shell fragment. Administering medical aid to himself, First Lieutenant Tester, despite his pains, continued to lead his platoon in the attack until he was again hit by artillery fire and mortally wounded. First Lieutenant Tester's gallant 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 104th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 46 (1945)
Home Town: Van Wert County, Ohio


THAMES, HARRY M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harry M. Thames, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces from 7 to 9 January 1944. Second Lieutenant Thames' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 39 (1944)


THAYER, KENNETH C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Kenneth C. Thayer, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 119th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 October 1944, in Germany. When a U.S. tank was inadvertently bombed by a friendly plane, it burst into flames. Private First Class Thayer, who was nearby, ran thirty-five yards to the blazing tank, and despite fire from four enemy tanks and the exploding ammunition in the burning tank, climbed upon its turret. Reaching down through the smoke and flames, he grasped one of the wounded and critically burned men, lifted him from the tank and carried him to safety where he was given first aid. Private First Class Thayer then returned to the blazing tank but was forced to withdraw due to the fierce flames. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 30th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 287 (1945)
Born: at Utica, New York
Home Town: Utica, New York


*THAYER, RAYMOND L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Raymond L. Thayer (0-1297985), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Anti-Tank Company in the 305th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 14 December 1944. First Lieutenant Thayer'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 77th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 105 (1945)
Home Town: Yellowstone County, Montana


THEISEN, GEORGE M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George M. Theisen (38105366), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an assistant driver with Company C, 1st Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on the morning of 10 November 1942, while participating in a tank attack on St. Cloud, Algeria. Private Theisen was shot through the neck but without a word about his injury, he continued to perform his duty, firing the one machine gun with his hand while he endeavored to staunch the flow of blood with the other hand. Private Theisen succeeded in silencing an enemy machine gun which was firing on our advancing infantry. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Allied Force Headquarters, General Orders No. 28 (December 15, 1942)


THOBRO, CLAYTON C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clayton C. Thobro, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 2d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 25 September 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Thobro's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 24 (1945)


*THOMAS, CLIFTON C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Clifton C. Thomas (20731151), Private, 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 23 January 1945. Private Thomas' 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. 279 (1945)
Home Town: Dunkin County, Missouri


THOMAS, EVERT S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Evert S. Thomas, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Battalion, 66th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 2 May 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas' intrepid actions, personal 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. 221 (1945)


THOMAS, GEORGE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George Thomas, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 4th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, in action against enemy forces on 11 September 1944. Second Lieutenant Thomas' intrepid actions, personal 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. 87 (1944)


*THOMAS, GEORGE D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George D. Thomas (14050822), Staff Sergeant, 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 24 February 1945. Staff Sergeant Thomas' 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 8th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 252 (1945)
Home Town: Hornett County, North Carolina
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


THOMAS, HERBERT A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herbert A. Thomas, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 13 July 1944. Sergeant Thomas' intrepid actions, personal 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. 124 (1944)


THOMAS, JACK
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jack Thomas, Private First Class, 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 9 April 1945. Private First Class Thomas' intrepid actions, personal 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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 255 (1945)


THOMAS, RICHARD A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard A. Thomas (39000006), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 422d Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 16 to 21 December 1944, in Belgium. When his regiment had been cut off and practically surrounded by the enemy, Staff Sergeant Thomas voluntarily led patrols deep into the enemy lines and guided isolated soldiers to areas of safety. Although under extreme mental and physical strain, Sergeant Thomas displayed outstanding and daring leadership over a period of five days, making possible the safe return of some fifty American soldiers, the capture of many German prisoners, the destruction of an enemy propaganda machine and the securing of much-needed food which enabled his small group to fight on for many more days. Much valuable information on the location and action of enemy forces was obtained as a result of these actions. Even though not specially trained for missions of this nature, Sergeant Thomas displayed unusual skill and successful leadership. 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 106th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 38 (1946)
Home Town: California


THOMPSON, FRANCIS H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Francis H. Thompson, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 382d Infantry Regiment, 96th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 November 1944, in the Philippine Islands. On that date, in combat near Dagami, Leyte, Philippine Islands. In the attack on the promontory known as "Bloody Ridge", the entire officer personnel of two rifle companies in the area was either killed or wounded. As dusk approached, the two units were under heavy Japanese mortar, machine gun, and rifle fire from the front and one flank, with 500 yards of open rice paddy separating them from the remainder of the battalion. Assuming command of both companies, Sergeant Thompson reorganized them, called for covering tank fire, and planned and executed an orderly withdrawal. Despite his own serious wounds, he helped cover the evacuation with rifle and carbine fire until ammunition for each of the weapons was exhausted, at which time he collected grenades from the wounded men and, rushing forward into the face of intense fire, silenced an enemy machine gun which was inflicting heavy casualties. He then assisted in the evacuation of a wounded officer and other casualties until he was overcome himself by exhaustion. As a result of Sergeant Thompson's heroic leadership and spirit of self-sacrifice, both companies successfully withdrew and were able to reorganize for a subsequent counter-attack. 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 96th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces-Pacific Ocean Areas, General Orders No. 45 (1945)
Home Town: Troy, New York


THOMPSON, PAUL W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul W. Thompson, Colonel (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 6th Engineer Special Brigade, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Colonel Thompson'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)


THOMPSON, ROBERT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert Thompson, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 January 1943, during the Papuan Campaign at Tarakena, New Guinea. Staff Sergeant Thompson'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: New York


*THOMPSON, ROBERT C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert C. Thompson, First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 755th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces from 11 to 13 June 1944. First Lieutenant Thompson'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. 153 (1944)


THOMPSON, ROBERT H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert H. Thompson, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 423d Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 18 December, 1944. First Lieutenant Thompson'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. 90 (1945)


THORNE, MARTIN H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Martin H. Thorne, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 4 June 1944. Private First Class Thorne'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.
41/45BD & AA1


