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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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GALEY, LYNN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lynn Galey (36411893), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company L, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. On 12 August 1943, in the vicinity of Randazzo, Sicily, when Company L became pinned down by heavy enemy artillery fire while attacking its objective, it was imperative that such information be sent to the Battalion Command Post. All means of communication were out but foot messenger and Private Galey volunteered to deliver the message to the Battalion Command Post. Setting forth under hostile artillery fire and with complete disregard for his personal safety, he was wounded by this shellfire but continued on until he delivered the information to the designated officer. Private Galey's determination and personal bravery and courage were highly commendable and uphold the highest traditions of the Military Service.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 83 (September 27, 1943)
Home Town: Lansing, Michigan


GALVAN, EUSEBIO
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Eusebio Galvan (39263112), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in the vicinity of Troina, Sicily, on 3 August 1943. During a bitter engagement with the enemy, Private First Class Galvan boldly proceeded to an exposed position and directed harassing fire on the attacking forces to permit his company to reorganize and evacuate its casualties. His dauntless courage and aggressive spirit, despite intense mortar and small-arms activity, were instrumental in saving many lives.

GALVAN, EUSEBIO
(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 Eusebio Galvan (39263112), Staff Sergeant [then 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 Annet-sur-Marne, Ile-de-France, France, on 28 August 1944. Although intense enemy fire compelled members of a rocket-gun team to abandon their positions in defense of a road block, Staff Sergeant Galvan manned the weapon and engaged an approaching hostile truck loaded with troops. Remaining at an exposed vantage point and completely ignoring personal safety, he destroyed the enemy vehicle with a single rocket shell and repulsed a series of attacks upon the road barrier. Sergeant Galvan's gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 42 (February 17, 1945)
Home Town: Santa Ana, California
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII)


*GANEKO, SEIKICHI (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Seikichi Ganeko (30103593), Staff Sergeant, 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 34th Infantry Division, on 27 June 1944, in the vicinity of Sassetta, Italy. When the combat patrol of which he was a member was halted by machine gun fire from an emplacement in a concrete building supported by other enemy emplacements in its background, Sergeant Ganeko advanced alone to destroy the machine gun nest from a closer position. Although aware of the fact that the gun was supported by another machine gun, four machine pistols and about six snipers on its flank less than 100 yards away, he proceeded to crawl over open ground towards the gun. Within 15 yards of the building he pulled the pin from a hand grenade and prepared to throw when a sniper's bullet mortally wounded him. Unable to throw the grenade, but aware of the fact that the grenade endangered the men around him, he called out, "Hey! Somebody get the grenade from me, I'm shot!" Although dying from the wound he managed to hold down the handle until a comrade reached him and relieved him of the grenade. The outstanding courage and disregard for personal safety of Sergeant Ganeko is worthy of the highest praise and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 82 (August 22, 1944)
Born: January 15, 1925 at Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii
Home Town: Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii


GEISINGER, ARTHUR R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arthur R. Geisinger (35234587), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 143d Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion (Mobile), on 19 December 1944, in Belgium. In the face of overwhelming firepower, Private Geisinger, a member of a 90-mm. gun crew, heroically remained at his post during a vicious German armored thrust which forced other friendly troops and tanks to withdraw. As two massive tanks approached his gun position, fire was placed upon them with devastating accuracy, completely destroying the tanks and blocking the road for any further advance of the hostile mechanized units. Private Geisinger, by his intrepid personal bravery and exemplary courage, was highly instrumental in preventing heavy losses to both personnel and material, thus reflecting great credit on himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 1st Army, General Orders No. 25 (February 12, 1945)
Home Town: Ohio


GENDRON, HERMAN R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Herman R. Gendron (36869643), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 24th Infantry Division near Palo, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 20 October 1944. Private Gendron was a member of a rifle platoon advancing on two enemy pillboxes when the platoon received heavy machine gun and sniper fire. A member of the platoon was wounded and fell into the fire lane. Private Gendron, with complete disregard for his own safety, crawled out into the land in the face of heavy enemy fire and helped carry the wounded soldier to cover. Private Gendron's outstanding display of courage in unhesitatingly risking his life to save a fellow soldier reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


*GERRY, ERNEST C. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ernest C. Gerry (31322088), Technician Fifth Grade, 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. Technician Fifth Grade Gerry was a member of a volunteer patrol whose mission was to contact and lead to safety members of his regiment who became cut off and surrounded near Schenberg, Belgium. For five days he 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. The heroic action of Technician Fifth Grade Gerry reflects credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 1st Army, General Orders No. 38 (May 22, 1946)
Home Town: Maine


GIBBONS, THOMAS E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas E. Gibbons (38482204), 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 Holland on 26 February 1945. Private Gibbons, himself wounded, remained when his company withdrew to render aid to a more seriously wounded companion. Exposed to enemy observation throughout the day, Private Gibbons lay in an open field waiting for darkness before he evacuated the man to a point of safety. His gallant action in saving the life of a friend reflects greatest credit upon himself and upon the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 12 (March 22, 1945)
Home Town: La Veta, Colorado


GIETZ, JOHN P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John P. Gietz, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with a military operation against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 387th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. While leading two squads in an assault on the town of Busch, Germany, on 11 April 1945, Sergeant Gietz and his men came under heavy machine gun fire from a building at the edge of the town. He fearlessly led the attack across 150 yards of open terrain in the face of heavy fire to the building which was set afire. After clearing the town, Sergeant Gietz and his men were subjected to sniper and machine gun fire from a nearby woods. He unhesitatingly went forward, under fire, to reconnoiter the enemy positions and upon returning, personally guided a platoon of tanks to a position from which they could place fire on the enemy strong points. Sergeant Gietz so accurately directed fire from the tanks that 6 enemy machine gun positions were silenced. His coolness under fire and gallantry 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: Nebraska


GINN, HARRY N.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harry N. Ginn (39240706), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with an Artillery Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division. During an enemy aerial bombardment, Private Ginn's landing craft was struck by a bomb and burst into flames. Disregarding the flames and exploding ammunition, Private Ginn remained on the craft until he had successfully evacuated a fellow soldier trapped beneath a burning vehicle.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 64 (November 23, 1943)
Home Town: Ocean Park, California


GIOVANNETTI, LOUIS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Louis Giovannetti (36713914), 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 Giovannetti'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


GLENN, EDMUND S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edmund S. Glenn (32860362), Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters, 3d Armored Division, in France and Belgium from 25 July 1944 to 3 September 1944. As chief interpreter of a Military Intelligence Team, Master Sergeant Glenn performed his duties in a superior fashion, contacting civilians and members of the underground, often at great personal risk to himself, and obtained extremely valuable information. His analysis of enemy information and capabilities, based largely on factual reports he obtained on individual reconnaissance missions materially aided in the successful accomplishment of securing objectives. Master Sergeant Glenn's untiring, determined devotion to duty, in the face of constant enemy resistance, contributed greatly to the success of operations until he was wounded on a reconnaissance mission. His bravery and fearlessness, coupled with a clever and brilliant understanding of various tactics, was of extreme importance. The actions of Master Sergeant Glenn reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 3d Armored Division, General Orders No. 82 (October 27, 1944
Born: April 12, 1915 at Lodz, Poland
Home Town: New York, New York


GLOBIS, ANTHONY W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Anthony W. Globis, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with a military operation against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 387th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. On 13 April 1945 near Wahlscheid, Germany, Private Globis was sent to make a bridge reconnaissance. After advancing 2000 yards he came upon a road bridge which was mined an protected by three enemy soldiers. Though outnumbered, Private Globis unhesitatingly crawled to a position from which he could place fire upon the enemy troops and forced their surrender. He then audaciously required his prisoners to deactivate the mines and returned them to his own lines. Private Globis' boldness and gallantry on this occasion permitted his company to advance and reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 97th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (June 11, 1945)
Home Town: Pennsylvania


GLUSHAKOW, MOSES M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Moses M. Glushakow, , U.S. Army, for during the Italian campaign, he spotted two enemy soldiers setting up a machine gun on the side of the road 30 yards to his front. He opened fire with his rifle, killing one and wounding the other, who was soon taken prisoner. Then, by himself, he advanced on a home held by the enemy, which rained fire down on him. When he got within 25 yards of the house, he threw hand grenades into it and forced six of the enemy to surrender. When his squad to the rear came under the fire from an enemy machine gun, Moe 'laid harassing fire upon the position and allowed his squad to withdraw in safety. Finally, his position came under mortar and artillery fire, and he was forced to rejoin his squad.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 125 (1945)


*GODWIN, PETER F. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Peter F. Godwin (0-1016791), First Lieutenant (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for heroic service in connection with military operations against the enemy while serving with Troop A, 88th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 2 March 1945. The advance of Lieutenant Godwin's platoon was held up by a sudden concentration of small arms fire. Two men were sent ahead to investigate a bridge and determine the source of the enemy fire. Covering this operation, Lieutenant Godwin saw one of the men fall. Moving his armored car forward, he dismounted under fire and moved the wounded man to safety. His heroic action, with disregard for his own safety, reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 18 (April 2, 1945)


*GOESMAN, BRUNK A. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Brunk A. Goesman (36072263), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 36th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. Sergeant Goesman's tank was knocked out by anti-tank fire. He exposed himself to the dismounting crew. He then dismounted and fought as a foot soldier, taking six prisoners, including a bazooka team. While moving forward on foot to designate targets and support tanks, he was killed by a burst of artillery fire. Sergeant Goesman acted without consideration for his own safety. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 18 (April 2, 1945)
Home Town: Macoupin County, Illinois


GOLDBERG, WILLIAM
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William Goldberg (36680066), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company F, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. As Lead Scout, Private First Class Goldberg made initial contact with enemy positions in an attack on Hill 616 near St. Die, France, the morning of 28 October 1944. From his forward position 50 yards ahead of the company he engaged a hostile machine gun nest 200 yards away. Although bullets sweeping over his head missed him by inches, he dueled with the Germans, killed two, wounded three, and knocked out the gun. Later in the attack Private First Class Goldberg was seriously wounded in the arm but continued to fight until he had exhausted his supply of ammunition.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


GONZALES, ANSEIMO, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Anseimo Gonzales, Jr. (17092108), Private First Class [then Private], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Scout with Company L, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 28 October 1944, Private First Class Gonzales braved machine gun and small arms fire and mortar shells that burst 20 yards from him, in order to ascertain the disposition of enemy forces on a hill near Vidonchamp, France. Crawling forward 50 yards, he opened fire with his rifle at one enemy machine gun position 35 yards away, killing all three of the crew and silencing the weapon. Upon rejoining his squad, he directed mortar fire at a second machine gun position he had noted, silencing this weapon. By eliminating these positions, he enabled his company to resume its attack, in which 16 hostile machine guns were destroyed and 32 prisoners were taken.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Pueblo, Colorado


GOODMAN, EUGENE S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Eugene S. Goodman (36414251), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving with the 9th Infantry Division, on 2 September 1944, during operations in Belgium. Sergeant Goodman'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


GOODRICH, GUINN B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Guinn B. Goodrich (0308572), Lieutenant Colonel (Armor), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while Commanding the 18th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 29 March 1945 and 5 April 1945 and April 12, 1945. As a leader of a task force, Colonel Goodrich displayed outstanding gallantry in the engagements with enemy forces. On one occasion he moved his command post so close to behind assaulting elements that he was under constant artillery and mortar fire. While personally directing one operation he was painfully wounded by shrapnel. After receiving medical treatment he continued to carry on his duties. His close personal supervision and tactical skill resulted greatly reduced casualties in his task force and in all actions Colonel Goodrich demonstrated courage and disregard for his own safety that was an inspiration to his men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 81 (August 4, 1945)
Home Town: El Paso, Texas


