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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


*WADE, JOHN E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John E. Wade (39248950), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 June 1944. Staff Sergeant Wade's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 82 (1944)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, Purple Heart


*WAFFLE, RALPH E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Ralph E. Waffle (0-102971), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 67th Armored Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 12 August 1944. Second Lieutenant Waffle's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 134 (1945)
Home Town: Lucas County, Ohio


WAGNER, ERNEST G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ernest G. Wagner, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 145th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 February 1945. Private First Class Wagner's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 53 (1945)


*WAGNER, HOWARD O. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Howard O. Wagner (32636734), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 September 1944. Technical Sergeant Wagner'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 80th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 273 (October 1, 1945)
Home Town: Nassau County, New York


*WAGNER, JOHN F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John F. Wagner (36276513), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 January 1944 at Saidor, New Guinea. On that date Private First Class Wagner's patrol was attacked in a Banzai charge by Japanese forces. Remaining behind, he provided covering fire that allowed his patrol to withdraw, sacrificing his own life to save the lives of his comrades. Private First Class Wagner's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 23 (1944)
Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


*WAGNER, ROMANUS (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Romanus Wagner (37323229), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 61st Armored Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 16 March 1945. Private First Class Wagner's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 241 (1945)
Home Town: Dewey County, South Dakota


WAGNER, THEODORE G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Theodore G. Wagner, Private First Class, 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 11 July 1944. Private First Class Wagner's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 73 (1944)


WAGNER, WILLIAM A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William A. Wagner, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 6 February 1945. Private First Class Wagner's intrepid actions, personal 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. 12 (1945)


WAGONER, GEORGE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George E. Wagoner, First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 747th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 8 July 1944, in the vicinity of St. Lo, France. First Lieutenant Wagoner's intrepid actions, personal 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. 55 (1944)


WAINWRIGHT, JONATHAN MAYHEW (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright, Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces from 21 December 1941 through 5 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Major General Wainwright's intrepid actions, personal 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. 17 (1942)
Born: August 23, 1883 at Fort Walla Walla, Washington
Home Town: Skaneateles, New York
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)


WAKEFIELD, JOHN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John A. Wakefield, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 12 February 1944. Private First Class Wakefield's intrepid actions, personal 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)


WALDRON, ALBERT W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Albert W. Waldron, Brigadier General, 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 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Brigadier General Waldron's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 60 (1942)
Home Town: New York


WALDRON, JAY W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jay W. Waldron, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 335th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 December 1944. Sergeant Waldron's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 98 (1945)


*WALES, VICTOR W. B., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Victor W. B. Wales, Jr. (0-408060), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Armored Infantry, in action against enemy forces in November 1942. First Lieutenant Wales' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 23 (1943)
Home Town: Hardin County, Kentucky


WALKER, BEASOR B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Beasor B. Walker, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy as Commanding Officer, Company G, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 March 1945, near Wullsoneid, Germany. Captain Walker courageously returned the fire of an enemy patrol which attacked him, killing two of the foe and forcing the remainder to withdraw. He ordered his outposts to cover and, disregarding intense enemy rocket and mortar fire, accurately directed artillery upon counterattacking Germans. Despite direct automatic fire, he advanced and single-handedly destroyed a machine gun crew, and, engaging nearby riflemen in hand-to-hand combat, dispersed the group. He then skillfully deployed his men and led an aggressive and successful assault against remaining strongpoints in the town. Captain Walker's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-European Theater, General Orders No. 274 (1945)
Home Town: Tuscaloosa, Alabama


WALKER, FRED L.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Fred L. Walker, Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while Commanding the 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 30 May 30 1944 to 5 June 1944. Major General Walker's inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 83 (September 27, 1944)
Born: at Fairfield County, Ohio
Home Town: Kierkersville, Ohio
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Army Distinguished Service Medal


WALKER, LEWIS W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lewis W. Walker (0-1051429), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), 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 on 19 December 1944, in Belgium. During a desperate enemy counter-attack which caught his men in an exposed position, Second Lieutenant Walker, standing upright in the face of overwhelming odds, delivered fire on the enemy enabling his men to take covered positions. From this exposed position he continued to direct accurate fire, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy, until the supply of ammunition in his platoon was exhausted. Second Lieutenant Walker, although wounded, then directed an orderly withdrawal and supervised re-supply and medical treatment. Second Lieutenant Walker's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 8 (January 18, 1946)
Home Town: California


*WALKER, NELSON M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Nelson M. Walker (0-7642), Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 July 1944. Brigadier General Walker'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 8th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (1944)
Home Town: Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Legion of Merit, Purple Heart


*WALKER, RICHARD P. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Richard P. Walker (0-338170), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 349th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 October 1944. First Lieutenant Walker'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 88th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 175 (1944)
Home Town: Bedford County, Virginia
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


WALKER, WALTON HARRIS
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walton Harris Walker (0-3405), Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while Commanding the XX Army Corps, in action against enemy forces on 23 August 1944. Major General Walker's inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 54 (1944)
Born: December 3, 1889 at Belton, Texas
Home Town: Belton, Texas
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (Korea)


*WALL, HOWARD J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Howard J. Wall (0-1299654), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 345th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 February 1945. Captain Wall'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 87th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 266 (1945)
Home Town: Bronx, New York
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


*WALLACE, HARVEY L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harvey L. Wallace (6971550), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 1277th Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 18 January 1945. Sergeant Wallace'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. 163 (1945)
Home Town: Chilton County, Alabama
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


WALLACE, KENNETH W.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Kenneth W. Wallace, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 January 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Wallace's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 585 (October 6, 1945)

WALLACE, KENNETH W.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Kenneth W. Wallace, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 24 January 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Wallace's intrepid actions, personal 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. 224 (1945)
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


WALLIS, LYNN R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lynn R. Wallis, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 3d Battalion, 163d Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 and 29 April 1944. Major Wallis' intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 307 (1946)


WALLS, ROY C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Roy C. Walls, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 February 1945. Private First Class Walls' intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 158 (1945)


WALSH, THOMAS J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas J. Walsh, 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 104th Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 October 1944. Technician Fifth Grade Walsh's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 26th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 217 (August 19, 1945)


WALSH, WILLIAM F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William F. Walsh, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 March 1945. Private Walsh's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 628 (1945)


WALSH, WILLIAM P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William P. Walsh (16007135), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 December 1944, in Cheneux, Belgium. When his platoon was pinned to the ground by heavy grazing fire, Staff Sergeant Walsh, though seriously wounded, rose to his feet and voluntarily led a charge upon an enemy held village. Advancing three hundred yards, he encountered devastating flanking fire from a 20-mm. flak wagon. Unable to pull the pin from a hand grenade because of a severe hand wound, he moved quickly to a comrade who armed the grenade. Returning to within ten feet of the weapon, he tossed the grenade into the vehicle, destroying the gun and annihilating the crew. Staff Sergeant Walsh's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 34 (February 27, 1945)
Home Town: Madison, Wisconsin


WALSTON, CECIL D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Cecil D. Walston, First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 23d Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 19 March 1945. First Lieutenant Walston's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 318 (July 16, 1945)


*WALTON, JIMMIE D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Jimmie D. Walton (44005824), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 290th Infantry Regiment, 75th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 April 1945. Private First Class Walton'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 75th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 289 (1945)
Home Town: Plant City, Florida


WALTON, ROBERT L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert L. Walton, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 November 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Walton's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 119 (1944)


WANDYG, LEO L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leo L. Wandyg, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 28th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Wandyg's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 28th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-European Theater, General Orders No. 302 (1945)


*WANGBERG, RONALD T., JR. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Ronald T. Wangberg, Jr. (6860889), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 31st Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 22 January 1942, in the vicinity of Abucay Hacienda in the Philippine Islands. Private First Class Wangberg'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. 23 (1942)
Home Town: Yakima, Washington


*WANIELISTA, WALTER S. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Walter S. Wanielista (36365613), Private First Class, 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 11 July 1944. Private First Class Wanielista'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 8th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 89 (1944)
Home Town: Cook County, Illinois


WANTZ, RAYMOND E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Raymond E. Wantz, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 October 1944. First Lieutenant Wantz's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 209 (1945)


WARD, ELMER S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Elmer S. Ward, 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 2 and 3 February 1945. First Lieutenant Ward's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 300 (1945)