*THORP, CLAUDE A. (POW-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Claude A. Thorp (0-015101), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Philippine Guerilla Forces, in action against enemy forces from May 1942 through November 1943, at Luzon, Philippine Islands. Lieutenant Colonel Thorp'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, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 263 (1946)
Home Town: Thorp, Washington
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts, Prisoner of War Medal


THRASHER, ROBERT H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert H. Thrasher, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 11 June 1944. Sergeant Thrasher'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. 75 (1944)


THURSTON, CLAIRE A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Claire A. Thurston, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 7 to 13 March 1945. Major Thurston'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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 146 (1945)


THURSTON, EARL F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Earl F. Thurston, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 December 1944. Sergeant First Class Thurston was leading his squad against enemy fortifications when they encountered intensive enemy machinegun and sniper fire. He ordered his men to cover and went forward alone. Maneuvering to the rear of the building where the snipers were located, he killed one with a pistol fire, crawled silently upon the second and killed him with a knife. Working his way to a position near the machinegun, Sergeant First Class Thurston rousted its crew with pistol fire, seized the weapon and opened fire upon enemy trenches. Through his bold actions and fearless leadership, Sergeant First Class Thurston inflicted heavy casualties upon the enemy and permitted his squad to capture its objective. His gallantry, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 95th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 76 (1945)


*THURSTON, WILLIAM (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William Thurston (32996506), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 July 1944. Private First Class Thurston's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 79th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 16 (1945)
Home Town: Queens, New York


TICE, JOHN P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John P. Tice (0-375254), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 610th Tank Destroyer Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 25 April 1945, in Germany. On that date, when fierce enemy artillery, mortar and small arms fire forced our infantry and armor to seek cover, Captain Tice fearlessly went forward to ascertain hostile gun positions. Pinned down by an enemy machine gun, he armed himself with grenades and a carbine, outflanked the position and silenced it. When a second hostile gun opened fire on him, with two accurately thrown grenades he forced the two-man crew to flee their position and then killed them. Then he directed tank destroyers into firing positions and under their barrage went to the aid of a wounded soldier lying in the field of fire. Captain Tice'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. 296 (1945)
Home Town: Mullens, West Virginia


TIDRICK, CARLTON O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carlton O. Tidrick, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 163d Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 January1943. Corporal Tidrick'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 41st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 37 (1943)


TILSON, LEMUEL G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lemuel G. Tilson, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 December 1944, in Germany. On that date, during heavy fighting in Fraulutern, Germany, the 3d Platoon, of Company F was isolated from the main body of the company by enemy action. Sergeant Tilson, realizing that casualties in the isolated platoon were without medical aid, organized a squad from his platoon to rescue them. Attacking an enemy-held building in which the wounded were held prisoners, Sergeant Tilson boldly fought his way inside, engaged the enemy in a grenade fight, and drove them from room to room until the entire building was taken. As a result of Sergeant Tilson's courageous actions the casualties were evacuated, twenty of the enemy were captured, and the company's objective was carried. Technical Sergeant Tilson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 95th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 33 (1945)


TIMMERMAN, KARL H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Karl H. Timmerman, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 27th Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 March 1945, at the Ramegen Bridgehead. Second Lieutenant Timmerman'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 Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 49 (1945)
Home Town: West Point, Nebraska


TIMMES, CHARLES JOHN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles John Timmes, Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 2d Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division in action against enemy forces on 3 July 1944, near Le Haye de Puit, France. Leading his battalion through a gap in enemy lines during the hours of darkness, Lieutenant Colonel Timmes occupied the forward slope of a hill held by an enemy battalion and supported by 88-mm. and 150-mm. mortars. At daylight the enemy, discovering Lieutenant Colonel Timmes' battalion immediately attacked on the flank. During the ensuing engagement, this courageous officer constantly reformed his lines and personally led a counter-attack which repulsed an enemy breakthrough. Shortly hereafter, enemy artillery began laying direct fire on the battalion's positions. Rapidly mounting casualties caused the men to become panicky but Lieutenant Colonel Timmes fearlessly visited every forward foxhole and encouraged each man. This heroic leadership performed under intense artillery, mortar and small arms fire so inspired all his men that they successfully held their positions. Lieutenant Colonel Timmes'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 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVI Corps, General Orders No. 82 (1945)
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Army Distinguished Service Medals, Silver Star (WWII)


TIMOTHY, JAMES S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James S. Timothy, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 313th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 23 November 1944. Captain Timothy's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 323 (1945)


TINSLEY, JOE F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joe F. Tinsley, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 133d Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 July 1944. Private First Class Tinsley'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. 176 (1944)
Home Town: Brevard, North Carolina


TIPTON, BEVERELY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Beverely Tipton (35670069), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 413th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 October 1944, in occupied Holland. On that date, the platoon to which Private Tipton was assigned was advancing across flat, open terrain in the face of intense, accurate enemy fire from well prepared dug-in defensive positions in the sparse hedgerows and from points of vantage in the few surrounding buildings. Two squads were pinned down by grazing heavy machine gun, mortar, and small arms fire, and the first scout of Private Tipton's squad was killed. Private Tipton immediately assumed the duties of the first scout, and while leading the squad along a hedgerow to the enemy's flank under the heavy harassing fire, he saw an enemy machine gun. Halting the squad, he worked his way back to the automatic rifleman, obtained the automatic rifle, and moved toward the enemy machine gun nest. Courageously advancing to within six feet of the enemy position, he opened fire, shooting from the hip, killing the members of the machine gun crew and capturing the enemy weapon. Throughout the entire action visibility was good, and Private Tipton was subjected to direct, aimed fire from three enemy snipers. His spontaneous aggressiveness, bold tenacity, and bravery set an inspiring example for the men of his unit and facilitated the subsequent advance of his unit. Private Tipton's courageous actions, above and beyond the ordinary call of 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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 25 (1945)
Home Town: Upper Lexington, Kentucky


