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Awards of the Silver Star

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Conspicuous Gallantry
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WORLD WAR II

Posted April 2008 - Next Scheduled Update: September 2008

World War II ARMY Silver Star Citations

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ABDOUCH, THOMAS
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas Abdouch (20703836), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Anti-Tank Company, *** Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, on ** November 1943, in the vicinity of *****, Italy. Private Abdouch and a fellow comrade were given the mission of clearing a lane through enemy "S" minefields, so that stretcher bearers and food could reach the forward elements of the ** Infantry Battalion, fighting in the hills northeast of *****. The Battalion was at the time fighting an enemy counter-attack and the area was under heavy enemy artillery, machine-gun and small arms fire. Private Abdouch, with utter disregard for his own personal safety and knowing that he could have waited until the artillery barrage had lifted, continued to work steadily on his assignment, at times in full view of the enemy. He and his comrade removed 23 of the dangerous mines, clearing a path 10 yards wide and one mile long which enabled stretcher bearers and food supplies to reach the Battalion safely. Private Abdouch's courage and devotion to duty was exemplary and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 6 (January 25, 1944)
Home Town: Sioux City, Iowa


ACKER, BERT L., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bert L. Acker, Jr. (0-1175621), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Battery C, 398th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 29 March 1945. When ammunition beside an artillery piece was ignited by enemy fire, flames enveloped a nearby vehicle. Lieutenant Acker drove the vehicle to safety. He then returned and endeavored to extinguish the flames before ammunition exploded. Inspired y his actions, members of the crew came to his aid and put out the fire. Lieutenant Acker's actions were beyond the call of duty and reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 73 (July 19, 1945)
Home Town: Florida


ADAMS, ALBERT J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Albert J. Adams, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters Company 21st Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy. On 21 February 1945 near Sevening, Luxembourg, while a member of a patrol attempting to contact an adjacent division, Private First Class Adams was severely wounded when the patrol was fired upon by enemy machine guns from pill boxes. Despite his injuries, Private First Class Adams continued to operate his pack radio, and called for smoke from artillery, which enabled the patrol to withdraw successfully. Private First Class Adams refused to be evacuated until he had guided a night patrol to the area to search for a missing man, again under enemy fire. His gallant courage and complete devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 11th Armored Division, General Orders No. 91 (1945)
Home Town: Washington


ADCOCK, JAMES M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James M. Adcock (20904276), Technician Third Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Medical Aidmen with the 160th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division, on Negros, Philippine Islands, on 23 April 1945. When wounded by a mortar shell which fell in the command post of the company with which he was acting as Aid Man, Technician Third Grade Adcock refused medical treatment for himself until all others had been treated. Despite a shrapnel wound which robbed him of the use of his right arm he personally treated several of the wounded and gave instructions so that the riflemen could take care of the others. His devotion to duty under such circumstances reflects high credit upon the military service.
Headquarters, 40th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 110 (June 6, 1945)
Born: December 20, 1918 at Maricopa, California
Home Town: Downey, California


AGINA, MASA
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Masa Agina (30106197), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 9 April 1945, in Italy. As a platoon attacked a hill with two squads abreast, Private First Class Agina, the first scout, was well ahead of the rest of the men when he suddenly came upon a pocket of 15 enemy troops supporting an automatic gun emplacement. Assuming a prone position, he signaled for the rest of the platoon to take cover. He then asked for fire to cover him while he crawled 20 yards under enemy fire to within hand grenade throwing distance of the gun position. Exposing himself in a kneeling position, Private First Class Agina threw two grenades at the foe and then charged the position with his submachine gun. He killed seven of the foe, wounded one, and forced the surrender of the remaining seven. His outstanding courage reflects great credit on the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 94 (October 4, 1945)
Home Town: Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii


AKINAKA, ISAAC F.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Isaac F. Akinaka (30100059), Technician Fourth Grade [then Technician Fifth Grade], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the Medical Detachment, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 8 February 1944, in the vicinity of Cassino, Italy. The company to which Technician Fourth Grade Akinaka was attached was attacking under cover of a smoke screen. The wind suddenly changed direction, exposing the attacking company to the full view of the enemy, and immediately terrific machine gun and artillery fire was directed upon them. Technician Fourth Grade Akinaka unhesitatingly left his defiladed position, went forward, and moving swiftly from one wounded man to another during the fire fight, administered first-aid to the several wounded. Finding two of his comrades in a particularly exposed position, Technician Fourth Grade Akinaka carried them from the field of battle. Although exploding shells showered him with dirt and rocks and any movement brought intense enemy machine pistol and machine gun fire upon him, he did not stop until he had cared for all the wounded. Technician Fourth Grade Akinaka's courage and unstinting devotion to duty in saving the lives of several of his comrades reflects credit upon himself and is in keeping with the high traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 31 (April 29, 1944)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


AKIYAMA, GEORGE
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George Akiyama (38304513), Staff Sergeant [then Private First Class], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 5 April 1945, in Italy. The platoon of which Staff Sergeant Akiyama was a member, advanced in a company attack against entrenched enemy positions on Hill Georgia. Heavy machine gun, rifle, and grenade fire from the enemy began a fierce firefight during which the platoon suffered many casualties. One seriously wounded man lay only ten yards from the enemy and Staff Sergeant Akiyama crawled through a mined area to his side and administered first aid, partially exposing himself to enemy fire in so doing. He helped the casualty to shelter and returned to the fight. A strategically located hostile machine gun nest to the front endangered the whole platoon. Staff Sergeant Akiyama voluntarily took a steel helmet full of grenades and crawled through another minefield toward the enemy weapon. Coming into position, he threw a grenade but heavy hostile fire forced him to take cover. He then repeated this procedure until he had thrown six grenades and emptied two magazines from his sub-machine gun. Forced to withdraw for more ammunition, his platoon leader would not permit him to return because of the extreme danger. His extraordinary aggressiveness exemplifies the highest traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 97 (October 9, 1945)
Home Town: Hood River, Oregon


ALDERSON, WAYNE T.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Wayne T. Alderson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action from 15 March to 18 March 1945, during the Rhineland Campaign during World War II. Private First Class Alderson, First Scout of Company B, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, was the first infantry soldier to advance across the Seigfried Line, the enemy's strongest and first line of defense. During the first three days of fierce and close-in combat, Private Alderson single-handedly inflicted numerous casualties on the enemy and destroyed two machine gun nests. Advancing further into Germany, killing more enemy soldiers in close house-to-house combat and capturing three enemy soldiers, Private Alderson, at great personal risk, led them back to the First Battalion's headquarters where vital information was obtained by the Allies about the Siegfried Line defenses. On the fourth day of the advance, Private Alderson volunteered to lead a surprise frontal assault on the Siegfried Line, running head on into a Germany counter-attack. The small and outnumbered patrol engaged the larger enemy force in bitter combat at point-blank range. Private Alderson, fully exposed and vastly outnumbered, charged the enemy force and entered into a fierce fire fight at close range, beating back the attack and inflicting thirty-five casualties on the advancing enemy. This defeat of the counter-attack helped secure the breakthrough of the Seigfried Line. While continuing to advance on the retreating enemy, Private Alderson was seriously injured when an enemy grenade exploded at his feet. Though suffering serious head wounds, Private Alderson crawled back through the trenches to brief his Company Commander of the events that occurred. The gallant and courageous actions displayed by Private Alderson are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflect great credit on himself, the 7th Infantry Regiment, and the Army of the United States.


ALEXANDER, THOMAS A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas A. Alexander (0-1290358), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company E, ** Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, on Hill 254 in the vicinity of *****, on ** April 1943. During the advance on this hill, Lieutenant Alexander's company was pinned down by enemy automatic rifle fire. The enemy had allowed part of the company to pass their position and then they opened fire stopping the entire unit. Lieutenant Alexander, with two volunteers, went forward in the face of heavy machine gun fire and silenced the enemy position thereby enabling the company to complete its mission. The courage, leadership and bravery under fire displayed by Lieutenant Alexander set a find example for his men and is a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 17 (May 28, 1943)


ALLEN, ALBERT L., JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Albert L. Allen, Jr., Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 192nd Tank Battalion in action on or about 27 December 1941 during the withdrawal of troops from Luzon to Bataan. Lieutenant Allen dispatched by motorcycle from a forward command post of his battalion to deliver an urgent and important message to his company commander was en route when he was strafed by a Japanese plane which made effective hits on both tires of his vehicle and on the oil tank. In spite of the damaged condition of his motorcycle he continued forward through a Japanese ambush, in which he was wounded, and completed his important mission by delivery of the message to his company command tank. Lieutenant Allen's determined and courageous action reflect the highest credit on himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
Home Town: Ohio


ALLISON, JOSEPH R.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph R. Allison (18073852), Technical Sergeant [then Staff Sergeant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with company C, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 5 March 1945, near Forbach, France. When the patrol of which he was a member came under the fire of two enemy machine guns, Technical Sergeant Allison crawled ahead of the patrol, into the chain of intense fire, to destroy the enemy guns. Despite the severity and proximity of the hostile fire, he worked his way to within hand grenade distance and hurled three hand grenades into the enemy positions, single-handedly destroying and silencing both guns. He then moved behind enemy lines where he remained for six hours, returning with valuable information which served as the basis for a subsequent successful attack.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 93 (August 11, 1945)
Home Town: Dallas, Texas


*AMAKAWA, NOBOU (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Nobou Amakawa (30105681), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 27 October 1944, in France, while acting as flank security for his company during an approach march. Upon sighting an enemy machine gun emplacement 20 yards away, Private Amakawa warned his men of the danger in time for them to seek cover before the enemy machine gun and its supporting weapons opened fire upon the company's column. Realizing that the company was pinned down by the intense enemy fire, Private Amakawa and a comrade fearlessly advanced within 10 yards of the hostile emplacement, firing as they made their way forward. Unnerved by the relentless advance of their opponents, the enemy machine gunners abandoned their position and withdrew. While subsequently clearing the area of snipers Private Amakawa was mortally wounded in the neck by a sniper bullet.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 15, (March 9, 1945)
Born: August 1, 1920 at Honolulu, Hawaii
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


ANDERSON, CHARLES G.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles G. Anderson (37083695), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Medical Aidman in the ** Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, on Hill 490 in the vicinity of *****, Tunisia, North Africa, on ** April 1943. As a first aid man, Private Anderson, in the face of heavy German artillery and mortar fire and in an area containing personnel mines, continued to administer aid to the wounded thereby saving the lives of several seriously wounded men. The courage, coolness, efficiency and resourcefulness displayed by Private Anderson in the face of great danger is meritorious and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 17 (May 28, 1943)


ANDERSON, FREMONT L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Fremont F. Anderson (35615288), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with **** Field Observation Battalion, attached to the 1st Infantry Division, on *********. Private Anderson, while on reconnaissance for a ****** position in the vicinity of ******, came upon an enemy machine gun nest firing on our Infantry. With complete disregard of his personal safety and on his own initiative he attacked the position and killed the two-man gun crew. He then proceeded on his mission and captured eight (8) enemy soldiers including one German First Lieutenant. The courage and utter disregard for personal safety displayed by Private Anderson reflect the highest credit on his character as a soldier and upon the military service.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 37 (November 26, 1944)
Home Town: Ohio


ANDERSON, KEITH J.
(Second Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Keith J. Anderson (0-417393), Captain (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Troop D, 90th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized), 10th Armored Division, at Silbret, Germany, on 22 December 1944. Braving intense enemy fire, Captain Anderson, Troop Commander, personally reconnoitered an enemy held town, obtaining information of high military value. His gallant achievement reflects great credit upon himself and the military forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 10th Armored Division, General Orders No. 193 (July 19, 1945)
Home Town: Moweagua, Illinois


ANDREWS, ROBERT P.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert P. Andrews (0-535025), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 5 April 1945. Lieutenant Andrews, while serving as observer for an artillery unit, continued his mission under intense anti-aircraft fire. Upon completion of this mission he again returned to the same area to register artillery fire preventing an anticipated counterattack. His actions, without regard for his own safety, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 50 (June 21, 1945)
Home Town: Alabama


*ANGELICA, RICHARD (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Richard Angelica (36608495), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 745th Tank Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, in Germany, on 18 November 1944. Private Angelica's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 42 (February 17, 1945)
Home Town: Little Falls, Minnesota


AOKI, MASANORI
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Masanori Aoki (30101763), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 24 January 1944, in the vicinity of Cassino, Italy. During an attack near Cassino, a heavy enemy barrage scattered the column of one of the attacking companies and inflicted several casualties. Private First Class Aoki, a messenger, although painfully wounded in the head, remained in the area and, in the face of heavy enemy fire, helped to reorganize the scattered column. Then, before seeking medical attention for himself, he administered first-aid to several of his comrades and helped to evacuate several more. Private First Class Aoki's courageous devotion to duty in the face of grave danger was an inspiration to his comrades and a credit to the Armed Forces of the Untied States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (April 29, 1944)
Home Town: Kealakohua, Hawaii


*AOYAMA, YOSHIHARU N. (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Yoshiharu N. Aoyama (39024484), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Cannon Company, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 6 July 1944, in the vicinity of Castellina, Italy. Corporal Aoyama crawled through heavy mortar, artillery and small arms fire to rescue an artillery forward observer who had been wounded by shrapnel. While rendering first aid to the wounded artillery man, Corporal Aoyama suffered a direct hit from an enemy artillery shell and both his legs were blown off below the knees. The artillery man was also hit again, by the same shell, though not seriously. Corporal Aoyama attempted to render himself first aid and retained control of himself until reached by his platoon leader and a medical aid man. When evacuated to the rear and asked how he was, Corporal Aoyama replied, "I'm all right, the others need help more than I do. Treat them first." He continually refused to accept aid until the others had been treated. Not until the medical aid men started to treat him was it discovered the extent of his injuries. Ultimately evacuated, Corporal Aoyama died the next day. The extreme physical and moral courage of Corporal Aoyama and his concern for his fellow comrades when himself mortally wounded reflect the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 82 (August 22, 1944)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


APPLEGATE, CALVIN M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Calvin M. Applegate (35122663), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany during the period 24 January to 29 January 1945. Sergeant Applegate served as litter bearer and aid man during action at Nenning and Berg, Germany. He went forward through artillery, mortar and small arms fire to direct his men and lend his personal strength in the evacuation of litter cases. Sergeant Applegate continued to work, refusing both food and water, until he was finally wounded and evacuated. His outstanding leadership and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 3 (February 15, 1945)
Home Town: Kentucky


ARCLAY, RALPH A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ralph A. Arclay (33780701), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3d Armored Division, in action from 25 March 1945 to 1 April 1945, in Germany. Private First Class Arclay's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 3d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 3d Armored Division, General Orders No. 63 (May 17, 1945)
Home Town: Pennsylvania


ARNOTT, CLAYTON K.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clayton K. Arnott (32226221), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 399th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 6 April 1945. While Sergeant Arnott was serving as air observer, his plane encountered heavy anti-aircraft fire. Evading the fire, he continued with his mission of registering artillery fire. He again encountered anti-aircraft fire and started adjusting fire on the enemy gun positions. While so doing, his plane was hit and forced to land. His courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 28 (May 7, 1945)
Home Town: New York


ARTIS, CLYDE, JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clyde Artis, Jr. (35654603), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 11 April 1945. Sergeant Artis dismounted from his tank under intense enemy fire. He went to the aid of a tank crew whose vehicle was in flames. Sergeant Artis removed exploding ammunition from the tank and fought the flames until they were extinguished. His actions made it possible to give aid to wounded crew members and reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 28 (May 7, 1945)
Home Town: Ohio


ARTMAN, GEORGE
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George Artman (0-21343), Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), [then Major], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 58th Armored Infantry Battalion in Germany on 7 April and 13 April 1945. Under conditions of extremely limited observation, Colonel Artman personally led a company of his command in the attack on an enemy town, and then to the successful accomplishment of its mission. There he repulsed vicious enemy counterattacks by heavy tanks and artillery fire. His actions enabled his task force to successfully complete its missions, and reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 24 (May 3, 1945)
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


*ASATO, HARRY S. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Harry S. Asato (30102839), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 232d Combat Engineer Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, in action on 22 October 1944, in the vicinity of Belmont, France. When the third platoon of Company A was assigned the mission of establishing contact with friendly troops which were believed to be encircled by the enemy in the town of Biffontaine, France, Private First Class Asato mounted one of the five tanks assigned to the platoon for the hazardous mission. Encountering a hail of smalla rms and anti-tank grenade fire, Private First Class Asato, on his own initiative, climbed on top of the tank's turret to firee the machine gun. Although he received a bullet wound in his right arm, he courageously remained at his machine gun, and in full view of the enemy, sprayed the hostile positions and prevented the enemy from effectively firing on his comrades. Private First Class Asato's complete disregard for personal safety, and undaunted bravery exemplify the finest traditions of the Army of the United States.
Headquarters, 7th Army, General Orders No. 28 (February 2, 1945)
Born: April 29, 1919 at Hamakuapoko, Maui, Hawaii
Home Town: Hamakuapoko, Maui, Hawaii


ASATO, KEISUKE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Keisuke Asato (30105962), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 27 October 1944, in France, while acting as flank security for his company during an approach march. Upon sighting an enemy machine gun emplacement 20 yards away, Private Asato warned his men of the danger in time for them to take cover before the enemy machine gun and its supporting weapons opened fire upon the company's column. Realizing that the company was pinned down by the intense enemy fire, Private Asato and a comrade fearlessly advanced within 10 yards of the hostile emplacement, firing as they made their way forward. Unnerved by the relentless advance of their opponents, the enemy machine gunners abandoned their positions and withdrew.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 13, (March 3, 1945)
Born: 1922 at Hilo, Hawaii
Home Town: Oahu, Hawaii


ASHER, WILLIAM H.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William H. Asher (36876667), Technician Fourth Grade [then Technician Fifth Grade], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 18 March 1945, while intense hostile small arms and 20-mm. fire at 50 to 200 yards range, coupled with mortar and artillery fire, inflicted five casualties in the Siegfried Line near Althornbach, Germany, Technician Fourth Grade Asher laid a communication line to his Battalion Observation Post. Although two members of his wire team had been wounded and the rest had taken cover, he carried on alone. Running out of wire, he crawled 30 feet to a trench, secured another drum, spliced the wire, and then completed his mission, despite small arms fire which missed him by inches and shells which burst less than 10 yards from him. As a result of his heroism, two battalions were able to communicate with higher headquarters and to summon supporting artillery fire.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Northville, Michigan


*ATKINSON, WILLIAM D. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to William D. Atkinson (34784211), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized) on 22 December 1944, in Belgium. Technician Fifth Grade Atkinson voluntarily assumed command of an armored car during an attack by enemy infantrymen and tanks upon his platoon command post. As his platoon withdrew upon orders, he remained behind to cover the movement. During the engagement, he accounted for nineteen German dead and inflicted innumerable casualties upon the attacking force. By his gallant actions, his entire platoon withdrew without loss of life or equipment.
Headquarters, 1st Army, General Orders No. 24 (February 10, 1945)
Home Town: Tallahassee, Florida


AVILA, URBAN P.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Urban P. Avila (3751264), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 58th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 8 April 1945. Sergeant Avila displayed outstanding leadership as a squad leader. During an attack, he directed fire on a machine gun position, forcing the gunners to withdraw. He then led an assault on an enemy tank, forcing its withdrawal. After reforming his forces, Sergeant Avila led a five-man patrol in search of enemy tanks. Ambushed, he deployed his forces in a manner to cover complete withdrawal. His display of courage and leadership inspired his men and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 24 (May 3, 1945)
Home Town: Clearwater, Kansas

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*BACHER, EDWARD C. (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Edward C. Bacher (33620408), Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against an armed enemy while serving with the 80th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 12 April 1945. Sergeant Bacher was artillery mechanic in a medium tank company. While moving forward to repair a weapon, Sergeant Bacher and his driver were ambushed. Sergeant Bacher was mortally wounded and the driver was killed. Despite his wounds he immediately manned the machine gun, wiping out the enemy position. Dazed and suffering from shock, he wandered three kilometers to a German hospital where he was found by friendly troops. His devotion to duty and personal courage were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States and reflect great credit on himself and the service.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 89 (August 14, 1945)
Home Town: Lehigh County, Pennsylvania