GOOL, ANTHONY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Anthony Gool (33434972), Private First Class [then Private], 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. Private First Class Gool was a member of a group pinned down by machine gun and small arms fire. Ordered to withdraw, he carried a badly wounded officer across open terrain to safety. He continued to administer first aid to the wounded throughout the night. His actions reflect great credit on himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 20 (April 22, 1945)
Home Town: Erie, Pennsylvania


GORBAR, PETER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Peter Gorbar (6940769), Technical Sergeant [then Sergeant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company G, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in the vicinity of Gela, Sicily, on 11 July 1943. When enemy tanks overran his platoon's position, Technical Sergeant Gorbar quickly re-organized his men and directed withering mortar and machine-gun fire on the advancing forces. His heroic leadership and unfailing courage in repulsing the enemy merit the highest praise.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (May 27, 1944)
Home Town: Johnstown, Pennsylvania


GORE, CHARLES J.
(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 Charles J. Gore (42178744), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On an Intelligence and Reconnaissance patrol in the vicinity of Zell, Germany, the evening of 6 April 1945, Private First Class Gore detected an enemy outpost position in an open field. By crawling 150 yards he came directly upon one foxhole and jerked two German's weapons from them before they were aware of his presence. After returning these prisoners to the rest of the patrol 200 yards behind him he made a second trip out to the enemy outpost. Intercepted this time by enemy machine pistol fire, he battled at 50 yards range with a sub-machine gun against three Germans armed with automatic weapons and a rifle. Private Firs Class Gore killed two Germans and forced the other to surrender. His single-handed action wiped out the enemy outpost.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: New York, New York


GORNA, CHARLES W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles W. Gorna (33440810), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 1 March 1945. Sergeant Gorna, while exploring a mined path, encountered an armed enemy guard. Forcing the guard to surrender he captured eleven other enemy soldiers who were hiding in a nearby dugout. Later he volunteered to guard the vehicle to which he was assigned while the remainder of the squad took cover from sniper fire in a nearby house. Relieved of his guard duties, he went in search of the sniper, found him, and took him prisoner. Sergeant Gorna's actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 12 (March 22, 1945)
Home Town: Greensburg, Pennsylvania


GOTO, MASAICHI
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Masaichi Goto (30100119), Staff Sergeant [then Corporal], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the Medical Department, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 29 September 1943, in the vicinity of Montemarano, Italy. During a heavy enemy artillery barrage, Staff Sergeant Goto, an aid station NCO, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, left the comparative security of his shelter to got o the aid of a wounded comrade. Though the enemy shells were falling dangerously close to him, Staff Sergeant Goto stayed in the exposed area and gave first-aid to three more severely wounded soldiers. Staff Sergeant Goto's courage, coolness, and bravery under fire was exemplary and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (April 21, 1944)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


GOUGH, VERN L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Vern L. Gough (38691312), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, on 14 April 1945, in Germany. When two hundred enemy infantrymen supported by tanks made a determined counterattack, Private Gough, a machine gunner, steadfastly manned his weapon and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy despite the intense fire falling all around him. Although he was almost buried by a tank shell which exploded near him, he extricated himself and continued firing. Private Gough gallantly remained in his position until the enemy was routed.
Headquarters, 30th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 137 (June 1, 1945)
Home Town: Oklahoma


GRAHAM, JOSEPH J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph J. Graham (37136296), Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with a Field Artillery Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division. When the enemy began shelling a road over which a large convoy was passing, Sergeant Graham, with great presence of mind and initiative under fire, ordered the drivers to proceed at high speed over this road out of range of the enemy. His prompt and courageous action prevented the destruction of much-needed equipment and supplies.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 64 (November 23, 1943)
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


GRANDSTAFF, GEORGE HENRY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George Henry Grandstaff (0-1307223), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 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, Captain Grandstaff personally organized and led a supply train through enemy-held territory to the encircled battalion. Although Captain Grandstaff 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. 117 (November 30, 1944)
Home Town: Azusa, California


GRIFFIN, JAMES E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James E. Griffin (34084881), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving with the 9th Infantry Division, on 27 September 1944, during operations in Germany. Staff Sergeant Griffin'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: Georgia


GRIMBALL, JOHN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John Grimball (0-1013447), First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 14th Tank Battalion, 9th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 December 1944, in the vicinity of Steinbruck, Belgium. On that date, First Lieutenant Grimball, in command of a tank platoon, was proceeding on a mission of support to an infantry battalion when enemy bazooka fire rendered his command tank inoperative. Showing rare presence of mind, First Lieutenant Grimball ordered his crew to remain within the tank and by radio directed effective platoon fire, eliminating the enemy bazooka team. First Lieutenant Grimball then ordering his crew to dismount and follow him, preceded these men and his tanks to a new position. There First Lieutenant Grimball directed his tank platoon and dismounted crew under continuous enemy fire with such stunning effect of enemy demoralization that 87 prisoners were taken. First Lieutenant Grimball then mounted another tank and continuing his aggressive tactics, he destroyed a dug-in enemy tank while proceeding to his original mission of support to the infantry. Upon reaching the infantry position, he noted that it was in dire need of tank support. He thereupon deployed his tank platoon into position so as to render direct fire support to the infantry. This action prevented a large scale enemy penetration. First Lieutenant Grimball's initiative and courageous leadership was an inspiration to his men which enabled them to successfully complete their mission. The gallantry displayed by First Lieutenant Grimball reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 9th Armored Division, General Orders No. 13 (January 27, 1945)
Born: at Charleston, South Carolina
Home Town: Columbia, South Carolina
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII)


GRIMES, HUBERT C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Hubert C. Grimes, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as Reconnaissance Platoon Sergeant, Division Trains, 6th Armored Division, in the vicinity of Avranches, France, on August 1, 1944. In the face of enemy strafing, Staff Sergeant Grimes placed himself in an exposed position and successfully directed the deployment of the Division Trains. At Plouvien, France, on 8 August, 1944, as reconnaissance non-commissioned officer he made vigorous mounted and dismounted reconnaissance against enemy sniper and machine gun fire, to deploy vulnerable gasoline and ammunition trains during an enemy counter-attack. His leadership and unhesitating courage have been a constant inspiration to his platoon.
Headquarters, 6th Armored Division, General Orders No. 132 (1945)


GROFT, JOHN R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John R. Groft (33873377), 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 5 March 1945. Sergeant Groft crawled for more than eight hundred yards under intense enemy machine gun, artillery and mortar fire to lead twelve of his fellow soldiers to safety. He volunteered for this action after witnessing the unsuccessful efforts of others to reach the stranded man. Sergeant Groft's complete disregard for his own safety and his exemplary conduct under fire reflect greatest credit both upon himself and the Military Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 15 (March 27, 1945)
Home Town: Lancaster, Pennsylvania


GRONINGER, MEYRL L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Meyrl L. Groninger, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with a military operation against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 303d Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. In an assault crossing the Sieg River, in Germany, on 9 April 1945, Private Groninger, an ammunition bearer, was severely wounded in the hand and leg by enemy fire. During the next thirty hours of heavy combat, Private Groninger continued in the performance of his duties without reporting his injuries and without receiving medical attention. Only when his officers noticed that he was wounded and ordered his evacuation dir Private Groninger consent to be treated. His splendid display of willingness and gallantry reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 97th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (June 11, 1945)
Home Town: Kansas


GROTH, ALVIN H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Alvin H. Groth (36843043), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as Assistant Squad Leader in Company B, 20th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division, at Ehrang, Germany, on 5 March 1945. When four assault boats were sunk by enemy mortar fire, Sergeant Groth, braving intense hostile fire, waded into the river to rescue two wounded soldiers from drowning, and then carried the wounded men over 500 yards of exposed terrain to safety. 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: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


GUARNERE, HENRY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Henry Guarnere (33026746), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action on ****** 1943 in the vicinity of *****, Tunisia while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 47th Armored Medical Battalion, 1st Armored Division. During heavy counter battery fire a soldier in a gun section was seriously wounded and unable to reach shelter. Technician Fifth Grade Guarnere voluntarily and without hesitation ran to the wounded soldier and began administering first aid to him. Although the position was still receiving heavy fire he completely disregarded his own welfare by remaining with the wounded soldier and began administering first aid treatment. His daring and heroic actions undoubtedly saved the soldier's life. The gallantry, perseverance, and concern for the welfare of a wounded comrade displayed by Technician Fifth Grade Guarnere reflect great credit upon himself and the command and are highly commendable.
Headquarters, 1st Armored Division, General Orders No. 44 (May 7, 1943)
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


GUIDRY, FREDDY F.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Freddy F. Guidry (34079257), Corporal, 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, Corporal Guidry, a member of the Intelligence Platoon of Headquarters Company, went forward with the party to install an advance communications switch. After members of the party had been killed and wounded by enemy shellfire and mines, Corporal Guidry exposed himself, without hesitation, to enemy observation and fire, and voluntarily went forward along the road with amine detector removing enemy mines and clearing the road for travel. Although he was untrained and unfamiliar with the use of such a machine, he cleared the road and enabled the aid men to remove the wounded and the dead. Later, while under enemy artillery and small arms fire, Corporal Guidry advanced to a position of vantage where he could observe enemy emplacements. His outstanding devotion to duty and disregard for personal safety were highly commendable and were in keeping with the highest ideals of the Military Service.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 83 (September 27, 1943)
Home Town: Cut Off, Louisiana


GURNEY, EDWARD J., JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward J. Gurney, Jr. (0-1010115), Major (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 36th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. When advance of a task force was halted, Major Gurney, an Executive Officer, personally gathered infantrymen and led them forward under intense fire. He organized them with the tank company. When his tank was disabled, Major Gurney dismounted to guide the attack on foot. While thus leading the attack he was seriously wounded by small arms fire. His actions reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 95 (September 7, 1945)
Home Town: Ohio

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HADA, CHESTER C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Chester C. Hada (30101804), 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 29 November 1943, in the vicinity of Colli, Italy. Private First Class Hada volunteered to accompany an outpost group up Hill 920 to carry a sound power telephone for the purpose of reporting hostile movements and sounds. Upon nearing the chosen position, only 45 yards from the enemy, the group ran into intense grenade fire and scattered individually to their outpost positions. Private First Class Hada, realizing the importance of the mission, crawled to a position only 25 yards away from a hostile machine gun position and transmitted a detailed account of the action, the enemy situation and the nature of the terrain. Private First Class Hada's courageous performance of duty and complete disregard for his own personal safety was in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 31 (April 29, 1944)
Home Town: Spreckelsville, Maui, Hawaii


*HADA, VICTOR (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Victor Hada (36468392), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, near the vicinity of Azzano, Italy, on 5 April 1945. When a member of his squad was wounded in a heavy mortar concentration, Private First Class Hada, motivated by his selfless devotion to his comrades, left his covered position and sought to rescue the man, although he had to crawl through the impact area to do so. In his gallant attempt, he was mortally wounded. His sacrifice of his own life in an attempt to aid his comrade is in the highest tradition of the Untied States Army and is deserving of highest praise.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 15 (January 16, 1946)
Born: July 22, 1921 at Fort Lawton, Colorado
Home Town: Keensburg, Colorado