TITTERINGTON, FREDERICK D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frederick D. Titterington, First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 6th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 November 1944. First Lieutenant Titterington'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 6th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 119 (1944)


TOBIAS, MERWIN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Merwin A. Tobias, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 16 February 1944. Private Tobias' intrepid actions, personal 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)


TODD, HARVEY ALLAN (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harvey Allan Todd, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Office of Strategic Services, during the period 17 September 1944 through 1 May 1945, as an organizer with resistance groups in enemy-occupied Holland. Lieutenant Todd was involved in fierce fighting during the Arnhem Bridge engagement. He remained on a roof of a target building for three days and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. First Lieutenant Todd'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, U.S. Forces-European Theater, General Orders No. 222 (1945)
Home Town: Marion, Illinois


*TODD, JOHN H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John H. Todd (0-330365), Lieutenant Colonel, 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 from November 1942 through 28 December 1942, in North Africa. Lieutenant Colonel Todd'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.
Allied Force Headquarters, General Orders No. 11 (1943)
Home Town: Floyd County, Georgia


*TODD, MERL H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Merl H. Todd (39376000), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 9 January 1945. Technical Sergeant Todd'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 in Austria, General Orders No. 7 (1946)
Home Town: Yakima, Washington


TODD, WILLIAM P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William P. Todd, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 5 February 1945. Captain Todd'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. 131 (1945)


TOFURI, CHARLES ANTHONY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles Anthony Tofuri, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Infantry Company of the 182d Infantry Regiment, Americal Division, in action against enemy forces on 14 January 1943, at Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands. Sergeant Tofuri'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. 113 (1943)
Home Town: Winchester, Massachusetts


TOKARCHEK, JOHN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John Tokarchek, Technical 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 10 August 1944. Technical Sergeant Tokarchek'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. 47 (1945)


*TOLLEY, HERBERT L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Herbert L. Tolley (0-1311706), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 and 13 February 1945. Second Lieutenant Tolley'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 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 437 (1945)
Home Town: Arizona


TOMPKINS, CLIFFORD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clifford Tompkins, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces in July 1943. Sergeant Tompkins' intrepid actions, personal 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. 25 (1943)


TOMPKINS, MORGAN R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Morgan R. Tompkins, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 143d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 May 1944. Private First Class Tompkins' intrepid actions, personal 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. 75 (1944)
Home Town: Ennice, North Carolina


TONEGUZZO, DANTE T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Dante T. ToneGuzzo (35623047), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 April 1945, near Essen, Germany. When his platoon was pinned down by intense machine gunfire from two mutually supporting pillboxes, Private First Class ToneGuzzo arose, on his own initiative and with complete disregard for his personal safety, in the face of heavy automatic weapons' fire, stormed the nearest pillbox. He threw a hand grenade into the emplacement, killing two enemy and causing nine others to surrender. Then, still alone, he unhesitatingly moved against the second pillbox, again exposing himself to intense machine gun and sniper fire. He threw another grenade, which killed one enemy and forced five others to surrender. The extraordinary heroism, personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Private First Class ToneGuzzo were a great inspiration to the men of his platoon, and were materially responsible for their advance to the final objective. Private First Class ToneGuzzo'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 17th Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 44 (June 13, 1945)
Home Town: Ohio


TOOL, CHARLES D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles D. Tool, 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 18 March 1944. Captain Tool'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. 91 (1944)


*TOOTHMAN, ARTHUR S. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Arthur S. Toothman (20944190), 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 28 and 29 July 1943, at New Georgia, Solomon Islands. Staff Sergeant Toothman'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: Whitcomb County, Washington


*TORBA, EDWARD B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Edward B. Torba (33429037), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 April 1945. Staff Sergeant Torba'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. 297 (1945)
Home Town: Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania


TORRES, JOSEPH R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph R. Torres, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 182d Infantry Regiment, Americal Division, in action against enemy forces on 14 April 1945. Private First Class Torres' intrepid actions, personal 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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 300 (1945)


TOWNSEND, DURED E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Dured E. Townsend, Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of an Infantry Battalion of the 86th Mountain Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, in action against enemy forces from 14 to 17 April 1945, in Italy. When the 10th Mountain Division launched its final offensive in the North Apennine Mountains of Italy, Lieutenant Colonel Townsend led his battalion in the mission of spearheading in the 86th Mountain Infantry's zone of action and of protecting the exposed right flank of the division. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he moved through mines and under enemy fire with his attacking companies giving them instructions and encouragement. Soon after taking the objective, Lieutenant Colonel Townsend's jeep was fired on by a German 88, wounding the driver. Lieutenant Colonel Townsend'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, U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 127 (1946)
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star Star (WWII), Bronze Star Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Legion of Merit


TOWNSEND, JOHN N.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John N. Townsend, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 70th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Second Lieutenant Townsend'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. 35 (1944)


*TRAMMEL, JUDGE Y., JR. (DNB)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Judge Y. Trammel, Jr. (6969479), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces during July & August, 1942. Sergeant Trammel'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. 31 (1943)
Home Town: Cabarrus County, North Carolina


TRANSUE, EDWARD M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward M. Transue, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 385th Infantry Regiment, 76th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Transue'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 76th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 144 (1945)


*TRAPANI, RICHARD (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Richard Trapani (32641506), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 399th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 March 1945, in the vicinity of Reyersviller, France. Staff Sergeant Trapani'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 100th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 547 (1945)
Home Town: Kings County, New York


TRAPNELL, THOMAS JOHN HALL (POW)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas John Hall Trapnell, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 26th Cavalry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces while the U.S. Cavalry engaged in rear guard action on 22 December 1941, in the Philippine Islands. During a concentration of enemy fire from tanks and infantry, Major Trapnell remained between the hostile forces and his own troops and set on fire a truck on a bridge somewhere in Launion Province. Then he waited calmly until the bridge had burned before leaving in a scout car to rejoin his troops. Major Trapnell'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, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 11 (1942)
Home Town: Yonkers, New York