BAGLEY, JAMES B., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James B. Bagley, Jr. (35893823), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division at Palo, Leyte, Philippine Islands on 22 October 1944. Private Bagley was number two gunner in a position which was attacked by an undetermined number of Japanese soldiers. Most of the rifle protection was drawn away from the position by enemy fire. When the Japs attacked, Private Bagley remained with the gun and continued o fire on the attacking force. He was wounded by rifle fire and grenades, but he kept the gun in action against the enemy. When he could no longer operate the gun because of his wounds, he remained with his rifle to protect the gun position. Private Bagley's extraordinary heroism reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Kokomo, Indiana


BAHR, EARL A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Earl A. Bahr (0-2006534), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 63d Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 2 April 1945, near Obermassfeld, Germany. While serving as platoon leader, Lieutenant Bahr's platoon was pinned down by intense enemy small arms fire. Lieutenant Bahr thereupon ordered his platoon to remain in a covered position while he moved into an open and exposed position in an effort to locate the origin of the enemy fire. Although subjected to intense enemy sniper and machine gun fire, Lieutenant Bahr remained at his observation post until he located the enemy position. Returning across open terrain to his platoon, Lieutenant Bahr was wounded by Panzerfaust fire but refused treatment until tank fire was directed upon the target, permitting his platoon to advance and secure their objective. His gallant courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 11th Armored Division, General Orders No. 112 (June 21, 1945)
Home Town: Kansas


BAKER, HERSCHEL D.
(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 Silver Star Medal to Herschel D. Baker (0-11391), Colonel (Field Artillery), [then Lieutenant Colonel], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion near Sbeitla, Tunisia, on 17 February 1943. When a large number of enemy tanks threatened to complete a double envelopment of his command, Colonel Baker went forward under very heavy tank fire and, standing in an exposed position, coolly supervised the orderly withdrawal of the battalion.
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 65 (September 24, 1948)


BAKER, WARREN H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Warren H. Baker (0-552803), Second Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 28 February 1945. During an advance, infantry and tanks were held up by a defended road block. Lieutenant Baker, on his own initiative, moved out three hundred yards under fire and reported the condition of the area. Lieutenant Baker, with two of his demolition men, cleared a lane through the mined area and removed the road block. He and one of his men were wounded during this action but continued until they completed their work. As a result of their actions, the command was able to accomplish its mission. His actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 12 (March 22, 1945)
Home Town: Wilderville, Oregon


BALDWIN, EDWARD W, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward W Baldwin, Jr. (0-284465), Major (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 158th Engineer Combat Battalion, on 21 and 22 December 1944, in Belgium. When infiltrating Germans attempted to seize a vital bridge along a main convoy route, Major Baldwin immediately organized stragglers from other units and elements of his own command to defend the bridge. Constantly exposed to enemy artillery and small arms fire, her personally led his men in a counterattack which forced the enemy to withdraw from their forward area. Realizing the importance of accurate data concerning the strength and disposition of enemy troops, Major Baldwin secured and transmitted to the battalion command post vital information which was of utmost value in repulsing numerous enemy attacks. By his daring and coolness under fire and his conspicuous leadership, Major Baldwin reflected great credit on himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 1st Army, General Orders No. 10 (January 17, 1945)
Home Town: Illinois


BARKLEY, JOHN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John Barkley (0-253806), Lieutenant Colonel (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with an Artillery Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division. When two batteries of his battalion had been overrun by enemy tanks, Colonel Barkley proceeded to these batteries under heavy enemy shellfire to determine the condition of the abandoned guns and equipment and possible means of evacuating them. This reconnaissance enabled the recovery of vital material and its subsequent use against the enemy.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 64 (November 23, 1943)
Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana


*BARNETT, DOLPH, JR. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Dolph Barnett, Jr. (0-1300263), First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 6th Infantry Division near Luzon, Philippine Islands, on 1 March 1945. During a fierce barrage of enemy artillery fire on a hill which was occupied by a friendly infantry rifle company, Lieutenant Barnett, a mortar observer, immediately realized, that a counter-barrage of mortar fire was necessary to silence the enemy guns. Though his observation post was under enemy sniper fire, Lieutenant Barnett, with complete disregard for his personal safety, worked his way forward, to a point from which he could secure a better view of enemy positions. While exposed to enemy observation and fire, he directed a mortar barrage on the enemy, which was so accurate and intense that the guns were silenced, and the enemy destroyed. Upon completing this gallant act, a sniper's bullet found its mark, mortally wounding Lieutenant Barnett.
Headquarters, 6th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 66 (1945)
Home Town: Yakima, Washington


BARRITT, GEORGE H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George H. Barritt (20720982), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company I, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 20 February 1945, near Styring Wendel, France. Despite heavy enemy artillery fire and intensive automatic and small arms fire, Sergeant Barritt, with great daring, led his squad toward a proposed location for the battalion outpost. While he was crossing a field, a close burst threw him to the ground and wounded him internally. Disregarding his painful wounds, Sergeant Barritt rallied his squad, advanced, and completed the mission. His gallant action was a great inspiration to all the men.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 18 (March 16, 1945)
Home Town: Omaha, Nebraska


BARTEN, GEORGE A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George A. Barten (0-362040), Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters, 2d Battalion, 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 25 February 1945, near Grosbliederstroff, France. While reconnoitering, with two other officers for a forward observation post, Colonel Barten, from high ground, observed an enemy bunker near an important road intersection. With one of the officers, he brought fire on the enemy, killing two and wounding one. Disregarding hostile machine gun fire, the two kept the bunker covered while the third officer brought up three enlisted men who then flanked the position and killed or wounded eight of the enemy as they attempted to leave the strong point. Colonel Barten and one officer then moved up and completed the operation, taking three enemy machine guns. His gallant action removed an enemy threat to an important road intersection.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (May 14, 1945)
Home Town: Cordorus, Pennsylvania


BASILE, FREDERICK A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Frederick A. Basile (32194025), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action on 12 February 1944, while serving with Headquarters Battery, 194th Field Artillery Group, in the vicinity of Raviscanina, Italy. When enemy shellfire caused one quarter-ton radio car to burst into flames near other radios, vehicles, rocket ammunition, and personnel, Sergeant Ray Milversted and Sergeant Alouis Nearing left a ditch about two hundred yards away and brought the blaze under control. Technician Fifth Grade Frederick Basile ran to a radio weapons carrier parked on the other side of the rockets and drove it away. During this time shells continued to burst, some falling within 10 yards. At great personal risk, the three non-commissioned officers saved valuable government property from possible injury and protected other nearby radio operating personnel. Their actions were beyond the call of duty and are in the best traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, II Corps, General Orders No. 16 (February 23, 1944)
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York


BATES, WILLIAM C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William C. Bates (0-1328562), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. At Worth, Germany, on the afternoon of 29 March 1945, at 1300 hours, Second Lieutenant Bates led his platoon to spearhead his company's advance into the city. Aggressively he led his men across a 75-yard-wide open field, under intense enemy artillery, mortar and small arms fire. With his carbine, Second Lieutenant Bates killed two enemy snipers at 150 yards range and covered his men as they scaled an eight-foot wall. Reorganizing his men behind the wall, Second Lieutenant Bates led them across 60 additional yards of open field, under continuous Germany artillery, mortar and sniper fire, and into the city to clear 10 blocks of buildings and establish a road block.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Kirkwood, Missouri


BAUER, HAROLD F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harold F. Bauer (39309734), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Troop A, 88th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 20 April 1945. While on a reconnaissance patrol, Sergeant Bauer and members of the patrol sighted large numbers of enemy troops and vehicles near a heavily-defended concrete building. It was apparent that the position could b e taken only be a strong force, with the possibility of heavy casualties. Sergeant Bauer advanced alone, convinced guards their position was surrounded, and accomplished surrender of the enemy position. As a result, an enemy Lieutenant General, his staff of five officers and ninety-seven soldiers and a large number of vehicles, weapons and equipment were captured. The position was headquarters for an enemy army corps. Sergeant Bauer's initiative, courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 61 (July 4, 1945)
Home Town: Cambridge, Nebraska


BAUMEISTER, JOSEPH 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 Silver Star Medal to Joseph F. Baumeister (32056276), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving with the 9th Infantry Division, on 11 December 1944, during operations in Germany. Technical Sergeant Baumeister's actions reflects highest credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 19 (January 31, 1945)
Home Town: New Jersey


BEAM, HARLAN C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harlan C. Beam, Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in the vicinity of Djebel Tefifilia, Tunisia, on 25 January 1943. Corporal Beam voluntarily accompanied his officer on a patrol toward enemy lines to determine the exact location of the enemy outposts. He located one outpost and deliberately drew fire to determine its strength. Corporal Beam's daring on this occasion was an inspiration to his fellow soldiers.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (1943)
Home Town: Ohio


*BEARD, WARREN E. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Warren E. Beard (12071519), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. During a combat operation, Sergeant Beard discovered a wounded member of his platoon two hundred yards from his own covered position. With utter disregard for his own safety, he braved heavy mortar and artillery fire to move his comrade to a place of safety. On the return to the original position, Sergeant Beard was mortally wounded. His gallantry and devotion to duty reflect the highest traditions of the Military Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 15 (March 27, 1945)
Home Town: Queens, New York


*BEAUPREY, CLARENCE J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Clarence J. Beauprey (36198316), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 18th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany from 22 January 1945 to 11 April 1945. Sergeant Beauprey insisted on accompanying his unit overseas, despite a back injury. During many engagements he was unable to straighten up, due to the injury, but he remained at his post performing his duties in a superior manner. On 11 April 1945 he refused to remain behind for medical attention and took his tank into the attack. During the engagement he was called upon to relieve infantry elements pinned down by small arms and machine gun fire. Without regard for anti-tank and rocket fire, he moved into position and destroyed the guns holding up the infantry. He had just completed this mission when his tank received a rocket shell through the turret. Sergeant Beauprey was fatally wounded. His great personal courage and devotion beyond the call of duty were an inspiration to all and reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 56 (June 28, 1945)
Home Town: Baraga County, Michigan


BEESON, TRUMAN C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Truman C. Beeson, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with a military operation against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 303d Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. In an attack on the city of Siegburg, Germany, on 9 April 1945, Captain Beeson's company encountered strong enemy resistance and its advance was slowed. He personally led a platoon in an attack against the hostile positions and silenced an enemy machine gun enabling his company to capture its objective. On the following morning when two enemy pill boxes again held up the company advance Captain Beeson took personal command of the assaulting troops, maneuvered them to an advantageous position, reduced the strong points, and captured approximately two hundred of the enemy. By his bold, fearless leadership Captain Beeson inspired his men and their attainments contributed in a large measure to the success of the operation. His aggressiveness and gallantry on this occasion reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 97th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (June 11, 1945)
Home Town: Louisiana


*BELTER, FRANK J. (KIA-MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Frank J. Belter (36833083), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action on 11 February, 1945 in France. While attacking well-fortified houses in an enemy held town, Staff Sergeant Belter volunteered to lead his squad across open, fire-swept terrain into a group of houses where they could deliver fire on the enemy's rear. Fully aware of the danger involved he started to advance across the open space. While running towards his objective Staff Sergeant Belter was killed by machine-gun fire. His heroic action inspired his comrades to renewed aggressiveness against the hostile force.
Headquarters, 36th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 66 (1945)
Home Town: Park Falls, Wisconsin


BELTZ, ORMONDE R. F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ormonde R. F. Beltz (37508817), Staff Sergeant [then Sergeant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 114th Infantry Regiment, on 15 February 1945, near Woelfling, France. When his company's advance was halted by heavy enemy mortar, machine-gun, and rifle fire, Sergeant Beltz, an assistant squad leader, led his men forward through the fire and effected their dispersal. In an extended personal movement, he crawled toward a carefully camouflaged machine-gun emplacement and exposed himself to throw two grenades. In his closely timed rifle assault, he killed the enemy crew of three. Sergeant Beltz' outstanding leadership, courage, and initiative permitted the continuation of his company's attacka nd reflect credit upon himself the the Armed Forces.


BENN, JAMES D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James D. Benn (33768959), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 58th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 9 April 1945. When two members of a patrol were wounded, Private Benn left the safety of his position to reach his comrades. He advanced more than three hundred yards under machine gun, artillery and mortar fire. Discovering that one of the men had already died of his wounds, he carried the other back over the same terrain under continuing heavy fire. Reaching a place of safety he turned the man over to medical aid men. His personal courage and devotion beyond the call of duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 76 (July 27, 1945)
Home Town: Deltona, Florida


BENSON, GRIFFITH EARL
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Griffith Earl Benson (0-1299934), First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 1st Battalion, 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, on 16 and 17 December 1944, in Germany. When the enemy launched an attack against his positions, Lieutenant Benson quickly organized a defensive platoon from stragglers and remaining decimated forces. The numerically superior enemy attack was beaten back with severe losses to the enemy. Later the enemy again attacked with support of three tanks. Two of the tanks were knocked out by bazooka fire and the enemy was repulsed with heavy losses. With a scarcity of ammunition and few men present to continue resistance, it was necessary to withdraw and take up new positions. This was accomplished by the quick thinking and outstanding leadership of Lieutenant Benson, which reflects great credit upon himself and the armed forces.
Headquarters, 99th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 2 (1945)
Born: September 12, 1915 at Fort Stockton, Texas
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri


*BESENYEI, LOUIS S. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Louis S. Besenyei (36359453), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company F, 379th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 December 1944, in the vicinity of Saarlautern-Roden, Germany. Fighting in Saarlautern-Roden, sergeant Besenyei's platoon was subjected to sweeping fire from an enemy pillbox. Quickly leading his men toward a group of buildings nearby, Sergeant Besenyei took up a position at an opening in the fence surrounding the houses and remained completely exposed to the merciless fire until he directed all his comrades to cover. Sergeant Besenyei was killed in action on 12 December 1944. His gallant, timely action in risking his life to facilitate the movement of his platoon from a precarious situation reflects lasting honor on him and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 95th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 78 (1945)
Home Town: Cuyahoga County, West Virginia


BIAGINI, SYLVIO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Sylvio Biagini (33440740), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 8 March 1945 and 3 April 1945. When his squad was pinned down by superior enemy forces, Sergeant Biagini moved about under direct observation and fire in order to locate the enemy positions and direct fire of the squad and a supporting tank. When the tank was knocked out he covered evacuation of the wounded tank commander and the wounded of his squad. Sergeant Biagini then went to the aid of another wounded man, rendering aid and carrying him to cover under intense enemy fire. Later, in another action, he led his squad in the attack on an enemy strong point, showing great initiative and courage in carrying out this mission. After taking the strong point he opened fire with rifle grenades against an enemy tank, continuing this action despite the fact he, himself was wounded, until he was relieved. His courage, initiative and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 50 (June 21, 1945)
Home Town: Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania


*BIEKER, ADRIAN S. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Adrian S. Bieker (0-1313506), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company G, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 7 March 1945, near Forbach, France. After adjusting artillery fire on enemy positions across a deep anti-tank ditch, Lieutenant Bieker led his company successfully across the ditch and seized the high ground on the other side. He and several of his men were wounded by artillery fire during this crossing. Refusing to leave the battlefield, he remained in command, organizing his position, caring for the wounded, and directing artillery fire. Although he was killed shortly afterwards by the explosion of an enemy shell, the company was so thoroughly prepared for the counterattack which followed that the enemy was unable to dislodge it from its position. His gallant actions, culminating with the sacrifice of his life, exemplify the finest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (April 16, 1945)
Home Town: Hamilton, Ohio


BILBY, KENNETH W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenneth W. Bilby (0-40011), Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters, 2d Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Near Zweibrucken, Germany, the morning of 19 March 1945, Major Bilby, Battalion Executive Officer, voluntarily accompanied assault units in the attack against the Siegfried Line. With his carbine he silenced a German operating a machine pistol from a pillbox fortification after a fierce duel at 50 yards range. Later, Major Bilby returned 600 yards to the rear across an open field which was blanketed by enemy artillery and small arms fire to bring up the ammunition and Pioneer Platoon with needed ammunition.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Tucson, Arizona


BIRD, JAMES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James R. Bird, Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 160th Field Artillery, 45th Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in November 1943, in Italy. Private Bird was manning an observation post in the mountains near Cassino, Italy, when his unit was hit by enemy artillery. While going to the assistance of an observer, he was wounded by shell fragments, but continued to man his post for three days. His actions, without regard for his own safety, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 45th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 50 (1944)


BISCH, JOSEPH J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph J. Bisch (37635276), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 25 January 1945. Private First Class Bisch was a member of a bazooka team which was given the mission of knocking out an enemy pillbox. Private Bisch and his teammate, on their own initiative, moved behind the enemy lines to a better position and knocked out the pillbox. Fifteen prisoners were captured in this operation. The annihilation of the pillbox permitted the unit to continue. Private Bisch's initiative, aggressiveness and bold courage reflect credit upon himself and the Army of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 1 (February 8, 1945)
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


BISHOP, SIDNEY B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Sidney B. Bishop (14131653), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 18th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 28 February 1945. When the tank which he was serving was hit and ignited by enemy fire, Corporal Bishop dismounted with the remainder of the crew. He then voluntarily sought out another tank. He took the place of a bow gunner who had become a casualty a short time before. He served with this tank crew for more than an hour. When this tank was disabled by rocket fire, Corporal Bishop again dismounted under intense artillery and mortar fire. He took his place in a third tank and continued the action until it was successfully completed. Corporal Bishop's courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 81 (August 4, 1945)
Home Town: Jefferson City, Tennessee


BLACKMAR, CHARLES B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles B. Blackmar (0-1183815), First Lieutenant (Infantry), [then Second Lieutenant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company G, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 17 February 1945, near Kerbach, France. When, in the darkness of night, the enemy launched a strong counterattack against his company, First Lieutenant Blackmar, without regard for his personal safety, boldly went forward to an exposed position, and using an M-9 projector, ordinarily inadequate for this purpose, he shrewdly improvised effective artificial light and trained it on the enemy. The observation thus gained of the enemy's positions, permitted the accurate placing of heavy machine gun fire upon the enemy, and resulted in the repelling of the counterattack with casualties approximated at 65 enemy dead or wounded.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (March 28, 1945)
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri


BLACKWELL, J. W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to J. W. Blackwell (38667100), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 21 and 22 February 1945, near Styring Wendel, France. After he administered aid to a wounded comrade and while waiting for litter bearers, Private First Class Blackwell found it necessary to leave the man in order to attend other casualties, sustained when the enemy counterattacked and overran the OPLR. The following day he voluntarily made his way across no man's land seeking to effect his comrade's evacuation, only to find enemy troops where he had left the wounded soldier. He was subjected to questioning by an enemy officer but steadfastly refused to divulge any information. When the interrogation was concluded, he made an unsuccessful attempt to persuade the officer to surrender his unit. He then evacuated his wounded comrade to friendly lines. His gallantry beyond the call of duty undoubtedly saved the wounded soldier's life.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 22 (March 23, 1945)
Home Town: Pocahontas, Arkansas


BLAKER, HARRY A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harry A. Blaker (33595015), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Troop C, 88th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 28 March 1945. Sergeant Blaker was riding in the lead vehicle of a task force. When the one-quarter ton truck in which he was riding came under fire, he manned the machine gun and continued with the advance. When that weapon jammed, he started firing his rifle, later using that of his driver while he continued to advance through the enemy town under harassing fire of all types. Sergeant Blaker continued to lead the task force forward until he encountered heavy artillery fire on the other side of the town. His personal courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 84 (August 8, 1945)
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


*BLANCHARD, LAWRENCE C., JR. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Lawrence C. Blanchard, Jr. (0-1171902), Second Lieutenant (Field Artillery, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States while serving with the 29th Field Artillery Battalion, 45th Infantry Division, in action on 8 June 1944 in Normandy, France. The initiative and courage displayed by this officer reflects great credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 45th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (July 14, 1944)
Home Town: Louisiana