*HADANO, HATSUJI (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Hatsuji Hadano (30104542), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 20 October 1944 near Bruyeres, France. When a carrying party of which he was a volunteer member was ambushed, Private First Class Hadano assumed command of the situation and directed the men toward cover. Realizing the importance of getting the rations to the front lines where the shortage had become critical, one of the party attempted to run the gauntlet of enemy fire but was fatally wounded before he could advance very far. Observing the helpless condition of his comrade who was fully exposed to the enemy fire, Private first Class Hadano ran to his aid and just as he reached his side was himself hit by the enemy fire. Though mortally wounded he shouted to his men to remain where they were and to stay under cover. Inspired by his gallant action, the carrying party successfully held the numerically superior enemy at bay until the rescuing party arrived and completely routed the enemy forces. By his gallantry and supreme devotion to duty at the risk of his own life, Private First Class Hadano reflects honor upon himself and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 7, (January 29, 1945)
Born: September 15, 1924 at Aiea, Oahu, Hawaii
Home Town: Aiea, Oahu, Hawaii


HALBROOK, JESSE B.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jesse B. Halbrook (34024043), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, on 7 November 1944, in Germany. Sergeant Halbrook, learning that a patrol had been pinned down by intense enemy fire, courageously moved forward in a voluntary attempt to neutralize the enemy fire. Refusing to be stopped by a hail of enemy fire and added mortar fire, he established an observation post where he so successfully adjusted artillery fire that the patrol was able to move back to friendly lines with their mission accomplished.
Headquarters, 30th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 137 (June 1, 1945)
Home Town: Florida


HAMADA, MILES M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Miles M. Hamada (37362103), Private First Class [then Private], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, near Forne, Italy, on 15 and 16 April 1945. During a night attack, Private First Class Hamada was wounded on the chest and leg by grenade fragments. He refused to be evacuated, as the platoon strength had been cut down to 20 men, and continued to fire at the enemy. Throughout the night, the hostile forces threw grenades into his position, but he remained at his post and forestalled a counterattack with his automatic fire. When the objective was secured the next day, Private First Class Hamada returned to the aid station for medical treatment. Private First Class Hamada's devotion to duty and gallantry are in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 14 (January 16, 1946)
Home Town: Fort Logan, Colorado


HAMASAKI, RICHARD
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard Hamasaki (0-1683429), 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 34th Infantry Division, on 10 July 1944, in Italy. Lieutenant Hamasaki was ordered to lead a six-man patrol to clear a group of buildings of any enemy troops that might be there. After moving out a short distance, the patrol received sniper fire. Lieutenant Hamasaki dashed to a nearby vineyard and crawled forward to escape observation, and his men followed his example. Lieutenant Hamasaki found no enemy soldiers in the first building, so he and another man set out for the next one, fifty yards away. Taking advantage of every means of cover and concealment, Lieutenant Hamasaki crawled to this building. When he arrived near the doorway, he suddenly lunged into the building, his sub-machine gun at his hip ready to fire. Three enemy troops, caught by surprise, raised their hands in surrender. Leaving the enemy prisoners under guard of his companion, Lieutenant Hamasaki searched the remainder of the building and came across another enemy soldier totally unaware of what was taking place. His mission accomplished, Lieutenant Hamasaki led the patrol back to the company area with the four prisoners. Lieutenant Hamasaki's courage and skillful leadership reflect great credit 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


HAMBY, JACK M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jack M. Hamby (6955194), Private First Class, 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 Gela, Sicily, on 11 July 1943. When an enemy machine gun threatened his company's flank, Private First Class Hamby fearlessly crossed hazardous terrain under heavy fire and destroyed the enemy gun with a rocket launcher. His fearless devotion to duty enabled in the face of heavy enemy fire enabled his company to repel the enemy attack.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (May 27, 1944)
Home Town: Amarillo, Texas


HAMMERSCHMIDT, MARTIN M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Martin M. Hammerschmidt (0-436584), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany during the period 22 January to 25 January 1945. On 22 January Lieutenant Hammerschmidt drove a half-track into a street which was under enemy fire. This action permitted an aid man to evacuate wounded. From the night of 23 January until relieved on 25 January, Lieutenant Hammerschmidt's platoon outposted key terrain east of Nenning. During this period the platoon's position was under artillery, mortar and small arms fire. Lieutenant Hammerschmidt showed complete disregard for his own safety. His actions were an inspiration to his men and aided materially in the success of the operation. Lieutenant Hammerschmidt's personal bravery and inspiring leadership reflect the greatest credit upon himself and the Military Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 1 (February 8, 1945)
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


HANMER, WILLIAM
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William Hanmer (0-1176360), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 398th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 28 March 1945. Lieutenant Hanmer was serving as a Forward Observer attached to a tank company. The company was under heavy observed anti-tank fire. In an effort to alleviate the situation and without thought of his own safety, Lieutenant Hanmer moved his tank out in the open to engage the enemy guns and to adjust artillery on them. While doing this his tank was knocked out and he was seriously wounded. His actions were an inspiration and reflect great credit on himself and the Military Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 30 (May 9, 1945)
Home Town: Michigan


HANSEN, GEORGE L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George L. Hansen (20722127), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in the vicinity of Nancy, France, 19 September 1944. During a heavy engagement with the enemy in the vicinity of Nancy on 19 September, an enemy shell burst upon a machine gun emplacement of Company D, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, killing its crew and breaking the gun's tripod. Sergeant Hansen, a platoon sergeant, seized the gun in his arms, wrapped the belts of ammunition about this shoulders, and advanced, firing the machine gun as he walked toward the enemy. This action enabled the men of his organization to advance to terrain more advantageous cover. Sergeant Hansen then returned, gathered the remaining members of his platoon and, in the face of heavy enemy artillery fire, reorganized them and set up his platoon in positions affording maximum fire in support of the riflemen. He then crawled forward to retrieve a tripod from a wrecked machine gun, thereby enabling an additional machine gun to be put into action. While engaged in directing his platoon in support of the riflemen, Sergeant Hansen was wounded. The courage and daring of Sergeant Hansen, his initiative, resourcefulness, dynamic leadership and disregard for personal safety constitute such gallantry in action as to be in accordance with the traditions of the military service.
Home Town: Nebraska


HARBISON, DERLAN A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Derlan A. Harbison, Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company E, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 18 April 1945, Private Harbison, firing his BAR, dashed into an enemy-held building, in Nurnberg, Germany, despite intense machine pistol and rifle fire, and forced the Germans into another building 30 yards away. When a few enemy soldiers, under cover of very heavy concentrations of Panzerfaust and automatic rife, attempted to return, Private Harbison stepped outside, fully exposing himself, and fired directly at them. Although an enemy bullet hit him in the leg, his surprise fire forced the Germans back, and with the help of some comrades, he completely routed the enemy after a hand grenade duel.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Trade, Alabama


HARDING, DELBERT W.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Delbert W. Harding (31322084), 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, Private First Class Harding, 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: South Paris, Maine


HARRIS, EVERETT E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Everett E. Harris (35070567), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 33d Armored Regiment, 3d Armored Division, in action on 13 April 1945, in Germany. Technician Fifth Grade Harris'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


HARTMAN, HENRY M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Henry M. Hartman (6913347), Corporal [then Private First Class], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, 3d Infantry Division, on 24 January 1945, at about 1000 Hours, in the vicinity of ******, France. On that date, the Infantry which Corporal Hartman's Platoon was supporting was met by fanatical resistance of German infantry supported by six enemy tanks. His destroyer was maneuvered into an exposed position, artillery and mortar shells struck within 15 yards and fragments and bullets ricocheted off the sides of the destroyer, yet Corporal Hartman, gunner, heedless of the grave danger, calmly took three well-aimed shots which found their targets, set three enemy tanks aflame, destroying their crews, and forced the crews of the other three German tanks to abandon them, and be killed or captured by friendly infantry. Corporal Hartman's courageous and skillful action was largely responsible for thwarting the enemy armored attack.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 152 (1945)
Born: July 24, 1920 at Muskegon, Michigan
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


HARWOOD, ROBERT H.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert H. Harwood, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 44th Armored Infantry Battalion, 6th Armored Division, in the vicinity of Eincheville, France on 15 November 1944. After receiving a wound, he continued to lead his platoon in the attack and was wounded again. Refusing to pause for medical treatment, he traveled sixty yards to direct supporting fire on enemy machine gun positions. Returning to the head of his platoon, he continued the attack and aided in capturing seventy prisoners. Only when the mission was completed, and he had been struck for the third time, would he allow himself to be evacuated. His courageous actions and heroic efforts reflect high praise upon himself and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 6th Armored Division, General Orders No. 1 (1945)
Born: at Milam County, Texas
Home Town: Gause, Texas


HASHIZUME, OLIVER Y.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Oliver Y. Hashizume (30104484), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 16 and 17 July 1944, in the vicinity of Luciana, Italy. When his squad was pinned down by intense enemy small arms, mortar and 88-mm. artillery fire, Sergeant Hashizume crawled to the forward position of his squad and with his automatic rifleman maintained a protective fire while his men crawled to cover. The next day, while the squad was surrounded on three sides by the enemy, Sergeant Hashizume repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire in order to direct his men in setting up effective defense against the numerically superior enemy. During this action, which lasted for eight hours, his squad of eight men killed or wounded fifteen of the enemy and silenced a machine pistol and two machine gun nests and caused another machine gun crew to abandon its position. The skillful leadership and courage of Sergeant Hashizume enabled the rest of the company to close in from the opposite end of the town and capture two tanks and 27 prisoners.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 123 (November 4, 1944)
Home Town: Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii


HASTIGAN, ROBERT S.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert S. Hastigan (39723377), 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 from 2 April to 7 April 1945. When his company was surrounded and cut off, Private Hastigan volunteered to go on patrol through the enemy lines to contact and guide reinforcements. Later he volunteered to serve with a scout group for a task force. The group captured crews of two guns, permitting the uninterrupted advance of the column. Later the same day Private Hastigan volunteered to serve with another scout group. Their mission was to determine the strength and disposition of enemy forces. During this mission, Private Hastigan was seriously wounded. His disregard for personal safety and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Service of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 27 (May 6, 1945)
Home Town: Van Nuys, California


HATCH, MERRILL G.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Merrill G. Hatch (0-377093), Captain (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action on 14 January 1943, at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. When infantry troops withdrew from a field of heavy enemy fire, Captain Hatch two other men remained forward of the lines to direct artillery fire upon the positions of the enemy that had caused the withdrawal. Because of restricted observation in the dense jungle terrain, Captain Hatch and his companions remained 150 yards ahead of the lines. Despite the danger of attack if the enemy had learned of the withdrawal, in spite of the intense fire which indicated preparation for an enemy attack, and the danger from the close fire of his own guns which they were directing, he and his detail remained at their post directing artillery fire until the enemy emplacement was neutralized and the subsequent infantry attack became a success
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 83 (April 8, 1943)
Home Town: Bountiful, Utah


HAYASHI, DONALD SHIRO (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald Shiro Hayashi (30101659), Corporal [the Private], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 20 October 1943, near Leonardo, Italy. When his squad leader was wounded during a severe enemy counter-attack, Corporal Hayashi on his own initiative took command of the squad. The squad, pinned down by heavy enemy artillery, mortar and machine-gun fire, had suffered heavy casualties, and the order came to withdraw. There being several men so severely wounded that immediate removal was impossible, Corporal Hayashi with utter disregard for his own personal safety, stayed behind administering first-aid and holding the position single-handed. For over an hour and forty minutes he fired his rifle at the enemy and held the advanced position until all the wounded were safely evacuated by litter squads. Corporal Hayashi's courage and initiative in the face of grave danger helped save the lives of several of his comrades and was a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 9 (February 8, 1944)
Born: April 12, 1919 at Honolulu, Hawaii
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