WARD, HENRY P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Henry P. Ward, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while Commanding a Battalion of Field Artillery, in action against enemy forces in February 1943, in Tunisia. Lieutenant Colonel Ward displayed outstanding generalship during the action of his battalion against a superior enemy force. With utter disregard for his own safety, he exposed himself continuously to the dangers of the enemy fire and led, directed, and maneuvered his men to a position of safety. His constant encouraging presence, and the uppermost thought and consideration he showed for their welfare, never failed to rally their welfare, never failed to rally their spirits, made possible a highly strategic withdrawal, and was responsible for the saving of many lives and of much valuable equipment. Lieutenant Colonel Ward's devotion to duty and unceasing efforts in the face of great obstacles 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. 19 (1943)


WARD, HORACE K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Horace K. Ward, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 46th Armored Infantry Battalion, 5th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 April 1945. First Lieutenant Ward's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 251 (1945)


WARD, JACK W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jack W. Ward, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 October 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Ward's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 90th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 103 (1944)


WARD, JOHN F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John F. Ward, First Lieutenant (Infantry), 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 9 June 1944. First Lieutenant Ward's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 124 (1944)


WARD, ORLANDO
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Orlando Ward, Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Armored Division, in action against enemy forces in March 1943. Major General Ward's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 69 (1943)


*WARD, ROBERT E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert E. Ward (16052395), Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 334th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 January 1945. Technician Fourth Grade Ward's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 84th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 603 (1945)
Home Town: Peoria, Illinois
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, Purple Heart


*WARMENHOVEN, SIMON (DNB)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Simon Warmenhoven, Major (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Chief Surgeon, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 November 1942, at Soputa, New Guinea. When a mortar landed among the Australians with whom he was serving, Major Warmenhoven ran forward, dashing past enemy lines. Five men were dead; another eight were alive, but the shrapnel had seriously wounded them. Major Warmenhoven jumped from one man to the next as mortars exploded around him. He gave each soldier a half-grain of morphine, cut away their clothes and dusted their wounds with sulfanilamide powder. Then he dressed the wounds as best he could and waited with the moaning soldiers for litter bearers to arrive. The outstanding heroism and devotion to duty displayed by Major Warmenhoven on this occasion reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)
Home Town: Grand Rapids, Michigan


WARNER, HENRY H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Henry H. Warner, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 56th Armored Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 4 February 1945. Staff Sergeant Warner's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 342 (1945)


WARNOCK, FRANK
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank Warnock, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 June 1944. Second Lieutenant Warnock's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 61 (1945)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


WARREN, EDWIN H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edwin H. Warren, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces from 9 to 11 March 1945. First Lieutenant Warren's intrepid actions, personal 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. 42 (1945)


WARREN, GLEN H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Glen H. Warren, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 82d Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 8 August 1944. Second Lieutenant Warren's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 54 (1944)


WARREN, RICHARD A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard A. Warren, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 160th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 April 1945. First Lieutenant Warren's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 40th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 54 (1945)
Home Town: Sacramento, California


WARREN, ROBERT M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert M. Warren, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 28 August 1944. Private First Class Warren's intrepid actions, personal 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. 69 (1945)


WARREN, SAMMIE L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sammie L. Warren, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 273d Infantry Regiment, 69th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 April 1945, in Germany. Although making a perfect target for the enemy, Lieutenant Warren fearlessly manned the machine gun on the tank on which he was riding and killed a small number of the enemy. When the Company Commander was seriously wounded, Lieutenant Warren assumed command and began forming defensive positions. In spite of sniper fire directed at him. Lieutenant Warren moved among the men seeing that the wounded were cared for, revamped the numerical set-up of the platoons and in view of a possible enemy Panzerfaust ambush, cleared a building for use as a Command Post. First Lieutenant Warren's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 69th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 251 (1945)


WARREN, WILLIAM E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William E. Warren, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 123d Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 April 1945. Staff Sergeant Warren's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 33d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 70 (1945)


*WASHINGTON, JOHN P. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John P. Washington (0-463529), First Lieutenant (Chaplain), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 3 February 1943. Chaplain Washington was one of four Army Chaplains aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester which was torpedoed in the North Atlantic. He and his comrades bravely brought order to panicked soldiers as the ship was sinking and, when no more life jackets were available, he gave up his own life jacket to another man. Chaplain Washington'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.
War Department, General Orders No. 93 (1944)
Born: July 18, 1908 at Newark, New Jersey
Home Town: Kearny, New Jersey
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Chaplain's Medal (WWII), Purple Heart


WASHINGTON, WILLIAM R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William R. Washington (0-390302), Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Executive Officer, 3d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Major Washington landed with the regiment's over strength which was to follow the initial assault. When intense enemy fire pinned down the leading waves and his troops became part of this halted group, he exposed himself fearlessly to the raking fire along the shore and unhesitatingly led his men through barbed wire entanglements, over an uncharted mine field and up the heavily fortified cliffs, destroying several enemy fortifications while forging his way forward to the top. Then, after turning the replacements over to their organizations, he left the main body of troops and, on his own initiative, went forward through the enemy line to a vital crossroad near ***** and established an observation post. Although badly wounded by enemy sniper fire, he held his position for twenty-four hours and his observations and directions were invaluable to the advancing troops. Major Washington's incomparable fighting spirit and magnificent valor, his extraordinary heroism and professional skill were important and decisive factors in the success of the initial assault. His personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 45 (August 9, 1944)
Home Town: Virginia


*WASON, DONALD B. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Donald B. Wason (0-1309997), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 June 1944, in France. Second Lieutenant Wason, commanding a rifle platoon of a glider infantry regiment, led the initial charge across the bridge and causeway over the Merderet River. The assault was launched in the face of heavy cross-fire from enemy machine guns nested in emplacements at the western end of the causeway. Setting an example of exemplary courage and initiative, Second Lieutenant Wason raced over the causeway and headed for the nearest machine gun nest. He wiped it out with grenades, and in the performance of this heroic action was killed by an enemy rifleman. His intrepidity set an example for others to parallel in the winning of the bridgehead in one of the bitterest battles fought during the early phase of the liberation. Second Lieutenant Wason'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, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 79 (1944)
Home Town: Fairfield, Connecticut


*WASSERMAN, ROBERT (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert Wasserman (0-1329299), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 24 April 1945. Second Lieutenant Wasserman's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 43 (1945)
Home Town: Fairfield, Connecticut


WATERBURY, IVAN B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ivan B. Waterbury, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 February 1945. Sergeant Waterbury's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 151 (1945)


WATERS, JOHN K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John K. Waters, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Battalion, 1st Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 14 February 1943. Lieutenant Colonel Waters' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 92 (1945)


*WATKINS, JAMES M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James M. Watkins (0-359346), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 320th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 March 1945. Captain Watkins' 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 35th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 143 (1945)
Home Town: Greensville County, Virginia
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, Purple Heart


WATKINS, OTIS H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Otis H. Watkins, Staff 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 on 29 April 1945. Staff Sergeant Watkins' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 195 (1945)


WATLAND, LLOYD A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lloyd A. Watland, First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, 90th Division Artillery, in action against enemy forces on 10 November 1944, in Germany. On that date, infantry elements assaulting Fort Koenigsmacher on the far side of the flooded Moselle River, were critically in need of supplies which could not be delivered to them over normal supply lines because of the high water. Lieutenant Watland, an artillery liaison pilot, boldly flew into the enemy antiaircraft zone, deliberately drawing fire upon himself to determine an air approach to the Fort. Flying at an altitude of only ten feet, subjected to small arms and artillery fire, he found a zone not covered by antiaircraft fire and successfully led ten flights to the Fort. First Lieutenant Watland's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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 Division Artillery, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 58 (1945)


WATSON, EDWARD C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward C. Watson, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 716th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 24 and 25 January 1945, and on 8 February 1945. Staff Sergeant Watson's intrepid actions, personal 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. 301 (1945)


WATSON, GEORGE D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George D. Watson, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces from 19 to 27 December 1942, at Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands. Captain Watson's intrepid actions, personal 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. 63 (1943)
Home Town: Parkton, North Carolina


*WATSON, JOHN W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John W. Watson (0-471692), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces in November 1942. Second Lieutenant Watson'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. 24 (1943)
Home Town: Hennepin County, Minnesota


WATSON, ROBERT E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert E. Watson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 8 December 1943. Private First Class Watson's intrepid actions, personal 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)


*WATTS, ROBERT L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert L. Watts (0-419413), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in August 1943. First Lieutenant Watts' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (1943)
Home Town: King County, Washington


*WAY, HARLEN W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harlen W. Way (19060555), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 March 1945. Private Way'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. 199 (1945)
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


*WEASE, FRANK L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Frank L. Wease (35570305), Technical 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 14 January 1945. Technical Sergeant Wease'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: Lake County, Indiana


