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ALLEN, REGINALD
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Reginald Allen, Sergeant, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 3d Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, serving with the Army of the United States on 8 March 1943 near Tamera, Tunisia. When his platoon was attacked by a force of eighty Germans who maintained heavy pressure for four hours, and established machine guns within fifty yards, Sergeant Allen displayed great courage and leadership in directing his men to hold the enemy, organizing and leading them in a counter attack in which twenty Germans were killed and their machine guns captured. Later, when attacked from an unexpected direction, Sergeant Alien found himself facing an enemy section alone. Coolly standing his ground, his accurate fire killed several of the enemy and stopped their advance. When assistance arrived, he led the successful counter-attack which drove them from the area. His exceptional gallantry and inspirational leadership are in keeping with the highest military traditions.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 146 (November 26, 1943)
Home Town: England


BAZELEY, HENRY
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Henry Bazeley, Lieutenant Colonel, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 6 April 1945. An artillery officer of unusual professional and tactical proficiency, Lieutenant Colonel Bazeley was in command of the 7th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, during the operations against Lingen. Having been largely responsible for the production of the Fire Plan, he took a part in the subsequent action which was largely responsible for the success of the attack. His guidance and assistance in artillery matters were superior and of immeasurable to the command.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 264 (September 25, 1945)
Home Town: England


BLAKE, ANTHONY BRUCE
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Anthony Bruce Blake, Major, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 19 September 1944, during the battle of Arnhem, Belgium. Major Blake, although temporarily blinded by an enemy mortar shell, remained on duty at a telephone in a slit trench. His sight did not fully return until after evacuation, but until then he was constantly on duty throughout a period of intense mortar and artillery fire. He successfully directed the fire of a medium artillery regiment which was supporting his division from a corps area, such direction of fire was carried out quietly and effectively and contributed largely to the success of the regiment in breaking up enemy concentrations and attacks.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 18 (February 20, 1945)
Home Town: England


BREEZE, CHARLES FRED OSBORNE
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles Fred Osborne Breese, Major, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 22 and 23 September 1944, during the battle of Arnhem, Belgium. Major Breeze, with a scratch force of one platoon of the Border Regiment, forty parachutists and thirty-five other soldiers, went to the southern flank of a brigade sector with orders to stabilize the position and to be prepared to counter-attack the enemy. Upon reaching the area, the small force was subjected to intense enemy mortar and artillery fire which caused heavy casualties. The situation was critical, but Major Breeze immediately asserted his authority, and by his own personal bearing and gallantry soothed the remainder of the force and established control of the situation.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 18 (February 20, 1945)
Home Town: England


CHARLTON, DORIAN R.W.G.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Dorian R.W.G. Charlton, Major, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 19 April 1945 near Hamburg, Germany. When the King's Royal Indian Hussars encountered heavy enemy opposition, consisting of four 88-mm. guns well dug in and protected by infantry, Major Charlton unhesitatingly went forward to reconnoiter the area. Then, leading his squadron, he heroically attacked the position which, under his bold leadership, was overrun, its guns destroyed and prisoners taken. Shortly thereafter, he carried out a similar operation with the same disregard for personal safety. Throughout the action, Major Charlton was in the vanguard, giving encouragement and inspiring all ranks by his outstanding fearlessness, bravery and aggressiveness.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 264 (September 25, 1945)
Home Town: England


DeGEX, GEORGE FRANCIS
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George Francis DeGex, Major, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 19 and 20 September 1944, during the battle of Arnhem, Belgium. Major DeGex, although under heavy fire, organized and directed the artillery fire of his brigade with skill and determination. In the absence of the Brigade Major, Major DeGex assisted to a considerable degree in withdrawing the brigade successfully through the enemy's position in the face of extremely heavy mortar fire and hand to hand fighting. His excellent work throughout the battle was without doubt a major factor in the successful outcome of the particular operation.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 18 (February 20, 1945)
Home Town: England


DUTTON, HERBERT K.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herbert K. Dutton, Lieutenant, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 25 September 1944. During the operations in the area of Veghel, "B" Squadron of tanks, 44th Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment, of which Lieutenant Dutton was Troop Leader, was acting in support of a battalion of the 101st United States Airborne Division in a drive to reopen the road south of the town. Lieutenant Dutton pressed his attack with such vigor and determination that the road was quickly cleared. He then led his remaining two tanks into the wooded area north of the road, and, dismounting from his tank three times to make personal reconnaissances under heavy fire, played a substantial part in clearing the area and destroying the enemy.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 264 (September 25, 1945)
Home Town: England