BLOOM, ARTHUR A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arthur A. Bloom, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with a military operation against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the Medical Detachment, 386th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. In a fierce fire fight near Merten, Germany, on 7 April 1945, Technician Fifth Grade Bloom, fearlessly advanced across fifty yards of open terrain in the face of direct machine gun fire which pierced his canteen, pistol belt and field jacket to the side of a man who had fallen from enemy fire. Technician Fifth Grade Bloom's gallant devotion to duty on this occasion reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 97th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 37 (June 10, 1945)
Home Town: Pennsylvania


BOBO, WILLIE VERNON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Willie Vernon Bobo, Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 331st Infantry Regiment, 83d Infantry division, in action against the enemy on 13 July 1944 near Chateau d'Auxais, France. When his company was subjected to intense machine gun fire from an enemy tank placed in the line of its advance, Private Bobo, completely disregarding his own safety, took an anti-tank launcher and an extra round of ammunition and advanced toward the tank line along a hedgerow which was being regularly sprayed with machine gun fire and artillery bursts. Reaching an effective range, he stood up in direct view of the tank and fired. As it began to turn he again fired, secured a direct hit on the turret and knocked it out.
Headquarters, 83d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 18 (1944)
Born: at Trezevant, Tennessee
Home Town: Trezevant, Tennessee


BOEHM, CHARLES M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles M. Boehm (31088313), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Troop A, 88th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 26 January 1945. Sergeant Boehm was leading a security patrol near an enemy-occupied town. In order to achieve its objective, it was necessary for the patrol to cross a mine field. Sergeant Boehm, upon learning of the presence of the mine field from scouts, ordered his patrol to follow at a safe distance while he explored for a safe route across the field. Disregarding enemy machine gun fire, he continued his advance, enabling the entire platoon to reach their objective without a casualty. His courage and devotion beyond the call of duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 73 (July 19, 1945)
Home Town: Malden, Massachusetts


BOLTON, ARTHUR K.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arthur K. Bolton (0-535356), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3d Armored Division, in action on 1 April 1945, in Germany. Second Lieutenant Bolton's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 3d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 3d Armored Division, General Orders No. 63 (May 17, 1945)
Home Town: Georgia


BOND, VAN H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Van H. Bond (0-18601), Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. During the attack of the 39th Infantry against strongly held enemy positions in the vicinity of Troina, Sicily, on 4 August 1943, Lieutenant Colonel Bond, Commanding the 3d Battalion, which was spearheading the assault of the Regiment, exhibited outstanding gallantry in action. Moving forward at the head of the attacking echelon of his battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Bond personally supervised the maneuvering of his troops. When the position held by his assault company in the vicinity of Hill 1190 was being relentlessly counter-attacked by the enemy, seeing that their position was in danger of being overrun by the surging enemy troops, and with complete disregard for personal safety, he moved to a forward observation post where he could observe enemy emplacements and direct counter-battery. Although the observation post was under constant direct hostile artillery, machine gun and small arms fire, he refused to leave his position and was able to locate and bring fire on the enemy gun positions. The resultant fire silenced the guns and enabled the company to bring their weapons into play smashing the counter-attack. Lieutenant Colonel Bond's personal courage, coolness and bravery were an inspiration to the men of his command and are outstanding examples of the highest ideas of the military service.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 83 (September 27, 1943)
Home Town: Cheyenne, Wyoming


BONIFIELD, DAYLE E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dayle E. Bonifield (35632515), Technical Sergeant [then Staff Sergeant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action on 9 April 1945, in the vicinity of Lampholdshausen, Germany. Technical Sergeant Bonifield, with outstanding daring and aggressive leadership, led his platoon at a dead run ahead of accompanying tanks into an enemy position which lay beyond 700 yards of open ground, exposed to hostile fire and captured or killed the enemy. Continuing the attack at the same rapid pace, Sergeant Bonifield and his platoon drove through the city and established a defensive line on the far side, while the remainder of the company was engaged in clearing the town. Sergeant Bonifield's magnificent courage and outstanding gallantry under fire reflect the highest credit upon himself and upon the Armed Forces of the United States.
Home Town: Coshocton, Ohio


BOODRY, JAMES (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James Boodry (0-1317876), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 9 and 10 May 1944, in the vicinity of Isola Bella, Italy. Lieutenant Boodry, accompanied by another man, volunteered to go on a continued reconnaissance behind enemy lines to get vital information needed for subsequent raids. While moving up, they were subjected to enemy machine gun and mortar harassing fires, as well as our own friendly artillery fire, but fearlessly continued on to a vantage point approximately 50 yards to the left rear of an enemy outpost and here they remained all day, observing and noting enemy installations. Lieutenant Boodry withdrew the following night with his comrade, and reported to his organization with vital information, which materially aided in the plans for a subsequent raid. Lieutenant Boodry's outstanding performance without regard for his own personal safety was in keeping with the highest tradition of the military services.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 48 (1944)
Born: 1918 at Clinton, Massachusetts
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts


BOREN, ENOCH S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Enoch S. Boren (38579798), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving with the 9th Infantry Division, on 28 December 1944, during operations in Germany. Private First Class Boren's actions reflects highest credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 19 (January 31, 1945)
Home Town: California


BORGESON, ARTHUR S.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arthur S. Borgeson (37269906), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company A, 1st Medical Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in Germany on 28 October 1944. Technician Fifth Grade Borgeson's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 42 (February 17, 1945)
Home Town: Park River, North Dakota


BORKOWICZ, LEO M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Leo M. Borkowicz (33565046), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Troop A, 88th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 1 March 1945. When his platoon started withdrawal from a heavily-defended road block, two members were left pinned down by the intense fire. Corporal Borkowicz voluntarily returned to the position in a one-quarter ton vehicle completely exposed to heavy fire. He fought his way to the two helpless men and succeeded in bringing them to safety. His actions reflect great credit on himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United Sates.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 61 (July 4, 1945)
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland


BOUGHTON, FORREST E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Forrest E. Boughton (36766760), Staff Sergeant [then Private First Class], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company K, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 3 and 4 March 1945. During the attack on Styring Wendel, France, when personnel changes were rapid because of casualties sustained, Staff Sergeant Boughton, assumed command of his machine gun squad. Despite heavy hostile artillery and mortar fire, he supported attacking rifle platoons by rallying and maneuvering his men to a position where they brought effective fire against enemy fortifications. Later, when his section leader was wounded, he took charge of the entire section. Exposed to enemy observation and fire, he moved about his section to properly direct supporting fire covering the assaulting rifle platoons. His courageous leadership and tenacious devotion to duty enabled his company to seize its objective with a minimum of casualties.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 53 (July 2, 1945)
Home Town: Watseka, Illinois


*BOUSQUET, ALFRED J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Alfred J. Bousquet (11105758), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company A, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 20 February 1945. During the bitter street fighting in Forbach, France, Private First Class Bousquet's platoon was subjected to devastating enemy machine gun, panzerfaust and mortar fire. Since the advance was being held up he obtained permission to move forward under full daylight observation of the hostile troops to gain closer contact. Defying the intense fire he reached a point where he could determine the key to the enemy positions and then in a final gesture of contempt for the hostile fire he charged the vital machine gun nest, killing or capturing the entire crew. His gallant action enabled his platoon to advance and exemplifies the highest standard of courage in the Armed Forces of the United States. In a later action Private First Class Bousquet sustained wounds which proved fatal on 3 May 1945.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 93 (August 11, 1945)
Home Town: Saundersville, Massachusetts


BOWERS, RALPH T.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ralph T. Bowers (33835800), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company I, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 23 January 1945, near Ostheim, France, Private First Class Bowers single-handedly attacked an enemy machine gun which had killed 1 soldier, wounded 10 more, and forced the other members of his platoon to seek cover in a ditch. Although bullets skimmed over his head, he crawled to a point 35 yards from the enemy, and loaded his bazooka. Then, rising to his knee, he fired one round into the hostile gun emplacement, killing the gunner and wounding his assistant. With the enemy weapon silenced, his platoon was able to resume its advance.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Easton, Pennsylvania


BOWLIN, LAWRENCE B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lawrence B. Bowlin (38508626), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 36th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 9 April 1945. When his tank was hit by enemy artillery, Private Bowlin cleared himself of the wreckage. He then carried the wounded ammunition loader to the safety of a nearby ditch. Leaving this place of safety under continuing artillery and mortar fire, he returned to the tank. While attempting to reach another man still inside the vehicle he was critically wounded. His actions, without regard for his own safety, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 30 (May 9, 1945)
Home Town: Arkansas


BRACKMAN, OLIVER W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Oliver W. Brackman (0-405546), Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters (Forward Echelon), 3d Armored Division, in action on 15 April 1945, in Germany. Major Brackman's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 3d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 3d Armored Division, General Orders No. 63 (May 17, 1945)
Home Town: Ohio


BRADBURN, MORIN
(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 Silver Star Medal to Morin Bradburn (55152766), Staff Sergeant [then Sergeant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company A, 756th Tank Battalion, 3d Infantry Division. At about 1200 hours on 17 April 1945, in the vicinity of Routles, Germany, Staff Sergeant Bradburn was blocking while the infantry was assembling to continue the advance. He was taken under fire by an 88 and although narrowly missed by the first round, he did not seek cover but stood fast, engaging the gun in a blazing duel during which the buildings beside and behind him were practically shot away. Displaying outstanding courage, and skill in the face of observed fire that narrowly missed his exposed tank on all sides, he out shot and silenced the gun. His coolness and presence of mind during the furious action enabled him to destroy a major obstacle to the advance of our forces.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Rushville, Indiana


BRADY, JOSEPH W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph W. Brady (6974912), Technical Sergeant [then Staff Sergeant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company M, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in the vicinity of Troina, Sicily, on 6 August 1943. Technical Sergeant Brady fearlessly proceeded over terrain swept by intense hostile mortar, machine-gun, and small-arms fire, selected advantageous gun positions, located targets of opportunity, and directed effective machine-gun fire on attacking forces. His undaunted courage and daring initiative enabled his company to seize its objective and to capture a number of the enemy.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (May 27, 1944)
Home Town: Newark, New Jersey


BRANT, DONALD H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald H. Brant (36873111), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving with the 9th Infantry Division, on 22 December 1944, during operations in Germany. Staff Sergeant Brant's actions reflects highest credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 19 (January 31, 1945)
Home Town: Michigan


BRITTAIN, CLARENCE H.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clarence H. Brittain (0-1821671), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 5th Infantry Division, in action on 18 and 19 July 1944, at St Lo, France. Upon hearing of the death of his company commander, Captain Brittain, a company executive officer, immediately went forward under intense artillery fire, assumed command of the company and reorganized it. He than made a personal reconnaissance of the approaches leading in the St Lo and constantly exposed himself to the intense enemy fire to deploy his platoons most effectively. Captain Brittain's intrepid actions, superlative leadership and utter disregard for personal safety are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the armed forces.
Headquarters, 5th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 70 (1945)


*BRODOWSKI, EDWARD (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Edward Brodowski (32853538), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 80th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 30 March 1945. Sergeant Brodowski took command of his platoon when the platoon leader was absent. He pressed the attack of the platoon until intense fire forced them to cover. While attempting a break- through of the enemy position, Sergeant Brodowski's tank was immobilized. He remained with the vehicle, directing the fire until the turret was penetrated by artillery and Sergeant Brodowski was killed. His courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 24 (May 3, 1945)
Home Town: Frankfort, New York


BROOMFIELD, CHARLES E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles E. Broomfield (38057085), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 54th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 3d Armored Division, in action on 22 December 1944, in Belgium. Corporal Broomfield's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 3d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 3d Armored Division, General Orders No. 63 (May 17, 1945)
Home Town: Texas


BROWN, MAURICE K.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Maurice K. Brown (0-315558), Major (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action on 6 December 1944 in the vicinity of Mount Defense, Italy. While descending a trail down the mountain which had been zeroed in by enemy mortars, Major Brown and Captain Addison G. Wilson, Jr., were caught in a heavy mortar concentration which killed four of our infantry and wounded several others. Repeatedly exposing themselves to continued mortar and artillery fire they gave first aid to the wounded. Then they proceeded over a stretch of the trail and of open ground which was receiving extremely heavy shell fire in order to reach the nearest Aid Station and notify litter bearers where the wounded were located. Their repeated risk of their lives in voluntarily exposing themselves to heavy mortar and shell fire was far beyond the call of duty and reflects the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, II Corps, General Orders No. 36 (June 9, 1944)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


BRYAN, ROBERT M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert M. Bryan (0-538953), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 8 April 1945, in Italy. A rifle platoon had cleared a wooded area and encountered hostile fire that covered open ground which extended for five hundred yards. First Lieutenant Bryan, platoon leader, called for a rolling barrage to cover the platoon's attack over the exposed ground. Following the barrage, the platoon advanced to within two hundred yards of woods on the other side when it was again stopped by enemy machine gun and automatic weapons fire. Realizing the necessity for immediate action, First Lieutenant Bryan rose in full view of the enemy then, calling to his men to follow him, charged across the open ground, firing from the hip into the enemy positions. The enemy stubbornly held their positions and continued to return fire until First Lieutenant Bryan killed a machine gunner. Enemy resistance then weakened and later the foe was forced to withdraw. First Lieutenant Bryan's gallant leadership reflects great credit on the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 93 (October 2, 1945)
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


BUBAN, ELMER E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Elmer E. Buban (33670738), Sergeant [then Private First Class], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 3 April 1945. While preparing a position as security outpost, the squad of which Sergeant Buban was a member, was attacked by a heavy enemy force. One machine gun was put out of action. Without regard for his own safety, Sergeant Buban continued to man the remaining weapon and halted the counterattack in his sector. When the squad moved to a house and set up a defensive position, he remained on guard at a window throughout the night warding off enemy attempts to throw grenades and place rocket fire in the building. His courage and disregard for his own safety reflect the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 76 (July 27, 1945)
Home Town: Munhall, Pennsylvania


BUGGANER, JOHN J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John J. Bugganer (0-1822952), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 703d Tank Destroyer Battalion, 3d Armored Division, in action from 13 January 1945 through 4 March 1945, in Belgium and Germany. First Lieutenant Bugganer's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 3d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 3d Armored Division, General Orders No. 63 (May 17, 1945)
Home Town: Ohio


BURCH, CHARLES A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles A. Burch (0-535062), Second Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 53d Armored Engineer Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 28 March 1945. Lieutenant Burch advanced more than 300 yards across open terrain to remove enemy mines that were holding up the advance of his platoon. In carrying out this mission he came under direct fire from artillery, mortars and small arms. His decisive action, carried out without consideration for his own safety, enabled his task force to advance and obtain their objective. His action reflects great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 20 (April 22, 1945)
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


BURKE, TIMOTHY J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Timothy J. Burke (31303666), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, in Germany on 11 April 1945. Private Burke led his squad, in the face of intense enemy fire, to a strong point. Clearing it of the enemy, he quickly set up counter defenses. He then made a personal reconnaissance to locate enemy gun positions. Capturing three prisoners, he returned with the prisoners and the necessary information. Later, when fire was so heavy that evacuation of the wounded man was delayed, Private Burke crawled two hundred yards under constant small arms fire to reach a wounded squad member and evacuate him. His actions reflect great credit on himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 25 (May 4, 1945)
Home Town: Swampscott, Massachusetts


BURKET, IVAN J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ivan J. Burket (0-2006351), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company H, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 25 February 1945, near Styring Wendel, France. While at an 81-mm. mortar observation post, Lieutenant Burket, observing an enemy counter attack, attempted to fight it off with hand grenades. When the enemy closed in, making his position untenable, he grabbed an arm load of hand grenades and ran to a pillbox twenty yards away. During this action an enemy rifle shot pierced both forearms, forcing him to drop the grenades. Inside the pillbox, he directed the bracketing in of approximately 400 rounds of mortar shells on the enemy all around the pillbox. Directly as a result of his gallant actions, the counter attack was stopped.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 18 (March 16, 1945)
Home Town: Topeka, Kansas


BURKOWSKI, EMIL A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Emil A. Burkowski (16144174), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving with Troop A, 4th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized), in action against the enemy on 20 December 1944, in Germany. Corporal Burkowski's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Headquarters, VII Corps, General Orders No. 8 (March 8, 1945)
Home Town: Illinois


BURNS, JOHN G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John G. Burns (31302908), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 53d Armored Engineer Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 28 February 1945. While infantry forces were pinned down by a heavy concentration of enemy fire, Sergeant Burns moved forward to clear a heavily mined road block. Without consideration for his personal safety, he continued the work of removing mines and setting demolitions charges. The clearing of the road block and removal of the mines enabled the tanks to advance and take their objective. Sergeant Burns' actions were highly courageous and reflect greatest credit upon himself and the Military Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 12 (March 22, 1945)
Home Town: Massachusetts


BURT, DONALD L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald L. Burt (38345212), Staff Sergeant [then Corporal], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company E, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 25 January 1945, at 0300 hours, a by-passed enemy machine gun pinned most of Company E to the ground. Staff Sergeant Burt ran back to the gun position and, although wounded by the weapon's fire, he eliminated it with hand grenades, allowing the company to proceed. At 1400 hours that day, small arms, artillery, and mortar fire began to pound the company. Snipers, screened by the converged fire, infiltrated the company line and threatened the life of the Commanding Officer. Exposing himself completely to the snipers' observation, Staff Sergeant Burt distracted their fire and was again wounded. In this action he located a sniper and advanced to kill him. As if in a continuous action, he immediately uncovered the position of two others sniper positions and proceeded to successfully silence them in a sharp encounter. Staff Sergeant Burt refused to leave the scene of action until wounded for the third time later that day. His actions, without regard for his own safety, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 394 (December 15, 1945)
Home Town: Wichita, Kansas


BUSH, GEORGE E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George E. Bush (0-17634), Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 19 January 1943. In the attack upon a hill declared impregnable after previous unsuccessful attempts to reduce its fortifications, Lieutenant Colonel Bush planned and supervised the tactical maneuver of each company of his battalion. He was constantly at the forward positions of his battalion during the attack, exposing himself often to heavy artillery and mortar fire and grenade bursts. By his bravery and tactical skill Colonel Bush contributed greatly to the high morale of the troops under him, and the capture of the hill position with a minimum of casualties.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 83 (April 8, 1943)


*BUSH, HAROLD E. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Harold E. Bush (35647184), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company B, 749th Tank Battalion, attached to the 70th Infantry Division, on 19 February 1945, near Styring Wendel, France. While the infantry was reorganizing its positions a strong enemy force re-occupied a key hill nearby. Arriving ahead of foot troops to repel the enemy, Staff Sergeant Bush, realizing the situation required prompt action, immediately moved his tank platoon into attack. When the other tanks bogged in the mud, Staff Sergeant Bush, at great personal risk, even though slow progress through the mud increased his vulnerability to anti-tank fire, attacked the enemy. With his assault implemented later by the infantry soldiers the hostile troops were driven from the key position.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 22 (March 23, 1945)
Home Town: Portsmouth, Ohio


*BUSSERT, CHARLES (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Charles Bussert (0-1016799), First Lieutenant (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Troop D, 88th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 25 February 1945. Lieutenant Bussert volunteered to lead a patrol into heavily defended enemy territory to secure information on the strength and disposition of troops and to obtain prisoners for questioning. He led his patrol across an obstacle-strewn river, through armed outpost guards, and to an occupied town. After obtaining the required information he entered a house on the outskirts of the town, captured two prisoners and succeeded in bringing his entire patrol and prisoners safely back to his own lines. His display of skill and courage in accomplishing this dangerous assignment is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 49 (June 20, 1945)
Home Town: Amanda, Ohio