WEATHERS, LOGAN CHRISTOPHER (KIA)
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Logan Christopher Weathers (0-2012542), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 305th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 June 1945. Second Lieutenant Weathers' 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. 398 (1945)
Born: 1911 at Cleveland, North Carolina
Home Town: Cleveland, North Carolina
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (Korea)


*WEATHERS, OMERY CARL (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Omery Carl Weathers (0-410223), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 June 1944, in France. As Captain Weathers' company crossed its line of departure, artillery was placed on enemy front lines in support of the advance. His troops had moved but a short distance when an intense enemy artillery concentration pinned them to the ground. Realizing that excessive losses from enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire would be incurred unless the men moved under the protection of our artillery, Captain Weathers courageously ran across the entire company front alone toward the enemy line. Inspired by their commander's gallantry, the men followed his example and began a vigorous assault. Advancing but a short distance, Captain Weathers was killed by an artillery shell which landed near him. By his coolness and bravery under fire, his personal sacrifice and his unswerving devotion to duty, Captain Weathers acted in keeping with the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States, reflecting great credit upon himself, the 2d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 84 (November 21, 1944)
Home Town: Salem, Arkansas


WEAVER, HOWARD E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Howard E. Weaver (35917780), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 363d Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 October 1944, near Monghidoro, Italy. Private Weaver served as first scout of an assault platoon in an attack against strongly defended enemy positions on a ridge between the flanking supporting companies. As he led the advance, a heavy concentration of enemy machine gun fire narrowly missed him and hit two squad leaders behind him. The assault platoon, composed of replacements, became disorganized, and the attack was impeded. Private Weaver assumed command of the squad and, after reorganizing his men, led the advance up the hill until fire from an enemy machine gun was encountered. By exposing himself to draw enemy fire, Private Weaver located the emplacement, crawled to a position within thirty-five yards of the weapon and threw a grenade, wounding one German and killing another. After climbing one hundred yards, the squad again was subjected to intense machine gun fire fro a well concealed emplacement. Private Weaver also located this machine gun by exposing himself to its fire. Crawling to within twenty-five yards of the enemy position, he hurled grenades at the emplacement and captured two more Germans. With this second pillbox eliminated, Private Weaver signaled his squad forward and continued the assault up the hill. Observing a position affording cover for his squad, Private Weaver led his men into the shelter of a bank and climbed over the top to reconnoiter a route to the objective. After killing a sniper hiding in a tree, Private Weaver motioned his men toward the objective. Again leaving his squad in covered positions, Private Weaver advanced toward a house in the face of sniper fire. He entered the building alone and captured two more enemy snipers. Private Weaver's courageous performance, his inspiring leadership and willingness to assume responsibility at a critical time made it possible for his company to take its objective. 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 91st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 4 (1945)
Home Town: Ashland, Ohio


WEAVER, JAMES R. N.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James R. N. Weaver, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with a Provisional Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 2 February 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Brigadier General Weaver's intrepid actions, personal 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 in the Philippines, General Orders No. 24 (1942)


WEAVER, WILLIAM G.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to William G. Weaver (0-3413), Brigadier General, 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 17 August 1944. Brigadier General Weaver's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 75 (1944)
Born: at Louisville, Kentucky
Home Town: Louisville, Kentucky
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Army Distinguished Service Medal


*WEBB, FORREST L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Forrest L. Webb (39085568), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 104th Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 March 1945. Technician Fifth Grade Webb'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. 286 (1945)
Home Town: Monterey, California


WEBB, WILLIAM EDWIN (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William Edwin Webb, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 41st Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 12 January 1942. Captain Webb's intrepid actions, personal 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. 242 (1945)
Home Town: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


*WEBBER, ARTHUR D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Arthur D. Webber (36739468), 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 4 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Webber'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 76th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 143 (1945)
Home Town: Cook County, Illinois


*WEEKS, DONEIVON L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Doneivon L. Weeks (38270930), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 April 1945. Private First Class Weeks' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 33d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 68 (1945)
Home Town: Seminole County, Oklahoma


*WEHLING, JOHN J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John J. Wehling (39093268), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Cannon Company, 143d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 December 1944. Technical Sergeant Wehling'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. 164 (1945)
Home Town: Clackamus County, Oregon


WEILER, RICHARD B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard B. Weiler, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Weiler's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 621 (1945)


WEIN, WILLIAM
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William Wein, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces during World War II. Sergeant Wein's intrepid actions, personal 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.


*WEINER, ALFRED B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Alfred B. Weiner (32687993), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 August 1944. Private First Class Weiner'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. 77 (1944)
Home Town: New York, New York


WEINSTEIN, SANFORD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sanford Weinstein, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 136th Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 May 1945. First Lieutenant Weinstein's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 33d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 84 (1946)


*WEIR, WILLIAM R., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William R. Weir, Jr. (0-303310), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 387th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 April 1945. Captain Weir'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 97th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Twelfth Army Group, General Orders No. 40 (1945)
Home Town: California


WEIR, WILLIAM W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William W. Weir, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Sergeant Weir's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 16 (1944)


WEISENBERGER, JOHN F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John F. Weisenberger, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces during World War II. First Lieutenant Weisenberger's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 18 (1944)


*WEISS, HARRY (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harry Weiss (32064939), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 July 1944. Sergeant Weiss' 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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 62 (1944)
Home Town: Passaic County, New Jersey


WEISS, HOWARD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Howard J. Weiss, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 November 1942, during the Papuan Campaign in New Guinea. Sergeant Weiss' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 1 (1943)
Home Town: Wisconsin


WELBORN, JOHN CLINTON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John Clinton Welborn, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 70th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 and 7 June 1944, in France. Lieutenant Colonel Welborn's intrepid actions, personal 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)
Home Town: South Portland, Maine


*WELCH, HERBERT J., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Herbert J. Welch, Jr. (0-558716), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 52d Armored Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 11 March 1945. Second Lieutenant Welch'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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 90 (1945)
Home Town: San Francisco, California


WELKER, KENNETH G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Kenneth G. Welker, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 February 1945. Private Welker's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 135 (1945)


WELLING, NORMAN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Norman A. Welling, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 129th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 February 1945. Private First Class Welling's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 53 (1945)


WELLMAN, RUSSELL G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Russell G. Wellman, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 28 July 1944. Technician Fifth Grade Wellman's intrepid actions, personal 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-China/Burma/India, General Orders No. 131 (1944)


WELLS, JAMES A. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James A. Wells (35215424), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. While his company was pinned down on the beach due to the intense enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire, Staff Sergeant Wells, with two other men, volunteered to cut an opening in the barbed wire. In the face of the heavy enemy fire, he opened a gap in the wire and then picked his way through a minefield to the base of a hill and proceeded to lay effective rifle fire on the enemy positions. He caused the enemy to cease firing long enough to allow his company to move through the gap in the wire and join him beyond the minefield. Then, while the men who had joined him laid frontal fire on the enemy positions, he, though continually exposed, moved to the flank and rear of the enemy and subjected them to his extremely accurate rifle fire. While he engaged the enemy, the company again moved forward and successfully assaulted the enemy positions. When the enemy counterattacked, Staff Sergeant Wells again worked his way to the flank and from his exposed position laid effective fire upon the enemy and remained at his post despite the heavy fire that was placed upon him until the counterattack was beaten off. Staff Sergeant Wells' intrepid actions, personal bravery 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: Schultz, West Virginia


*WELLS, WILLIAM F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William F. Wells (35894536), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 294th Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 3 November 1944. Technician Fifth Grade Wells' 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, 1st U.S. Airborne Army, General Orders No. 19 (1945)
Home Town: Madison County, Indiana


*WENDT, HERMAN A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Herman A. Wendt (6579519), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the Medical Detachment, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 August 1943. Private Wendt'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. 37 (1943)
Home Town: Cass County, North Dakota


*WENTWORTH, BURT G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Burt G. Wentworth (37562350), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 and 21 April 1945. Private First Class Wentworth'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, Tenth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 142 (1945)
Home Town: Beltrami County, Minnesota
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 3@ Purple Hearts


WERMUTH, ARTHUR W. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arthur W. Wermuth (0-346666), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 57th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces from 10 to 16 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. First Lieutenant Wermuth's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 16 (1942)
Born: at South Dakota Home Town: Traverse City, Michigan


*WERNER, CARLTON G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Carlton G. Werner (0-1310001), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 June 1944. First Lieutenant Werner's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 80 (1944)
Home Town: Westchester County, New York