HAYES, DONALD R.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald R. Hayes (0-2016407), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), [then Staff Sergeant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany from 3 April 1945 to 10 April 1945. Lieutenant Hayes voluntarily took over the duties of an evacuated tank commander. When his vehicle was hit by artillery, he remained to remove his crew's personal weapons and to fire one remaining round at an enemy tank. He then accomplished the evacuation of wounded. When the platoon leader was evacuated, he quickly reorganized the platoon and continued with the attack. He led his platoon to the front of the assault and pressed on to capture a strongly defended town. His actions, beyond the call of duty, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the Untied States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 31 (May 10, 1945)
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland


HEALY, WILLIAM R.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William R. Healy (14164154), Sergeant [then Corporal], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Troop B, 88th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. Sergeant Healy was a member of a platoon evacuating casualties from a forward area. The platoon leader's armored car was knocked out and the platoon leader was seriously wounded. Sergeant Healy left the safety of his own vehicle, hooked a tow cable on the disabled vehicle, and directed its removal to a place of safety. When it was determined that two other men were missing, Sergeant Healy returned to the area. He located the two men, both casualties, and evacuated them. His actions were entirely voluntary and reflect greatest credit on himself and the Military Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 12 (March 22, 1945)
Home Town: Marietta, Georgia


HEATH, WILLIAM RANDOLPH
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William Randolph Heath (34002472), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with a Medical Detachment on the Bago River near Carolina, Negros Occidental, Philippine Islands, on 22 May 1945. At 1700 hours on 22 May 1945, the platoon to which Corporal Heath was attached as Aid Man was subjected to intense small arms fire by the enemy from commanding ground to the front and right front, seriously wounding a machine gunner on the forward edge of the perimeter. Corporal Heath rapidly moved forward through an area exposed to this fire and moved the wounded man to a covered position, there administering first aid. The enemy fire continued to be heavy and Corporal Heath repeatedly and without regard for his own personal safety moved forward alone to evacuate other casualties as they occurred. Without assistance he returned five wounded men to safety and administered first aid to them. Two of these men had fallen forward of the platoon perimeter and in order to reach them Corporal Heath was forced to move into the very face of the enemy fire.
Headquarters, Southern Islands Area Command, General Orders No. 3 (September 16, 1945)
Born: October 2, 1920 at Alabama Home Town: Marietta, Georgia


HEBBLER, GEORGE R., SR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George R. Hebbler, Sr. (38616100), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 49th Armored Infantry Regiment, 8th Armored Division, in Germany from 2 April to 8 April 1945. When his company was completely surrounded, Sergeant Hebbler crawled several hundred yards through the enemy lines to contact his battalion command post. Later, while in the advance guard of an armored column he discovered an enemy 20-mm. gun and knocked it out before it could be put into action. He led an advance patrol assigned the mission of drawing enemy fire and uncovered positions that would have seriously hampered the advance of the platoon. During this period he volunteered to lead a patrol into enemy territory to locate wounded and identify the dead. The courageous actions of Sergeant Hebbler reflects the greatest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 25 (May 4, 1945)
Home Town: Louisiana


*HEIMPOLD, HEINZ O. (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Heinz O. Heimpold (15115584), Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 254th Infantry Regiment, 63d Infantry Division, in action against the enemy on 3 March 1945, at Hartungshof, Germany. Unmindful of the grave danger and ignoring the warnings called to him, Technician Fourth Grade Heimpold advanced into a mine field and administered first aid to three casualties. While making his way to a fourth casualty, he was killed when he stepped on a schu-mine. His outstanding gallantry and regards for his comrades 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: Cincinnati, Ohio
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, Purple Heart


*HEMPSTEAD, ROBERT LOUIS (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert Louis Hempstead (0-414341), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Company M, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 23 August 1944, near San Columbano, Italy. When it was discovered that the Germans were maintaining a patrol base in San Columbano on the south side of the Arno and on the left flank of the 3d Battalion, Captain Hempstead volunteered to lead a combined Company M and L patrol to wipe out the enemy nest. The patrol went out with a forward observer from Cannon Company. Aided by fire from Cannon Company the patrol cleared out one enemy strongpoint, killing eight Germans and wounding several others. As the patrol worked its way beyond San Columbano, it was ambushed near a canal and caught in a crossfire from two enemy machine guns, supported by mortars. Captain Hempstead, seeing the patrol was trapped, left his covered position and opened fire with a Tommy Gun, drawing the enemy's attention to him. He was instantly killed by a burst of machine-gun fire, but by creating a diversion, he enabled his remaining men to withdraw to better positions and call down artillery fire on the enemy.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 19 (1945)
Born: 1920 at Atlanta, Georgia


HENDERSON, AUSTIN M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Austin M. Henderson (0-288050), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action on 10 January 1943, at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. While serving as Battalion Operations Officer, Captain Henderson assisted the battalion commander in directing and coordinating an attack on an enemy occupied hill position. Following its capture he quickly moved forward and assisted in organizing the position to withstand a night attack. During this action, though under enemy rifle and machine gun fire, he was an example of cool, calm self-control and thus contributed toward the smooth functioning of the operation.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 83 (April 8, 1943)
Home Town: Ashland, Kentucky


HENSON, GUS C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gus C. Henson, Captain (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 1 April 1945. When an infantry platoon was pinned down by enemy small arms and artillery fire, Captain Henson braved the fire to got to their aid. Upon making contact with the trapped men, he found that they were disorganized and in great danger of annihilation. Displaying the highest qualities of leadership, he reorganized the platoon, made personal reconnaissance and using all available cover, led the men to safety. Captain Henson's keen knowledge and outstanding personal bravery 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. 46 (June 7, 1945)
Home Town: Dallas, Texas


HENZERLING, RALPH J. (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ralph J. Henzerling (35668485), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action on 5 March 1944, near C. delia Paglia, Italy. Corporal Henzerling remained in an exposed position to cover the withdrawal of his patrol when they were caught in fierce enemy close fire. Killing several of the enemy in the fire fight, he held them off until he was wounded and his position overrun. This action permitted his patrol to take up new positions and subsequently drive the enemy back. The courage and devotion to duty displayed by him in the performance of this hazardous deed exemplified the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, II Corps, General Orders No. 12 (April 21, 1945)
Home Town: Newport, Kentucky


HERMANN, GROVER M., JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Grover M. Hermann, Jr. (0-349102), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Service Company, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division in Germany on 25 January 1945. Captain Hermann was given the mission of moving a portion of his company to the rear of a heavily fortified chateau from which the Germans had an excellent field of fire. Captain Hermann with a portion of his company succeeded in obtaining this objective. His outstanding demonstration of force and initiative enabled the battalion to complete its mission. Captain Hermann was killed in the accomplishment of this mission. Captain Hermann's personal bravery and inspiring leadership reflect 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: Cook County, Illinois


HIGA, SABURO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Saburo Higa (30104534), Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 3 November 1944, near Biffontaine, France. While engaged in an attack, Company F was pinned down by concentrated mortar and artillery fire which inflicted numerous casualties. Private Higa, volunteering to act as litter bearer and aid man, unhesitatingly left his covered position to render first aid to the wounded soldiers. Despite artillery fire, which fell dangerously close to him, he moved fearlessly toward one of the seriously wounded men. Quickly administering first aid, Private Higa then carried him to shelter. He again returned to the area and, while dashing to the assistance of another comrade, he was seriously wounded. Disregarding his painful injury, Private Higa continued to render first aid and to evacuate the wounded until he collapsed as a result of fatigue and pain. His courageous actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of the Army of the United States.
Headquarters, 7th Army, General Orders No. 138 (December 27, 1944)
Home Town: Ewa, Oahu, Hawaii


HIGA, THOMAS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas Higa (30101597), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company E, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 5 November 1943, in Italy. When the enemy concentrated a heavy barrage upon his platoon area, Private First Class Higa was seriously wounded in the back. Disregarding his wounds, Private First Class Higa carried two men 150 yards to a sheltered ledge. Private First Class Higa then went back through the heavy fire and helped carry a litter case to the aid station. When Private First Class Higa's wounds were examined, they were determined to be serious enough to warrant immediate evacuation. The courage and devotion to duty displayed by Private First Class Higa while painfully wounded, reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 142 (September 29, 1945)
Home Town: Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii


*HIGASHI, BERT KENJI (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Bert Kenji Higashi (30100282), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company D, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 8 November 1943, in the vicinity of Pozzilli, Italy. Corporal Higashi, the Assistant Forward Observer for an 81-mm. mortar platoon, was in position of an Observation Post located on the crest of a hill forward of the advance infantry elements. The Observation Post was almost untenable because of intense and continuous enemy artillery fire. During the course of the morning, the enemy launched two counterattacks, preceded by an artillery barrage. Corporal Higashi, however, remained at his post directing fire orders to his platoon, although his position was being constantly shelled. Both times the enemy, estimated at two companies, were repulsed and their columns broken by mortar fire directed from this Observation Point. Corporal Higashi remained at his post during the entire morning until he and the other observers were killed by a tree burst of an enemy shell. His courage and bravery in the face of almost certain death was an inspiration to his fellow soldiers and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 6 (January 25, 1944)
Born: July 13, 1917 at Honomu, Hawaii
Home Town: Honomu, Hawaii


*HIGGINS, GILBERT H., JR. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Gilbert H. Higgins, Jr. (0-544249), Second Lieutenant (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company D, 80th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 28 March 1945. When the second tank of his column was knocked out, Lieutenant Higgins attempted to warn the lead tank to seek safety. Unable to make radio contact, he moved his tank into direct enemy fire to support the trapped vehicle. Before he could reach cover, his tank was knocked out and Lieutenant Higgins was severely wounded. Despite his wounds and continuing heavy enemy fire, he helped evacuate his crew. He then went for aid, crossing 1200 yards under incessant machine gun and mortar fire. While being evacuated himself, Lieutenant Higgins lost his life when the vehicle in which he was riding struck an enemy mine. His devotion to duty and actions in the face of the enemy 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: Morris County, New Jersey


HIGGINS, MARTIN JOSEPH
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Martin Joseph Higgins (0-1030984), Captain (Infantry), [then First Lieutenant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while Commanding Company A, 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action from 23 to 31 October 1944, in France. When the 1st Battalion was completely surrounded by hostile troops and isolated from other friendly units, Captain Higgins assumed command of the organization and, despite heavy artillery and mortar fire, skillfully directed his men in establishing a perimeter defense. Although the troops were without food and water and were subjected to a series of strong German attacks, Lieutenant Higgins worked tirelessly and courageously to maintain the morale of his men and, bravely exposing himself to hostile fire, directed elements of the battalion in repelling the attacks with heavy losses to the enemy. After five and a half days of continuous effort he succeeded in arranging for supplies to be dropped by planes, and, when some of the supplies landed in hostile territory, he personally conducted patrols to recover them. During this trying period his courageous and resourceful leadership inspired his men and kept them well-organized and encouraged until help arrived. His actions, without regard for his own safety, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 36th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 237 (July 1, 1945)
Born: January 29, 1916 at Jersey City, New Jersey
Home Town: Jersey City, New Jersey
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal


HILL, JOSEPH WALLACE
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph Wallace Hill (0-436574), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 19 and 20 April 1945, in Italy. Captain Hill's company was assigned the mission of cutting an enemy supply route. Under cover of darkness, he personally led his company from the last friendly outpost and into enemy territory. After four miles, the wire supply was exhausted and the company proceeded forward without telephone communications to the foot of a hill. Captain Hill was then successfully infiltrating a platoon into the foe's defenses when a hostile sentinel opened fire on him. Quickly dispersing his men, he worked his way under cover to within four yards of the sentinel and fired his pistol at point blank range, killing him. His shot alerted other enemy outposts and the company was immediately subjected to terrific automatic weapons and mortar fire. Despite this, Captain Hill continually exposed himself, directing his platoon in assaulting and securing their objectives. At dawn, he went forward on reconnaissance and discovered an enemy counterattack developing. Before the enemy could mount his assault, Captain Hill ordered his company to attack, driving the foe into retreat with 20 killed, 12 wounded, and 2 captured. The company then withdrew upon orders with only 6 casualties. Captain Hill's daring leadership exemplifies the heroic traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 100 (October 20, 1945)
Home Town: Dallas, Texas


HINCH, VANCE M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Vance M. Hinch (34190694), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Battery D, 796th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion (Self-Propelled), 10th Armored Division, at Crailsheim, Germany, on 10 April 1945. Braving fierce hostile fire, Staff Sergeant Hinch courageously directed fire upon attacking enemy forces, preventing the severing of supply routes. 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: Crossville, Tennessee


HINTON, CARL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Carl Hinton (14095127), Technician Fifth Grade [then Corporal], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 25 January 1945. Technician Fifth Grade Hinton volunteered to drive a medical truck during the absence of the assigned driver. Corporal Hinton worked continuously under heavy artillery, mortar and sniper fire. Although his vehicle was hit three times by artillery fire he continued to evacuate wounded men until his vehicle was completely knocked out. Technician Fifth Grade Hinton's personal bravery and devotion to duty 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: Pelahatchie, Mississippi


*HIRATANI, HIMEO (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Himeo Hiratani (30101500), Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 4 November 1943, in the vicinity of Venafro, Italy. Private Hiratani was a member of a wire team was laying communication wire along a road to his Battalion forward Command Post when an enemy group armed with rifles and two machine guns opened fire at close range on the wire team. Unable to by-pass the position, Private Hiratani and his comrades determined to push forward to their destination and accomplish their mission in spite of the concentrated fire. Returning the enemy fire as best the could Private Hiratani and his comrades continued laying the wire but while so engaged he was fatally wounded. Private Hiratani's devotion to duty at the cost of his own life reflects credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 42 (1944)
Born: August 27, 1917 at Wahiawa, Oahu, Hawaii
Home Town: Wahiawa, Oahu, Hawaii


*HISAOKA, GARY TSURUO (KIA)
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Gary Tsuruo Hisaoka (30102162), Technical Sergeant [then Sergeant], 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. Sergeant Hisaoka, under intense enemy machine gun fire, cleared and marked a path through a minefield for a distance of 50 yards, allowing his company to pass through. He then crawled forward under enemy observation and barbed wire fence which was also mined, and reconnoitered for the best route across the Rapido River. Sergeant Hisaoka's courageous action contributed greatly to the success of the battalion and reflect credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 31 (April 29, 1944)

*HISAOKA, GARY TSURUO (KIA)
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Gary Tsuruo Hisaoka (30102162), Technical Sergeant, 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 5 February 1944, in the vicinity of San Bartolemew, Italy. During a particularly heavy artillery barrage, Technical Sergeant Hisaoka left his trench and ran to the aid of a fellow soldier who has been completely buried by dirt and debris from a shell which had landed next to his slit trench. Technical Sergeant Hisaoka uncovered the soldier, revived him and helped carry him to the rear where he could be evacuated. Technical Sergeant Hisaoka's quick thinking and heroic action in the face of probable injury or death undoubtedly saved the life of his comrade and reflects the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 31 (April 29, 1944)
Born: March 12, 1917 at Kohala, Hawaii
Home Town: Kohala, Hawaii
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (WWII), Purple Heart


HITES, LOUIS G.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Louis G. Hites (33272952), Technician Fifth Grade [then Private First Class], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters Battery, 9th Field Artillery Battalion, 3d Infantry Division. On 17 November 1943, near Mignano, Italy, Technician Fifth Grade Hites, of his own volition, completely ignored the slashing fragmentation of 150-mm. shells bursting in his battery's area at the rate of three rounds per minute. Although enemy projectiles shattered the earth within twenty-five yards of him and despite the death of one comrade and the injury of another a few minutes earlier in the radio car he occupied, Technician Fifth Grade Hites seized the microphone and calmly continued the transmissions necessary to complete a counter-battery mission upon enemy artillery.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Saegertown, Pennsylvania


HODGES, PRESTON C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Preston C. Hodges (0-1101039), Captain (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 51st Engineer Combat Battalion on 21 December 1944, in Belgium. Captain Hodges, commanding a small force of engineers, successfully defended a vital bridge against a numerically superior enemy force. Although he was constantly exposed to heavy machine gun and small arms fire, he made frequent visits among his men to encourage them and to direct their fire upon hostile targets. When wires leading to a demolition charge beneath the bridge were severed, Captain Hodges led a small group of men through heavy artillery fire to repair the wires. Although wounded during the engagement, he remained with his men until reinforcements arrived and the enemy was driven from the area.
Headquarters, 1st Army, General Orders No. 29 (February 17, 1945)
Home Town: Virginia


HODGKISS, LOREN E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Loren E. Hodgkiss (33365236), 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 Hodgkiss, a member of an advance party from Regimental Headquarters Company sent forward to establish an advance communications switch, distinguished himself by his personal bravery and courage while under intense artillery fire from the enemy. After several vehicles had been destroyed by enemy mines and artillery fire, Private Hodgkiss, with complete disregard for personal safety, went to the aid of several members of the party who had been wounded. He assisted in carrying the wounded men to a protective ravine. Throughout a period of about six hours, Private First Class Hodgkiss steadfastly refused to leave the area of danger and materially assisted in saving the lives of his comrades. His devotion to duty under hazardous conditions was an inspiration to all who witnessed the action and his action is highly commendable.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 83 (September 27, 1943)
Home Town: Etna, Pennsylvania


HODIN, JOSEPH
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph Hodin (13122298), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Battery C, 9th Field Artillery Battalion, 3d Infantry Division. On 25 September 1944, at Maxonschamp, France, Private First Class Hodin went forward with his observation party to give artillery support to infantry forces which were engaged in a fierce fire fight. After completing one successful fire mission Private First Class Hodin's radio went dead just as more fire missions were requested by the infantry. Acting without orders he alternately crawled and ran 1,00 yards across an open field under heavy enemy artillery, mortar, and small arms fire, although at least 12 shells burst scarcely 25 yards away, in order to get another radio. Without hesitation he returned over the same exposed route carrying the heavy set as the alerted enemy singled him out and concentrated heavy fire upon him. By his daring and willingness to sacrifice himself Private First Class Hodin enabled heavy artillery fire to be adjusted once again on the enemy and aided the infantry immeasurably in capturing the fiercely contested town.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Dunmore, Pennsylvania


*HODSON, LEE A. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Lee A. Hodson (06768767), Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 90th Signal Company, 90th Infantry Division, in action against the enemy near Rodenbach, Germany, on 1 April 1945. While transporting his radio to the rear in a vehicle, Technician Fourth Grade Hodson encountered elements of an enemy division. In a desperate effort to prevent his equipment from falling into enemy hands, he opened fire upon the troops. The hostile forces closed in on him, but he continued the firefight until he was mortally wounded.
Headquarters, 90th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 495 (1945)
Home Town: Henry County, Iowa


HOLDA, JOHN A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John A. Holda (31412530), Technical Sergeant [then Private], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company F, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 17 April 1945, near Nuremburg, Germany, at 1500 Hours, Sergeant Holda, a BAR man, left the position he had in a cellar to creep and crawl 75 yards over open terrain to a commanding point. Although the enemy machine gun nest was firing from an emplacement 100 yards away, and bullets barely missed him, he moved forward until he came to the position he had selected as his objective. Firing his BAR at the enemy position, he killed the gunner and his assistant with his first burst. In a subsequent action Sergeant Holda killed one and captured three supporting riflemen. 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: Ansoula, Connecticut


HOLLEN, KERMIT C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kermit C. Hollen (35750919), Corporal, 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. When his tank was immobilized by enemy fire, Corporal Hollen remained with the vehicle, still under fire, to man the tank's gun. When he had exhausted all ammunition he removed a machine gun from the vehicle, secured ammunition from another disabled tank, and set up a defensive position which he held against intense enemy fire. His courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 76 (July 27, 1945)
Home Town: Philippi, West Virginia


*HOLT, HERMAS L. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Hermas L. Holt (37748746), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company A, 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 26 February 1945, in the Stiftswald, France. After three days of continuous battle, the enemy attempted a last desperate attack against the weakened lines of the 1st Battalion, Infantry. Although seriously wounded, Private Holt, realizing that his unit was sorely in need of all the fire power it could muster, refused evacuation so that he could continue the fight. Exhibiting great courage, he fought on until, wounded gain, he died on the battlefield. His gallant devotion to duty exemplifies the finest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (May 14, 1945)
Home Town: St. Joseph, Missouri


HOLT, JAMES C.
(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 James C. Holt (34970670), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company D, 275th Infantry Regiment, (Task Force Herren), 70th Infantry Division, near Saarbrucken Germany. When the battalion defenses were being overrun by a powerful enemy night counterattack, Staff Sergeant Holt, deploying his squad for security, heroically operated his 81-mm. mortaring, having at times five rounds on the way at once, even though he was subjected to direct small arms and tank fire. His courageous leadership kept the squad morale high enabling him to assist in the hazardous operations. The mortar being ordered to the rear, Staff Sergeant Hold remained as the forward observer and from an exposed position directed deadly fire upon the enemy. Sustaining a wound, he remained at his post until relieved, despite the loss of blood and the danger to his life.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 24 (March 29, 1945)
Home Town: Holly Springs, North Carolina
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII)


HORGAN, KENNETH L.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to Kenneth L. Horgan (39049141), 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 30 March and 1 April 1945, in Germany. Private First Class Horgan'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: Zamora, California
Personal Awards: 3@ SS (WWII)


*HORSEMAN, ORA G. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ora G. Horseman (35267937), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in the vicinity of Mignano, Italy. Assigned to maintain a vital outpost with only a small detail of men, Sergeant Horseman skillfully deployed hem in the best defensive position available and alertly detected the approach of a large enemy patrol. Although greatly outnumbered, he engaged the hostile patrol in a deadly fire fight, inflicting many casualties and preventing a penetration of his unit's position in the hope that help would arrive in time to complete the job. One by one his men were put out of action; but Sergeant Horseman courageously refused to give up the outpost, determinedly maintaining a fierce resistance even when overwhelmed by the hostile force. Steadfastly refusing to surrender, he fought on with magnificent daring until killed in a hand to hand struggle. By his outstanding aggressiveness and determined devotion to duty, he greatly reduced the strength of the enemy patrol which was soon beaten off when reinforcement arrived. His gallant action reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 36th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 138 (1944)
Home Town: Winchester, Kentucky