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*CAHOON, GOMEZ B. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Gomez B. Cahoon (0-398851), Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters, 1st Battalion, 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 21 February 1945, in the vicinity of Stiftswald, France. Hiss battalion repeatedly subjected to severe enemy counterattacks, and despite the imminent peril of bursting artillery and mortar fire, Major Cahoon, Battalion Commander, was tireless through the critical night. He skillfully directed the battalion's defenses, insured measures of security, determined that the men were properly dug in and that their fields of fire were most effectively grouped. Attacked by hostile tanks, he personally directed the battalion's fire, knocking out one, forcing others to withdraw. Still vigorously in action at daylight, he was killed while probing enemy positions. His vital, valorous and inspirational leadership were the decisive elements which held the troops in a seemingly untenable position, were the backbone of the battalion's resistance, and exemplify the highest qualities of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 22 (March 23, 1945)
Home Town: Arlington, Texas


CAIN, JESSE D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jesse D. Cain (33813241), Private First Class [then Private], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division. On 16 March 1945, at 1500 Hours, near Saarbrucken, Germany, Private Cain was the only one of a group of fifteen men sent to obtain information and determine enemy strength in the Siegfried Line, who was not a casualty in the machine-gun trap sprung on them. Crawling, creeping, and finally running, while enemy machine-gun and burp guns blazed away at him, Private Cain made his way back to his Battalion Command Post to report the situation. He then directed the laying of a smoke screen by the mortars, and then led a second group to the scene. Seven painfully wounded men were evacuated while streams of enemy fire probed the smoke-covered field in an attempt to hamper the movement and escape. Private Cain's actions, without regard for his own safety, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 394 (December 15, 1945)
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


CAMPBELL, GEORGE A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George S. Campbell (0-544230), Second Lieutenant (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 80th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 29 March 1945. Lieutenant Campbell, despite losses in his platoon, continued to move forward against the enemy in the face of heavy artillery, small arms and mortar fire. With only five infantrymen to support his tank section, he moved into the town. Ordered to withdraw, he attempted to remove disabled vehicles. Unsuccessful, he continued to the rear on foot, carrying the wounded. While so doing, he was wounded and evacuated. His devotion to duty without regard for personal safety reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 20 (April 22, 1945)
Home Town: Rockaway, New Jersey


CANE, LAWRENCE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lawrence Cane (0-1110976), First Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 238th Engineer Combat Battalion, 2d Armored Division, in action against the enemy on 30 July 1944 in France. During the night of 30 July 1944, the advance guard of Combat Command B, 2d Armored Division, consisting of some thirty medium tanks and forty other motor vehicles, was in danger of encirclement and annihilation by superior enemy forces attempting to break out of a trap. Lieutenant Cane, despite intense enemy small arms and mortar fire volunteered to personally reconnoiter a route for these vehicles and tanks in order to contact friendly forces. The reconnaissance was made in complete darkness at a time when the enemy situation was unknown, and resulted in encountering strong enemy patrols which infiltrated into the area and cut the roads. The enemy halted Lieutenant Cane's repeated attempts to find a route with intense machine gun and small arms fire. Despite these factors and with complete disregard for his personal safety, Lieutenant Cane voluntarily and determinedly continued his reconnaissance and found a safe route of withdrawal. By means or the route discovered by this reconnaissance, the tanks and vehicles were safely evacuated to the 2d Armored Division Reserve and saved from possible encirclement and destruction.
Headquarters, 2d Armored Division, General Orders No. 43 (1944)
Home Town: New York


CAPPIELLO, DANTE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dante Cappiello (6879064), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company A, 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, 3d Infantry Division. On 25 January 1945, at about 0600 hours, near Rosencrantz, France, when his tank destroyer was hit by an enemy 77-mm. gun and two of his crew were wounded, Sergeant Cappiello ordered his crew to dismount, pointed out the enemy gun to another tank destroyer, and rendered first aid to the wounded men. Then, noting that two of his crew were missing, Sergeant Cappiello unhesitatingly raced after his burning tank destroyer, which had rolled 200 yards distant. He was immediately taken prisoner by 14 Germans; however, with great presence of mind, he talked them into becoming his prisoners.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Schenectady, New York


CARR, VERNON G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Vernon G. Carr (37606792), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company D, 36th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. During the advance of his company Sergeant Carr, a tank commander, sustained a head wound. He refused evacuation, insisting that other wounded members of his crew be removed first. Without regard for his own wound, or for heavy enemy fire, Sergeant Carr directed evacuation of other soldiers and personally rendered first aid to many of them. When this task was completed he ordered the remainder of the crew to continue forward with the attack. When the vehicle was disabled by a mine, he rendered first aid to the wounded and directed their evacuation. Sergeant Carr continued his actions until he lost consciousness as a result of his own injuries. His courage and devotion beyond the call of duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 57 (June 29, 1945)
Home Town: Mountain view, Missouri


CARSTEDT, KEITH M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Keith M. Carstedt (20702033), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company D, ** Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, on ** April 1943, in the vicinity of *****, Tunisia, North Africa. During this day's action, Private First Class Carstedt, while on duty as a driver of a quarter-ton Ron Car, was informed that 81-mm. mortar ammunition was running low at a forward platoon ammunition dump. He immediately volunteered to take a load of ammunition forward. After receiving permission of his platoon leader, Private First Class Carstedt loaded over a hundred rounds of HE ammunition in his small vehicle and although his route necessitated him covering many yards of open terrain within perfect enemy observation, and although he passed through almost constant heavy enemy artillery and machine gun fire, he delivered the ammunition and returned to his platoon leader. The initiative, bravery and devotion to duty displayed by Private First Class Carstedt is exemplary and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 17 (May 28, 1943)


CARTER, EUGENE H.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Eugene H. Carter (0-2009806), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), [then First Sergeant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 811th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 80th Infantry Division, on 21 February 1945, in Germany. During a night attack on enemy pill boxes near Wallendorf, German, Lieutenant Carter maneuvered his two tank destroyers towards the general location of the enemy positions, courageously dismounted, led them on foot to within point-blank range and then directed devastating fire on the enemy until their positions were reduced. The following day his supporting armored units withdrew because of withering enemy anti-tank fire but he skillfully and heroically moved his tank destroyers and directed fire in support of a friendly infantry advance. Lieutenant Carter's cool aggressiveness and unflinching devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Army, General Orders No. 153 (June 25, 1945)


CASEY, THOMAS J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas J. Casey (0-1043292), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company F, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 7 February 1945, in France. After one squad had failed to eliminate a strong enemy machine gun position which was holding up his company's advance, Lieutenant Casey led two of his men forward and by skillful maneuvering gained a vantage point. After killing two of the hostile crew with well-placed hand grenades he charged the machine gun nest and killed the third with carbine fire. Then, the company in moving to its objective by-passed some of the enemy. Later in the morning Lieutenant Casey led a patrol back and in the mopping up operation killed two and captured 11 of the enemy. His gallant action reflects a high standard of military service.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 93 (August 11, 1945)
Home Town: New Rochelle, New York


*CASH, ROYCE H. (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Royce H. Cash (38087869), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 40th Infantry Division near Bamban, Luzon, Philippine islands, on 26 February 1945. Enemy forces counterattacked from three sides of the rifle company to which Staff Sergeant Cash was attached as a Forward Observer of an 81-mm. mortar platoon. In order to adjust the mortar fire, Staff Sergeant Cash left his covered position and went forward through intense enemy machine gun and sniper fire. This resulted in breaking u the enemy forces, which otherwise would have taken the company's position. His heroic action enabled the rifle company to repulse the enemy attack. Staff Sergeant Cash was killed while returning to his covered position. His courageous action reflects the highest credit upon the military service.
Headquarters, 40th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 110 (June 6, 1945)
Home Town: Duncan, Oklahoma


CASPERS, GEORGE H.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George H. Caspers (37665007), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy in Holland on 26 February 1945. Private Caspers' platoon was pinned down by cross-fire. He obtained a bazooka and crawled seventy-five yards forward to a point where he could observe the enemy positions. His first round knocked out one machine gun. His weapon damaged by enemy fire, he returned for another. Crawling back to his original post, he succeeded in eliminating the other gun. Private Caspers' mission was carried out despite heavy machine gun and mortar fire which caused numerous casualties in the area. His actions were an inspiration to all and reflect credit on himself and the Military Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 15 (March 27, 1945)
Home Town: Iowa


CASS, CHARLES C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles C. Cass (37023298), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving with Troop E, 24th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized), in action against the enemy on 5 December 1944, in Germany. Technician Fifth Grade Cass' outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Headquarters, VII Corps, General Orders No. 8 (March 8, 1945)
Home Town: South Dakota


CHAMBERS, TOM L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Tom L. Chambers (15046496), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 25 January 1945. Sergeant Chambers assumed command of a platoon when the platoon leader was evacuated. With great skill he organized and directed from a dismounted position, the advance of his platoon and supporting infantry despite constant mortar, artillery and sniper fire. He successfully maintained contact when radio communication failed by going from tank to tank on foot under heavy fire. He led his platoon through a minefield, later destroying the field for the safety of relieving troops. When the loader of a tank was wounded, Sergeant Chambers personally evacuated him, returning to reorganize the crew and continue with the action. His outstanding leadership, courage and devotion to duty were directly responsible for keeping casualties to a minimum and contributed materially to the success of the operation. His actions reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 81 (August 4, 1945)
Home Town: Kentucky


CHANDLER, RAYMOND F.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Raymond F. Chandler (31327617), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action on while serving with Company A, 150th Engineer Combat Battalion, 1135th Engineer Combat Group, on 7 February 1945 in Luxembourg. Corporal Chandler, at the risk of his own life and with complete disregard for his own personal safety, rescued a fellow Engineer who had fallen into the swift river. After rescuing the drowning soldier, Corporal Chandler administered artificial respiration while under heavy enemy artillery fire, until the man revived. The outstanding gallantry and dauntless courage displayed by Corporal Chandler exemplified the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, XII Corps, General Orders No. 23 (March 22, 1945)


CHAPAS, LOUIS G.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Louis G. Chapas (32871587), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Troop A, 88th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 28 March 1945. While leading a mounted patrol, Corporal Chapas, mounted in a one-quarter ton vehicle, encountered heavy machine gun and small arms fire. He attempted to pin the enemy down by the use of grenades, advancing to within twenty yards of their position. He then returned to his vehicle and manned the machine gun. While firing on the enemy he was wounded. He secured his grenade launcher and was again wounded while firing on the enemy positions. Upon exhausting his ammunition he opened fire with a rocket launcher and while using this weapon was wounded a third time. Despite his wounds he continued to fire until support arrived. His action resulted in preventing many casualties and resulted in the capture of fifty enemy infantry. His devotion to duty and personal courage reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 48 (June 11, 1945)
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York


CHASE, CHARLES B., JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles B. Chase, Jr. (0-452871), Captain (Infantry), [then First Lieutenant), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division. On 3 January 1945, at 0200 Hours, near Barenthal, France, Captain Chase after posting his mortar section behind a hill, advanced to the forward slope to be better able to observe and direct the mortar fire. Completely exposed to bursting artillery and mortar shells, and rifle fire of the numerically superior enemy SS force, he remained until the attack was broken by the accuracy and concentrated fire of the mortar section. Captain Chase was at all times compelled to engage enemy soldiers in short fierce duels, killing at least three and wounding two other enemy soldiers. His actions, without regard for his own safety, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 394 (December 15, 1945)
Home Town: Fall River, Massachusetts


CHILDS, JOHN B.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John B. Childs, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, 5 January 1945, near, Wingen, France. Acting on his own initiative, Private First Class Childs courageously attacked a reinforced enemy machinegun position which was hampering his platoon's advance. After throwing all his hand grenades into the position, he was brought under direct machine-gun fire by the enemy but, undaunted, continued his assault by hurling rifle grenades until mortally wounded by the enemy fire. His action in drawing the enemy fire to himself enabled others of his platoon to move up and destroy the enemy emplacement. His brave sacrifice exemplifies the finest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 13 (March 5, 1945)
Home Town: Manchester, Iowa


CHINO, R. ASHAI
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to R. Ashai Chino (37582340), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, near Mount Folgerito, Italy, on 5 April 1945. Private First Class Chino, in the vicinity of Mount Folgerito, Italy, although wounded in the side by a bullet, continued to attempt to silence the machine gun which had wounded him. When the position of the squad became untenable, on his own initiative and under mortar and machine gun fire he sought a route for evacuating the squad, returning to convey them to the squad. On 5 April 1945, despite his wound, he volunteered to silence a sniper who had already killed one man and wounded four others. On 6 April 1945, in charge of a detail escorting prisoners to the Company Command Post, he refused to take cover when fired upon, because to do so might enable some of the prisoners to escape. His actions are an indication of a high degree of devotion to the finest traditions of the Army of the United States.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 14 (January 16, 1946)
Home Town: Pine City, Minnesota


CHISM, HARRY D.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harry D. Chism (34916419), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Manning a BAR mounted on the hood of a quarter-ton car, Private First Class Chism assaulted an enemy platoon employing machine gun, machine pistol and rifle fire against his patrol on the afternoon of 9 April 1945, near Maddenhausen, Germany. Rushing straight through 50 yards of woods, he drove directly upon the enemy group and captured 14 additional Germans. His unorthodox assault accomplished the mission of the patrol.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Nauvoo, Alabama


CLARK, ELMER W.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Elmer W. Clark (0-1317372), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of Company C, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany during the period from 5 March to 10 March 1945. As Company Commander, Captain Clark was habitually found with the assault platoon of his company, directing their advance. In order to keep in contact with the leading elements of his company, Captain Clark was frequently exposed to enemy artillery, mortar, machine gun and small arms fire. While leading his organization in action, he refused to move back, remaining with the leading elements until their mission was accomplished. His outstanding courage and leadership was an inspiration to all and reflects great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 15 (March 27, 1945)
Home Town: Oshkosh, Wisconsin


CLEARY, DAVID M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David M. Cleary (0-1178445), Captain (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 5 April 1945. Captain Cleary volunteered to clear an enemy strong point. With his half-track vehicle and a .30 caliber machine gun, he was successful in forcing the surrender of the enemy position. In doing so he was forced to advance more than 1000 yards beyond the nearest friendly troops. His gallantry and courageous action beyond the call of duty were an inspiration to all and reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 20 (April 22, 1945)
Home Town: Pennsylvania


CLIFFORD, THOMAS EUGENE (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas Eugene Clifford (0-20339), Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, on 22 April 1944, at Dapapre, Dutch New Guinea. Lieutenant Colonel Clifford commanded a Battalion of the 19th Infantry Regiment, which landed at Dapapre, Dutch New Guinea, on 22 April 1944 and participated in the capture of the Hollandia Air Drome on 26 April 1944. throughout the entire period of this operation, often under enemy fire, Lieutenant Colonel Clifford performed his duties in an outstanding manner, distinguishing himself by gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty by showing complete disregard for his own personal safety under all circumstances in order to accomplish his mission. Lieutenant Colonel Clifford's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 24th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 12 (June 24, 1944)
Home Town: Ronceverte, West Virginia
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Legion of Merit, 2@ Bronze Stars, Purple Heart


CLOUGH, CASPER, JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Casper Clough, Jr. (0-121979), Major, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate). Despite heavy enemy fire, Major Clough fearlessly reconnoitered favorable positions for his Battalion. His courageous and brilliant leadership under exceptionally adverse conditions, coupled with his keen tactical judgment, aided materially in routing the enemy.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 5 (February 9, 1944)
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (WWII)


COCHRAN, WILLIAM C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William C. Cochran (0-511654), First Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 158th Engineer Combat Battalion from 18 December 1944 to 20 December 1944, in Belgium. Upon hearing tanks approaching through heavy fog, First Lieutenant Cochran ordered his men to covered positions and moved forward through intense small arms fire to determine the exact position and direction of advance of the unidentified tanks. Observing the tanks to be hostile with soldiers atop them, First Lieutenant Cochran unhesitatingly fired upon them as he withdrew to his squad's positions. Here, two tanks were engaged and knocked out of action by his men. Only when his defensive position became untenable due to superior enemy numbers did he order his men to withdraw to a secondary line of defense. During the engagement, First Lieutenant Cochran killed several Germans and courageously directed the fire of American tanks which sufficiently cleared the field and allowed the remnants of his squad to retire to safety. The gallant actions and conspicuous leadership of First Lieutenant Cochran reflected great credit on himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 1st Army, General Orders No. 10 (January 17, 1945)
Home Town: Pennsylvania


COFFIN, ARTHUR L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arthur L. Coffin (20702036), Private First Class [then Private], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company D, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. When intense enemy artillery and mortar fire knocked out the seven-man crew of a mortar position in Riedwihr, France, on the afternoon of 27 January 1945, Private First Class Coffin re-manned the gun. Alone he continued to fight although hostile shells, zeroed in on adjacent buildings, continued to strike as close as 20 feet from him. He registered in and with three rounds destroyed an enemy machine gun and its three-man crew located 400 yards in front of the observation post. For over half-an-hour Private First Class Coffin single-handedly manned the heavy mortar, firing over 35 rounds on other targets of opportunity.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Waterloo, Iowa


COHEN, BENJAMIN
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Benjamin Cohen (52682710), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company F, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. During an intense enemy artillery attack on Sigolsheim, France, on the afternoon of 31 December 1944, Private First Class Cohen made five separate trips over a total of 1,000 yards to communication wire to repair breaks in the line. Not a regular lineman, Private First Class Cohen was undeterred by the extreme danger and showed readiness at all times to undertake these missions. Shells exploded within 30 yards of him and at one time he was stunned by concussion. Nevertheless, Private First Class Cohen again and again went out to repair breaks wherever they occurred.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: New York, New York


COKINOS, MIKE P.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Mike P. Cokinos (0-1185167), Second Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Battery A, 398th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 26 January 1945. Assigned as Forward Observer, Lieutenant Cokinos successfully directed artillery fire for a period in excess of fifty hours, despite hostile artillery, mortar and small arms fire. He located an aid station and brought up aid men and litters to evacuate the wounded. When the Infantry Battalion Commander was wounded by mortar fire, he administered first aid and covered the fallen officer with his own body, using his own helmet to protect the commander's face until the mortar barrage slackened. This gallantry was above the call of duty and reflects great credit upon himself and the Military Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 8 (March 13, 1945)
Home Town: Beaumont, Texas


*COLBY, RALPH A. (DNB)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ralph A. Colby (0-23247), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the U.S. Army Rangers, attached to the 1st Infantry Division. Captain Colby led a co-ordinated attack against an enemy hill despite intense machine gun and grenade fire from five concrete pill boxes, and broke through the enemy defenses. Although later subjected to a heavy enemy artillery barrage, Captain Colby directed the successful defense of this position.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 64 (November 23, 1943)
Home Town: Springfield, Illinois


COLE, GEORGE R.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George R. Cole, Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), [then Major], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving the 2d Battalion, 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division. On 21 March 1945, at 1400 Hours, near Saarbrucken, Germany, Colonel Cole supervised and participated in the assault against firmly-emplaced German troops on high ground. When the Battalion Commander had been wounded and evacuated in the fierce fighting, the line began to waver uncertainly in the face of the enemy fire. Colonel Cole became alert to the situation and, walking up-right among the men oblivious of personal danger, he encouraged them to move on. Under his leadership and affected by his determination, the troops re-organized and overcame the enemy position. Although hostile bullets came close and shells landed near-by, once obscuring his view, Colonel Cole continued to scorn shelter and shout advice to the men until the enemy were driven back. His actions, without regard for his own safety, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 394 (December 15, 1945)
Home Town: Jersey City, New Jersey


COLE, RICHARD J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard J. Cole (20619872), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 32d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized), on 23 December 1944, in Belgium. Staff Sergeant Cole was securing ammunition for his gun crew when his tank received a direct hit from an enemy 88-mm. gun, setting the tank ablaze and injuring its crew. Braving intense artillery and small arms fire, Staff Sergeant Cole, although wounded by a shell fragment, entered the blazing tank on three occasions to rescue severely wounded crew members. After extricating each soldier from the tank, he carried him approximately 25 yards across fire-swept terrain to safety.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 27 (February 15, 1945)
Home Town: Illinois