FRAZER, SIMON R. M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Simon R. M. Frazer, Lieutenant, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 17 April 1945. When the leading tank of his unit, 1st Troop, "B" Squadron of the 15th/19th Hussars, met heavy enemy fire at the entrance to a woods during the vital drive on Luneberg, Lieutenant Frazer immediately put his own tank in the lead, stood up in the top of his vehicle and proceeded straight ahead, firing his Sten Gun at enemy bazooka patrols he located. The remainder of his troop followed his lead and successfully forced its way through to its objective. Almost entirely owing to Lieutenant Frazer's unflinching determination, refusal to be stopped and heroic leadership, the advance of the regiment continued unchecked.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 264 (September 25, 1945)
Home Town: England


GILMOUR, ALLEN M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Allen M. Gilmour, Major, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 31 October 1944. During the attack of The Seaforth Highlanders in the area of Liesel-Meijel on the Deurne Canal, Major Gilmour was ordered forward to lead the leading echelon to its objective. With excellent leadership, sound tactical ability and great devotion to duty under constant enemy fire, he directed the advance of the command, took the objective and captured many prisoners.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 271 (September 27, 1945)
Home Town: England


HANCOCK, CLARENCE N. B.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clarence N. B. Hancock, Captain, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy from 20 to 28 November 1944, while serving with while serving with 94th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. After the capture of Geilenkirchen, Captain Hancock was sent out to establish liaison with United States artillery observation posts in the Suggerath area and to provide suitable observation for the direction of artillery support for infantry units. Establishing himself in the church in the town, which was continually subjected to heavy enemy fire, and often performing dangerous liaison missions to front-line units, he provided both his own commanding officer and the United States commander with invaluable information and contributed materially to the success of the campaign.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 264 (September 25, 1945)
Home Town: England


HILL, CHRISTOPHER E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Christopher E. Hill, Major, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy. In command of a company of the 6th Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers during the night attack on the village of Hintham, Major Hill displayed the utmost gallantry and disregard for danger in directing the repulse of strong enemy counterattacks. On another occasion, when the advance of the leading units was slowed, Major Hill personally crossed exposed ground subjected to heavy enemy shelling in order to contact supporting tank elements and to gain support for the continuance of the attack. His repeated demonstrations of courage served as an example of great value to all ranks and were in accordance with the finest of military traditions.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 271 (September 27, 1945)
Home Town: England


KEARSLEY, ERIC S.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Eric S. Kearsley, Major, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 9 September 1943, near Salerno, Italy. Major Eric S. Kearsley, British Army, accompanied his commanding officer on a reconnaissance to select positions to prevent enemy penetration along a highway into town. Having found suitable sites, they sent their vehicle back to collect company guides. When the vehicle on its return trip was stopped by a road block, they realized that they were behind enemy lines. A decision was made to return, working their way around the enemy flank, but Major Kearsley elected to remain with the hope of rescuing his men. Within a few minutes, using only his revolver, he captured three members of the road block crew who were moving back from their position and, shortly after, five others who followed. He then advanced on the road block and captured the three remaining Germans, killing one who had fired upon him. Directing the German driver to attach the crew's weapon to the captured half-track, he ordered the prisoners into the vehicle and, sitting in its rear, returned to the safety of his lines, towing an 88-mm gun and carrying 10 prisoners and 3 machine guns. Major Kearsley's courageous and heroic actions reflect credit on himself and the military service.
War Department, General Orders No. 38 (1946)
Home Town: England


LATHERBURY, GERALD W.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gerald W. Latherbury, Brigadier General, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an enemy from 17 September 1944 to 23 October 1944, during the battle of Arnhem, Belgium. Brigadier Latherbury conducted the advance of his brigade until he was cut off from his headquarters. He then participated in street fighting with one of his battalions until he was wounded on 18 September 1944 and taken to a hospital. Although not fully recovered, on the night of 24/25 September 1944, he left the hospital and tried to rejoin the division. Being unable to do so, he received aid from the Dutch resistance movement, evaded capture and remained in hiding until he escaped across a river and reached the British lines on 23 October 1944.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 18 (February 20, 1945)
Home Town: England