TREADWELL, JACK LeMASTER
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jack LeMaster Treadwell, Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 May 1944. Second Lieutenant Treadwell'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. 53 (1944)
Born: March 31, 1919 at Ashland, Alabama
Home Town: Snyder, Oklahoma
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)


*TREGO, HOWARD W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Howard W. Trego, Technical Sergeant, 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 13 July 1944. Technical Sergeant Trego'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. 89 (1944)


*TROTTER, FRED (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Fred Trotter (34098461), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 7 January 1944. Staff Sergeant Trotter'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. 71 (1944)
Home Town: Pickens County, South Carolina


TRUE, GORDON R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gordon R. True, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 85th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 October 1944. Private First Class True'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 85th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (1945)
Home Town: Corinth, Kentucky


TRUMPAITIS, ANTHONY D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Anthony D. Trumpaitis, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in October 1943. Sergeant Trumpaitis' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 45th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 16 (1944)


TRUSCOTT, LUCIAN KING, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lucian King Truscott, Jr., Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Commanding General, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 July 1943. Major General Truscott'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.
War Department, General Orders No. 11 (1944)
Born: January 9, 1895 at Chatfield, Texas
Home Town: Oklahoma


TUBBS, HERBERT A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herbert A. Tubbs, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces from 6 to 14 June 1944, in France. First Sergeant Tubbs' intrepid actions, personal 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. 86 (1944)


TUCK, JOSEPH Q.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph Q. Tuck, Captain (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, while serving with the 1st Cavalry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 March 1944. Captain Tuck'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 Cavalry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 69 (1944)
Home Town: Winterville, Georgia


TUCK, WILLIAM R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William R. Tuck, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 4 June 1944. Major Tuck'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. 143 (1944)


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


*TUCKER, JAMES R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James R. Tucker (35150159), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 1st Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 November 1942. Technician Fifth Grade Tucker'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.
Allied Force Headquarters, General Orders No. 8 (1943)
Home Town: Marion, Indiana


*TUCKER, KEMBLE (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Kemble Tucker (0-1011068), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Company A, 36th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 March 1945, in Germany. Captain Tucker displayed outstanding tactical skill and fearless leadership in the attack on an enemy town. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Captain Tucker, while under constant heavy enemy fire, courageously led the assault on strongly fortified enemy positions. He was forced to change tanks twice when they were disabled by enemy fire as he was leading the attack. Upon dismounting from the second knocked out tank Captain Tucker was killed by enemy small arms fire. The men of his command, inspired by this outstanding exhibition of bravery and daring, continued the attack and successfully achieved their objective. The intrepidity, fortitude, initiative and loyalty demonstrated by this courageous officer in the performance of his duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVI Corps, General Orders No. 60 (August 2, 1945)
Home Town: Delaware County, Pennsylvania


TUCKER, REUBEN H.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Reuben H. Tucker (0-19894), Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 September 1943, about one-half mile northeast of Altavilla, Italy. Colonel Tucker observed that the enemy was digging in on Hill 424, Army objective of the 1st Battalion of his regiment, the advance of which had been delayed by terrain, organized a small group of twenty-three men, and with utter disregard for his own safety, Colonel Tucker led this small group through heavy enemy artillery fire, attacked and drove the enemy from Hill 424. In this action five of the men became casualties, but Colonel Tucker and the remaining eighteen men held Hill 424 against enemy counterattacks and against enemy forces that were retreating in front of the 1st Battalion, until the 1st Battalion was able to occupy and hold the hill. By his heroic actions, Colonel Tucker enabled the 1st Battalion to attain its important Army objective. His 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 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 8 (November 14, 1944)

TUCKER, REUBEN H.
(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 Reuben H. Tucker (0-19894), Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 September 1944, near Nijmegen, Holland. Completely disregarding his own safety, Colonel Tucker personally directed the successful operation which enabled the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment to successfully cross the treacherous Waal River, and by his continuous presence with the forward elements, as well as his exemplary judgment and brilliant leadership, inspired his command to the early establishment of the vital Nijmegen bridgehead. Colonel Tucker's contact with the assault units was maintained in the face of intense artillery, mortar, and small arms fire, and he repeatedly exposed himself to this enemy fire in order to confer with the officers leading the attack and to keep them informed to the enemy's situation. After all assigned objectives had been overrun and seized and when certain elements of his battalions were badly split up and intermingled as a result of the bitter and piecemeal fighting, Colonel Tucker calmly and courageously assumed personal command and effected prompt reorganization, thereby insuring an adequate perimeter defense which repelled all subsequent counterattacks. By his intrepid direction, heroic leadership, and superior professional ability, Colonel Tucker set an inspiring example for his command and his 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 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 71 (September 30, 1943)
Home Town: Ansonia, Connecticut
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


TUCKER, ROBERT E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert E. Tucker, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, 1st Battalion, 254th Infantry Regiment, 63d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 January 1945, in France. On that date, in the vicinity of Benwihr, France, the 1st Battalion attacked a strongly defended enemy-held hill, under the command of Colonel Tucker. As the battalion was moving up under heavy artillery, mortar, machine gun and rifle fire the center company encountered an anti-personnel minefield and was pinned down. Colonel Tucker, realizing the hopelessness of further advance acted quickly. With dauntless courage, he moved through anti-personnel minefields under intense enemy fire, from one company to another, organizing and bringing the battalion under his personal control. Through his cool, calm and deliberate action, Colonel Tucker was successful in reorganizing his battalion and continuing the attack which resulted in the capture and occupation of the strongly fortified hill. Major Tucker'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 63d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 263 (4 June 1945)
Home Town: Winthrop, Massachusetts


TUCKER, WILLIAM I.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William I. Tucker, Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 745th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 23 November 1944. Technician Fourth Grade Tucker'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. 17 (1945)