COLEMAN, WILLIAM E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William E. Coleman (0-2011640), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), [then Staff Sergeant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company K, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 3 March 1945, near Styring Wendel, France. During an attack upon fiercely defended German positions in a dense wood, when the intense enemy small arms, artillery and mortar fire succeeded in inflicting numerous casualties upon his platoon, Second Lieutenant Coleman, disregarding the severe hostile fire, and despite a painfully injured knee, assumed control of the platoon and led it forward. His aggressiveness, courage, and determination in the face of the heavy German fire and his own injury, so inspired his men that they overcame the tenacious enemy resistance and achieved their objective.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 88 (August 7, 1945)
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


*COLLIGAN, JOHN P. (KIA)
(Second Award)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John P. Colligan (33266334), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company D, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in the vicinity of Troina, Sicily, on 5 August 1943. When besieging enemy forces delayed his company's advance, Private Colligan fearlessly proceeded to an exposed area, emplaced his machine gun in an advantageous position, and directed most effective fire on enemy strongholds until mortally wounded. His unselfish efforts and heroic devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, enabled his comrades to attain their objective.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (May 27, 1944)
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII)


COLLINGWOOD, THOMAS F.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas F. Collingwood, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with a military operation against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 386th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. Near Oberkassel, Germany on the night of 2 April 1945, Lieutenant Collingwood fearlessly led a reconnaissance patrol across the Rhine River, in Germany, in the face of heavily defended enemy positions. With his progress being constantly harassed by enemy flares and searchlights, Lieutenant Collingwood landed on the enemy shore and obtained valuable information as to the enemy dispositions. Returning to his unit, the patrol was brought under heavy enemy fire. Lieutenant Collingwood, demonstrating courage and leadership brought his men back without casualties. His daring and gallantry reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 97th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (June 11, 1945)
Home Town: California


COLSON, CHARLES F.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles F. Colson (0-12173), Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while Commanding Combat Command "A", 8th Armored Division, in Germany during the period 23 February 1945 to 28 February 1945. During this period General Colson displayed outstanding leadership and personal courage. Particularly during the attack on Dorsten, General Colson was habitually with the forward elements of his force and by close personal supervision made certain that all units cooperated to the fullest extent in carrying out the attack. Although frequently exposed to enemy fire of all types he completely disregarded his own safety and personally directed the actions of all elements of his command until the mission was successfully accomplished. His devotion to duty and courage were an inspiration to all and reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 47 (June 9, 1945)
Home Town: South Carolina


CONNELL, PAUL
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul Connell (0-498228), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Battery A, 884th Field Artillery Battalion, 70th Infantry Division, from 17 February to 6 March 1945, near Oetingen and Forbach, France. When the assault of Company B, 276th Infantry Regiment, was seriously threatened by attacking enemy tanks, Lieutenant Connell, disregarding the heavy enemy mortar and artillery fire, moved to the open crest of a hill from where he adjusted the fire of three artillery battalions. The barrage thus laid upon the enemy stopped the attack and knocked out the tank. Despite wounds sustained on 3 March, Lieutenant Connell continued on duty and, on 6 March, when the company had moved up to fill a gap in the front lines, he made his way through hostile mortar, artillery and small arms fire to a forward observation post, from which he directed an effective artillery barrage against the enemy until he was seriously wounded. His gallant action through the entire period was an inspiration to all and was a substantial contribution to the company's success.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (April 16, 1945)
Home Town: Trenton, New Jersey


CONTI, GIANTANO M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Giantano M. Conti (31292918), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3d Armored Division, in action on 15 April 1945, in Germany. Private First Class Conti's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 3d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 3d Armored Division, General Orders No. 63 (May 17, 1945)
Home Town: Rhode Island


COOK, ROBERT J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Silver Star Medal to Robert J. Cook (0-515019), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3d Armored Division, in action on 1 April 1945, in Germany. First Lieutenant Cook's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 3d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 3d Armored Division, General Orders No. 63 (May 17, 1945)
Home Town: New York
Personal Awards: 3@ SS (WWII)


COOK, VINCENT O.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Vincent O. Cook (32004026), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Anti-Tank Company, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. On 3 August 1943, in the vicinity of Randazzo, Sicily, with complete disregard for personal safety, Private First Class Cook, while under accurate enemy fire and at the risk of his life, jumped into a half-track and threw out a burning 75-mm. smoke shell, which had caught fire from burning bits of powder in the half-track. In doing so, Private Cook sustained third degree burns on his hands. By this singular act of bravery, Private Cook undoubtedly saved the lives of six other members of the gun crew and also the half-track which was loaded with approximately 100 rounds of high explosive ammunition. His personal courage and bravery were an inspiration to all who witnessed his actions and his devotion to duty is highly commendable.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 83 (September 27, 1943)
Home Town: New York, New York


COOKE, LIONEL W.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lionel W. Cooke (33096142), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. While serving as Platoon Sergeant of an assault gun platoon, Sergeant Cooke was delivering supporting fire for an infantry company. During the action he noticed that an infantryman a short distance from his tank was severely wounded. He left the safety of his tank and under a hail of enemy machine gun and small arms fire, he lifted the wounded man to the bustle of the tank. Then shielding the man behind the turret, Sergeant Cooke directed the tank to a covered position where medical aid men took charge of the casualty. Sergeant Cooke acted without consideration for his own safety and his actions reflect credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 12 (March 22, 1945)
Home Town: Virginia


CORBIN, PAUL EDMUND
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul Edmund Corbin (0-1289550), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 22 - 23 October 1944, in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France. When it was discovered that the major portion of his battalion was surrounded by the enemy one and one-half miles from friendly front lines and in serious need of rations, ammunition and water, Lieutenant Corbin assisted in organizing and leading a supply train through enemy-held territory to the encircled battalion. Although Lieutenant Corbin and his train twice encountered enemy patrols which ventured to come within ten yards of them and were fired upon several times from emplaced enemy positions, by superior leadership and the audacity of his actions, he was able to successfully reach the besieged battalion with the supply train intact. His gallant leadership and fearless determination were largely responsible for enabling the battalion to hold its ground, and subsequently achieve a significant local advance.
Headquarters, 7th Army, General Orders No. 121 (December 6, 1944)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


COREY, ORRIS W.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Orris W. Corey (36184049), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 540th Engineer Regiment, in North Africa. On the morning of 8 November 1942, Private Corey was detailed to accompany Colonel D.T. Craw and Major P. H. Hamilton through the enemy lines to deliver a communication to the commanding officer of the enemy troops at Port Lyautey. After having made a successful debarkation at the beach at Hehdia under very difficult condition and fire from enemy aircraft and artillery, they proceeded on this extremely hazardous mission toward Port Lyautey. Upon arriving at the out-skirts of the town they were met with a burst of machine gun fire which resulted in the death of Colonel Craw. During the progress of the mission and subsequent circumstances of capture and detention, Private Corey evidenced coolness and efficiency worthy of the finest traditions of the Army.


COUCH, RAYMOND E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Raymond E. Couch (34195683), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. On 12 August 1943, in the vicinity of Randazzo, Sicily, Private First Class Couch, a member of the intelligence platoon, went forward to assist in setting up an advance communications switch. After several vehicles had been destroyed by enemy fire, resulting in the death and injury of several of his comrades, Private First Class Couch voluntarily risked his life to remove a radio vehicle into a concealed position. In addition, he volunteered to use a mine detector to locate and remove mines along the road, although he had no previous experience in such work. Through his clearance of the road, medical aid was enabled to reach the casualties and evacuate them. All these actions of Private First Class Couch were under direct enemy observation and artillery fire and were accomplished with complete disregard for personal safety. His courage and bravery were outstanding and his steadfast devotion to duty and deeds beyond the call of duty are examples of the highest ideals of the Military Service.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 83 (September 27, 1943)
Home Town: Athens, Georgia


COULTER, TOLLTON E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Tollton E. Coulter (0-1328125), First Lieutenant (Infantry), [then Second Lieutenant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 254th Infantry Regiment,, 63d Infantry Division, on 19 March 1945, in the vicinity of Ensheim, Germany. During the attack on the Siegfried Line, First Lieutenant Coulter's company had the mission of taking 11 pill boxes. Lieutenant Coulter remained in the open directing fire of supporting tanks on the first pill box and led the assault on the next four, capturing twenty-seven prisoners. With the aid of an English speaking prisoner Lieutenant Coulter and two of his men entered each of the remaining pillboxes and captured a total of one hundred and ten prisoners. Lieutenant Coulter's outstanding gallantry under hazardous conditions is in keeping with the finest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 63d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 319 (1945)
Home Town: Alcoa, Tennessee


COX, COLLIN W.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Collin W. Cox (34664022), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company L, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 8 January 1945, at Wingen, France. When his platoon and supporting tanks were stopped by sniper and bazooka fire in the attack on Wingen, Technician Cox, in his first combat experience, courageously rushed into the enemy fire and with two bazooka shells knocked out a nearby sniper and a hostile bazooka man. Although wounded in the action, he crawled back to his unit carrying his weapons with him. His gallantry and prompt action under fire saved his platoon and the tanks from ravaging enemy fire.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 17 (March 14, 1945)
Home Town: Edenton, North Carolina


COX, ROBERT C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert C. Cox (0-532723), Second Lieutenant (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 18th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 27 January 1945. Lieutenant Cox was in the lead tank of his platoon as it was advancing toward Sinz, Germany. As his column was proceeding across a marshy field to the right flank of an adjoining company, his tank struck a mine and was immediately brought under fire by the two enemy Mark IV tanks. Despite this fire, Lieutenant Cox dismounted and directed the movement of his tank so as to bring it into position to fire. He then engaged both tanks and an anti-tank gun annihilating all. While his crew remained with the tank, Lieutenant Cox again dismounted and although under constant artillery fire, he guided the rest of the company around the mined area. Lieutenant Cox's personal bravery and inspiring leadership reflects great credit upon himself and the Military Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 1 (February 8, 1945)
Home Town: Ogden, New Mexico


COYNE, JOHN J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John J. Coyne (16146105), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving with Troop A, 4th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized), in action against the enemy on 20 December 1944, in Germany. Technician Fifth Grade Coyne's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Headquarters, VII Corps, General Orders No. 8 (March 8, 1945)
Home Town: Illinois


CRANFILL, GEORGE G.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George G. Cranfill (34438440), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a squad leader with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 21st Tank Battalion, 10th Armored Division, at Gusenberg, Germany, on 17 March 1945. When fierce hostile fie forced the members of a mortar platoon to temporarily seek cover, Sergeant Cranfill courageously remained at his post and with mortar fire, succeeded in neutralizing enemy infantry elements. His gallant achievement reflects great credit upon himself and the military forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 10th Armored Division, General Orders No. 158 (July 11, 1945)
Home Town: Fadkinville, North Carolina


CRECELIUS, RICHARD A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard A. Crecelius (0-1177354), Captain (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 79th Field Artillery Group on 30 September 1944, in Germany. Captain Crecelius was assigned the mission of establishing an observation post to bring artillery fire upon the town of Palenberg, from which hostile troops were hindering the advance of our infantry. Under cover of darkness, he passed through infantry front lines and crossed a dangerous mine field to reach a church in a nearby village. Upon reaching the church on the following morning, Captain Crecelius discovered that it had been prepared for demolition by the enemy. He severed the wires connecting the explosives and established an observation post in the tower from which he adjusted devastating artillery fire upon the enemy, thereby materially assisting the infantry in obtaining its objective.
Headquarters, 1st Army, General Orders No. 102 (December 28, 1944)
Home Town: Indiana


CROATTI, MICHAEL L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael L. Croatti (31363128), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company M, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the night of 19 April 1945, when a heavy enemy artillery concentration set fire to a nearby house, Private First Class Croatti disregarded shells which burst within 30 yards of him to carry his 81-mm. mortar 60 yards forward, setting it up in an open field near Erlangen, Germany. After he had fired three rounds, he was observed by an enemy plane which strafed the field. Despite bullets which barely missed him, Private First Class Croatti remained in position and fired 20 more rounds. The rest of his crew, who had been dispersed by the plane's fire, were inspired by his courage and rejoined him. The fire laid down by this mortar materially helped to break up an enemy counter-attack.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Dorchester, Massachusetts


CROUCH, JOSEPH A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph A. Crouch (34173788), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company M, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in the vicinity of Troina, Sicily, on 6 August 1943. During a bitterly contested engagement with the enemy, Private First Class Crouch, despite intense hostile mortar and small-arms fire, emplaced his machine gun in the most advantageous position and directed most effective fire on advancing enemy troops. His heroic actions materially aided his company in accomplishing its mission and in capturing enemy personnel and material.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (May 27, 1944)
Home Town: Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina


CROUSE, GORDON D.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gordon D. Crouse (36311154), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 5 April 1945. Sergeant Crouse, a tank commander, led an assault on an enemy town. After destroying several enemy positions, his tank was disabled by enemy fire and Sergeant Crouse was wounded. Disregarding his own wounds he left his disabled tank and ran to the support tank whose commander had been injured. Taking command of this vehicle, he continued the advance, completing his mission. His courage and devotion beyond the call of duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 78 (July 31, 1945)
Home Town: Illinois


CROWLEY, JERRY J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerry J. Crowley (20714558), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Battery B, *** Field Artillery Battalion, 34th Infantry Division, on ** November 1943, in the vicinity of *****, Italy. While on duty as an instrument corporal on an observation post with a forward observer, Corporal Crowley was informed that their telephone line had been broken due to effective enemy artillery fire. With utter disregard for his own personal safety, he left his position behind a stone wall and set out under the heavy shell fire and under the direct observation of the enemy to repair the broken line. Although shells landed as close as fifteen feet from him, Corporal Crowley found and repaired the break in the line, thereby enabling the forward observer to continue to direct effective fire upon the enemy. Corporal Crowley's initiative, devotion to duty and courage was exemplary and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 6 (January 25, 1944)
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota


CRUM, REGIS J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Regis J. Crum (33101127), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters Company, ** Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, on ** April 1943, in the vicinity of *****, Tunisia, North Africa. In the face of intense German artillery bombardment, Private Crum unceasingly repaired and spliced telephone communications lines. While repairing a break in one line, adjacent communications lines, ten feet on both sides of him were blown out by enemy artillery shell explosions. Private Crum completed repairs on the line on which he was working and then spliced the two adjacent wires. The coolness, skill, courage and devotion to duty which distinctly marked the work of Private Crum was a vital factor in the success of the engagement and is a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 17 (May 28, 1943)


CRUMLEY, DOUGLAS E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Douglas E. Crumley (31328102), Technician Fifth Grade [then Private First Class], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. Corporal Crumley, serving as a messenger, drove his one-quarter ton vehicle across an open field under vicious enemy fire to aid a wounded companion. After administering aid he placed him on the hood of his vehicle and carried him to safety. This gallant act, beyond the call of duty, reflects great credit on Corporal Crumley and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 20 (April 22, 1945)
Home Town: St. Ellenville, New York


CRUMPLEY, JAMES W.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James W. Crumpley (38432218), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3d Armored Division, in action on 31 March 1945, in Germany. Sergeant Crumpley's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 3d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 3d Armored Division, General Orders No. 63 (May 17, 1945)
Home Town: Texas


CSASAR, JOHN F.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John F. Csasar (0-1302607), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving with the 9th Infantry Division, on 17 December 1944, during operations in Germany. Second Lieutenant Csasar's actions reflects highest credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 19 (January 31, 1945)
Home Town: Wisconsin


CURREN, WILLIAM F., JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William F. Curren, Jr. (0-265002), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 10th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion (Mobile), from 6 June 1944 to 7 June 1944, in France. Lieutenant Colonel Curren landed at 1500 hours on D-Day and immediately made a reconnaissance under intense enemy fire to obtain the necessary factual data as to conditions ashore and to select suitable tactical positions for the elements of his AAA gun battalion which was soon to land. He continually reconnoitered while the beach was under artillery and small arms fire but was unable to find a suitable position and was directed to return to his ship to prevent night landing of any of his units. While awaiting the arrival of his craft, Lieutenant Colonel Curren noticed that many Allied wounded were in immediate danger from the incoming tide, and by commandeering an LCT, he succeeded in evacuating the wounded who were not otherwise being cared for. His personal bravery and his clear thinking under constant enemy bombardment reflects great credit on himself and on the military services.
Headquarters, 1st Army, General Orders No. 45 (August 9, 1944)
Home Town: South Carolina

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DALTON, JAMES J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James J. Dalton (31079202), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 30 October 1944, at about 2300 hours, when an enemy machine gun opened up on a twenty-two man supply detail he was leading to one of the forward companies, near La Bourgence, France, Staff Sergeant Dalton raced over 100 yards, moving from tree to tree, to silence the gun. Enemy fire tore into the trees all about him, missing him by inches as he ran, yet he continued to within a few yards of the position, hurled two grenades at the enemy, then charged the position with his Thompson sub-machine gun blazing. All four enemy in the position were killed, allowing the supply detail to continue forward.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Salem, Massachusetts


DARAN, EDWARD P.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward P. Daran (36043886), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving with the 9th Infantry Division, during the period 5 October 1944 to 26 October 1944, during operations in Germany. Staff Sergeant Daran's actions reflects highest credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 19 (January 31, 1945)
Home Town: Illinois


DAVIS, EUGENE
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Eugene Davis (39465492), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company A, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 4 January 1945, in France. When during an enemy assault, a German combat patrol infiltrated past our front lines and threatened to split a company, Private First Class Davis, realizing the danger, exposed himself to the superior firing power of the patrol, to single-handedly engage it. Despite being wounded, he hurled two hand grenades into the midst of the enemy, followed this by effective fire of his M-1 rifle, and succeeded in wiping out the entire enemy patrol and in removing the threat to his company.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 93 (August 11, 1945)
Home Town: Vale, Oregon


DAVIS, GARDNER C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gardner C. Davis (36423194), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving with the 9th Infantry Division, on 23 December 1944, during operations in Germany. Staff Sergeant Davis' actions reflects highest credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 19 (January 31, 1945)
Home Town: Michigan


DAVIS, JOE L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joe L. Davis (34407710), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 361st Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division, on 16 September 1944, near Casal, Italy. A squad led by Sergeant Davis was given the mission to secure the company's left flank. After moving out, the squad was met by heavy fire from enemy machine guns and snipers. Advancing alone to determine the source of the enemy fire, Sergeant Davis was fired on by a sniper. He immediately killed the sniper and continued on his reconnaissance. Upon observing an enemy machine gun position, Sergeant Davis moved his men forward and deployed them to give him protecting fire as he advanced alone against the enemy position. Crawling through intense automatic fire, he reached a point thirty yards from the enemy machine gun when he was severely wounded by an enemy grenade. Realizing fully the extent of his wounds and with enemy fire striking all about him, Sergeant Davis continued forward until he was only fifteen yards from the enemy machine gun and threw in two grenades, killing the gunner and wounding the two other members of the crew. He then led his men forward and directed them in securing the flank. His gallant act was instrumental in the continued advance of his squad and the consequent accomplishment of its mission. Sergeant Davis' combat skill, devotion to duty, despite serious wounds and outstanding leadership exemplify the highest traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 91st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 49 (November 26, 1944)
Home Town: Crestview, Florida
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


DAVIS, OGLIVIE H.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Oglivie H. Davis (32046490), Sergeant [then Technician Third Grade], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 121st Infantry Regiment, in action against the enemy on 27 November 1944, in the Hurtgen Forest, Germany. When a medical aid station was completely demolished by a direct hit from an enemy shell, Sergeant Davis organized a volunteer medical supply group and proceeded through a heavy mined area and under enemy fire some two or three miles forward to the edge of Hurtgen, Germany, where he set up an emergency station. Though wounded in this gallant venture, he remained at his post treating the wounded. The courage, initiative, and heroic action displayed by Sergeant Davis were instrumental in saving many lives that might otherwise have been lost and reflect great credit on himself and the military service.
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 85 (September 25, 1951)


DAVIS, OLLIE
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ollie Davis (38656201), Staff Sergeant [then Sergeant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 22 February 1945, in the vicinity of Forbach, France. Advancing elements of two companies were held up by machine gun fire from an enemy pillbox. Staff Sergeant Davis and two others volunteered to assault the occupants of the pillbox. Exposed to enemy mortar, artillery, sniper and machine gun fire, he skillfully led his two men to a position where they effectively wiped out the enemy resistance by accurate rifle fire and the use of hand grenades. His courageous action made it possible for the two elements to advance and gain their objective with a minimum of casualties.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 18 (March 16, 1945)
Home Town: Istrouma, Louisiana


DEANE, WILLIAM F.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William F. Deane (K-100037), Major (Field Artillery), U.S. Cost and Geodetic Survey, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 291st Field Artillery Observation Battalion, 78th Infantry Division, on 7 April 1945 in the vicinity of Schellenburg, Germany. Major Deane, on a reconnaissance mission within the town of Schellenburg, Germany, was fired upon by snipers. After clearing the source of the fire, he received fire from another building. Under heavy enemy fire, he entered on two occasions and forced fifty enemy soldiers to surrender. Intense rifle and artillery fire prevented his bringing the prisoners out into the open. His bold leadership and aggressive actions are in accordance with the highest military traditions.
Headquarters, 78th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 360 (July 19, 1945)
Home Town: TX


DEFILLIPO, LOUIS A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Louis A. DeFillipo (0-2000546), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 13th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 January 1945 in the vicinity of *****, Germany. Lieutenant DeFillipo led a night patrol into enemy lines to destroy enemy installations. Carefully working its way past strong enemy outposts and through barbed wire entanglements the patrol reached a building occupied by German troops. Lieutenant DeFillipo, accompanied by three men, burst into the house and killed five German soldiers and two officers. Attempting to capture the remaining soldier, Lieutenant DeFillipo engaged him in a hand-to-hand struggle until he discovered the enemy was armed with a knife, whereupon he knocked him back into the room. Returning to his patrol Lieutenant DeFillipo calmly reorganized his men in the face of an aroused enemy, set the house on fire with rocket fire and led the patrol safely to his own lines. His skillful leadership and outstanding personal courage were a source of constant inspiration to his men.
Headquarters, 8th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 33 (February 15, 1945)
Home Town: New Jersey


DEMOTTS, HOLLISTER G.
(First Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Hollister G. DeMotts (0-2036472), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 121st Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, in action between Palo and Pinamopoan, Leyte, Philippine Islands, from 23 October to 17 November 1944. During this period Lieutenant DeMotts voluntarily made flights as liaison pilot over enemy territory in which enemy Zero pilots were active and enemy ground fire was directed at our planes when they were over enemy territory, despite his awareness of the fact that liaison planes are slow, unarmed, unarmored, extremely vulnerable, and not ordinarily intended for such flights. On one of these flights his plane was hit by enemy ground fire, finally being forced down behind our lines. Lieutenant DeMotts' unusual courage and willingness to risk his life to meet military necessities are worthy of the highest traditions of military service.