LODER-SYMONDS, ROBERT GUY
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert Guy Loder-Symonds, Brigadier, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy from 17 September 1944 to 25 September 1944, during the battle of Arnhem, Belgium. Brigadier Loder-Symonds' artillery arrangements during the battle were outstanding and the maximum possible use was made at all tines of the support available. When the medium artillery of the Second Army came within range, Brigadier Loder-Symonds directed their fire with such skill that medium shells were destroying the enemy within a few hundred yards of the British positions. The effect of this close-in medium support was so devastating that several enemy concentrations, forming for attack, were completely broken up and many dangerous situations were averted. Brigadier Loder-Symonds was constantly under fire. The leadership he displayed and his cheerfulness under difficult and dangerous conditions were outstanding at all times, and an example to those with whom he came in contact.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 18 (February 20, 1945)
Home Town: England


MACKENZIE, COLIN F.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Colin F. Mackenzie, Major, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 21 April 1945. Major Mackenzie was in command of the 6th Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders which led the attack toward the River Elbe. Many scattered pockets of enemy resistance were encountered, and Major Mackenzie's quick and accurate decisions, sound planning and brilliant leadership were in a large measure responsible for the outstanding success of the operation. His coolness and personal bravery were an inspiration to all ranks.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 264 (September 25, 1945)
Home Town: England


MANN, FRANCIS
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Francis Mann, Trooper, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 21 September 1944, during the battle of Arnhem, Belgium. Trooper Mann was detailed to eliminate an enemy self-propelled gun which was moving up towards the 156th Battalion area. He crawled to within fifty yards of the vehicle with his Piat. With his first bomb he knocked out the vehicle, but its gun, which was still in action, then opened fire at point-blank range on Trooper Mann, who was completely buried in his slit trench by a double hit. However, he managed to get out under heavy fire. As a result of this act of bravery, the gun was eventually abandoned by the enemy and the position consolidated.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 18 (February 20, 1945)
Home Town: England


McGRATH, DOUGLAS
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Douglas McGrath, Corporal, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, during the battle of Arnhem, Belgium in September 1944. Corporal McGrath succeeded in killing a sniper who was harassing the safety of the men in his platoon area. Later, in spite of a painful wound in the back, he would not go to the regimental aid post until ordered so to do. He returned to duty when the enemy had attacked and had taken a position between the regimental aid post and Corporal McGrath's original position. Due to casualties in reforming his own unit, he was left alone with his Bren Gun, which he continued to fire against increasing opposition as he successfully held off the enemy attack.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 18 (February 20, 1945)
Home Town: England


McKAY, ERIC MACLACHHLAN
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Eric MacLachhlan McKay, Captain, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy from 17 September 1944 to 22 September 1944, during the battle of Arnhem, Belgium. Captain McKay, with a detachment of Royal Engineers which he commanded, successfully reached the North end of the main road bridge at Arnhem late on 17 September 1944. In spite of constant enemy attacks, the detachment held out for four days until the survivors were eventually overcome, rounded-up and taken into Germany by the enemy. Captain McKay, with another officer and two sappers, escaped within twenty-four hours, and on 22 September 1944, at Nijmegen, they got in touch with the British troops and reported to 30 Corps much valuable information. Throughout the entire action, Captain McKay displayed the greatest personal courage.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 18 (February 20, 1945)
Home Town: England


MEDD, JOHN P.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John P. Medd, Major, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 8 February 1945. During the advance of the 147th Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps, from Groesbeek to the Reichswald Forest, the squadron of which Major Medd was in charge encountered an enemy antitank ditch made almost impassible by weather conditions. To wait would have jeopardized the operation. Placing his squadron in firing positions, Major Medd charged with his own tank and, when across, he dismounted and directed the rest of the unit over the ditch while constantly exposed to enemy fire. His courage, leadership and aggressive determination contributed to a great degree to the continued advance of the infantry and the expeditious reduction of the enemy position.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 264 (September 25, 1945)
Home Town: England


MITCHELL, HEBER G.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Heber G. Mitchell, Lance Sergeant, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy at Tamara, Italy, on 24 April 1945. When his company was committed to assist a neighboring battalion in taking its objective, Lance Sergeant Mitchell, acting platoon commander of the 12th Platoon, 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, without supporting arms, assaulted and took the battalion objective in the face of extremely heavy mortar and small arms fire and enemy opposition. He personally led his platoon in attack after attack on houses which had been prepared as strong-points, and although he lost one third of his platoon in casualties, kept the platoon a magnificent fighting body. He personally killed eight of the enemy and took twelve others as prisoners. From the time of occupying the objective, his platoon was subjected to a series of most determined counter-attacks, supported by intense and accurate enemy fire of all kinds. Lance Sergeant Mitchell's example again so rallied his men that the objective was held for five hours until the platoon was relieved. Lance Sergeant Mitchell's gallant leadership and heroic actions, which resulted in the taking and holding of an enemy objective which had resisted the efforts of a battalion, are in keeping with the finest traditions of the armed services.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 281 (November 7, 1945)
Home Town: Reading, Berkshire, England