HOUSLEY, JOHN E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John E. Housley, Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 335th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, in Germany, on 29 November 1944. When his company was subjected to heavy enemy artillery, mortar and small arms fire during an attack, Private Housley, performing duty as a medical aid man, with complete disregard for his personal safety under fire, administered first aid to a large number of casualties as no other aid men were available. In the performance of his difficult task, Private Housley was seriously wounded while crawling approximately 200 yards under machine gun and sniper fire to aid a wounded soldier. The superior performance of duty, courage and unselfish actions displayed by Private Housley, without doubt, resulted in the saving of many lives and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 84th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 14 (1945)


HOUSTON, HARRY L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harry L. Houston (6653175), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters, Special Troops, 1st Infantry Division, in the vicinity of Djebel El Anz, Tunisia, on 28 April 1943. When his platoon leader was mortally wounded in an engagement with hostile forces, Staff Sergeant Houston promptly assumed command, reorganized his men, and led a successful assault on enemy positions. His alertness, courageous leadership, and resolute action facilitated his company's advance.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (May 27, 1944)
Home Town: Cynthiana, Kentucky


HOWARD, ELMER C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Elmer C. Howard (0-309440), Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 24th Infantry Division at San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 20 October 1944. While leading his battalion in establishing a beachhead, Major Howard repeatedly, without regard for his own safety, exposed himself to enemy fire beyond that normally expected of him, in order to direct and coordinate the actions of his companies. His courage and leadership were an inspiration to the officers and men of his battalion. Major Howard's outstanding example of coolness, fortitude, and devotion to duty at the risk of his life are in accord with the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: New Haven, Connecticut


*HUBBARD, ROBERT J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert J. Hubbard (42107128), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 58th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 4 April 1945. Private Hubbard was serving as scout for a reconnaissance platoon. Upon contacting the enemy, the platoon was pinned down. Private Hubbard immediately moved to the foremost position with a one-quarter ton truck. He opened fire with the machine gun mounted on the vehicle, thereby covering the withdrawal of the platoon. After exhausting two full boxes of ammunition, he dismounted. Remaining at his position, he opened fire with his carbine, firing two clips at the enemy, enabling the platoon to complete its withdrawal without casualties. While engaged in this mission, Private Hubbard was fatally wounded by enemy sniper fire. His devotion beyond the call of duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 56 (June 28, 1945)
Home Town: Otsego County, New York


HUMISTON, LEROY M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Leroy M. Humiston (42121415), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Rifleman with Company F, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. While his company was fighting through the Siegfried Line near Zweibrucken, Germany, on the morning of 19 March 1945, Sergeant Humiston ran 15 yards forward from a platoon skirmish line into direct machine gun and rifle fire to assault an active German pill box. To avoid bullets which were missing him by inches he dropped into a shallow furrow only ten yards in front of the fortification. Enemy attempts with hand grenades did not dislodge the determined Sergeant, who retaliated by throwing six fragmentation grenades into the bunker's entrance ditch and followed this with M-1 rifle fire. His daring assault forced the four German occupants to abandon their machine gun and surrender.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Greenwich, New York


HUNT, JOHN A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John A. Hunt (35106917), 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 Hunt'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: Kentucky


HURTADO, EMPHERMENIO L. (POW)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Emphermenio L. Hurtado, Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action during the invasion of Gela, Sicily, on 10 July 1943. While advancing on two enemy gun positions the first three men of his section were forced to take cover when their weapons jammed due to salt water and sand. Without waiting for these men, Technician Fourth Class Hurtado continued to advance under fire from both of these positions, and by throwing hand grenades into the positions caused both to cease fire. Technician Fourth Class Hurtado's coolness and skill in advancing under cross-fire from these guns was an inspiration to the rest of the men of his company and his action made it possible for his company to advance without serious loss, on the enemy positions which were originally covered by these machine guns.
Headquarters, 7th Army, General Orders No. 20 (1943)
Home Town: Pueblo, Colorado


HUTLEY, WILLIAM W.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal to William W. Hutley (33437175), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with the Medical Detachment, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in Germany on 16 September 1944. Private Hutley'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: Sharon, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII)

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ICHIKI, STANLEY T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stanley T. Ichiki (39085080), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the Air Section, 302d Field Artillery Battalion, 76th Infantry Division, in action on 29 March 1945. On that date Staff Sergeant Ichiki was on his way with five other enlisted men and their air officer to make a reconnaissance for an air strip near Idstein, Germany. The party was ambushed by a group of about 20 Germans. After a vicious battle Staff Sergeant Ichiki and his comrades captured five of the enemy. As they were lining them up along the road the remaining Germans opened up with such intense machine gun fire that Staff Sergeant Ichiki and his comrades were forced to take cover behind a bank. The situation was critical because the outnumbered Americans soon would be surrounded by German riflemen and grenade throwers while the machine gun kept them pinned down. Locating the source of the machine gun fire, which was coming from the edge of the woods across the road, Staff Sergeant Ichiki slipped from the protection of the bank and crawled to a better but more exposed firing position. From there he silenced some of the enemy riflemen but still could not end the relentless machine gun fire. Armed only with a light carbine, he arose and walked across the open road in the face of the blazing machine gun, firing as he walked. He managed to outshoot the machine gunner without being wounded himself, and the enemy quickly withdrew. Even as they went, a remaining Nazi pulled the pin of a grenade and tossed it back at Staff Sergeant Ichiki, killing him. Staff Sergeant Ichiki's courageous and forthright action remains an inspiration to those with whom he served and exemplifies the highest traditions of the armed forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 76th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 45 (1945)
Born: October 26, 1919 at Stockton, California
Home Town: Stockton, California


*IDE, EDWARD YUKIO (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Edward Yukio Ide (30101641), Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 5 November 1943, in the vicinity of Pozzilli, Italy. Private Ide, a member of a wire team, was laying communication wire along a road to his Battalion forward Command Post when an enemy group armed with rifles and two machine guns opened fire at close range on the wire team. Unable to by-pass the position, Private Ide and his comrades determined to push forward to their destination and accomplish their mission in spite of the concentrated fire. Returning the enemy fire as best they could, Private Ide and his comrades continued laying the wire, but while so engaged he was fatally wounded. Private Ide's devotion to duty at the cost of his own life reflects credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 31 (April 29, 1944)
Born: October 25, 1917 at Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii
Home Town: Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii


IGNASZEWSKI, PHILIP P.
(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 Philip P. Ignaszewski (0-2011636), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company B, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 23 February 1945, near Styring Wendel, France. While attacking strong enemy positions over uneven terrain covered with heavy undergrowth, the advance of Company B, was held up by heavy fire from two machine gun nests and riflemen and by a heavy mortar fire. Despite the grave danger involved, Lieutenant Ignaszewski picked up a light machine gun and advanced in the assault firing from his hip, halting only occasionally to throw grenades into the hostile positions. As a result of his gallant leadership in the face of concealed enemy fire both hostile machine gun nests and their crews were wiped out, a number of riflemen killed, and his company enabled to take its objective with light casualties.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 88 (August 7, 1945)
Home Town: Wells, Minnesota
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII)


IHARA, TERUO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Teruo Ihara (0-1695695), First Lieutenant (Infantry), 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. Lieutenant Ihara'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. Lieutenant Ihara deployed his squad and aided in knocking out a machine gun nest located on a terrace above his squad's positions. As Lieutenant Ihara was crawling forward to locate enemy positions, he encountered an enemy soldier whom he instantly killed with accurate fire. The main body of the enemy troops, sensing an attack, attempted to withdraw to a wooded area to the rear. Lieutenant Ihara 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 Lieutenant Ihara 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: Hilo, Hawaii


*IMAMURA, LARRY MITSURU (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Larry Mitsuru Imamura (30106212), 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 36th Infantry Division, on 28 October 1944, near Biffontaine, France. When intense fire from two enemy machine guns supported by snipers pinned down his platoon, Private First Class Imamura, with utter disregard for his personal safety, crawled forward under heavy small arms fire in an attempt to locate and outflank the machine gun nests. Having crawled about forty-five yards, he took careful aim at one of the enemy machine guns which was firing on his platoon, and fired a long burst from his BAR into the position. Suddenly a machine to the front opened up and killed Private First Class Imamura almost instantly. By his gallant deed, he revealed the positions of the enemy machine guns and enabled his platoon to close in and destroy them. 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. 26 (January 30, 1945)
Born: May 6, 1923 at Kekaha, Kauai, Hawaii
Home Town: Kekaha, Kauai, Hawaii


INMAN, CHARLES P.
(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 Charles P. Inman (0-530052), Captain [then First Lieutenant], (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, on 2 February 1945, in Germany. On that date, heavy enemy machine gun fire suddenly wounded one man and pinned Lieutenant Inman's platoon down. Fearlessly exposing himself to the machine gun fire and an added mortar concentration, he went to the aid of the wounded man. Lieutenant Inman killed two of the enemy who appeared in a doorway near him and then dragged the wounded man into the house to protect him from an added burst of machine gun fire which this action drew. He then was able to locate the machine gun and, by pouring paralyzing fire into the position, kept it neutralized while his platoon advanced.
Headquarters, 30th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 137 (June 1, 1945)
Home Town: Maine
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (WWII)


INOUYE, SHIGERU
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Shigeru Inouye (30102135), 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 9 February 1944, in the vicinity of Cassino, Italy. Knowing the he would certainly draw enemy sniper and machine gun fire, Technician Fifth Grade Inouye left his sheltered position to go to the aid of a wounded officer. German snipers immediately opened fire on him, but he continued on until he was wounded in the left arm and left eye and was physically unable to carry on. Technician Fifth Grade Inouye's courageous devotion to duty was exemplary and a credit to the Military Service.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 31 (April 29, 1944)
Born: at Honolulu, Hawaii
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


*IRWIN, RALPH H. R. (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ralph H. R. Irwin (37033377), Staff 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 29 March 1945. Sergeant Irwin, acting platoon leader of a reconnaissance platoon, had sent his men into position to protect engineers working on a destroyed bridge. He then placed his armored car in the lead. When his vehicle was hit by anti-tank fire, Sergeant Irwin was wounded. Disregarding his own wounds he returned to the vehicle and removed his wounded gunner. During this action Sergeant Irwin was fatally wounded. His outstanding bravery 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. 84 (August 8, 1945)
Home Town: Columbus, Nebraska


ISAACS, DELBERT
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Delbert Isaacs, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with a military operation against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 387th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. On 25 April 1945, during an attack on the city of Eger, Czechoslovakia, Private Isaac volunteered, with another soldier, to contact friendly troops within the city with whom his platoon was out of communication. Boldly dashing across 800 yards of open terrain under heavy enemy fire of all types, he contacted the friendly troops and returned to his platoon with enemy small arms fire falling all about him. He then led elements of his platoon into the city over dangerously exposed ground. Private Isaacs' daring and gallantry on this occasion reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 97th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (June 11, 1945)
Home Town: Kentucky


ITO, JOPH
(Second Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joph Ito (39003716), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with Company G, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 17 October 1944, near Bruyeres, France. During a fierce enemy attack, the first platoon of Company G was subjected to intense sniper, machine gun and artillery fire which seriously wounded five soldiers. Private First Class Ito, as an Aid Man attached to the first platoon, exposing himself to the terrific hostile fire, left his covered position in a draw and ran one hundred and fifty yards across open terrain to the aid of the injured men. While administering first aid to one of the soldiers, Private First Class Ito was severely wounded in the back. Despite his painful wounds, he remained with the injured men for over five hours, constantly exposing himself to the heavy enemy fire. The complete disregard for personal safety displayed by Private First Class Ito reflects great credit upon himself and contributed materially toward saving his comrades' lives.
Headquarters, 7th Army, General Orders No. 137 (December 27, 1944)
Home Town: San Mateo, California
Personal Awards: Silver Star w/OLC (WWII)