DEMOTTS, HOLLISTER G.
(Second Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal to Hollister G. DeMotts (0-2036472), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 121st Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, in action at Luzon, Philippine Islands, between Olongapo and Dinalupihan, from 1 February to 9 February 1945. During this period Lieutenant DeMotts voluntarily made flights in liaison plane over enemy territory from which enemy ground fire was directed at our planes, despite his awareness of the fact that liaison planes are slow, unarmed, unarmored, extremely vulnerable, and not ordinarily intended for such flights. While adjusting the fire of his battalion on an enemy strong point which was holding up the advance of our forces, he was shot down by enemy ground fire. Lieutenant De Motts' devotion to duty and outstanding courage reflect the highest credit upon himself and his military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 32 (1944)
Home Town: Sheboygan County, Wisconsin
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII)


DENNO, DWIGHT T.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dwight T. Denno (32685594), Staff Sergeant [then Sergeant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company E, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 7 March 1945. As his platoon advanced on Stiring Wendel, France, it was held up by intense machine gun fire from a house. After enemy rockets had driven back a tank attempt to neutralize the strong point, Staff Sergeant Denno leaped to his feet and, despite the hostile fire, led his squad across open ground to a wall by the house. Maneuvering quickly, he entered the yard alone and, catching the guard by surprise as he broke into the building, effected the capture of the 13 occupants. His gallant action in the face of hostile fire enabled his platoon to advance and his company to accomplish its mission.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (May 14, 1945)
Home Town: Woodside, New York


DEPUTY, ORLANDO E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Orlando E. Deputy (0-1291438), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Cannon Company, 121st Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 August 1944 in the vicinity of *****, France. Lieutenant Deputy was leading his platoon to new positions when his men were fired upon by an enemy machine gun. Ordering his men to man their guns, he climbed to the top of a truck and with his binoculars observed the fire coming from an enemy pillbox. Although he was the target of intense enemy fire which wounded him three times in the arm, he maintained his position and directed fire against the enemy pillbox. The reduction of the pillbox resulted in the capture of fifty prisoners. After the Action was over Lieutenant Deputy refused treatment or evacuation until three other men had been cared for. His leadership and unselfish devotion to duty were an inspiration to his men.
Headquarters, 8th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 33 (February 15, 1945)
Home Town: Kansas


*DESIDERIO, REGINALD BENJAMIN (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Reginald Benjamin Desiderio (0-1301272), Captain (Infantry), [then First Lieutenant], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving the Company C, 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division. On 8 January 1945, at 1400 Hours, near Phillipsbourg, France, Captain Desiderio, leading a four-man reconnaissance patrol, came across eight enemy digging in new mortar positions. Upon being discovered the enemy opened up with machine gun fire, delaying the patrol. Ordering his men to withdraw, Captain Desiderio slowly crawled forward until within sixty yards of the enemy and fired two grenades from his carbine, destroying the gun and killing one German. Then engaging the enemy in a firefight, he killed one and wounded three others before withdrawing back to the company for mortar and artillery aid. Captain Desiderio's actions, without regard for his own safety, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 394 (December 15, 1945)
Born: September 12, 1912 at Clairton, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Gilroy, California
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (Korea), Silver Star (WWII), 3@ Bronze Stars, Purple Heart


DETTMANN, GARLAND W.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Garland W. Dettmann (36276276), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 22nd Tank Battalion, 11th Armored Division, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 5 April 1945, in the vicinity of Meiningen, Germany. While serving as a member of the Reconnaissance Platoon, Private Dettmann was making a reconnaissance of the area in front of advancing tank elements. Private Dettmann and members of the Reconnaissance Platoon were successful in destroying two and capturing seven enemy Panzerfaust teams thus enabling the tank elements to proceed. While entering Meiningen, Germany, the Reconnaissance Platoon came under heavy small arms fire. While most of the platoon took cover Private Dettmann stayed in his vehicle, gave valuable information over his radio to advancing tanks, and manned the machine gun until he was seriously wounded by an enemy sniper. His gallant devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 11th Armored Division, General Orders No. 76 (1945)
Home Town: Wisconsin


DEVLIN, EDWARD A., JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward A. Devlin, Jr. (0-1297171), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 24th Infantry Division on Leyte, Philippine Islands, during the period 26 October 1944 to 5 November 1944. Lieutenant Devlin was a member of a regiment that advanced some thirty miles against enemy opposition from the vicinity of Palo to Pinamopoan. The enemy, fighting a bitter retrograde action, heavily mined the route of advance. Lieutenant Devlin, company Executive Officer, volunteered to remove those mines. Accompanied by one non-commissioned officer, he disarmed over two hundred anti-tank mines and innumerable anti-personnel mines of all types frequently being under heavy hostile automatic and small arms fire while so doing. On 27 October 1944, under machine gun fire, he removed a demolition arrangement located under an ammunition dump. This charge was activated by an intricate system of pull wires and pressure release firing devices, calling for extraordinary coolness and a thorough knowledge of enemy equipment. That same day, he voluntarily proceeded in advance of the regiment through enemy occupied territory and, although again subjected to enemy small arms fire, disarmed many mines which could have seriously hampered the regimental advance. During the last few days of the campaign he was stricken with a high fever, but repeatedly ignored requests of his regimental commander to be hospitalized, and continued to perform his hazardous duties. Lieutenant Devlin's voluntary and heroic actions, with complete disregard for his personal safety, greatly facilitated the advance of his regiment and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Military Service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


DEVRIES, GEORGE
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George DeVries (37776984), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 145th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division at Luzon, Philippine Islands. A small patrol was probing enemy positions in a heavily wooded area near Callao on 8 July 1945, when it met intense hostile fire and a considerable Japanese force tried to encircle the group. The small force immediately withdrew to the main American force, when it was discovered that one member of the patrol was missing. While our forces withdrew to the high ground about 500 yards to the rear, Private First Class George DeVries and Private First Class Roy H. Wilkinson and a companion voluntarily moved forward again into the dense woods to search for the missing man. Although exposed to continual fire from the approaching enemy, they searched until they found the soldier, who had been badly wounded and was unable to move. After applying first aid, they placed the casualty upon a shelter half and while exposed to mortar and machine gun fire and under immediate threat of encirclement carried him approximately 600 yards until they reached the retiring American force. The courage and determination of Private First Class DeVries and Private First Class Wilkinson saved their comrade's life, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 37th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 324 (October 2, 1945)
Home Town: Orange City, Iowa


DICKEY, WARREN R.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Warren R. Dickey (37481557), Staff Sergeant [then Private First Class], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 6 January 1945, near Wingen, France. When an attacking platoon was held up by intersecting enemy machinegun and rifle fire, staff Sergeant Dickey, hearing calls for support of automatic weapons, picked up his machine gun and raced 400 yards under enemy observation and reached the beleaguered platoon. Then, firing from the hip, he moved forward with effective fire and silenced the enemy guns long enough for the platoon to resume its advance and take its objective. In the ensuing counterattack, he held his position after the riflemen had withdrawn and single-handedly repelled the strong enemy force and thereby enabled the platoon to reorganize and regain its objective. His gallant action saved his platoon from suffering heavy casualties and was an inspiration to all the men.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 93 (August 11, 1945)
Home Town: Columbus, Nebraska


DIEDE, ELMER L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Elmer L. Diede, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with a military operation against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 387th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. On 24 April 1945, near Huntsback, Germany, Private Diede was a member of a road reconnaissance patrol which came upon an enemy machine gun position. After returning and reporting the position of the gun Private Diede volunteered to guide a patrol to attack the position. Approaching and challenging the enemy gun, he was met with heavy fire which wounded one man of the patrol. In the face of enemy fire, Private Diede helped to remove the casualty to a ditch and remained there with him with enemy machine gun fire falling and ricocheting all about them until the wounded man died in his arms. Private Diede's gallantry on this occasion reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 97th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (June 11, 1945)
Home Town: North Dakota


DIETZMAN, ALFRED L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Alfred L. Dietzman (38100446), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 24th Infantry Division near Pastrana, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 26 October 1944. The company to which Private Dietzman was attached was pinned down by fire from an enemy pillbox and the two lead scouts were wounded and were partially exposed to fire from the pillbox. Private Dietzman, with utter disregard for his own safety, crawled approximately twenty yards in the face of enemy machine gun and sniper fire to administer medical treatment to the wounded men. Upon arrival he found one man dead, so he began administering aid to the other. During this time he was wounded in the leg, but he continued to administer aid to the wounded man and withdrew only when his work was complete. Private Dietzman's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Phoenix, Arizona


DISLER, SAUL J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Saul J. Disler (31367507), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with the Medical Detachment, 63d Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division, in action near Remagne, Belgium, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States. On 30 December 1944, while Company B, to which he was attached, was advancing toward Remagne, Belgium, Private Disler observed that two tanks to his right front had been hit by enemy shell fire and were burning. With utter disregard of personal safety and with unflinching courage, he immediately moved through intense artillery fire toward the blazing tanks. Upon reaching them, he evacuated two members of the tank crews, rendered first aid and assisted the wounded men to the aid station. The disregard of personal safety and loyal devotion to duty displayed by Private Disler was in accordance with the highest traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 11th Armored Division, General Orders No. 9 (1945)
Home Town: Massachusetts


DIVEN, DANIEL C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Daniel C. Diven (33668219), Technical Sergeant [then Sergeant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 April 1945. While operating in a lead reconnaissance section, Technical Sergeant Diven came under heavy fire of all types. While returning fire and determining the locality of the enemy, he directed the tanks into position and adjusted their fire. After establishing a base of fire he led a bold mounted assault into the enemy strongpoint. As a result of this, thirty-five prisoners were taken, several times that number killed and the advance of the task force permitted to continue. Later, while employed in the same manner, it was necessary for Sergeant Diven and the reconnaissance group to fight their way to the edge of a village and hold key terrain until infantry elements could be employed. Throughout the action Sergeant Diven's aggressive leadership, initiative and personal bravery were inspiring and his actions reflect the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 30 (May 9, 1945)
Home Town: Pennsylvania


DODSON, CURTIS E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Curtis E. Dodson (0-1296006), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving with the 9th Infantry Division, on 7 August 1944, during operations in France. First Lieutenant Dodson's actions reflects highest credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 19 (January 31, 1945)
Home Town: North Carolina


*DOERR, LAWRENCE J. (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Lawrence J. Doerr (39467434), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 422d Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division, on 16 to 21 December 1944, in Belgium. Corporal Doerr was a member of a volunteer patrol whose mission was to penetrate enemy defenses and lead to safety members of his regiment who became cut off and surrounded near Schenberg, Belgium. For five days Corporal Doerr served with this patrol in a courageous manner. Operating under enemy observation and constant fire, this patrol was successful in guiding to safety some fifty American soldiers. During this period much vital enemy information was obtained, food supplies recaptured and an enemy propaganda machine destroyed. These heroic actions of Corporal Doerr reflect credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 1st Army, General Orders No. 38 (May 22, 1946)
Home Town: Washington


DOLAN, JAMES F., JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James F. Dolan, Jr., Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry on 4 August 1944, near Coulances, France. The advance element of Company I, 38th Infantry checked their advance until it could be determined that friendly forces were protecting its right flank. Volunteering to act as messenger to contact the forces on their questionable flank, Private Dolan with another enlisted man cautiously advanced into the enemy area. Reaching a crossroad he observed six Germans waiting in firing positions 50 yards away. Expertly employing his carbine, he killed two enemy personnel and drove the remaining four from their positions. Placing his companion to guard this sector, Private Dolan proceeded on alone. Soon he came upon 18 more Germans. Jumping into a ditch at the side of the road, Private Dolan immediately assumed a firing position and emptied his remaining ammunition clips. Then, inching his way back to a point where an earlier scout had been killed, he secured a sub-machine gun and returned to his firing position. Spending three magazines, Private Dolan killed three, wounded one and forced the remaining enemy force into a nearby farmhouse. When this ammunition supply was expended, this enlisted man darted across the road, picked up an enemy machine pistol and opening fire started toward the farmhouse. Meanwhile the advance elements of the company had reached the farmhouse and were closing in. Noting this, Private Dolan continued speedily on his mission, made his reconnaissance and returned safely to his company area. As a result of this successful mission, Company I secured the position until friendly flank elements arrived. The gallantry, devotion to duty and complete disregard for personal safety displayed by this enlisted man reflect highest honor upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Home Town: Ohio


DORMEYER, JOSEPH A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph A. Dormeyer (37014829), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Tank Driver in Company A, 11th Tank Battalion, 10th Armored Division, at Ubstadt, Germany, on 2 April 1945. When his tank and an infantry group were cut off by numerically superior enemy forces, Sergeant Dormeyer courageously led the friendly elements in an attack which caught the opposing forces completely off balance, enabling the friendly elements to escape entrapment. His gallant achievement reflects great credit upon himself and the military forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 10th Armored Division, General Orders No. 158 (July 11, 1945)
Home Town: Missouri


*DORR, MICHAEL W. (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael W. Dorr (6253729), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 18th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 11 April 1945. Corporal Dorr was a member of a patrol sent out to evacuate prisoners. When the other members of the patrol dismounted from the half-track, he remained at the machine gun to cover their advance. The dismounted members of the patrol met fifteen German soldiers and Corporal Dorr fired several bursts overhead to induce surrender. Other enemy troops then opened fire. Engaging three tanks as well as the machine guns, he fought courageously to protect his companions until mortally wounded. His bravery and extreme devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself and the Military Service.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 30 (May 9, 1945)
Home Town: Englewood, Colorado


DORTON, DONALD
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald Dorton (35871238), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company I, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in Germany on 16 October 1944. Private First Class Dorton's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 42 (February 17, 1945)
Home Town: Glamorgan, Virginia


DOUGHER, EDWARD F.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward F. Dougher (0-2010977), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 27 March 1945. Lieutenant Dougher was serving as forward artillery observer with an infantry battalion. When an assault platoon moved on its initial objective he gave excellent fire support. As the platoon moved forward to complete its mission, Lieutenant Dougher anticipated a counterattack. Under intense artillery and small arms fire, he crossed more than 200 yards of open terrain and moved up to join the assault platoon. Twice he was knocked from his feet by artillery fire but continued on his mission. Through his radio communication he immediately delivered effective fire on enemy positions repulsing several counterattacks. His courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 50 (June 21, 1945)
Home Town: New York


DOUGLAS, LOREN
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Loren Douglas (36776944), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 27 January 1945. Private Douglas, assistant gunner in a machine gun platoon, carried a radii under heavy enemy fire to a forward command post, thereby providing vital communication with supporting elements. When three half-track vehicles of another platoon were disabled by mines, he voluntarily went forward under artillery and mortar fire, and aided in towing the vehicles to safety and clearing a path for advancing tanks. Later, while voluntarily reconnoitering a route around a mine field, he encountered a group of enemy soldiers. Wounding the leader, he succeeded in taking the remainder prisoners. His actions reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 79 (August 2, 1945)
Home Town: Illinois


DREBIN, RAYMOND
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Raymond Drebin (0-1300944), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, near Seravezza, Italy, on 6 April 1945. In the assault to capture enemy-held hills, First Lieutenant Drebin led his platoon in the attacks, and through his superior leadership successfully wrested heavily defended enemy bunkers. In assaulting both hills, First Lieutenant Drebin led his troops through minefields, then into the attack by creeping toward the enemy machine gun nests with the aid of two men and succeeded in knocking out the nests. Nine Germans were killed, twenty-nine were captured, and a vast quantity of materials were captured. His cool leadership was responsible for the success of his platoon's attack. His courage and exceptional devotion to duty reflects great credit upon himself, his organization, and upon the Army of the United States.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 15 (January 16, 1946)
Home Town: Seattle, Washington


DROUIN, MAURICE E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Maurice E. Drouin (31269472), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving with Battery B, 83d Armored Field Artillery Battalion, in action against the enemy on 16 January 1945, in Belgium. Private First Class Drouin's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Headquarters, VII Corps, General Orders No. 8 (March 8, 1945)
Home Town: Concord, New Hampshire


DUFF, WILLIAM
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William Duff (39113505), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 24th Infantry Division at Pastrana, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 26 October 1944. While attacking four enemy pillboxes a soldier was seriously wounded about 20 yards to the front of the pillboxes. With complete disregard for his own safety, Technician Duff advanced under enemy fire and administered medical treatment to the wounded man. He then brought the wounded soldier back to safety in order that he might be evacuated. Technician Duff's outstanding display of courage and devotion to duty at the risk of his life reflects great credit on himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Crockett, California


DUMANSKI, CHARLES A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles A. Dumanski (33269429), Technician Third Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Rifleman with Company F, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Against a counterattack by a fanatical group of Germans in Nurnberg, Germany, on the early morning of 20 April 1945, Technician Third Grade Dumanski dodged Panzerfaust shell fragments, rifle and machine gun bullets to engage the hostile attackers with M-1 rifle fire from the upstairs window of a house. Although the Germans pushed to within 35 yards of his position he continued to fight and killed an enemy machine gunner whose fire had isolated a group of friendly riflemen from the balance of their company. Later in the fight, Technician Third Grade Dumanski killed a second German and contributed materially to repulsing the bulk of the enemy forces.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