MUNRO, DONALD E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald E. Munro, Captain, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in February 1945. When the company commander was wounded during the initial attack of the Gordon Highlanders against Gennep, Captain Munro unhesitatingly assumed command and, showing superb gallantry and coolness, rallied the company, inspired the men with confidence and led them to the objective. Later, during the operations at Goch, Captain Munro worked unceasingly for two days and a night with the forward platoons, and without regard for himself directed a successful campaign against a strongly entrenched enemy. His fearlessness, aggressiveness and devotion to duty were an inspiration to his men.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 264 (September 25, 1945)
Home Town: England


NEWNHAM, HORACE CLAUDE CHARLES
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Horace Claude Charles Newnham, Lieutenant Colonel, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy while serving with the Army of the United States. Near Sidi Nsir, Tunisia, on 26 February 1943, Colonel Newnham so conducted the defense of his position against overwhelming odds that the delay caused the action to be ultimately influenced in our favor. His heroic and fearless behavior, and disregard for his own safety were an inspiration to his troops, and reflect the highest traditions of the military service.
War Department, General Orders No. 69 (1943)
Home Town: England


PEARCE, ROBERT
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert Pearce, Lance Corporal, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy serving with 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, in action from 17 September 1944 to 25 September 1944, during the battle of Arnhem, Belgium. When the whole of his brigade had become split up into isolated groups with no chain of command, Lance Corporal Pearce collected sixteen men of his battalion and put himself, and them, under the command of the rearguard, 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment. On 23 September 1944, when a heavy enemy attack was developing in his sector, he led forward a Bren Gun team, established himself in a forward position, and, with complete disregard for his own safety, kept his gun in action, thus enabling the whole sector to be consolidated.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 18 (February 20, 1945)
Home Town: England


PISKON, NICHOLAS
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Nicholas Piskon, Lance Sergeant, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy at Monte Spaduro, Italy on 23 October 1944 and again at Clo-Di-Maleto, Italy on 16 November 1944. Demonstrating great daring and courage as a section leader, 2d Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, Lance Sergeant Piskon led his section against heavy opposition into enemy defenses, killing and wounding a number of the enemy and successfully consolidating his section on their objective and then playing a major role in beating off an intense enemy counter attack. Later on 16 November 1944 he led a fighting patrol to a position which was in enemy hands. His patrol was ambushed and came under very heavy fire from all sides and was pinned down, however, Lance Sergeant Piskon demonstrating great courage, advanced alone towards a German machine gun nest firing his machine gun as he went. Then with the magazine empty he used his weapon as a club, killing two and capturing two of the enemy gunners, and then withdrew his patrol and prisoners into his own lines. His courage, leadership and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 101 (June 25, 1945)
Home Town: Cloby, Isle of Man, England


PLACE, ERIC T.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Eric T. Place, Lieutenant, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 8 April 1945. At the beginning of the attack by the 5th Battalion, The King's Own Scottish Borderers, on Voltlage, the enemy covered a bridge on the outskirts of the town with such heavy fire the infantry was unable to determine the utility of the bridge for the passage of friendly tanks. With cool disregard for his life, Lieutenant Place advanced alone and, determining that the bridge could be used, led his men in the attack. Despite the wound he suffered, he remained at the head of his men until the objective had been reached and secured. His exemplary courage, leadership and devotion to duty insured the successful completion of the difficult operation.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 264 (September 25, 1945)
Home Town: England


POTTS, JAMES
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James Potts, Lance Sergeant, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 1st Battalion, Loyal Worth Lancashire Regiment, in action near Florence, Italy on 25 August 1944. As his company was advancing up a steep and broken ridge, the enemy suddenly opened very heavy machine gun fire from strong points in fortified houses, causing many casualties, immediately without waiting for orders, Lance Sergeant Potts organized an attack on the nearest enemy post. Placing a machine gun in position to give covering fire, he led the assault on the house and as the first to rush the door he killed several enemy soldiers with his automatic weapon, thereby assisting to wipe out the entire garrison. The silencing of this particular post enabled his company commander to carry out his plan for dealing with the enemy and in rescuing the wounded. Lance Sergeant Potts' outstanding courage, leadership and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 101 (June 25, 1945)
Home Town: Wolverhampton, England