TUNNICLIF, MARVIN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Marvin Tunniclif, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 315th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 11 January 1945. Private First Class Tunniclif'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. 585 (October 6, 1945)


TURNER, BRUCE K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Bruce K. Turner, 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 361st Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 June 1944. Private First Class Turner's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 91st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 149 (1944)


*TURNER, CLIFFORD C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Clifford C. Turner (33902701), Technical Sergeant, 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 6 March 1945. Technical Sergeant Turner'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 Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 109 (1945)
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII)


TURNER, EDWIN K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edwin K. Turner, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 June 1944. Technical Sergeant Turner'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. 153 (1944)


TURNER, ROY B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Roy B. Turner, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 334th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 February 1945. Private First Class Turner'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 84th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 116 (1945)


*TURNER, WILLIAM L. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William L. Turner (0-22054), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 June 1944, in France. Lieutenant Colonel turner's battalion was halted by stubborn enemy resistance. He immediately went forward of his column, entered one of the tanks supporting his battalion and personally directed the fire of the tank. His accurate direction of this fire destroyed the enemy position and enabled his battalion to move forward, however, while directing the attack from this position he was killed by enemy fire. Lieutenant Colonel Turner'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 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)
Home Town: Milledgeville, Georgia


*TURRIETA, JOSE E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Jose E. Turrieta (38352031), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 March 1945. Private Turrieta's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 263 (1945)
Home Town: Valencia County, New Mexico


TUTTLE, PAUL V., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul V. Tuttle, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 3d Battalion, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 December 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Tuttle's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 2d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 216 (1945)
Home Town: Fort Lyon, Colorado


*TWEED, GLEN E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Glen E. Tweed (14000516), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 305th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 December 1944. Technical Sergeant Tweed'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 77th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 437 (1945)
Home Town: Cocke County, Tennessee


TYLER, FREDERICK L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frederick L. Tyler, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 66th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 15 April 1945. First Lieutenant Tyler'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. 218 (1945)


*TYLER, MAURICE LINWOOD (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Maurice Linwood Tyler (13063933), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 222d Infantry Regiment, 42d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 April 1945. Private Tyler'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 42d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces in Austria, General Orders No. 66 (1945)
Home Town: Richmond, Virginia


TYMNIAK, WALTER
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter Tymniak, First Lieutenant (Infantry), 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 28 July 1943, at New Georgia, Solomon Islands. First Lieutenant Tymniak'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. 448 (1943)
Home Town: New York, New York

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*UESSLER, CARL W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Carl W. Uessler (32870041), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 February 1945. Private First Class Uessler'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 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 50 (1945)
Home Town: New York, New York


UNDERWOOD, JACK E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jack E. Underwood, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 339th Infantry Regiment, 85th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 and 13 May 1944. Sergeant Underwood'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 85th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 113 (1944)
Home Town: North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania


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


UNGER, FREDERICK W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frederick W. Unger, 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 29 August 1944. Staff Sergeant Unger'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. 55 (1944)


UPHAM, JOHN S., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John S. Upham, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 743d Tank Battalion, attached to the 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. Lieutenant Colonel Upham's gallant leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 68 (1944)


UPTOI, J. C., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to J. C. Uptoi, Jr., 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 March 1945. Private First Class Uptoi'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. 44 (1945)


*UPTON, MYLES H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Myles H. Upton (36637372), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 February 1945. Staff Sergeant Upton'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 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 125 (1945)
Home Town: Cook County, Illinois


URENDA, MANUEL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Manuel Urenda, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 7th Cavalry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 29 March 1945. Corporal Urenda'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. 74 (1945)


URISH, JOSEPH W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph W. Urish (33575265), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 10 June 1944, in France. Just before his company was about to launch an attack on an enemy shore battery, Sergeant Urish, who was leading a patrol, voluntarily, on a signal being given by the enemy, moved into the battery alone to persuade them to surrender. After about a quarter of an hour the first of the enemy marched out to surrender. As they did the remainder of Sergeant Urish's patrol loaded their rifles. The enemy, thinking they were to be shot in cold blood, scattered and returned to their post. Sergeant Urish faced by a now definitely hostile garrison, instead of attempting to escape in the confusion, remained in the battery completely disregarding his own safety in an attempt to further persuade the battery to surrender. Finally after much pleading and promising the enemy, one by one, laid down their arms, surrendered, and marched out. A total of one hundred sixty-seven prisoners were captured from a position that might have held out for days. Sergeant Urish'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: Revloc, Pennsylvania

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VALENCIA, ARMANDO V.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Armando V. Valencia, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 19 March 1944. Corporal Valencia'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. 49 (1944)


*VALENTINO, NICHOLAS F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Nicholas F. Valentino (32358203), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 31 January 1944. Staff Sergeant Valentino'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. 110 (1944)
Home Town: Richmond County, New York


*VAN AUKEN, HARRY H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harry H. Van Auken (32027342), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 114th Infantry Regiment, 44th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 February 1945. Private Van Auken'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 44th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 206 (1945)
Home Town: Madison County, New York


*VAN BOGART, ROBERT (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert Van Bogart (37173936), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Van Bogart's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 61 (1945)
Home Town: St. Paul, Minnesota


VAN DE VOORT, LEO D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leo D. Van De Voort (0-885530), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Platoon Leader in an Infantry Company of the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. In the initial assault upon the cost of France, First Lieutenant Van De Voort landed with his platoon in the face of heavy enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire. This intense fire pinned the men down on a narrow beachhead, inflicting numerous casualties with resultant disorganization. With complete disregard for his own safety, First Lieutenant Van De Voort, on numerous occasions, exposed himself to this direct fire in reorganizing and preparing his platoon for an attack. He then led his platoon in a successful assault upon the enemy positions. The personal bravery and superior leadership displayed by First Lieutenant Van De Voort 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)