*WERTICH, JAKE L. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Jake L. Wertich (0-1304472), First Lieutenant, 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 at Trois Ponts, Belgium. When an enemy attack caused the forward troops to withdraw, Lieutenant Wertich refused to be driven from his gun. When all members of his crew were killed or wounded, he manned his gun himself, covering the withdrawal of the company from the hill. Even when the enemy over-ran his position, Lieutenant Wertich remained at his gun, thereby keeping the enemy tanks out of position and assuring success of the maneuver. His gallant action saved the lives of many members of his battalion and aided materially in repulsing a strong enemy attack had the city of Liege, Belgium, as it objective. Lieutenant Wertich is known to have knocked out two enemy tanks in the action which cost him his life. His personal bravery, invincible courage and self-sacrifice were an inspiration to those around him and exemplified the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States, reflecting great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 44 (1945)
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


WESLEY, JOSEPH F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph F. Wesley, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 20 March 1945. Private First Class Wesley's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces in Austria, General Orders No. 63 (1945)


*WESSON, H. K. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to H. K. Wesson (0-315207), Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 July 1944. Colonel Wesson'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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 6 (1945)
Home Town: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


WEST, ARTHUR L., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arthur L. West, Jr., Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of a Battalion of the 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 August 1944. Major West's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 68 (1944)
Home Town: Tulsa, Oklahoma


WEST, GEORGE
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George West, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 March 1944. First Lieutenant West's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 1166 (1944)

WEST, GEORGE
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to George West, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 129th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 February 1945. Captain West's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 57 (1945)
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


*WEST, THOMAS S. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Thomas S. West (33668243), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 58th Armored Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 8 April 1945, near Oeynhausen, Germany. Private First Class West'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. 600 (1945)
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


WESTBROOK, ROBERT L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert L. Westbrook, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 89th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 9th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 December, 1944. Second Lieutenant Westbrook's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 60 (1945)
Home Town: Goldsboro, North Carolina


WESTFALL, WELTON C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Welton C. Westfall, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 362d Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 September 1944. Staff Sergeant Westfall's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 165 (1944)


WETHERHOLT, LEE, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lee Wetherholt, Jr., Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 June 1944. Private First Class Wetherholt's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 61 (1944)


*WETZEL, CHARLES C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles C. Wetzel (0-1320206), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 June 1944. Second Lieutenant Wetzel'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. 105 (1944)
Home Town: Charles Town, West Virginia


*WETZEL, KARL E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Karl E. Wetzel (36612909), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 303d Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 11 April 1945. Sergeant Wetzel'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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 21 (1946)
Home Town: DuPage County, Illinois


WEYER, LEONARD E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leonard E. Weyer, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 151st Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 8 February 1945. Private First Class Weyer's intrepid actions, personal 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. 1 (1946)

*WHEELER, CHARLES E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles E. Wheeler (36319618), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 143d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in September 1943. Private First Class Wheeler's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 110 (1943)
Home Town: Cook County, Illinois


WHEELER, CHESTER L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Chester L. Wheeler, 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 Company K, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 12 to 14 May 1943, at Attu Island, Territory of Alaska. Second Lieutenant Wheeler's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 7th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Troops, APO 726 (Attu Landing Force), General Orders No. 31 (1943)
Home Town: Concord, New Hampshire


*WHEELER, JOHN Z. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John Z. Wheeler (0-346792), Captain (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 26th Cavalry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 22 December 1941, in the Philippine Islands. Captain Wheeler'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: Ramsey County, Minnesota
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


WHEELER, LINNSEY L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Linnsey L. Wheeler, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 351st Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 31 January 1945. Second Lieutenant Wheeler's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 88th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 39 (1945)


*WHERLEY, RUSSELL W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Russell W. Wherley (36429359), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 129th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 January 1945. Private First Class Wherley'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: Schuyler County, Illinois


WHIDDEN, ADOLPHAUS W., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Adolphaus W. Whidden, Jr., Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 65th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 5 October 1944. Sergeant Whidden's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 54 (1944)


*WHITAKER, ANTHONY (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Anthony Whitaker (35789311), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 124th Cavalry Regiment, MARS Task Force, in action against enemy forces on 2 February 1945, in Burma. Private First Class Whitaker'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 MARS Task Force, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-India/Burma Theater, General Orders No. 81 (1945)
Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio


WHITAKER, DON J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Don J. Whitaker, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 1st Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 August 1945. Staff Sergeant Whitaker's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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 Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 402 (1945)


WHITCOMB, CECIL B.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Cecil B. Whitcomb, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 145th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 12 to 23 February 1945. Colonel Whitcomb's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 94 (1945)
Born: at Somerset, New York
Home Town: East Cleveland, Ohio
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)


WHITE, ARTHUR
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arthur White, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 77th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 and 11 May 1945. Staff Sergeant White's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 77th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Tenth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 220 (1945)


WHITE, CLARENCE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clarence E. White, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 August 1944. Staff Sergeant White's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 204 (1945)


*WHITE, CLARENCE W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Clarence W. White (39243724), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 321st Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 19 September 1944. Private First Class White's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces-Pacific Ocean Areas, General Orders No. 27 (1945)
Home Town: San Francisco, California


*WHITE, HENRY V. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Henry V. White (34213930), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 406th Infantry Regiment, 102d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 February 1945. Private First Class White'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 102d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 294 (1945)
Home Town: Charleston, South Carolina
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Bronze Stars, Purple Heart


WHITE, JOHN W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John W. White (31135430), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 2d Ranger Infantry Battalion, in action against the enemy from 6 June 1944 to 8 June 1944 at Vierville and Pointe du Hoc, France. When all the officers of his company became casualties in the initial landing on the coast of France from the devastating enemy fire he assumed command of machine gun positions and directed their fire on the enemy positions. Later he personally acted as the point of the column, which advanced from the beach to Pointe du Hoc. On this advance, Sergeant White exposed himself to the direct rifle and machine gun fire of the enemy as well as sniper fire. Technical Sergeant White's excellent leadership and gallantry under such difficult and hazardous circumstances exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 28 (June 20, 1944)
Home Town: Massachusetts


*WHITE, JOSEPH D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Joseph D. White (14038640), Corporal, 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 4 August 1943, at New Georgia, Solomon Islands. Corporal White'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. 510 (1943)
Home Town: Duval County, Florida


WHITE, LAWRENCE KERMIT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lawrence Kermit White, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while Commanding an Infantry regiment, in action against enemy forces from 2 to 15 February 1945, in the Philippine Islands. When a platoon leader was killed, Colonel White assumed command of the platoon. Spurred by his example, his unit successfully pressed the attack. Then, while directing a crossing of the Pasig River in Manila, an enemy bombardment hit the area. Ordering his men to take cover in the bomb shelter, Colonel White remained and calmly directed the river crossing. A week later, when unable to communicate with one of his battalions, he went forward under heavy enemy fire to personally obtain needed intelligence. Colonel White's gallant leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 125 (1945)


*WHITE, MELVIN F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Melvin F. White (39697676), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 29 June 1944. Private White'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. 95 (1944)
Home Town: Kern, California


*WHITE, THEODORE (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Theodore White (31469531), 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 1 March 1945. Private First Class White's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 84th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 139 (1945)
Home Town: Pembroke, Massachusetts


*WHITEFIELD, HASSELL C. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Hassell C. Whitefield (38098557), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Battery A, 344th Field Artillery Battalion, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 January 1945, in Luxembourg. During an enemy attack against the town of Oberwampach, Luxembourg, Staff Sergeant Whitefield helped to establish an artillery observation post in a strategically located position ahead of the infantry. When wire communications were destroyed by intense enemy artillery fire, the Sergeant established a radio post a hundred yards behind the observer, then made repeated trips through intense fire to transmit accurate fire data. Sergeant Whitefield was mortally wounded while courageously performing his duty; but his heroism, his fearless determination and supreme devotion to duty live on as a constant inspiration to his comrades. His actions 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. 74 (April 7, 1945)
Home Town: Erath County, Texas


WHITEHILL, JOHN A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John A. Whitehill, Second Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 December 1944, near Bastogne, Belgium, where he had three tanks knocked out from under him. On 26 December Second Lieutenant Whitehill personally led an assault against the enemy, leading his men on foot after his tank was hit. Inspired by Lieutenant Whitehill's fearless leadership, his men drove ahead and captured an entire battalion of enemy paratroopers. Second Lieutenant Whitehill'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 4th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 40 (1945)
Home Town: Clarion, Pennsylvania