IVANOUSKI, JOHN A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John A. Ivanouski (33033332), Private First Class, 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 18 April 1945, in Germany. Private First Class Ivanouski'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


IVEY, LOUIS H.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Louis H. Ivey (38055841), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, on 25 January 1945. Private Ivey with other members of his squad was engaged in clearing the town of Berg, Germany. As they approached the last houses in town the entire squad was pinned down by sniper and machine gun fire. Private Ivey, disregarding his own personal safety and with no assistance, moved his machine gun to a position where he could bring flanking fire on the enemy gun. This action permitted the rest of the squad to advance. During this entire operation Private Ivey was under heavy mortar and machine gun fire. Private Ivey's initiative and aggressiveness made possible the capture of eight prisoners and allowed his squad to continue its advance. His actions reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 1 (February 8, 1945)
Home Town: Texas


IWAMOTO, GEORGE A.
(First Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George A. Iwamoto, Technical Sergeant [then Staff Sergeant], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 7 July 1944, near Molino A. Ventoabbto, Italy, and on 16 and 17 July 1944, in Luciana Italy. Technical Sergeant Iwamoto led his weapons platoon in support of an attack to capture the crest of a strategically important hill which afforded little cover or concealment. Sighting a squad of the enemy attempting a flanking movement to his left, he opened fire with his submachine gun, killing four and causing the others to disperse. Next, locating a machine pistol nest, he silenced this position with a burst from his submachine gun, killing at least three of the enemy. With a final rush, a rifle platoon cleared the crest of the hill. As the enemy retreated down the forward slope, Technical Sergeant Iwamoto let his platoon in support of an attacking company. Leading one section of his machine guns into a house which was under intense artillery, mortar and small arms fire, he emplaced one machine gun on the roof. Observing an enemy machine gun nest to the left front, he directed the squad's fire and silenced the position. Immediately a machine pistol located in a house to the right front opened fire. Technical Sergeant Iwamoto directed the fire of his machine gun and silenced this position. Observing an enemy patrol attempting a flanking movement, Technical Sergeant Iwamoto directed machine gun fire at the patrol, killing two, wounding or dispersing the remainder to dispose of the threat. Technical Sergeant Iwamoto's brilliant leadership and heroic actions under fire reflect the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 5th Army, General Orders No. 187 (December 19, 1944)
Home Town: Toppenish, Washington
Personal Awards: Silver Star w/OLC (WWII)

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JACKSON, HENRY
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Henry Jackson (38188053), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 24th Infantry Division at Palo, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 24 October 1944. While advancing through a coconut grove about ten members of the company to which Private Jackson was attached were wounded. With complete disregard for his own safety Private Jackson in the face of heavy enemy machine gun and sniper fire ran from one wounded man to another administering first aid. During the course of his heroic acts, his first aid pack was shot from his back, but he continued his aid to the wounded men. Private Jackson's courageous actions in risking his life to save his fellow soldiers is worthy of the highest military traditions and reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Gilliham, Arkansas


JAMISON, ROBERT W.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert W. Jamison (0-1294316), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, *** Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, on ** November 1943, in the vicinity of *****, Italy. While leading his platoon in clearing a battalion bivouac area of anti-personnel mines, one of the men near Lieutenant Jamison struck an enemy "S" mine. As the mine sprang out of the ground, Lieutenant Jamison immediately leaped forward and attempted to kick the detonator off to prevent it's exploding, even though he could easily have jumped in a nearby ditch and saved himself from injury. Although he failed to prevent the explosion, Lieutenant Jamison turned the mine over, causing the force of the explosion to be in the opposite direction, thereby saving many of his men from serious injury. However, in so doing, he himself was seriously wounded. Lieutenant Jamison's courage and initiative 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: Columbus, Ohio
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


JENKINS, HENRY L.
(First Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Henry L. Jenkins (39677477), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman attached to Company H, 161st Infantry Regiment, in action at New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on 31 July 1943. During the XIV Corps attack on Munda Airfield the 2d Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment engaged a heavily defended Japanese strongpoint on a hill. The enemy defenses consisted of well concealed machine guns and rifle emplacements which covered all approaches to the hill. Fallen trees and underbrush limited observation on the ground to thirty yards. In the hot, clear morning of 31 July 1943 Company E, 161st Infantry and a machine gun platoon of Company H attacked the hill. At 1700 the leading elements had advanced to a point near the crest of the hill. Suddenly two machine guns opened fire at a range of 25 yards killing one man and wounding another. The wounded soldier lay in a cleared area exposed to the Japanese machine guns 25 yards to the front. Learning of the wounded man lying in an exposed position Technician Fifth Grade Jenkins quickly volunteered to attempt a rescue. He crawled forward with two other soldiers to a position behind a large tree 15 yards from the wounded man. Upon a pre-arranged signal friendly machine gun fire was placed upon the Japanese position. Technician Fifth Grade Jenkins quickly left his covered position and ran across the clearing to within 25 yards of the Japanese machine guns. With the aid of two soldiers he picked up the wounded man and carried him back to safety. Technician Fifth Grade Jenkins administered first aid and remained with the wounded man until he was evacuated the next morning. The voluntary and courageous actions of Technician Fifth Grade Jenkins resulted in the prompt medical treatment of the wounded man which saved his life with a loss of one eye.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 482 (October 14, 1943)
Home Town: Blueball, Utah
Personal Awards: Silver Star w/OLC (Korea)


*JENSEN, ROY J. (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Roy J. Jensen (39467434), Sergeant [then 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. Sergeant Jensen was a member of a volunteer patrol whose mission was to penetrate enemy defenses and secure food supplies which had been left behind during the opening day of the Ardennes offensive. This patrol moved over open terrain, under enemy observation and fire for several miles, securing the much needed food which allowed their small garrison to carry on for several additional days. In addition they guided many lost soldiers to safety and gained valuable information of the enemy's defenses. This courageous action reflects credit on the military service.
Headquarters, 1st Army, General Orders No. 38 (May 22, 1946)
Home Town: Wisconsin


JERACKAS, PETER B.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Peter B. Jerackas (31303662), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman of the Medical Department, 88th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 25 January and 26 January 1945. When two Medical Aid Men were seriously wounded by anti-personnel mines, Corporal Jerackas immediately went to their aid. Without regard for his own safety, he crossed three hundred yards of open terrain, under heavy enemy small arms and mortar fire, to render aid to the wounded men. During the action he frequently crossed open, mine-infested terrain, to bring aid to the wounded. 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. 61 (July 4, 1945)
Home Town: Lawrence, Massachusetts


JOHNS, WILLIAM
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William Johns (38029115), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with an Armored Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division. When his tank motor failed under fierce enemy artillery fire, Sergeant Johns dismounted his crew, set up a machine gun on a ground mount, and directed the defense of his disabled vehicle. He courageously remained under heavy artillery fire until rescued by his platoon leader.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 64 (November 23, 1943)
Home Town: Austin, Texas


JOHNSON, CLARK E.
(First Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clark E. Johnson (0-1302005), First Lieutenant (Infantry), [then Second Lieutenant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Antitank Company, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in the vicinity of Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, 6 June 1944. Voluntarily crossing hazardous terrain, despite intense enemy machine gun fire, First Lieutenant Johnson, at great personal risk, eliminated a number of hostile snipers, thereby facilitating his company's advance inland. Lieutenant Johnson's gallantry and unselfish devotion to duty contributed materially to the success of the invasion.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 98 (October 5, 1944)

JOHNSON, CLARK E.
(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 Clark E. Johnson (0-1302005), First Lieutenant (Infantry, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Antitank Company, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in the vicinity of Esqueheries, Ile-de-France, France, 2 September 1944. While leading a motorized reconnaissance patrol through enemy territory, Lieutenant Johnson learned that another friendly group was trapped in the area and was in danger of being annihilated. Leaving one of his men in a strategic position to provide covering fire, he maneuvered a vehicle to a vantage point near the besieged group and, with effective machine-gun fire, enabled the men to reorganize and destroy their assailants. Lieutenant Johnson's aggressiveness and gallantry were directly responsible for preventing heavy loss of life.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 34 (February 8, 1945)
Born: January 17, 1919 at Marquette, Michigan
Home Town: Oakland, California
Personal Awards: DSC (WWII), 2@ SS (WWII)


JOHNSON, DONALD E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald E. Johnson (31327221), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 422d Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division, on 16 December 1944. Knowing that the enemy held the only remaining route to his regimental command post, Private Johnson volunteered to break through the enemy lines in an attempt to deliver an urgent message to his Commanding Officer. In his attempted breakthrough, he was captured, but later, escaped and successfully reached his regimental commander with the message. The heroic actions of Private Johnson reflected great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 1st Army, General Orders No. 8 (January 18, 1946)
Home Town: Connecticut


JOHNSON, EDWIN H.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edwin H. Johnson (0-5434), Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Regiment, Philippine Army, at Abucay Hacienda Road, Bataan, Philippine Islands, on 12 January 1942. During an enemy shelling of his command post, despite a wound he then incurred, Colonel Johnson immediately give directions, supervised the medical personnel in treatment of the wounded, and, by his example, assisted in restoring order within his regimental bivouac area.
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 71 (October 29, 1948)


JOHNSON, PAUL H.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul H. Johnson (16175785), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against the enemy on 9 June 1944, about one and one-half miles from Le Ham, France. Staff Sergeant Johnson, Squad Leader, Company E, was assigned a position on the main left flank of his company. There his squad was subjected to heavy cross fire from mortars and machine guns, but Staff Sergeant Johnson maintained his squad in position and prevented the enemy from flanking the company and winning the high ground. When anticipated orders to move his position did not arrive, Staff Sergeant Johnson returned through heavy fire to the company command post, only to find that all of the officer personnel had become casualties. He immediately re-established the command post, notified the battalion commander that Company E was still in the line, and returned to his squad, again under heavy fire, and moved them to a more tenable position. Again Staff Sergeant Johnson went forward and brought back several dead and injured men of his platoon. The initiative, leadership and courage under fire displayed by Staff Sergeant Johnson were a source of inspiration to all the men of his command, and exemplify the highest traditions of the Infantry soldier.
Headquarters, 82d Airborne Division, General Orders No. 34 (March 20, 1944)
Home Town: Battle Creek, Michigan


JONES, JOHN P.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John P. Jones (0-404305), Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Medical Officer with the *** Field Artillery Battalion, 34th Infantry Division, on ** September 1943, in the vicinity of *****, Italy. On the morning of ** September two batteries of the Battalion received heavy enemy counter-battery fire, resulting in many casualties. Upon receiving this information, Captain Jones with utter disregard for his own personal safety ran across 1,000 yards of open terrain, under full observation of the enemy, to the gun positions. Upon reaching the wounded, he personally directed the evacuation and first-aid of these men, despite the added hazard of an exploding ammunition dump nearby which had received a direct hit from enemy artillery. Captain Jones' courage, initiative and devotion to duty was an inspiration to the 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: Mitchell, South Dakota