VAN DER KAMP, JOHN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John Van Der Kamp, Technical 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 21 December 1944. Technical Sergeant Van Der Kamp'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. 151 (1945)


VAN DINE, LESLIE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leslie Van Dine, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 11 February 1944. Sergeant Van Dine'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. 82 (1944)


VAN EVERY, GILBERT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gilbert Van Every (39831209), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 2d Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 December 1944. On that date, during fierce action near Bastogne, Belgium, Private First Class Van Every's platoon of the 506th Parachute Infantry was pinned down by strong enemy forces. Courageously moving his light machine-gun to a position in front of his platoon, Private First Class Van Every delivered a deadly stream of fire which disorganized the enemy attack and permitted his companions to establish firing positions. Then, against repeated counterattacks and although the focus for concentrated fire, he held his exposed position and with skillful, deadly fire inflicted tremendous losses upon the enemy. The fearless determination Private First Class Van Every displayed and his courageous, heroic devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 101 (May 12, 1945)
Born: Rupert, Idaho 
Home Town: Pocatello, Idaho


VAN FLEET, JAMES ALWARD
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James Alward Van Fleet (0-3847), Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while Commanding the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 6 to 8 June 1944, in France. In the initial landing and assault upon the European continent, Colonel Van Fleet quickly organized his troops and pushed them rapidly across the beach in an orderly and determined manner, brushing aside resistance and thereby greatly expediting the early establishment of the Division beachhead. Colonel Van Fleet was always well forward and on numerous occasions personally went up to check his battalions. His superior leadership and personal example of courage aided in clearing the beach with a minimum of casualties and substantially contributed to the rapid advance of the division to its D- Day objective. On 7 June 1944, while the enemy was using observed fire to vigorously shell the highways and avenues of approach in the vicinity of his unit, he displayed cool leadership and skill in maintaining order under severely trying conditions, and did so encourage and inspire confidence in all members of the Combat Team that they followed his example and advanced with no hesitation, and with minimum losses of both men and equipment. This was at a critical time when a failure to procure advanced positions would have endangered the success of the operation. On the morning of 8 June 1944, while visiting his front line battalions, with disregard for his personal safety, he captured an enemy guard and procured important information from him which aided the Regiment in successfully advancing against the enemy's strongly entrenched successive positions. The cool fearlessness, personal bravery, and leadership displayed by Colonel Van Fleet were an inspiration to his men and exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States, reflecting great credit upon himself, the 4th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 28 (June 20, 1944)

VAN FLEET, JAMES ALWARD
(Second Award)
blank: 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 James Alward Van Fleet, Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while Commanding the 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces during the period 6 to 22 December 1944, in the Saar River operations. Major General Van Fleet personally directed laying and maintaining a smoke screen which in spite of shifting winds, unpredictable weather, and fierce enemy action, completely concealed all crossing movements from the enemy. His 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 90th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (1945)

VAN FLEET, JAMES ALWARD
(Third Award)
Synopsis:
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 James Alward Van Fleet, Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, III Army Corps, in action against enemy forces on 9 January 1945 in military operations in Luxembourg. During a scheduled advance, Major General Van Fleet visited all elements participating in the attack, fearlessly exposing himself to heavy enemy artillery, mortar, and rocket fire and inspired the men. His 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 III Corps, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 133 (1945)
Born: March 19, 1892 at Coytesville, New Jersey
Home Town: Bartow, Florida
Personal Awards: 3@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


*VAN GIESEN, GEORGE T. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George T. Van Giesen (0-1306023), 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 414th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 November 1944. Lieutenant Van Giesen, a Platoon Leader, volunteered to lead a combat patrol against enemy positions which he had located the previous night while on a reconnaissance patrol. While skillfully leading his men over the same route he had passed the night before, he and his men were suddenly subjected to intense machine gun fire which caused many casualties. Realizing that maneuvering was impossible, he ordered his men to withdraw while he, completely disregarding his own personal safety, moved among his wounded men, rendering first aid and moving them to safer positions. This courageous act was done without thought for himself and amid intense machine gun fire which took his life. Lieutenant Van Giesen demonstrated a spirit of unselfishness and fearless devotion for his comrades that is an inspiring example for all. The extraordinary heroism and courageous actions of Lieutenant Van Giesen 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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 314 (1945)
Home Town: San Francisco, California


*VAN MORRELGEM, FRANK (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Frank Van Morrelgem (32033699), Sergeant, 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 30 May 1944, near Anzio, Italy. Sergeant Van Morrelgem'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. 143 (1944)
Home Town: Rochester, New York
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Purple Hearts


*VAN NESTE, KEITH G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Keith G. Van Neste (0-405360), Captain (Infantry), 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 13 April 1945. Captain Van Neste'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 2d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 168 (1945)
Home Town: Anselmo, Nebraska


*VAN OSDOL, JOSEPH O. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Joseph O. Van Osdol (37620533), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 362d Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 July 1944. Private First Class Van Osdol'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: Cole County, Missouri


VAN VALKENBURG, JOHN J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John J. Van Valkenburg (32743116), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces during the period 6 June 1944 through 5 July 1944, in France. On D-Day Private Van Valkenburg on three separate and distinct occasions crossed open fields swept by enemy fire to administer aid to and evacuate wounded men. On 14 June 1944, he moved out 100 yards in front of the lines under heavy enemy mortar and machine gun fire to render aid to a wounded man and to bring him back to the safety of his own lines. On 15 June 1944, while accompanying a patrol, he left his place of cover and administered first aid in the midst of mortar and small arms fire to a wounded man. Though wounded by mortar fire, he refused to be evacuated. On 5 July 1944, he twice moved across open fields swept by machine gun fire to administer aid to wounded men. On this latter occasion Private Van Valkenburg was again wounded. The gallantry and unselfish devotion to duty without regard for his own personal safety displayed by Private Van Valkenburg exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 45 (August 9, 1944)
Home Town: New York