WHITEHOUSE, REMPFER L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Rempfer L. Whitehouse (16134767), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 December 1944, in Germany. Exposing himself to devastating automatic weapons and small arms fire, Sergeant Whitehouse hurled fragmentation grenades into an enemy emplacement and single-handedly forced the surrender of six Germans. While approaching a second hostile position a short while later, he again was subjected to intense fire as he closed in on the gun. Although he was painfully wounded by fire from a machine gun ten feet away, he crawled to the gun position and dropped several grenades into the emplacement, killing three Germans and knocking the position out of action. Sergeant Whitehouse's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 27 (February 15, 1945)
Home Town: Illinois


WHITFIELD, GEORGE A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George A. Whitfield (33418676), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 326th Airborne Medical Company, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 September 1944, between Saint Oedenrode and Vechel, Holland. Two friendly tanks were knocked out by enemy 88-millimeter gun fire while attempting to open the road between Saint Oedenrode and Vechel. Hearing that personnel from tanks lay wounded in an exposed position without medical aid, Private Whitfield voluntarily drove his quarter-ton truck to the rear of the burning armor, concealed his vehicle, and crawled to the aid of two seriously wounded comrades. He administered aid under enemy fire, made his way back to his vehicle, and despite the enemy fire and exploding tank ammunition, drove his vehicle past the tanks. He loaded the wounded men on the vehicle in full view of the enemy, and drove the casualties to the aid station. Private Whitfield again drove to where the tanks were burning, again concealed his vehicle behind a small building, and in the face of enemy fire and the still exploding ammunition, searched the area for more wounded personnel. A direct hit was made on the building, and the vehicle covered with debris. Clearing his vehicle of the debris, he located several wounded, and, under enemy observation and fire, loaded the wounded and carried them to the aid station. His heroic actions saved the lives of his comrades and were an inspiration to all troops in the area. Private Whitfield's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 14 (December 17, 1944)
Home Town: Pennsylvania


WHITLEY, ARTHUR NORMAN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arthur Norman Whitley (0-1011307), Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy serving as Commanding Officer of a Company of the 10th Tank Battalion, 5th Armored Division, in action during the period 14 through 20 September 1944, in Germany. Captain Whitley displayed superior qualities of leadership in commanding his tank company and set an outstanding example of courage and initiative for his men. On 14 September, when infantrymen supporting his tanks were pinned down by devastating artillery fire from a wooded area, he leaped from his tank, led the infantrymen into the woods and destroyed the enemy. On another occasion, when an enemy roadblock was holding up his progress and enemy artillery was concentrated in an intense barrage pinning his supporting infantry to the ground, Captain Whitley dismounted, calmly walked over to the roadblock and attempted to remove it. As a result of his leadership, several men joined him and the roadblock was successfully removed. Able to move forward, he led in destroying two German tanks and three anti- tank guns. Captain Whitley's courage, calmness and superior leadership under fire exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 68 (1944)
Home Town: Springfield, Pennsylvania


*WHITLOCK, CHARLES L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles L. Whitlock (20606080), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 130th Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 February 1945. Technical Sergeant Whitlock's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 33d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 95 (1945)
Home Town: Johnson County, Indiana


WHITLOW, CHARLES F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles F. Whitlow, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 March 1945, in the vicinity of Luzon, Philippine Islands. Staff Sergeant Whitlow's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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)
Home Town: Superior, Arizona


WHITLOW, WALTER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter Whitlow, Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 20 March 1945, in the Southwest Pacific Area. When heavy and accurate enemy fire from well-concealed positions in a wooded area near Cuenca, Luzon, Philippine Islands, held up the advance of the 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry Regiment, Sergeant Whitlow, an acting platoon leader in Company A, devised a bold plan to attack to reduce the hostile strongpoint. He volunteered to lead his platoon and an attached squad in a wide flanking movement, while another platoon lent fire support to the hazardous advance." The citation continues: "Moving forward under the hot sun, Sergeant Whitlow led his men for a thousand yards, crawling much of the way, toward the location whence an assault might be launched. Subject to intense enemy sniper, machine and mortar fire within 150 yards of his objective, he directed a fierce fire fight at close range for nearly an hour until resistance was overcome. A subsequent count of enemy dead revealed that casualties had been inflicted upon the enemy in the ration of 20 to 1. The reduction of the pocket enabled the battalion to resume its advance and secure its final objective. Second Lieutenant Whitlow's intrepid actions, personal 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. 40 (1946)


WHITNEY, WILLIAM B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William B. Whitney (01289180), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 414th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 December 1944, in Germany. Discovering that two of his men were missing, Captain Whitney immediately advanced into the fire-swept area, searched the foxholes and shell-craters, found the two wounded men and personally carried them to safety. Realizing that a frontal assault on an enemy-held railroad embankment would result in heavy casualties, Captain Whitney decided to try a bluff. Unarmed and carrying a small, celluloid map-board, Captain Whitney briskly walked down the track. Nearing an enemy trench, Captain Whitney motioned with his map-board and one enemy rose from his position and surrendered. He continued this action until a total of fifteen of the enemy had surrendered to him. Captain Whitney's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 104th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 197 (1945)
Home Town: Waynesboro, Mississippi


WHITSON, JOSEPH M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph M. Whitson, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 19 February 1945. First Lieutenant Whitson's intrepid actions, personal 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. 117 (1945)


*WHITSON, WILLIAM H. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William H. Whitson (35159792), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving the **** Armored Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 July 1944, in the vicinity of Avranches, France. In the early morning mist enemy vehicles attempting to enter and withdraw through Avranches were observed by Private Whitson, machine gunner occupying a position well forward, who immediately placed them under direct fire. Despite the concentrated counter-fire, Private Whitson steadfastly stayed with his gun and keeping the approaching vehicles under heavy accurate fire he put out of action twenty-five light enemy vehicles, killed fifty of the enemy soldiers, and demoralized the remainder of the enemy party. As a result of this devastating fire, more than five hundred Germans surrendered. With unswerving tenacity Private Whitson remained at his post and kept firing until he was killed at his gun. Private Whitson'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. 65 (September 26, 1944)
Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana


*WHITTINGTON, ALLIE B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Allie B. Whittington (13018399), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 15 September 1943. Staff Sergeant Whittington'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. 83 (1943)
Home Town: Scotland Neck, North Carolina


WHITTINGTON, GEORGE P., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George P. Whittington, Jr. (0-403921), Captain (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of Company B, 2d Ranger Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Captain Whittington commanded a Ranger company which landed on the coast of France at "H" hour. The landing was made on the beach against heavy rifle, machine gun, mortar, artillery and rocket fire of the enemy. Despite this fire, he personally supervised the breaching of hostile barbed wire and obstacles by the use of bangalores. He then led his company and the remainder of his battalion through the gap created. He then directed the scaling of a 100-foot cliff by his company. When he reached the top of the cliff he crawled under enemy machine gun fire and destroyed the enemy position. Captain Whittington's bravery, aggressiveness and inspired leadership exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 28 (June 20, 1944)
Home Town: Henderson, Kentucky


*WHITTLESEY, HENRY C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Henry C. Whittlesey (0-358386), Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces during World War II. Captain Whittlesey'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-China Theater, General Orders No. 129 (1945)
Home Town: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania


*WIDEMAN, DONALD C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Donald C. Wideman (35055318), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 10th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 December 1944. Private First Class Wideman's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 179 (1945)
Home Town: Cuyahoga County, Ohio


WIDENER, WILLIAM J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William J. Widener, 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 20 and 21 December 1944. Staff Sergeant Widener's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 137 (1945)


WIESEPAPE, HARRY C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harry C. Wiesepape, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 28 April 1944. Private First Class Wiesepape's intrepid actions, personal 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. 111 (1944)


WIGGINS, MELVIN F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Melvin F. Wiggins, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 8 December 1943. Second Lieutenant Wiggins' intrepid actions, personal 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. 72 (1944)


WIGGS, DAVID H.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to David H. Wiggs, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 January 1945. Captain Wiggs' outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 90th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 100 (May 11, 1945)

WIGGS, DAVID H.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to David H. Wiggs, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 February 1945. First Lieutenant Wiggs' intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 137 (1945)
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


WILCOX, DORA
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Dora Wilcox, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 1 December 1944. Private First Class Wilcox's intrepid actions, personal 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)


WILCOX, MARK D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Mark D. Wilcox, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 August 1944. Staff Sergeant Wilcox's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 74 (1944)


WILD, EDWARD WOODROW
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward Woodrow Wild, First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces from 20 July 1943 through 5 August 1943. First Lieutenant Wild's intrepid actions, personal 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. 392 (1943)


WILD, JOSEPH J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph J. Wild, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 405th Infantry Regiment, 102d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 November 1944. Private First Class Wild's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 102d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 287 (1945)