RIDDELL, PHILIP O.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Philip O. Riddell, Captain, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 20 and 21 September 1944. As forward observation officer for the 55th Field Regiment in support of the 504th United States Parachute Regiment during crossing of the Waal west of Nijmegen Bridge, Captain Riddell established his tank as a relay station on the south bank. Constantly subjected to heavy enemy fire, he maintained his position and passed back vital fire data which resulted in excellent support for the forward units.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 264 (September 25, 1945)
Home Town: England


STEWART, SHAUN
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Shaun Stewart, Major, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 6th Battalion, The Queen's own Royal West Kent Regiment, in action near Camaggio, Italy on 13 December 1944. When his battalion was ordered to attack an enemy strongpoint and one company had been driven back, Major Stewart with his automatic weapon blazing fire into the enemy, led his company forward over exposed muddy ground, covered by enemy mortar and machine gun fire, and seized the objective. On the objective he organized his men and in spite of intense enemy fire from a position which overlooked his, Major Stewart disregarding the enemy fire toured the area encouraging his men. On two occasions he went alone ahead of the company to investigate suspected enemy movement. Although badly wounded by a burst of machine gun fire when he suspected an enemy counter-attack was about to begin he personally controlled the artillery fire and caused considerable casualties to the enemy. His outstanding gallantry, courage, and devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 101 (June 25, 1945)
Home Town: South Croydon, Surrey, England


THREADINGHAM, JOHN
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John Threadingham, Sergeant, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 8 and 16 February 1945. On 8 February, when his troops leader's tank struck an enemy mine during operations of the 3d Battalion of The Scots Guards, Sergeant Threadingham ignored heavy and accurate enemy fire and extreme danger from the burning tank to rescue its occupants. On 16 February, when his troop captured the key village of Louisendorf and infantry units had difficulty in joining the tank units, Sergeant Threadingham successfully led his command in superb resistance against strong enemy counterattacks thus ensuring the security of the town.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 264 (September 25, 1945)
Home Town: England


TURNER, PHILIP HART
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Philip Hart Turner, Lieutenant, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against the enemy on 19 September 1944, during the battle of Arnhem, Belgium. Lieutenant Turner led his platoon with great gallantry in the attack on the wooded hill at Der Brink. The skill and courage with which Lieutenant Turner handled his platoon were decisive factors in the success of the attack. During the subsequent reorganization, he behaved with great coolness under very heavy mortar fire, and with complete disregard for his own personal safety. Later he commanded a sector near Oosterbeek church, where his platoon was constantly shelled and mortared, and harassed by enemy tanks and guns. During the entire period of the defense of Oosterbeek he gave a splendid example of fearless devotion to duty and set an example to his men which contributed largely to their success.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 20 (February 20, 1945)
Home Town: England


VINCENT, JEFFREY T. E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jeffrey T. E. Vincent, Lieutenant, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 2 and 3 November 1944. During the fighting on the Island of Walcheren, Lieutenant Vincent, commanding the leading troops of the 47th Royal Marine Commandos, was faced with ferocious enemy resistance in the area of an antitank ditch. Disdainful of danger, Lieutenant Vincent went forward to reconnoiter the enemy position, and though painfully wounded, led a successful attack against then obstacle, refusing to be evacuated until the situation was in hand.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 271 (September 27, 1945)
Home Town: England


WEBB, PETER J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Peter J. Webb, Lance Corporal, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 1st Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment, near Ferrera, Italy, on 21 April 1945. When his company, advancing toward a small village during the drive against Ferrara on the early morning of 21 April, established a bridgehead over a canal some 4,000 yards from the village, Lance Corporal Webb, a section commander in one of the leading platoons, was ordered to exploit toward the northeast and link up with another company taking part in the operation. The far bank of the canal and the ground between the bridgehead and the village contained many strong enemy machine gun positions and were covered also by numerous enemy mortar emplacements which were inflicting heavy casualties on the advancing troops. After proceeding forward some 1,500 yards, Lance Corporal Webb's section was held up by a particularly strong Spandau position, the fourth which the section had dealt with in its advance. Lance Corporal Webb, realizing the importance of continuing the advance to link up with the other company, and since he was now short of men as the result of casualties, entirely on his own initiative and armed only with a Thompson submachine gun, advanced single-handedly on the post. At first the enemy retaliated, but so determined was Lance Corporal Webb's attack that those of them who had not fallen to his fire surrendered, thus allowing the company to continue its advance and capture the village before the enemy could fall back on it and man its prepared positions. The courage, initiative and extraordinary heroism of Lance Corporal Webb, so inspired the remainder of his platoon and company that they were able to continue their advance through the heavy mortar and machine gun fire, and his actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Allied Armed Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 282 (November 8, 1945)
Home Town: Westerham, Kent, England