*VANCE, DAVID H., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to David H. Vance, Jr. (2006108), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 March 1945. Second Lieutenant Vance's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 217 (1945)
Home Town: Shelby County, Tennessee


*VANCE, FRANK H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Frank H. Vance (0-317954), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Armored Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces in March 1943. Captain Vance'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-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 33 (1943)
Home Town: Henry County, Indiana


*VANCE, FREDERICK S. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Frederick S. Vance (33149178), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 February 1944, at Carano, Italy. With one other soldier, Private First Class Vance manned an outpost 800 yards in advance of his company and held it in the face of repeated and determined enemy infantry attacks supported by mortar and artillery fire. He refused to fall back, even when told that his mission had been accomplished, and for 2 hours continued to hold off the enemy and inflict heavy casualties. When their ammunition was nearly exhausted, he crawled back under heavy enemy fire to the main line of resistance. Procuring all the ammunition he could carry, he again crawled forward and was fired upon by a German light machine gun. With his rifle he killed the German gunner and his assistant and regained the outpost. For two hours Private Vance and his comrade fought off all enemy efforts to overrun or outflank their position and prevented two German platoons from advancing. Finally an enemy shell made a direct hit on the outpost, killing both its defenders. The extraordinary heroism of Private Vance prevented the full brunt of the German assault from falling on his company and allowed time for our forces to bring artillery to bear, eventually breaking up the enemy attack. Private First Class Vance'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.
War Department, General Orders No. 38 (1945)
Home Town: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania


VANDER ENDE, CHARLES T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles T. Vander Ende, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Vander Ende'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. 619 (1945)


VANDERVOORT, BENJAMIN H.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Benjamin H. Vandervoort (0-22715), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 2d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, near Ste. Mere Eglise, France. Though he sustained a broken foot in his jump, Lieutenant Colonel Vandervoort refused to be evacuated. He immediately, despite his painful injury, assembled and organized all the available troops from his battalion and personally led it through enemy held territory to the initial objective. With only first-aid treatment for his broken foot, he remained with his unit and directed the defense of its newly won position against a vastly superior enemy. With complete disregard for his own safety he continually moved about the foremost elements, subjecting himself to intense enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire. Inspired by his presence, his men successfully withstood repeated enemy counterattacks. Lieutenant Colonel Vandervoort'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 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)

VANDERVOORT, BENJAMIN H.
(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 Benjamin H. Vandervoort (0-22715), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 2d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces in Holland from 17 to 23 September 1944. On 17 September the Second Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry, Lieutenant Colonel Vandervoort commanding, landed near Groesbeek, Holland. Lieutenant Colonel Vandervoort hastened the reorganization and advanced with his leading element to capture the initial battalion objective in three and one half hours. On the afternoon of the 19th of September 1944, the Second Battalion moved into Nijmegen to attack prepared defensive positions including dug in anti-tank and machine gun nests and camouflaged snipers posts. Lieutenant Colonel Vandervoort supervised and directed the assault while continually under direct fire from these snipers. A coordinated attack was launched on the afternoon of 21 September 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Vandervoort established himself at a forward and exposed position to personally supervise and coordinate the progress of the Infantry and attached armored elements. Throughout the entire engagement, his total disregard for his own safety made possible the continued coordination which led to the final seizure of the bridge. Lieutenant Colonel Vandervoort's coolness, outstanding courage and initiative, and his resolute leadership contributed to the success of the mission of seizing intact the railway and highway bridges. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 10 (January 22, 1945)
Home Town: Gasport, New York
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


*VANHOOSER, JAMES A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James A. VanHooser (34526848), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Vanhooser'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 26th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 129 (1945)
Home Town: DeKalb County, Tennessee


VANNICE, DANIEL B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Daniel B. Vannice (33710273), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Infantry Company of the 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 April 1945, in Germany. When a strong enemy force attacked the rear of his company's positions, Staff Sergeant Vannice braved a hail of fire to reach a firing position at an upstairs window of a nearby building from which he placed accurate rifle fire upon the attackers, allowing the advance. Abandoning his position long enough to secure a rocket launcher from his company's command post a short distance away, he returned to the window and fired his rocket launcher at an approaching self-propelled gun. Four high explosive shells from the hostile weapon failed to dislodge him from his post. Returning the fire, he destroyed the gun, killing three Germans. Though severely wounded by rifle fire a short while later, Staff Sergeant Vannice, after having his wounds dressed, continued to resist the enemy force from a second position until the last German was either killed or wounded. Staff Sergeant Vannice'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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 108 (November 19, 1945)
Home Town: Maryland


VARNER, CARSON L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carson L. Varner, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 25 January 1944. Private Varner'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)


VARNER, DWIGHT STEVE (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Dwight Steve Varner, First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces after being captured and taken as a Prisoner of War on 5 May 1943. Effecting his escape from captivity, Lieutenant Varner took 7 Italian and 17 German soldiers prisoner, and returned with them to his own lines. First Lieutenant Varner'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. 84 (1943)


*VARNER, WILLIAM R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William R. Varner (37208675), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on August 1943. Corporal Varner'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. 27 (1943)
Home Town: Jefferson County, Kansas


*VASLET, EDWARD R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Edward R. Vaslet (31065135), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 14 September 1944. Sergeant Vaslet's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 124 (1944)
Home Town: Bristol County, Massachusetts


VAUGHN, GAITHER W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gaither W. Vaughn, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces in September 1943. Sergeant Vaughn's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 94 (1943)


VAUGHT, HOMER C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Homer C. Vaught, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on February 1943. Staff Sergeant Vaught'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. 51 (1943)


VEDVIK, BURNETTE J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Burnette J. Vedvik, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 2 February 1945. Technician Fifth Grade Vedvik'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. 54 (1945)