WILDEY, RUSSELL J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Russell J. Wildey, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 26 December 1942. Captain Wildey'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. 8 (1944)


WILDS, LEONARD S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leonard S. Wilds, Captain (Armor), 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 28 July 1944. Captain Wilds' intrepid actions, personal 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. 77 (1944)


*WILEY, ROBERT C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert C. Wiley (0-423009), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 and 9 August 1944. On 3 August 1944, Captain Wiley's company became badly disorganized after several hours of fierce fighting. Wiley, at the risk of his own life, pulled his men together into a fighting unit. Although painfully wounded in the cheek by small arms fire, he refused to be evacuated and personally led his company into a strongly employed enemy position and succeeded in capturing the objective. In an engagement on 9 August 1944, most of his officers were either killed or wounded. Captain Wiley, although severely wounded in the leg by machine gun fire, brilliantly directed the actions of this company and personally led it forward 800 yards under heavy mortar and automatic weapons fire until he was killed by sniper fire. Captain Wiley'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 28th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 80 (1944)
Home Town: Waynesburg, Pennsylvania


*WILHELM, LEONARD S. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Leonard S. Wilhelm (0-24177), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 13th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 February 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Wilhelm'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 8th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 53 (1945)
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Bronze Stars, Purple Heart


WILK, THEODORE T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Theodore T. Wilk, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Private First Class Wilk's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 81 (1944)


WILLEY, ROLAND O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Roland O. Willey, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 16 July 1943. Sergeant Willey's intrepid actions, personal 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)
Home Town: Newport, Vermont


WILLIAMS, ALFRED H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Alfred H. Williams, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. First Lieutenant Williams' intrepid actions, personal 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)


WILLIAMS, FRANK ARGYLE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank Argyle Williams, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 and 24 September 1944. Captain Williams' 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 80th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 109 (1944)
Home Town: Piqua, Ohio


WILLIAMS, GEORGE D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George D. Williams, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 31st Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 July 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Williams' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 31st Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 1 (1945)


*WILLIAMS, GEORGE L. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George L. Williams (0-300324), First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 92d Coast Artillery Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 16 December 1941, in the Philippine Islands. First Lieutenant Williams' 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. 18 (1942)
Home Town: Jefferson County, Alabama


WILLIAMS, JOHNNIE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Johnnie E. Williams, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 25 April 1944. Private Williams' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 83 (1944)


WILLIAMS, JOSEPH B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph B. Williams, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 315th Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 December 1944. Sergeant Williams' intrepid actions, personal 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. 46 (1945)


WILLIAMS, PAUL L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul L. Williams, Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces in the vicinity of Holland. Major General Williams' intrepid actions, personal 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.
87/44SFE


WILLIAMS, ROBERT B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert B. Williams, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 17 August 1943. Brigadier General Williams' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 94 (1943)


WILLIAMS, THOMAS B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas B. Williams, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 5 June 1944. Staff Sergeant Williams' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 83 (1944)


WILLIAMS, WILLIAM B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William B. Williams, First Lieutenant (Infantry), 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. First Lieutenant Williams' intrepid actions, personal bravery 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)


*WILLINGHAM, DUPE A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Dupe A. Willingham (15060098), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 August 1944. Technical Sergeant Willingham's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 75 (1944)
Home Town: Henderson County, Kentucky


WILLINGHAM, SHERMAN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sherman Willingham, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 324th Infantry Regiment, 44th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 April 1945. Private First Class Willingham's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty 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. 10 (1946)


WILLIS, GERVIS
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gervis Willis, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 16 to 21 December 1944. First Sergeant Willis' intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 146 (1945)


WILLOUGHBY, CHARLES ANDREW
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles Andrew Willoughby, Brigadier General (General Staff Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces from 23 July 1942 through 8 January 1943. Brigadier General Willoughby's intrepid actions, personal 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, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 5 (January 11, 1943)
Born: March 8, 1892 at Heidelberg, Germany


WILLSHER, CHARLES S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles S. Willsher, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces in March 1943. Staff Sergeant Willsher's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 15 (1943)


WILSON, BENHAM R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Benham R. Wilson, Private First Class, 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 First Class Wilson's intrepid actions, personal 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.


*WILSON, CARL (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Carl Wilson (35257505), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 3d Chemical Mortar Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 22 April 1945. Corporal Wilson'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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 221 (1945)
Home Town: Warren County, Kentucky


*WILSON, GEORGE G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George G. Wilson, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 361st Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 June 1944. First Lieutenant Wilson'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. 148 (1944)


WILSON, HAROLD D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harold D. Wilson, 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. Sergeant Wilson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 88 (1944)


WILSON, JAMES
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James Wilson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 503th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 24 April 1945. Private First Class Wilson's intrepid actions, personal 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. 53 (1945)


WILSON, JAMES W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James W. Wilson, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 January 1944. Captain Wilson's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 71 (1944)


*WILSON, JOSEPH F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Joseph F. Wilson (0-1692505), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 December 1944. Second Lieutenant Wilson'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. 191 (1945)


*WILSON, MILFORD W. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Milford W. Wilson (34134287), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Infantry Company of the 121st Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 August 1944, in France. On that date, the leading squad of Technical Sergeant Wilson's platoon was pinned down by withering machine gun, small arms, anti-tank and grenade fire from concrete emplacements along a well-fortified line. Severely wounded by shell fragments, Technical Sergeant Wilson, with great courage and utter disregard for his own life, personally directed his men to covered positions. In a desperate attempt to divert the enemy attention from his squad's withdrawal, he walked boldly toward the enemy firing his rifle. He had gone but a few yards when he was hit by a burst of fire from a machine gun and fatally wounded. Technical Sergeant Wilson's unflinching devotion to duty, valor and heroic leadership 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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 84 (November 21, 1944)
Home Town: Grenada County, Mississippi


WILSON, WELDON W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Weldon W. Wilson, Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 81st Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 26 and 27 February 1945. Captain Wilson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 142 (1945)


WILSON, WILLIAM R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William R. Wilson, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 406th Infantry Regiment, 102d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 November 1944. Staff Sergeant Wilson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 102d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 95 (1945)


*WILT, ROBERT R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert R. Wilt (7023029), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 January 1943, at Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands. Sergeant Wilt'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. 96 (1943)
Home Town: Latrobe, Pennsylvania


WINDOM, LOREN G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Loren G. Windom, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 145th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 and 24 February 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Windom's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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.
War Department, General Orders No. 86 (1947)


WINKLER, ROBERT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert Winkler, 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 2 August 1943, at New Georgia, Solomon Islands. First Lieutenant Winkler's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 453 (1943)
Home Town: Kingston, New York


WINSTON, SANFORD H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sanford H. Winston, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 May 1945, at Luzon, Philippine Islands. When two assault platoons of Company C were directed to launch a diversionary attack against strongly defended enemy hill positions atop Skyline Ridge near Lawican, Luzon, Philippine Islands, Captain Winston, Executive Officer, led the advance to within a short distance of the objective when sudden hostile machine gun, mortar, and rifle fire from a reinforced enemy company on the left flank and to the front struck down half his force. Immediately discarding his carbine, although wounded in the hand and leg by enemy mortar fragments, Captain Winston grasped an automatic rifle from one of the dead and dashed forward through intense hostile fire to close with the enemy. Firing from the hip as he ran, he reached a point 25 yards from the attackers and, standing upright despite the withering enemy fire which tore his helmet from his head and cut his canteen from his belt, killed at least ten of the enemy including the crew of a machine gun which he destroyed with a grenade. The enemy, stopped by his vicious onslaught, turned and fled, and he then directed his remaining troops to evacuate the wounded from the field. When the foe again attacked, Captain Winston skillfully and courageously led his men in a withdrawal through a gauntlet of hostile fire. Through his inspiring leadership and determination to destroy the enemy regardless of his own safety, Captain Winston saved more than 20 of his wounded men from probable death at the hands of the enemy and upheld the finest traditions of the military service. 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 33d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Home Town: Washington, D.C.