DUNCAN, EARL L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Earl L. Duncan (0-1170721), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with 1st Quartermaster Company, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in the vicinity of Aidi Nsir, Tunisia, on 29 April 1943. Disregarding his own safety, Lieutenant Duncan resolutely advanced under intense hostile mortar and machine-gun fire and evacuated a wounded man to an aid station. He then returned to his forward observation post and directed accurate artillery fire on enemy strongholds. His gallantry and initiative were instrumental in enabling the infantry to seize its objective and to consolidate its positions.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (May 27, 1944)
Home Town: Aiken, South Carolina


DUNCAN, JAMES A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James A. Duncan, Staff Sergeant [then Technician Fifth Grade], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company F, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 10 March 1945. While Staff Sergeant Duncan's company attacked through the wooded hills north of Forbach, France, it encountered a heavy crossfire of enemy machine gun fire. When small arms fire failed to neutralize the hostile guns, Staff Sergeant Duncan voluntarily picked up a bazooka and crawled forward of the guns. Failing to knock out the position his own location was directly exposed to enemy fire. Nevertheless, he reloaded his bazooka and taking careful aim destroyed the strongpoint. Crawling over 300 yards to a new position he then knocked out the other enemy machine gun. His gallant initiative and actions enabled his company to advance and complete its mission.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 93 (August 11, 1945)
Home Town: Carbondale, Illinois


DUNN, JAMES R.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James R. Dunn (35631366), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 167th Engineer Combat Battalion on 12 - 13 September 1944 near Dieulouard, France. With complete disregard of his own personal safety, Private Dunn twice removed wounded under fire and carefully brought them down the hill to the aid station. When telephone communication failed, Private Dunn drove up the hill under particularly heavy fire to reestablish contact with Captain Bell and coordination with higher headquarters. During a lull in delivering messages, he crawled over to a machine gun position and relieved the EM there by firing one thousand rounds. Then he crawled 50 yards to the next machine gum emplacement to fire another one thousand rounds. As he was crawling to the third machine gun position, the concussion of a nearby falling artillery shell knocked him down. Returning to his messenger duties, Private Dunn continued to expose himself in the execution of his work. When the order was given relieving the company, Private Dunn again was an inspiration to all helping evacuate the weapons and EM from the hill. Throughout this action, Private Dunn displayed exceptional coolness, courage, and attention to duty according to the highest traditions of the military service.
Home Town: Ohio


DUNN, SHERMAN M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Sherman M. Dunn (37012988), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, during the period 25 January to 27 January 1945. In Nennig and Berg, Germany, Sergeant Dunn took command of his platoon after the platoon leader was wounded and led the platoon in a superior manner. Although wounded twice, Sergeant Dunn refused to be evacuated and continued to lead his platoon until successful completion of its mission. The courage, endurance and leadership of Sergeant Dunn was an inspiration to his men and a credit to the high traditions of our Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 1 (February 8, 1945)
Home Town: Eugene, Oregon

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EASTRIDGE, CHARLES R.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles R. Eastridge (37740149), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, *** Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 December 1944, in the vicinity of Fraulautern, Germany. During a counterattack at Fraulautern, enemy troops emplaced a machine gun twenty-five yards from our bridgehead. To eliminate this close threat, Private First Class Eastridge advanced toward the German position, exposing himself fearlessly to machine gun and bazooka fire. Moving boldly within range of the German machine gun, Private First Class Eastridge fired rifle grenades which knocked out the enemy weapon. In this action Private First Class Eastridge was wounded, but he returned to the battle to further display his exceptional courage by repairing a vital communication line under fire. Private First Class Eastridge's fortitude and devotion to duty reflect great credit on him and exemplify the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 95th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 78 (1945)
Home Town: Missouri


ECKMAN, CARL E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Carl E. Eckman (6939907), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. On the afternoon of 1 August 1943, in the vicinity of Troina, Sicily, during an attack on Hill 1034, Corporal Eckman was attached to Company C in command of a mine sweeping squad. As the assault progressed, Corporal Eckman, without regard for his personal safety and under constant enemy fire, reached the top of the hill, being among the first to reach the objective, and accounted for several enemy casualties. His action in this instance was clearly beyond the call of duty and although he received a shrapnel wound in the head, he refused to leave the field of battle and continued the advance in command of his squad. His outstanding personal courage, bravery and devotion to duty, were of a profound inspiration to his squad and upheld the finest traditions of the Army.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 83 (September 27, 1943)
Home Town: Moorhead, Minnesota


EDMUNDS, KENNETH M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenneth M. Edmunds (33845121), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. While his platoon was pinned down by heavy machine gun and small arms fire Private Edmunds went to the aid of a wounded member of the platoon. While administering aid to this man, he observed another casualty nearby. He immediately went to his aid, refusing assistance from another squad member. When this squad member was later wounded, Private Edmunds again left a covered position, removed him to cover and rendered aid. His quick action and disregard for his own safety was instrumental in saving the lives of his fellow soldiers and reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 46 (June 7, 1945)
Home Town: Virginia


EHRKE, JACK O.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jack O. Ehrke, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for heroism in action during the attack on Hickam Field by Japanese forces (aircraft) on 7 December 1941. Sergeant Ehrke, on duty as Supply Sergeant, although severely wounded by flying shrapnel from aerial bombs during the early part of the attack, continued to perform his duty as Supply Sergeant and succeeded in distributing many pieces of necessary paraphernalia, such as steel helmets, rifles, ammunition, etc. After diligently performing his duties in the supply section, he then continued to rescue and evacuate wounded men from the attacked area. Only after his duty had been performed did he report to the hospital for treatment. Sergeant Ehrke displayed a devotion to duty and a spirit of self-sacrifice which was an inspiration to the entire command. The heroism displayed by Sergeant Ehrke on this occasion reflected great credit upon himself and the military service.
Authority: "Heroes of Pearl Harbor", Donald K. & Helen L. Ross


EISENMAN, RALPH C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ralph C. Eisenman (37044922), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company D, ** Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, on ** April 1943, in the vicinity of *****, Tunisia, North Africa. When his squad leader, gunner and assistant gunner were killed by enemy fire, Private First Class Eisenman, an ammunition carrier in a heavy machine gun platoon, organized and led the remainder of this squad to join his platoon in the attack. This action took place under heavy enemy artillery and machine gun fire over flat terrain affording excellent observation to the enemy. Private First Class Eisenman's coolness, initiative and leadership set an excellent example to his comrades and is a distinct credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 17 (May 28, 1943)


ELAN, DORSIE C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dorsie C. Elan, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with a military operation against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Corpsman with the Medical Detachment, 387th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. While advancing on Nemenreuth, Germany, on 28 April 1945, a rifle platoon received sudden fire from enemy automatic weapons at a range of 700 yards. The first burst of fire inflicted four casualties and for half an hour the platoon was held in place along an open road. Disregarding the enemy fire falling in the area Technician Fifth Grade Elan moved among the wounded men giving aid and assisting in removing them to covered locations. Technician Fifth Grade Elan's gallantry under hostile fire reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 97th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 37 (June 10, 1945)
Home Town: Ohio


*ELDER, VIRGIL W. (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Virgil W. Elder (37696794), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company G, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 20 February 1945, near Styring Wendel, France. When the attack of the first platoon was stopped by intense enemy machine gun fire from the front and right flank, Private First Class Elder and Private First Class Carl W. Shields, disregarding their own safety, crept from the extreme right of their unit to a position from which they could fire upon the machine gun in front of their platoon. Firing their rifles at close range, they engaged the hostile gun, and, although killed during the engagement, their heroic efforts enabled their unit to withdraw and later outflank the enemy positions with a minimum of casualties. The gallant sacrifice and devotion to duty of these men exemplify the finest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (April 16, 1945)
Home Town: Conrad, Iowa


ELIAS, RALPH J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ralph J. Elias (0-1317381), Captain (Infantry), [then First Lieutenant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 58th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 30 March 1945. When two large task forces were held up by enemy action, Captain Elias' company was given the assignment of crossing a canal, taking an enemy town, and wiping out resistance that was holding up the advance. Without regard for his own safety, Captain Elias led the assault platoons in this action. When the attack faltered in the face of machine gun and direct artillery fire, he personally went along the line encouraging his men and urging them forward. His splendid leadership and personal courage gave courage to his men and enabled them to carry the attack through to successful completion. Captain Elias' personal courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 57 (June 29, 1945)
Home Town: Georgetown, Kentucky


ELLIS, CALVIN L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Calvin L. Ellis (6892887), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company E, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in the vicinity of Matour, Tunisia, on 28 April 1943. When besieging enemy forces threatened his battalion's security, Technical Sergeant (the Staff Sergeant) Ellis, disregarding intense artillery, mortar, and machine-gun fire, boldly led his platoon into an extremely exposed position and covered the battalion's flank. His fearlessness, gallantry, and unhesitating action enabled his unit to launch a successful attack.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (May 27, 1944)
Home Town: Lewistown, Pennsylvania


ELSHIRE, DONALD D.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald D. Elshire (37773166), Private First Class [then Private], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 80th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 28 March 1945. When the tank in which he was gunner was struck by enemy artillery, Private First Class Elshire escaped and found cover in a nearby house. From that point he saw the tank commander lying wounded near the burning vehicle. He left the safety of his position and under constant small rams fire, removed the wounded officer to a position of safety. There, surrounded by enemy, he remained for eleven hours to care for the officer until advancing troops relieved him. His devotion to duty and heroism in the face of enemy fire reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 24 (May 3, 1945)
Home Town: O'Neill, Nebraska


EMERSON, GEORGE M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George M. Emerson (39618044), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 58th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 30 March 1945 and 4 April 1945. When an infantry company, attacking an enemy city, called for medical aid, Private Emerson volunteered. He crossed open terrain under intense sniper fire, without regard for his own safety, to attend to the wounded in the attacking company. Later when three platoons were attacking another town, Private Emerson advanced without regard for his own safety, running and crawling under intense fire for four hundred yards across open terrain. Although enemy rifle fire barely cleared him, he rendered aid to a wounded soldier. While so doing he was himself wounded. Disregarding his own injury he dragged the wounded man back across the open terrain to safety. His actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces and reflect great credit on himself and the service.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 76 (July 27, 1945)
Home Town: Montana


ENDO, TOSHIO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Toshio Endo (30105965), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 8 April 1945, in Italy. When a platoon captured eight heavy mortars and secured a foothold on an enemy strongpoint, it was subjected to intense hostile machine gun fire. Unable to effectively engage the machine guns with small arms, Sergeant Endo obtained 40 rounds of captured mortar ammunition from a nearby building and fired them, sighting and firing himself. He silenced two enemy machine guns with the captured mortars. A few minutes later, under heavy hostile fire, Sergeant Endo obtained and fired another 40 rounds that turned back a counterattack spearheaded by a tank and half track. During the rest of the afternoon he repulsed two more armor spearheaded counterattacks, single-handedly firing 140 rounds throughout the action. His outstanding performance reflects great credit on the finest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 94 (October 4, 1945)
Home Town: Paia, Maui, Hawaii


ENGA, MICHAEL M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael M. Enga (30101837), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company F, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on ** November 1943, in Italy. While advancing on its objective, Private First Class Enga's Company suddenly was subjected to heavy enemy artillery and mortar fire, resulting in a large number of casualties. Private First Class Enga, on his own initiative and with utter disregard for his own personal safety, went to the aid of his wounded comrades. Despite the continuous enemy fire, he administered first-aid to the wounded, and on three separate occasions carried casualties to a place of safety. He then located Medical Aidmen and saw to it that the wounded were given further treatment. Private First Class Enga's conduct and initiative in the face of grave danger was exemplary and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 6 (January 25, 1944)
Home Town: Aiea, Oaho, Hawaii


ENGLE, PAUL O.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul O. Engle (0-1324919), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, on 27 February 1945, in Germany. Lieutenant Engle manned an observation post in a position in a tower of a church fully exposed to hostile observation and fire from artillery and tanks. Although the town was intermittently subjected to concentrations of artillery, mortar, and tank fire, he heroically remained, reporting the different enemy movements. His coolness under fire greatly assisted in the successful attack which followed.
Headquarters, 30th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 137 (June 1, 1945)
Home Town: Illinois


ENGLISH, DEAN K.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dean K. English (16014065), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 24th Infantry Division at Palo, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 25 October 1944. Private English, with the aid of another soldier, voluntarily exposed himself to the danger of exploding small arms ammunition and artillery shells in a burning ammunition dump fifty yards from his position to carry a wounded man to the aid station. He was fully aware of the danger from the exploding ammunition and of the fact that the fire illuminated him as a target to enemy snipers active in the area. His quick thinking, initiative, and courage made possible the saving of this man's life. Private English's display of heroism reflects the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Jackson, Michigan


ENGLISH, DONALD M.
(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 Silver Star Medal to Donald M. English (0-1012546), First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company A, 745th Tank Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in Germany, on 21, November 1944. First Lieutenant English's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 42 (February 17, 1945)
Home Town: Sheldon, Iowa
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII), Silver Star w/2d OLC (WWII)


ERDMANN, ARTHUR C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arthur C. Erdmann (0-1010606), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company D, 36th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. Captain Erdmann led his company in the spearhead of a task force that struck a heavily defended enemy town. Maneuvering his forces against overwhelming odds, he smashed enemy defenses and penetrated the town. During the action three tanks in which he was riding were knocked out. Each time he dismounted under fire and mounted the nearest tank to carry on direction of the company. He was seriously wounded when the fourth tank was struck by anti-tank fire. Captain Erdmann's tactical skill and the coolness with which he employed it is in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 12 (March 22, 1945)
Home Town: Sullivan, Illinois


ERICKSEN, CHRISTIAN RINEHARD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Christian Rinehard Ericksen (32388566), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Chemical Warfare Service, 1st Infantry Division. During landing operations, Private Ericksen, despite intense enemy machine gun and coast-artillery fire, swam through an exceptionally strong surf to the rescue of several comrades who were in distress and in danger of drowning.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 64 (November 23, 1943)
Home Town: Belleville, New Jersey


ESLINGER, IMBERT M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Imbert M. Eslinger (0-2008392), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3d Armored Division, in action on 21 April 1945, in Germany. First Lieutenant Eslinger's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 3d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 3d Armored Division, General Orders No. 63 (May 17, 1945)
Home Town: Wisconsin


ESPINOSA, FRED N.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Fred N. Espinosa (37363167), Corporal [then Private First Class], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 11 April 1945. Corporal Espinosa was making a dismounted reconnaissance when he contacted enemy infantry. Seven of the enemy surrendered. As attempts were being made to induce the others to surrender, they opened fire. Corporal Espinosa directed his prisoners to a ditch. From that spot he kept charge of his prisoners and returned fire on an enemy machine gun position. Corporal Espinosa held his position for two hours until relieved by friendly elements. His actions reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 28 (May 7, 1945)
Home Town: Colorado


ESTABROOK, CLAYTON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clayton Estabrook (31317955), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 58th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 9 April 1945. Private Estabrook, as a member of a combat patrol, advanced more than three hundred yards under intense fire, in order to direct rocket fire at three enemy tanks, forcing their withdrawal. He then assisted in knocking out a machine gun position, and with rifle fire, disabled an enemy staff car and caused casualties among its occupants. Later he was serving with another patrol which was ambushed. Private Estabrook, without regard for his own safety, remained with a wounded companion, rendering aid and moving him to a place of safety. He then returned to the rear under fire to secure aid for his comrade. His actions and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 79 (August 2, 1945)
Home Town: Maine


ESTENSON, ORMAN A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Orman A. Estenson (0-1019300), First Lieutenant (Infantry), [then Second Lieutenant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Platoon Leader with Company C, 3d Tank Battalion, 10th Armored Division, at Frankenstein, Germany, on 20 March 1945. Although wounded, First Lieutenant Estenson remained exposed to fierce hostile fire to aggressively direct a successful attack upon an enemy column, personally engaging the enemy with machine gun fire. His gallant achievement reflects great credit upon himself and the military forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 10th Armored Division, General Orders No. 158 (July 11, 1945)
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota


EVANS, AMBRESS R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ambress R. Evans (38450150), Corporal [then Private First Class], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company D, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the evening of 14 April 1944, north of Carano, Italy, Corporal Evans, and another soldier, mortar ammunition bearers, volunteered to lay a communication line to a mortar observation post. In a five-hour mission the two men laid 2900 yards of wire under intense enemy artillery and mortar fire which continually forced them to work from a prone position. During the subsequent 15 days, the two men maintained the line, repairing an average of 12 breaks each day under concentrated enemy artillery and mortar fire. During one counterattack, they accomplished 27 repair missions despite shells which frequently landed within ten to twenty yards of them.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Amity, Arkansas


EVANS, RAYMOND E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Raymond E. Evans (37068907), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company G, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 21 February and 3 March 1945, near Etzling and Styring Wendel, France. During an attack on 21 February, the first platoon of Company G was attached to Company E, 274th Infantry Regiment as protection for the latter's right flank. When his squad was pinned down by enemy machine gun fire, Staff Sergeant Evans exhibited outstanding bravery by exposing himself to hostile fire in order to make a personal reconnaissance of the situation. Having discovered a comparatively safe route, he skillfully led his squad to a position where they fired upon the enemy machine gunners, forcing them to withdraw and abandon their guns. Demoralized, 32 of the enemy surrendered immediately thereafter. On 3 March, to guarantee the security of his company's right flank, Staff Sergeant Evans again displayed superior courage and leadership by first crossing 100 yards of open terrain alone, to a house from which he skillfully placed his men 150 yards into enemy territory where their line of fire was sufficiently forceful to safely secure the company's flank.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 24 (March 29, 1945)
Home Town: Shelby, Mississippi

F

FAHEY, WILLIAM B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William B. Fahey (37159347), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 25 March 1945. Sergeant Fahey, without regard for his own safety, moved his tank in front of that of his platoon leader when the platoon leader's tank stalled in front of a burning ammunition truck. He dismounted under fire from the ammunition load and connected a towing cable to the disabled tank. With the aid of the platoon leader he removed hot mortar and rocket shells from the roadway so his tank could safely tow the stalled vehicle. His bravery, initiative and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 81 (August 4, 1945)
Home Town: Minnesota


*FARNUM, CHARLES OLIVER, JR. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Charles Oliver Farnum, Jr. (0-397343), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 20 October 1944, near Bruyeres, France. When Lieutenant Farnum learned that a carrying party from his company had been ambushed by a strong force of enemy riflemen, he immediately summoned reinforcements to come to the aid of his ambushed troops. Without waiting for the reinforcements to arrive, Lieutenant Farnum hurried to the area and began working his way toward the enemy forces in a desperate effort to draw the enemy fire away from his carrying party. Determined to save his men, even at the expense of his life, Lieutenant Farnum continued to advance toward the enemy position until he was cut down by a hail of hostile fire. As a result of his daring, the carrying party was able to escape and the rescuing party which he had summoned was enabled to surround and destroy the enemy force. His actions, without regard for his own safety, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 7th Army, General Orders No. 29 (February 2, 1945)
Born: September 2, 1907 at Orangeburg, South Carolina
Home Town: Orangeburg, South Carolina
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


*FARRUGGIO, SALVATORE (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Salvatore Farruggio (42069858), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 254th Infantry Regiment, 63d Infantry Division, in action against the enemy on 3 March 1945, at Hartungshof, Germany. On that date, an enemy machine gun nest held up the company's advance until Private First Class Farruggio destroyed it with bazooka fire. Later, during street fighting, he calmly advanced under intense enemy machine gun fire, fired ten explosive and five smoke rounds into an enemy strong point, thereby covering two members of his squad as they evacuated the wounded. Private First Class Farruggio exhibited an outstanding standard of courage and daring. He was mortally wounded by enemy machine gun fire during this engagement. Private First Class Farruggio's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 63d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 63d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 90 (April 11, 1945)
Home Town: New York, New York
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