*VELASCO, PRESCILLANO (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Prescillano Velasco (0-888152), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 14th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 4 November 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Second Lieutenant Velasco'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.
Home Town: Philippine Islands


VERRILL, HERBERT S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herbert S. Verrill, Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 399th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 March 1945, in the vicinity of Reyersviller, France. Second Lieutenant Verrill'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. 585 (October 6, 1945)


VIALE, ANGELO S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Angelo S. Viale, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 161st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces at Kapintalan, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on 2 April 1945. During a successful attack spearheaded by two platoons of Company L, 161st Infantry, against a well-defended enemy hill, Sergeant Viale, accompanying the force as a mortar observer, acted as a rifleman since his mortars were not used. The platoons pushed forward to a small barren ridge and began to dig in for the night when, suddenly, enemy artillery opened fire. A heavy concentration of 30 rounds in rapid succession fell directly on the position and killed or wounded most of the non-commissioned officers. Heedless of his own safety, Sergeant Viale fearlessly moved among the shocked and confused men and assisted in organizing a withdrawal to a new position. The enemy then began firing 90-mm. mortar shells which hit the group and killed and wounded many men. Sergeant Viale again assisted in organizing and leading his companions to a position of comparative safety. By this time all the officers and non-commissioned officers had been evacuated and, on his own initiative, Sergeant Viale regrouped his men, organized a litter party and re-entered the impact area to recover the dead and wounded. When an order was received to reoccupy the ridge in order to repel any Japanese counter-attacks, Sergeant Viale, on his own initiative, reformed the group and led them back to the ridge in the face of devastating shelling. Later, finding the position untenable, he skillfully withdrew his companions without a casualty. By his coolness in the midst of demoralizing enemy artillery fire, outstanding heroism and skilful and inspiring leadership of disorganized men, Sergeant Viale was instrumental in saving the lives of many wounded and provided an example worthy of the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 130 (1945)
Birth: June 7, 1919 at Martinez, California
Home Town: San Francisco, California


*VIERHELLER, THOMAS E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Thomas E. Vierheller (0-1310532), Second Lieutenant, 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 22 January 1944. Second Lieutenant Vierheller's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 91 (1944)
Home Town: Wood County, West Virginia


VIGIL, JUAN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Juan Vigil, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 13 April 1945. Private First Class Vigil'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. 51 (1945)


VILLAMOR, VINCENTE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Vincente Villamor, Sergeant, 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 15 January 1942. Sergeant Villamor'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.
War Department, General Orders No. 92 (1946)


VILLANUEBA, ADOLPHO D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Adolpho D. Villanueba, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 83d Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 24 December 1944. Sergeant Villanueba'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. 52 (1945)


VILLENEUVE, RAYMOND F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Raymond F. Villeneuve, 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 Villeneuve'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. 25 (1943)


*VINCENT, FRED (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Fred Vincent (34049153), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 31 January 1944. Sergeant Vincent's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 72 (1944)
Home Town: Humphreys County, Mississippi


*VISCH, EMERSON M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Emerson M. Visch (0-1320574), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 November 1944. Second Lieutenant Visch'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 29th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 52 (1945)
Home Town: Zeeland, Michigan


VITTITOE, JAMES D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James D. Vittitoe, First Lieutenant (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 83d Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 30 March 1945. First Lieutenant Vittitoe'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. 585 (October 6, 1945)


VOELKER, JOSEPH, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph Voelker, Jr., Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 February 1945. Private First Class Voelker'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. 176 (1945)


*VOLANSKY, JOSEPH E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Joseph E. Volansky (33275668), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 23 April 1943, in North Africa. Private First Class Volansky'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. 16 (1943)
Home Town: Grays Landing, Pennsylvania


VOLCKMANN, RUSSELL W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Russell W. Volckmann, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 20 January 1945, in the the Philippine Islands. Lieutenant Colonel Volckmann'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. 21 (1945)
Home Town: Iowa City, Iowa


VOLLMER, ROBERT P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert P. Vollmer, Private First Class, 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 8 August 1944. Private First Class Vollmer's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 30th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 600 (1945)


*VOLTERO, THOMAS A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Thomas A. Voltero (31301199), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 143d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 and 18December 1944. Sergeant Voltero's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 163 (1945)
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts


*VON BEHREN, CHARLEY H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charley H. Von Behren (0-1170235), First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 11 September 1944. First Lieutenant Von Behren'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. 141 (1945)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


VON PATTEN, RICHARD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard Von Patten, 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 13 August 1944. Private First Class Von Patten'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)


VONDRACEK, FRANCIS J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Francis J. Vondracek, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Sergeant Vondracek'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: Wisconsin


VORPAHL, CLARENCE C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clarence C. Vorpahl, 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 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 February 1944, at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Technician Fifth Grade Vorpahl was wounded while courageously treating and removing wounded soldiers from t he battle field. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces-Central Pacific Area, General Orders No. 105 (1944)
Home Town: Random Lake, Wisconsin


VOSBURGH, GLENN F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Glenn F. Vosburgh, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 3 January 1943. Private First Class Vosburgh'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. 524 (1943)


VOSS, EVAN C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Evan C. Voss, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 February 1945, in Oberhoffen, France. When two German tanks, supported by infantry elements, launched a counterattack to retake a row of houses, Sergeant Voss, acting platoon sergeant of the 3d platoon, moved to an exposed position at a first floor window of the platoon command post and began relaying corrections to the friendly artillery observer. Although he was subjected to a heavy concentration of enemy automatic weapons fire, he remained in position and fired his rifle at the enemy attackers. His accurate fire killed four Germans, wounded four and forced the remainder to flee in disorder. After losing their infantry support, the tanks withdrew. By his magnificent courage and outstanding aggressiveness, Sergeant Voss was responsible for repelling a strong enemy counterattack. 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 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 178 (1945)


VYGODA, OTTO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Otto Vygoda, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces during World War II. Private Vygoda'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.

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