WINTER, ROBERT F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert F. Winter, Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 592d Engineer B & S Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 18 December 1943, in the vicinity of Arawe, New Britain. During a reconnaissance patrol, the landing craft on which Technician Winter was gunner and signalman was attacked by several enemy barges. Although seriously wounded in both legs, he propped himself up and continued firing. His accurate fire held off the enemy barges long enough for his patrol to beach the craft, destroy equipment, and remove supplies to the shore. When the patrol started back through dense mangrove swamps toward Arawe, carrying Technician Winter on a stretcher, the progress was very slow. With a keen realization of the importance of the information about enemy dispositions which the quick return of the patrol would make available to our forces, and with great courage and unselfishness, Technician Winter insisted that the patrol leave him behind for rescue at a later time. With limited quantity of water, rations and medical supplies, he was concealed in a grove from which he was not rescued until after a period of 13 days had passed. The display of bravery, fortitude, and high devotion to duty of Technician Winter contributed significantly to the early return of the patrol with important information. 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 and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 23 (1944)


WINTERBOTTOM, EDWARD M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward M. Winterbottom, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 80th Division, in action against enemy forces on 14 September 1944. Private First Class Winterbottom's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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 Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 95 (1944)


*WINTERS, DONALD N. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Donald N. Winters (35773313), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 143d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 December 1944. Private Winters' 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. 165 (1945)
Home Town: Rio Grande, Ohio


WINTERS, RICHARD D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard D. Winters (0-1286582), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. First Lieutenant Winters with seven enlisted men, advanced through intense enemy automatic weapons fire, putting out of action two guns of the battery of four 88-mm. that were shelling the beachhead. Unswerving in his determination to complete his self-appointed and extremely hazardous task, First Lieutenant Winters and his group withdrew for reinforcements. He returned with tank support and the remaining two guns were put out of action, resulting in decreased opposition to our forces landing on the beachhead. First Lieutenant Winters' heroic and determined leadership 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: Hershey, Pennsylvania


WINZENRIED, SAMUEL G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Samuel G. Winzenried, 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 13 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Sergeant Winzenried's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (1943)
Home Town: Wisconsin


WIRT, CHARLES A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles A. Wirt, Captain (Infantry), 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 24 March 1945. Captain Wirt's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 137 (1945)


WISE, ALVIN R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Alvin R. Wise (6954631), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Infantry Company of the 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 and 14 October 1944, in Germany. When enemy fire immobilized and set ablaze two tanks supporting his squad, Sergeant Wise, disregarding the heavy fire, successfully evacuated the wounded crew members. Noting that one of the tanks might be recovered, he returned to the tank under intense hostile fire, manned its machine gun and fired at the openings in the buildings housing the enemy. Under this covering fire, two of his squad members joined him and emptied the tank of burning equipment. When his machine gun ammunition was exhausted, Sergeant Wise moved forward with a submachine gun and from this completely exposed position continued to neutralize the enemy fire, permitting his squad members to move the tank to cover. Later, while en route to obtain reinforcements, Sergeant Wise was ambushed by three German soldiers. Despite painful wounds, he single- handedly killed his attackers. He then obtained the reinforcements, guided them to his squad's position, and directed them in the successful defense of the sector. Sergeant Wise's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 35 (1945)
Home Town: Texas


WISE, CHARLEY H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charley H. Wise, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Anti-Tank Company, in action against enemy forces on 20 February 1943. Staff Sergeant Wise's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 37 (1943)
Home Town: Hemet, California


*WISNIEWSKI, EDWARD J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Edward J. Wisniewski (36370730), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 February 1945. Staff Sergeant Wisniewski'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. 71 (1945)
Home Town: Cook County, Illinois
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


WITHEE, EDWARD S. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward S. Withee, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 81st Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 16 December 1944. Technician Fifth Grade Withee's intrepid actions, personal 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. 41 (1945)


WITTE, HERBERT H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herbert H. Witte, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 2 December 1942. Private First Class Witte's intrepid actions, personal 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. 188 (1943)


WITTKOPF, PHILIP W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Philip W. Wittkopf, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 September 1944. First Lieutenant Wittkopf's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 93 (1944)


*WOEHL, HERBERT J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Herbert J. Woehl (39230452), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 160th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 May 1945. Staff Sergeant Woehl'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 40th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 68 (1945)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


*WOELFEL, EARL L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Earl L. Woelfel (33110643), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 June 1944. Private First Class Woelfel's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 61 (1944)
Home Town: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania


WOGAN, HILTON H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Hilton H. Wogan, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 133d Field Artillery Battalion, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 January 1944. Second Lieutenant Wogan's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 66 (1944)
Home Town: Fort Scott, Kansas


WOHNER, JOHN H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John H. Wohner, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 407th Infantry Regiment, 102d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 December 1944, in Germany. On that date, near Flossdorf, Germany, Major Wohner assumed command of his battalion when it was pinned down by intense enemy fire and was unable to advance for twenty-four hours. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, he courageously moved to the head of his unit, faced the enemy across the open terrain and through his bravery and heroic actions inspired his men to follow him in the attack. Not once did he falter in his mission, even though a radio operator was shot down at his side. His unexcelled display of leadership and determination in the face of enemy machine-gun fire inspired his men to new heights and to push on to secure their objective. Major Wohner's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 102d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 5 (1945)
Home Town: Mississippi


*WOJEWODZIC, EDWARD T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Edward T. Wojewodzic (36119209), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 13 September 1943. Sergeant Wojewodzic'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. 82 (1943)
Home Town: Wayne County, Michigan


*WOLF, ALVIN E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Alvin E. Wolf (37508206), Corporal, 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 18 November 1944. Corporal Wolf'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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 76 (1945)
Home Town: Smith County, Kansas


*WOLF, WILLIAM J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William J. Wolf (0-1183221), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Division Artillery, 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 December 1944. First Lieutenant Wolf'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, U.S. Forces in Austria, General Orders No. 66 (1945)
Home Town: Westchester County, New York


*WOLFE, CHARLES S. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles S. Wolfe (33087321), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in March 1943. Private First Class Wolfe's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 32 (1943)
Home Town: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania


WOLFE, ROBERT E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert E. Wolfe, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 20 December 1944. Private Wolfe's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces-Pacific Ocean Areas, General Orders No. 51 (1945)


WOLFF, GEORGE R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George R. Wolff, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 309th Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 April 1945. Technician Fifth Grade Wolff's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 205 (1945)


WOLIANSKY, HARRY (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harry Woliansky (0-1301399), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 2d Battalion, 182d Infantry Regiment, Americal Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 October 1944. First Lieutenant Woliansky's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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 Far East, General Orders No. 12 (1945)
Home Town: Newark, New Jersey
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


WOLLARD, J. C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to J. C. Wollard, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 132d Infantry Regiment, Americal Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 April 1945. Captain Wollard'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 Americal Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 53 (1945)


WOOD, ALLISON C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Allison C. Wood, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 14 April 1945. Private First Class Wood's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 103 (1945)


*WOOD, ERIC F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Eric F. Wood (0-517724), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Executive Officer of Battery A, 589th Field Artillery Battalion, 106th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 December 1944, near Schonberg, Belgium. First Lieutenant Wood'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 106th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
War Department, General Orders No. 14 (1947)
Home Town: Bedford, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, Purple Heart


*WOOD, HAROLD L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harold L. Wood (31402078), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 May 1945. Private First Class Wood'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. 216 (1945)
Home Town: Kennebec County, Maine


WOOD, JOHN S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John S. Wood, Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 July 1944. Major General Wood's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 51 (1944)


WOOD, LEON M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leon M. Wood, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 773d Tank Destroyer Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 17 January 1945. Second Lieutenant Wood's intrepid actions, personal 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. 52 (1945)


*WOOD, PAUL D. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Paul D. Wood (0-019293), Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 3d Battalion, 57th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 12 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Major Wood's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 108 (1946)
Home Town: Washington, D.C.