WOOD, JAMES L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James L. Wood, Major, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces in September 1944 at Le Havre, France. While his company of the 2d Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment, was on the start line of an important attack, the company commander was killed and the company disorganized by particularly heavy enemy shelling. Major Wood immediately assumed command and by aggressive action and personal bravery in the face of great danger inspired the company to such a degree that it was able to attack on schedule. Continuously with the leading platoon during the action, Major Wood gave an outstanding example of leadership and courage.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 265 (September 26, 1945)
Home Town: England

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THE 
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
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ALI, SHER
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sher Ali, Sepoy, Royal British Indian Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 1st Battalion, 2d Punjab Regiment, near San Clemente, Italy on 22 February 1945. As a member of a six man patrol sent out to raid an enemy position on the forward slope of a hill, Sepoy Sher Ali charged an enemy trench, bayoneted its occupants and then assisted his patrol in killing two other enemy and capturing two prisoners. On the return journey, the patrol was suddenly attacked by 15 Germans, whereupon Sepoy Sher Ali without hesitating charged the Germans, killed two with his bayonet, and then turned to assist his comrades in killing three more. Upon seeing that there were only two members of his patrol left Sepoy Sher Ali ordered them to withdraw while he exposed himself to enemy fire in order to cover their return to allied lines. His gallantry and unswerving leadership reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the Allied Nations.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 95 (June 22, 1945)
Home Town: Ferosepur, Punjab, India


WILSON, WILLES D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Willes D. Wilson, Lieutenant, Royal British Indian Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 2d Battalion, 10th Gurkha Rifles, in action against the enemy near Passano, Italy on 12 September 1944. When his company was halted by heavy machine gun fire during an attack upon a strongly prepared enemy position in the rear of the German Gothic Line, Lieutenant Wilson, as second in command, demonstrated great heroism, coolness and courage in leading his forward platoon directly into a hand to hand assault on the enemy machine gun positions, personally killing two of the enemy and assisted in driving back and killing six more. Proceeding further, he came under more heavy fire from a machine gun post and a tank which were located on a hill. Without hesitation he led his men forward, killed four of the enemy and captured the tank and machine gun position. His outstanding leadership and courage reflect great credit upon himself and the Allied Armies in Italy.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 95 (June 22, 1945)
Home Town: Belfast, Ireland

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LORD, FRED T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Fred T. Lord, Lieutenant, Royal British South African Union Defense Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy near Caldarara De Reno, Italy on 21 April 1945. As a Platoon Commander in the Imperial Light Horse Kimberly Regiment (Motor Battalion), Lieutenant Lord's unit was the center element of a company assault on the heavily defended enemy village of Caldarara De Reno. Upon reaching the outskirts of the objective, the unit was halted in its advance by a vicious crossfire of German machine guns. Lieutenant Lord inched his way forward under this deadly hail of lead and viciously hurled hand grenades at the emplacements, silencing two machine guns. Immediately the enemy brought an even greater amount of automatic fire to bear upon Lieutenant Lord's now exposed position. Undaunted and displaying outstanding bravery, he leaped up, charged this new threat and with blazing submachine gun fire accounted for the crews of two more positions. Continuing to move relentlessly forward as his platoon, now able to advance, followed their fearless leader, he engaged another German strong point, killing or wounding seven of the enemy. Upon looking back he saw one section of his platoon pinned down by fire which swept across the road leading to the objective. Returning to this group he quickly rallied them and in the face of this intense fire led them into the town. By this extraordinary heroism Lieutenant Lord personally destroyed five enemy positions in the advance toward his company's objective and another within the village during the bitter street fighting, and in addition he and his men took eighty prisoners and killed an uncounted number of Germans in this highly successful operation.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 250 (September 25, 1945)
Home Town: Johannesburg, South Africa

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