FEINBURG, ROBERT S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert S. Feinburg (0-393785), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters Battery, *** Field Artillery Battalion, 34th Infantry Division, on ** September 1943, in the vicinity of *****, Italy. Lieutenant Feinburg unhesitatingly flew a cub plane from a constructed flight deck of an L.S.T., through small arms fire and through the trajectory of enemy and friendly artillery and landed on a road at *****, Italy, ahead of the battery position. From this advanced point he carried out a reconnaissance flight over Mountain ***** and into enemy territory, gaining valuable information for higher headquarters. Lieutenant Feinburg's courage and exemplary performance of duty was an inspiration to the officers and men of his Battalion and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 6 (January 25, 1944)
Home Town: Brookline, Massachusetts


FELT, MARION FRANCIS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Marion Francis Felt (0-1323116), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 5 April 1945, in Italy. First Lieutenant Felt led his platoon against hostile defenses consisting of dugouts and machine gun emplacements on Hill Georgia. Moving at the head of the platoon with his scouts, he led the way through a minefield, and when the supporting barrage lifted, sent one squad to cover the vulnerable left flank and led the rest of the platoon directly toward the summit of the hill. Fifty yards from the top, they were subjected to heavy machine gun, mortar, rifle and grenade fire from the foe. When the mortar fire ceased momentarily, the flanking squad quickly neutralized some of the positions. First Lieutenant Felt then launched a grenade attack supplemented by the fire of his bazooka team on the remaining enemy dugouts. He crawled from squad to squad over exposed ground only 20 yards from the foe encouraging his men to keep up the fight in spite of the mounting casualty toll inflicted by enemy grenades. First Lieutenant Felt personally killed one enemy and wounded three during this action but, under his leadership, the depleted platoon won and held the summit of Hill Georgia. His aggressive leadership reflects great credit on the gallant traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 97 (October 9, 1945)
Home Town: Tauma, Washington


FERCHAK, JOHN
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John Ferchak (13011992), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company A, 3d Tank Battalion, 10th Armored Division, at Dillingen, Germany, on 26 March 1945. While seeking a bypass around a destroyed bridge, Staff Sergeant Ferchak courageously dismounted from his tank and personally neutralized several enemy bazooka teams with small arms fire during the course of his mission. His gallant achievement reflects great credit upon himself and the military forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 10th Armored Division, General Orders No. 193 (July 19, 1945)
Home Town: McKeesport, Pennsylvania


FERRERA, JOHN A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John A. Ferrera (32811351), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company D, 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 24 February 1945, near Alsting, France. Sergeant Ferrera was in a charge of a heavy machine gun section during a strong enemy counter attack. Continuously exposing himself to enemy fire, he moved from one gun position to another, keeping his machine guns in action even after supporting riflemen had withdrawn. Though he was wounded in the action, his section killed twenty-five of the enemy and, against overwhelming odds, prevented a breakthrough. His gallant behavior throughout the engagement was a source of great inspiration and encouragement to his men.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 18 (March 16, 1945)
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York


FERRIGNO, EDWARD N.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward N. Ferrigno (31380701), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with 333d Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, in action on 3 March and 22 April 1945, in Germany. When his platoon, assigned the mission of clearing a portion of a German Town to establish a route of entrance for the remainder of the company, was delayed by enemy mortar and machine gun fire, Staff Sergeant Ferrigno courageously led his squad into town, eliminating the enemy resistance, and killing eight hostile soldiers and capturing 41 others. In a later action when his platoon was subjected to intense enemy fire, Staff Sergeant Ferrigno exposed himself to the hostile fire to direct mortar fire upon the enemy positions and force the German troops to withdraw. The intrepid actions, initiative and dauntless courage displayed by Staff Sergeant Ferrigno reflect high credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 84th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 142 (May 30, 1945)
Home Town: Connecticut


*FIEBERLING, ERNEST L. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ernest L. Fieberling (0-1311553), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company F, 361st Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division, on 15 September 1944, near Monticelli, Italy. Lieutenant Fieberling, Executive Officer of his Company, observed the light machine guns going into position to give supporting fire. As the gunner of the second machine gun squad went forward with his gun, he was seriously wounded by a sniper bullet. Lieutenant Fieberling, realizing the importance of getting the weapon into action as quickly as possible, rushed forward into the enemy small arms fire which had at no time diminished in intensity. Although enemy machine gunners and snipers had quickly picked him up and were firing at him in an attempt to stop his advance, he secured the abandoned weapon and continued forward to a firing position. As Lieutenant Fieberling was in the act of putting the machine gun back into action, he was killed by a sniper bullet. Lieutenant Fieberling's coolness and determination in the face of the enemy, his indomitable courage and his gallant self-sacrifice will remain as an inspiration to his men and to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 91st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 49 (November 26, 1944)
Home Town: Oakland, California
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWI), Purple Heart


*FIELDS, CARL W. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Carl W. Fields (38353454), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 58th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Holland on 26 February 1945. Private Fields was advancing with his platoon on a strongly fortified enemy position. The platoon was pinned down and unable to direct their fire on the enemy position. Private Fields, realizing the situation, advanced over open terrain. Ignoring the intense machine gun and small arms fire, he directed his rifle fire on two positions. He succeeded in forcing the enemy to cover. His action enabled his platoon to advance and eliminate the enemy strong points. During the course of the action, Private Fields was fatally wounded by machine gun fire. His gallant action held casualties to a minimum and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 15 (March 27, 1945)
Home Town: Arkansas


FILEMYR, WILLIAM H.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William H. Filemyr (0-1011069), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Platoon Leader with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 43d Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division, at Kerling, France, on 16 November 1944. Braving intense enemy artillery, mortar and small arms fire, Lieutenant Filemyr personally led his platoon in neutralizing a fiercely defended road block. His gallant achievement reflects great credit upon himself and the military forces of the United States.

FILEMYR, WILLIAM H.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William H. Filemyr (0-1011069), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while Commanding Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 54th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division, at Schwiech, Germany, on 5 March 1945. Lieutenant Filemyr, braving intense hostile fire, reorganized his men and courageously led them in a successful attack to secure an enemy-held bridge. His gallant achievement reflects great credit upon himself and the military forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 10th Armored Division, General Orders No. 158 (July 11, 1945)
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


FIRESTONE, RAY P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ray P. Firestone (0-1308497), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving with the 9th Infantry Division, on 22 December 1944, during operations in Germany. First Lieutenant Firestone's actions reflects highest credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 19 (January 31, 1945)
Home Town: Pennsylvania


FITTERMAN, ABRAHAM
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Abraham Fitterman (0-1318029), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company L, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. When an attacking rifle platoon encountered stiff resistance in Wolfmunster, Germany, on the morning of 5 April 1945, First Lieutenant Fitterman, then Executive Officer, now Commander, went to the aid of the officerless platoon. After reorganizing the squads and building up their fire power he led them in systematic house-to-house mopping up. Using both a .45 pistol and carbine, First Lieutenant Fitterman killed two and wounded four Germans as he led his men through town. When resistance ended the platoon under First Lieutenant Fitterman had killed five, wounded 11, and captured 125.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: New York, New York


FLANNERY, JAMES E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James E. Flannery, Captain, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 79th Infantry Division on 19 November 1944, near Hattigny, France. When his unit was pinned down in woods near the French town of Hattigny, Captain Flannery crawled to within 20 yards of German lines, then crawled back to his troops to plan an attack. Under cover of darkness, he led three platoons to positions within 30 yards of enemy forces before leading the nighttime raid. Despite being outnumbered, his unit drove the German battalion from the field, killing 33. Captain Flannery's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 79th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 79th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 180 (1945)
Born: at San Antonio, Texas
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


FLOWERS, ALBERT L., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Albert L. Flowers, Jr. (0-1011510), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 33d Armored Regiment, 3d Armored Division, in action on 16 January 1945, in Belgium. First Lieutenant Flowers' outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 3d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 3d Armored Division, General Orders No. 63 (May 17, 1945)
Home Town: South Carolina


FLUGER, JOHN J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John J. Fluger (36038818), Sergeant [then Technician Fourth Grade], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving with Battery B, 83d Armored Field Artillery Battalion, in action against the enemy on 16 January 1945 in Belgium. Sergeant Fluger's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Headquarters, VII Corps, General Orders No. 8 (March 8, 1945)
Home Town: Illinois


FORSMAN, PETER J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Peter J. Forsman (36952816), Technician Fifth Grade [then Private First Class], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 11 April 1943. Corporal Forsman's tank was hit and burst into flames. Climbing to the turret of the tank he administered morphine to three seriously wounded. He then removed all ammunition from the burning tank to prevent explosion. These acts were performed under constant sniper fire. Although it was impossible to save the lives of the wounded men, Corporal Forsman made them comfortable during their last moments. His heroic devotion to his comrades and gallant deeds reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 28 (May 7, 1945)
Home Town: Michigan


FORSTER, RICHARD G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard G. Forster (0-1179398), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 5 April 1945. Lieutenant Forster, while serving as an Army Liaison Pilot, registered an artillery unit on targets. The mission was completed under intense anti-aircraft fire which followed the plane over an area of several thousand yards. Without regard for personal danger, Lieutenant Forster later returned to the same area and again gave observation to an artillery unit, preventing an anticipated counterattack. His actions and personal courage reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 50 (June 21, 1945)
Home Town: Kansas


FOX, FRANK R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Frank R. Fox (33594841), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 36th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. During an engagement against superior enemy forces, Sergeant Fox's tank was disabled. Despite the fact that an enemy weapon continued to fire at the vehicle, he remained at his post and fired at known enemy positions. Exhausting his ammunition, he removed a machine gun from the vehicle, secured ammunition from another disabled tank, and set up a defensive position despite heavy mortar and small arms fire. His actions, without regard for his own safety, and his devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 76 (July 27, 1945)
Home Town: Pennsylvania


*FRALEY, EDWIN J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Edwin J. Fraley (6657517), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with an Armored Infantry Battalion of the 11th Armored Division, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy. On 1 January 1945, Sergeant Fraley participated in the attack at ******. When his platoon was pinned down by intense, direct machine gun fire, Sergeant Fraley, disregarding the intense fire, advanced over open terrain to destroy the machine gun which was holding up the attack. Sergeant Fraley was killed while making this attack. The bravery with which Sergeant Fraley unhesitatingly sacrificed his life was an inspiration to his men, and his conduct was in accordance with the highest traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 11th Armored Division, General Orders No. 9 (1945)
Home Town: Newcombe, Kentucky


FRALIC, RALPH V.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ralph V. Fralic (11133204), Private First Class [then Private], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 80th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 31 March 1945 and 4 April 1945. A half-track vehicle loaded with ammunition was struck by fire and ignited. Parked nearby were six other vehicles, including three large ammunition trucks. Without regard for his own safety, Private First Class Fralic drove the vehicles to safety despite exploding ammunition from the burning vehicle. Later he dismounted from his tank under intense small arms and mortar fire to move vehicles out of a congested area, enabling his platoon to move into position. His actions, carried out voluntarily, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 24 (May 3, 1945)
Home Town: Lynn, Massachusetts


FRANK, MILTON E.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Milton E. Frank (0-1116377), Captain (Corps of Engineers), [then First Lieutenant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Platoon Leader with the 55th Armored Engineer Battalion, 10th Armored Division, at Noville, Belgium, on 20 December 1944. When a task force withdrew from an untenable position, Captain Frank, braving intense enemy tank-gun fire, courageously remained behind and destroyed large quantities of ammunition, preventing it from falling into the hands of the enemy. His gallant achievement reflects great credit upon himself and the military forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 10th Armored Division, General Orders No. 193 (July 19, 1945)
Home Town: Chillicothe, Illinois


FRANZ, RICHARD E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard E. Franz (42125715), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 18th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 28 February 1945. Private Franz was a cannoneer of a tank that was disabled by enemy fire, which also wounded the gunner. Under heavy artillery, mortar and small arms fire he removed the gunner and assisted him to the shelter of a nearby ditch. There he attempted to administer aid to the wounded man. He then made his way across open terrain under extremely heavy artillery, mortar and small arms fire and led medical aid men back to the wounded man. His courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit to himself and the Armed forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 76 (July 27, 1945)
Home Town: New York


FRAZIER, CLOVIS M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clovis M. Frazier (0-2012092), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 9 April 1945. When his tank was knocked out and part of the crew wounded, Lieutenant Frazier mounted to the deck to man a machine gun, exposing himself to heavy small arms fire. When the tank was again struck by anti-tank fire he ordered his men to abandon it. He returned to move a wounded man to cover under intense fire. Learning there was another wounded man in the tank he returned a second time. He then reorganized his platoon and under continued heavy fire, led them into an enemy town to complete its capture. His outstanding leadership and courage were an inspiration to all and reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 50 (June 21, 1945)
Home Town: Cedartown, Georgia


FREDRICK, ARTHUR A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arthur A. Fredrick (36406297), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 22d Tank Battalion, 11th Armored Division. On 7 January 1945, Sergeant Fredrick was serving as tank commander near Vivier Du Four, Belgium. His tank became disabled by land mines and was immediately fired upon by intense anti-tank, mortar and machine gun fire. With outstanding courage and a magnificent display of fortitude, Sergeant Frederick remained with his damaged vehicle and continued to direct fire against the enemy, destroying one tank. With utter disregard for personal safety he continued this gallant display of heroism until seriously wounded. His fearless devotion to duty, leadership and initiative were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Amy.
Headquarters, 11th Armored Division, General Orders No. 9 (January 23, 1945)
Home Town: Wisconsin


FRISBY, ELWOOD D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Elwood D. Frisby (39900155), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 63d Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 10 March 1945, in the vicinity of Andernacht, Germany. Sergeant Frisby, while serving as Squad Leader found the advance of his squad impeded by an 8 foot brick wall, the top of which was being swept by a constant hail of enemy small arms fire directed from a concrete and brick tower on the other side. Sergeant Frisby, without hesitation, seized a BAR, and, clambering over the wall in the face of this intense enemy fire, took up a position on the other side behind some debris, from which point he delivered such effective fire on the enemy that the remainder of his squad was able to surmount the wall without loss, and to continue their advance. By his complete devotion to duty and his utter disregard of personal safety, Sergeant Frisby exemplified the highest traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 11th Armored Division, General Orders No. 67 (May 1, 1945)
Home Town: Idaho


*FUJI, ABE M. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Abe M. Fuji (19064756), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 232d Combat Engineer Company, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 15 October 1944 in France. Sergeant Fuji was leading a mine sweeping crew when he and his men were suddenly subjected to heavy small arms fire from an enemy road block. He immediately ordered his men to leave the road and seek cover. Aware that the road had to be cleared and used as a supply route for his organization, Sergeant Fuji fearlessly crawled from his concealed position and started removing a booby trap trip wire attached to one of the branches of the road block. While he was working in an exposed position, a burst of machine gun crossfire killed him instantly. As a result of his valiant deed, four enemy machine gun positions were disclosed and subsequently destroyed, and a vital supply route was opened. His gallant action reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 36th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 472 (December 18, 1944)
Born: April 17, 1920 at Salinas, California
Home Town: Salinas, California


*FUJIKAWA, MASAKI (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Masaki Fujikawa (30104553), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 4 July 1944, in Italy. When their attack was met with extremely heavy enemy fire of all types, the company was forced to with draw. Private First Class Fujikawa's squad lost contact with the remainder of the company and were forced to spend the night in enemy territory. Upon reconnoitering the next morning to discover a means of escape, Private First Class Fujikawa observed several of the enemy digging in on the reverse slope of the hill. Private First Class Fujikawa notified the platoon leader and then took up a position from which he fired upon and killed one man to their rear. When the platoon leader was pinned down by two enemy machine guns, Private First Class Fujikawa located their position and silenced both machine guns with accurate rifle fire. The main body of the enemy troops, sensing an attack, attempted to withdraw to a wooded area to the rear. Private First Class Fujikawa and two comrades, however, laid such heavy and accurate fire upon the enemy that only four of them escaped. The courage and aggressiveness displayed by Private First Class Fujikawa was instrumental in killing and wounding 60 of the enemy and his actions reflect highly upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 142 (September 29, 1945)
Home Town: Makalapa Oahu, Hawaii


FUJIWARA, YOSHIMI RICHARD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Yoshimi Richard Fujiwara (30104334), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, near La Roussiere, France, on 7 November 1944. When a well-concealed enemy machine gun fired at Sergeant Fujiwara from a distance of 60 yards, wounding him in the neck, he returned fire at the enemy to enable his platoon to spot the enemy position. Ordered to return to the rear for medical treatment, Sergeant Fujiwara, after receiving medical attention, immediately returned to his platoon to lead it in silencing the enemy strong point. Though the enemy troops returned fire with machine gun and rifle grenades he proceeded to crawl toward the enemy positions. Inspired by this display of fearless determination, his platoon closed in on the enemy troops, forcing the machine gun crew to surrender and the rest to withdraw.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 10, (February 22, 1945)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)


FUKUCHI, TOKKO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Tokko Fukuchi (39021364), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, near Castelpoggio, Italy, on 14 April 1945. When his platoon was attacked by a superior enemy force, Private First Class Fukuchi engaged an enemy machine gun that was supporting the attack. He was seriously wounded in the thigh, but, hesitating long enough to stop the flow of blood, he continued to engage the enemy. He was wounded a second time, but kept up his fire until the enemy gun was silenced. Then he shifted his fire to the main body of the attacking force. Only when he was wounded on his right arm, making it useless, did he stop firing. Private First Class Fukuchi's intrepid deed was an inspiration to his comrades and exemplifies the highest traditions of the Army of the United States.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 14 (January 16, 1946)
Home Town: Fort MacArthur, California


*FULCHER, LEE ROY G. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Lee Roy G. Fulcher (33731054), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company I, 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 19 February 1945, near Spicheren, France. Following preparation artillery fire by fifty yards, Company I 275th Infantry, crossed 800 yards of open terrain and was closing with the enemy when hostile machine guns opened up on the flank. Without hesitation, Staff Sergeant Fulcher with three comrades, charged the enemy position, firing as they ran. Their bullets spent, they continued on and completed the attack with bayonets, killing three and capturing six enemy. In the action Staff Sergeant Fulcher sustained wounds which later proved fatal. His gallantry exemplifies the highest standards of courage in the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 18 (March 16, 1945)
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland


FURUIKE, TADASHI
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Tadashi Furuike (301014729), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 4 July 1944, in Italy. When their attack was met with extremely heavy enemy fire of all types the company was forced to withdraw. Sergeant Furuike's squad lost contact with the remainder of the company and were forced to spend the night in enemy territory. When the squad attempted to find an escape route the next morning, they discovered several of the enemy digging in on the reverse slope of the hill. Noting an enemy machine gun position, Sergeant Furuike deployed his squad and then with accurate fire killed one of the gunners and wounded another. The main body of the enemy troops, sensing an attack, attempted to withdraw to a wooded area to the rear. Sergeant Furuike and two comrades, however, laid such heavy and accurate fire upon the enemy that only four of them escaped. The courage and aggressiveness displayed by Sergeant Furuike was instrumental in killing and wounding 60 of the enemy and his actions reflects highly upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 142 (September 29, 1945)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


FURUNO, YEICHI R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Yeichi R. Furuno (30104821), Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with Company E, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 6 July 1944, in the vicinity of Castellina, Italy. When the platoon with which he was attached suffered heavy casualties from enemy machine gun, rifle, mortar and artillery fire, Private Furuno immediately had control of the situation. Seeing a man shot down 25 yards away, he rushed over to his aid. Discovering that the man had been killed instantly, he ran over to another wounded soldier 15 yards down the slope. The fact that the man was lying in the direct line of fire of the enemy did not cause him to hesitate. For a full half hour he worked, carrying his first aid kit from one wounded man to another, although in full exposure of the mortar and artillery shells bursting about him. He then immediately went into the adjoining area to assist the aid men of another company who were seriously in need of help. Private Furno's undaunted courage, faithful devotion to duty, and his willingness to risk his life saved the lives of several of his fellow comrades and was a source of inspiration to all who observed him.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 69 (July 27, 1944)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii

 

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