WOOD, THOMAS D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas D. Wood, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 May 1945, in the Southwest Pacific Area. While landing a six man reconnaissance patrol into enemy-held territory in search of an enemy demolition team which had made repeated attempts to mine portions of the Putlan River Road, Luzon, Philippine Islands, Sergeant Wood suddenly encountered an enemy infantry squad, concealed in the brush not more than ten yards away. Before the patrol could react to the situation, the enemy hurled two grenades into their midst. Seeing that the lives of three of his men were endangered by the inevitable explosion, Sergeant Wood immediately threw the full weight of his body against his comrades, knocking all three to the ground and shielding them with the entire length of his body. The grenade exploded five yards away, showering the area with steel fragments, severely wounding Sergeant Wood. Crawling into a shallow gully nearby, he ordered his men to withdraw to a more favorable location, opened fire on the Japanese to cover the movement, and killed three of the enemy before exhausting his supply of ammunition. Weakened by loss of blood, he made his way through 250 yards of dense jungle and up a steep slope where he was received by other members of the patrol and evacuated. Through his gallant and resourceful action in the face of overwhelming odds, Sergeant Wood saved three of his comrades from certain injury and set an inspiring example which exemplifies the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States, reflecting great credit upon himself, the 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 319 (1945)


*WOODS, BERNARD P. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Bernard P. Woods (39020352), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 January 1944. Corporal Woods' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 129 (1944)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


WOODS, JAMES E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James E. Woods, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces in April 1943. Technician Fifth Grade Woods' intrepid actions, personal 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)


*WOODWARD, DALE R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Dale R. Woodward (36156039), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 6 December 1944. Private First Class Woodward'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. 137 (1945)


WOODWARD, ROBERT W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert W. Woodward (0-389219), Captain (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with a Field Artillery Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. Captain Woodward, while on the beach on D-Day, discovered an enemy casemate from which heavy fire was being delivered on the U.S. troops moving across the beach. Exposing himself fully to the view of the enemy at less than 300 yards range, Captain Woodward jumped into a tank, required it to be moved forward, and then directed its fire on this emplacement. He then left the tank and, though completely lacking cover from the intense enemy fire, proceeded through the barbed wire and up a sharp slope directly towards the fortification. Captain Woodward fired his pistol into successive casemate openings and forced surrender of 23 of the enemy. Captain Woodward's initiative, personal bravery, and daring set an inspiring example to his men and exemplifies the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States, reflecting great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 39 (1944)
Home Town: Massachusetts


*WOODWARD, RUSSELL H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Russell H. Woodward (35405476), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 June 1944. Private First Class Woodward'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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 58 (1944)
Home Town: Morgan County, Ohio


WOODY, RENAL E., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Renal E. Woody, Jr., First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 6 to 12 August 1944. First Lieutenant Woody's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 47 (1944)


WOOLSEY, GARLAND W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Garland W. Woolsey, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 August 1944. Technical Sergeant Woolsey's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 177 (1945)


WOOTEN, SIDNEY CLAY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sidney Clay Wooten, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 5th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 5 May 1945. Colonel Wooten'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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 221 (1945)


WORKMAN, CLYDE E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clyde E. Workman, Staff Sergeant [then Private First Class], U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, as a Squad Leader, Company A, 10th Armored Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces from 27 September 1944 through 6 October 1944, in France. Staff Sergeant Workman assumed command of the squad when his squad leader was killed. He crawled over three hundred yards in direct view of the enemy and neutralized an enemy mortar squad with hand grenades. During this period he was responsible for killing more than ten enemy soldiers, including snipers. When an enemy tank approached his position, he dashed through heavy fire and set the tank on fire with his machine gun. Staff Sergeant Workman's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 35 (March 14, 1945)
Home Town: Leonard, West Virginia


*WORKMAN, JAMES W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James W. Workman (0-271492), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Captain Workman'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. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (1943)
Home Town: Bexar County, Texas


*WORLEY, EVERETT W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Everett W. Worley, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 31 July 1944. Technical Sergeant Worley's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 319 (1945)
Home Town: Washington County, Virginia


*WORRALL, WILLIAM T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William T. Worrall (0-1015804), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 41st Armored Infantry Battalion, 2d Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 November 1944. First Lieutenant Worrall'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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 248 (1945)
Home Town: Multnomah County, Oregon
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


WORTHING, WILBUR F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wilbur F. Worthing (0-1017204), First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 745th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 2 March 1945, in Germany. During a night attack on Mellerhoef, Germany, Lieutenant Worthing gallantly directed the operations of his tank platoon in the face of intense enemy anti-tank, artillery and small arms fire. Although two tanks in which he was riding were destroyed by enemy action, he fearlessly mounted a third tank and by his courageous actions inspired his men to press the attack until the enemy positions were reduced. Observing one of his tanks, hit and burning, he exposed himself to withering enemy fire while rescuing its wounded and helpless commander. Lieutenant Worthing's heroic leadership and selfless, unflinching 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. 153 (June 25, 1945)


WOZENSKI, EDWARD F.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward F. Wozenski, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Company G, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 July 1943 in the Gela-Niscemi sector, Sicily. Captain Wozenski, with about fifty men and officers, was holding a vital hill when the enemy counterattacked with about ten tanks and approximately a battalion of infantry. The tanks surrounded the hill firing at point blank range when Captain Wozenski seized a rocket gun and, while constantly exposed to tank, artillery, machine gun and small arms fire, moved from point to point firing on the tanks and encouraging and directing his men to do likewise. He personally knocked out two tanks, one of them by firing into its rear after it had passed over his foxhole. Captain Wozenski's superbly heroic, calm determined conduct inspired his men to resist in an apparently hopeless situation and was a prime factor in the defeat of the enemy's counterattack. 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 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (1943)
Home Town: Bristol, Connecticut

WOZENSKI, EDWARD F.
(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 Edward F. Wozenski, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Company G, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. On D-Day, Captain Wozenski's company suffered numerous casualties in reaching the fire-swept invasion beach. Boldly, he moved along the beach, at the risk of his life, to reorganize his battered troops. The reorganization completed, he courageously led his men through heavy machine gun and small arms fire across the beach and toward an enemy dominated ridge. Demoralizing fire from a powerful installation on the ridge threatened to stop the attack. Ordering his men to deploy to the flanks of the enemy position, Captain Wozenski, with great valor, advanced alone to within 100 yards of the emplacement. With cool and calm efficiency, he engaged the fortification single handedly with rifle fire to divert attention of the enemy from the flanking movement. Upon observing this valiant soldier, the enemy directed the fire of its machine guns on him but Captain Wozenski, with complete disregard for his own safety, continued the harassing fire until his men reached their positions safely. His inspired troops charged the strongpoint vigorously and completely destroyed it, inflicting numerous casualties upon the enemy. Captain Wozenski's courageous leadership, fearless courage and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 82 (1944)
Home Town: Bristol, Connecticut
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


*WRAY, WAVERLY W. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Waverly W. Wray (0-1030110), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 2d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 June 1944, in France. While his platoon was engaged in a heavy with the enemy, Fist Lieutenant Wray, completely disregarding his own safety, crawled under devastating machine gun fire and although wounded, fought on until he had destroyed two enemy machine gun positions. Returning to his platoon he reorganized it and, securing a re-supply of ammunition, led it in a successful attack upon the enemy. Only after he had driven the enemy from his platoon sector did he accept first aid for his wounds. First Lieutenant Wray's valiant leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 51 (1944)
Home Town: Batesville, Mississippi


WREN, RAY C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ray C. Wren, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 16 February 1945. Technical Sergeant Wren's intrepid actions, personal 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. 125 (1945)


WRIGHT, ELAM WINDOM
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Elam Windom Wright, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 December 1944, near Kaysersberg, France. First Lieutenant Wright led a fifteen-man platoon in an assault on a hill ringed by concrete machine gun emplacements and covered by 88-mm. fire. Advancing ahead of his men he knocked out a machine gun at thirty yards with rifle grenades and captured eight Germans. He then forced the surrender of four Germans manning a second machine gun and charged toward the crest of the hill to envelop a double machine gun, driving off its crew with machine pistol fire. First Lieutenant Wright's intrepid actions, personal bravery 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. 587 (October 8, 1945)
Born: October 20, 1920 at Erick, Oklahoma
Home Town: Erick, Oklahoma


WRIGHT, WILBUR V.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wilbur V. Wright, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 165th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 26 April 1945. Private First Class Wright's intrepid actions, personal 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, Tenth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 220 (1945)


WRYALS, JOHN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John A. Wryals, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 28 and 31 July 1943. Technician Fifth Grade Wryals' intrepid actions, personal 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. 519 (1943)


WUCHINICH, GEORGE S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George S. Wuchinich, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Office of Strategic Services, in action against enemy forces from 28 November 1943 through 26 July 1944, in enemy occupied territory. First Lieutenant Wuchinich's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 125 (1944)


WYATT, WILLIS D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Willis D. Wyatt, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 17th Engineer Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 7 January 1945. Staff Sergeant Wyatt's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 88 (1945)


WYMAN, WILLARD G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Willard G. Wyman (0-12356), Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Assistant Division Commander, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, near Colleville-sur-le-Mer, France. At a time when the heavy rifle, machine gun, artillery and rocket fire of the enemy seriously threatened the invasion effort on this part of the beach. Brigadier General Wyman came ashore directly behind the leading wave of troops. Due to enemy action, many organizational leaders had become casualties. With disregard for his own personal safety, Brigadier General Wyman moved up and down the fire-swept beach personally directing the movement of the men and the vehicles which had landed. Under his direction the men were reorganized and successfully assaulted the enemy positions. The gallantry and outstanding leadership displayed by Brigadier General Wyman 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: Maine
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 3@ Army Distinguished Service Medals

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