*JORDAN, BODER D. (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Boder D. Jordan (0-933850), Second Lieutenant (Quartermaster Corps), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while assigned to the Sub-depot and Navigation Head at Bugo, Oriental Misamis, Mindanao, Philippine Islands, between 15 March 1942 and 9 May 1942. During this period, despite sudden and frequent bombing and machine gun fire from enemy aircraft and shelling from naval vessels, Second Lieutenant Jordan continued his duties uninterrupted, and after boarding and repairing the M/S Katipunan which a Japanese naval vessel had set adrift well out to sea, through his gallant leadership, he prevailed on the native crew to man it and accompany him on night coastwise trips through enemy infested waters, thus making possible the continuous supply of vital foodstuffs to the Lanao, Cagayan and Agusan Sectors, Mindanao, Philippine Islands.
Headquarters, Visayan-Mindanao Forces in the Field, General Orders No. 19 (May 9, 1942)
Home Town: Redondo Beach, California


JUNKINS, THEODORE E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Theodore E. Junkins (34160492), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company D, ** Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, on the night of ** May 1943, in the vicinity of Hill 609 near *****, Tunisia, North Africa. Corporal Junkins' platoon, the 81-mm. mortar platoon, had displaced forward to Roman Ruins. The only route open to them was known to be heavily mined. Corporal Junkins was aware of the fact that the platoon would need plenty of ammunition to ward off any counter attack or to support a push. Under cover of darkness he drove his jeep through the mine field thereby opening a trail for other ammunition and supply trucks thus enabling the mortars to keep up constant firing. Corporal Junkins' courage and fearlessness contributed greatly to the success of his platoon's mission and his action is a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 17 (May 28, 1943)

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KADOTA, WALTER SATOSHI
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Walter Satoshi Kadota (30100557), Technician Fifth Grade [then Private], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 20 October 1943, near Leonardo, Italy. During an attack by the 100th Infantry Battalion, the platoon to which Technician Fifth Grade Kadota was attached was pinned down by intense enemy machine-gun and mortar fire. With utter disregard for his own personal safety, he left his defiladed position, moved about in the open terrain and administered first-aid to twelve of his fellow comrades who had been wounded. Then, as his platoon withdrew under heavy fire, he evacuated a large number of the casualties, although enemy machine-guns were only 50 yards away at the time. Technician Fifth Grade Kadota's courage and devotion to duty in the face of grave danger saved the lives of many of his fellow comrades and was a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 9 (February 8, 1944)


KAGAWA, BUDDY Y.
(First Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Buddy Y. Kagawa (30104923), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attacned to the 34th Infantry Division, near Luciana, Italy, on 16 and 17 July 1944. As a squad leader of a rifle company of the 442d Regimental Combat Team, Staff Sergeant Kagawa led his men in a company attack on the town of Luciana, Italy. When a strong enemy mortar, artillery and machine gun fire suddenly cut off platoon communications to the Company Command Post, Staff Sergeant Kagawa, realizing the seriousness of the situation, rushed fifty yards through the intense enemy fire and crawled the remaining forty yards to the command post. Reporting the situation, he obtained vital fire support which enabled his platoon to withdraw safely and reorganize. The following day, his company again resumed its attack on the town. Meeting fanatic resistance as his men entered the town, Staff Sergeant Kagawa, without regard for his own safety, exposed himself in order to locate the machine gun emplacement that was delaying his squad's advance. Aggressively leading his men, he rushed toward the building in which the machine gun nest was located, hurled grenades and directed effective fire upon the enemy, and succeeded in destroying the position. A second machine gun nest opened fire from a nearby house, and, accompanied by one of his men, he advanced toward the emplacement firing continuously. Although wounded, he led his men in a ferocious assault of the position, capturing the gun and seven hostile troops, sustaining a second wound in this encounter. Staff Sergeant Kagawa's aggressive leadership and inspiring courage resulting in the taking of two machine gun positions and the capture of seven prisoners were in keeping with the finest traditions of the American Infantryman.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 253 (September 26, 1945)

KAGAWA, BUDDY Y.
(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 Buddy Y. Kagawa (30104923), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, in action against the enemy on 28 October 1944, near Biffontaine, France. Attacking along a heavily wooded ridge, Staff Sergeant Kagawa proceeded ahead of his squad to clear German Flanking positions which had stopped his platoon. Grabbing an automatic rifle, he sprinted from tree to tree through murderous mortar, artillery and sniper fire, killing two enemy snipers and routing two others. Then, exposing himself to direct machine gun fire, he exchanged several bursts, destroying the emplacement and killing the gunner. Having cleared the flank, Staff Sergeant Kagawa ordered his squad forward and stood guard in an exposed position while his men prepared dug-in positions. Staff Sergeant Kagawa was seriously wounded during an artillery barrage, but remained on guard until all his men had taken cover. The courage and fighting spirit of Staff Sergeant Kagawa were an inspiration to his men and exemplify the finest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 5th Army, General Orders No. 86 (July 10, 1945)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII)


KAHOLOKULA, EDWARD B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward B. Kaholokula (20011428), 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, attaced to the 34th Infantry Division, near Pastina, Italy, on 12 July 1944. As acting squad leader of a rifle company, Private First Class Kaholokula led his men in a company assault on the town of Pastina when heavy sniper fire halted the advance. Without thought for personal safety, he climbed a small shrub-covered hill and observed fifteen enemy troops in the ravine below, Boldly exposing himself to the enemy, he fired rapidly and accurately, killing three. A sniper's bullet struck his helmet, and he fell to the ground. Hearing movement on the other side of the hill, Private First Class Kaholokula crept forward despite concentrated machine gun and pistol fire and again engaged the enemy, killing two and forcing the others to flee. With this enemy strongpoint secured by the selfless and courage deed of Private First Class Kaholokula, the company was able to proceed and capture the objective. His inspiring leadership and gallantry were in keeping with the finest traditions of the American Infantryman.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 253 (September 26, 1945)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


KAICHI, HIDEO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Hideo Kaichi (30104312), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 26 June 1944, in the vicinity of Suvereto, Italy. While his battalion was pinned down by heavy fire from an enemy position, Sergeant Kaichi and a comrade accompanied a lieutenant on a mission to determine the location of the enemy guns. After completing this mission they crawled back under repeated enemy machine gun and machine pistol fire. When they reached the area previously occupied by one of their companies, they came upon a seriously wounded soldier. Picking him up, Sergeant Kaichi and his comrades carried him to the cover of a culvert 30 yards away. When the lieutenant went for aid, it became no longer safe to stay there, so Sergeant Kaichi and his comrade carried the wounded soldier to the safety of a building across a flat open field with only a shallow ditch for cover. For the entire 300 yards, under constant enemy fire, they carried the wounded man on their backs as they inched ahead on their stomachs. Upon nearing the building they left the security of the ditch and made a dash for the building, exposing themselves completely to enemy fire. After administering first aid, in partial view of the enemy, they carried him back to our lines under cover of our own artillery and mortar barrage. Sergeant Kaichi's daring courage and utter disregard for personal safety under extremely dangerous enemy fire exemplify the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 69 (July 27, 1944)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


KAISAKI, ARTHUR A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arthur A. Kaisaki (39918221), 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 36th Infantry Division, on 14 November 1944, in France. Wounded in the leg by a grenade fragment, Private Kaisaki refused to leave his patrol which had not yet completed its mission of neutralizing an enemy strong point. He then crawled to a culvert on high ground 40 yards away, over an area under enemy observation, assumed a position from which he could fire into the enemy-occupied buildings, and temporarily silenced the enemy weapons while his comrades joined him in the culvert. When one of the men was wounded and failed to reach cover, Private Kaisaki exposed himself to pull him to safety and render first aid. He then returned to the culvert and fired four rounds of rifle grenades in rapid succession, silencing the enemy machine gun which had been firing at his patrol.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 11, (February 23, 1945)
Home Town: Lewiston, Idaho


KANAYA, JIMMIE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jimmie Kanaya (19020945), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 5 July 1944, in the vicinity of Castallina, Italy. When the Battalion to which Sergeant Kanaya was attached was subjected to an intense artillery and mortar barrage, nine men from one of the companies were seriously wounded. In spite of the concentrated machine gun fire, Sergeant Kanaya, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, crawled to the wounded soldiers and rapidly and effectively rendered first aid to them for a period of two and one-half hours until every man had been properly cared for. The extreme courage and devotion to his comrades displayed by Sergeant Kanaya was exemplary and a credit to himself and his organization.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 98 (September 19, 1944)
Home Town: Portland, Oregon


KANAZAWA, HIROSHI
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Hiroshi Kanazawa (39916447), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 9 July 1944, in the vicinity of Castellina, Italy. When eight men of the company were wounded during an engagement with the enemy, Private First Class Kanazawa efficiently administered first aid and evacuated all eight of them. Three times, on his own initiative, he crawled forward under enemy mortar, automatic and small arms fire to render first aid to his wounded comrades 50 yards in front of friendly lines. During the afternoon, Private First Class Kanazawa gave first aid to every wounded man in the Company. Private First Class Kanazawa's fearlessness, determination and devotion to duty was an inspiration to his fellow comrades and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 150 (December 7, 1944)
Home Town: Hunt, Idaho


KASHINO, SHIRO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Shiro Kashino (39919567), Staff Sergeant [then Private], 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 92d Infantry Division, on 14 April 1945, in Italy. Staff Sergeant Kashino led a platoon in an attack on an enemy observation post located on a hill overlooking Carrara. Leaving one squad to support the assault as a base of fire, Staff Sergeant Kashino led two squads to the foot of their objective where he sent one squad to the right and one to the left while he proceeded alone to the peak of the reverse slope. Reaching the top, he encountered two enemy emplacements, each manned by two enemy soldiers. Opening up with his submachine gun, he killed two and wounded a third as they fled down the slope of the hill. Meanwhile, hostile forces began firing on the assault group from three sides and the platoon leader asked for volunteers to go back and ask for mortar support. He volunteered to go and, while descending the hill, noticed a number of his men who were wounded and under enemy machine gun fire. The foe fired at him but he delivered his message to the mortar section and returned to aid the wounded, found their strength depleted by casualties, and went back to the mortar section and obtained makeshift litters and bearers who, directed by him, evacuated the injured. He then returned to the top of the hill and reorganized his men for defense. At dawn, the foe counterattacked again but Staff Sergeant Kashino fully exposed himself and wounded two and pinned down three more of the foe who were attempting to creep up on his position. His heroic gallantry exemplifies the highest traditions of the American Soldier.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 100 (October 20, 1945)
Home Town: Salt Lake City, Utah


KASHIWA, GENRO
(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 Genro Kashiwa (30104311), Technical Sergeant, 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, on 5 April 1945, in Italy. Technical Sergeant Kashiwa was in charge of a platoon assigned to clear the summit of a mountain to prevent a hostile counterattack on his battalion's positions. After a personal reconnaissance, he directed one squad to attempt to move around the base of the summit and take the enemy from the rear while he led the other squad in a frontal assault. The plan worked excellently and his squad was able to almost reach the top before detected. Catching the enemy soldiers ten yards away from their machine guns, he rushed forward and cut the Germans off from their weapons. After firing one shot with his tommy gun, the weapon jammed but the foe was confused and fled. He quickly seized an enemy machine gun and fired it on the fleeing soldiers, forcing them to seek shelter in a reinforced bunker and then he crawled alone to within grenade range and threw two grenades which forced the remaining six Germans to surrender. His outstanding courage reflects great credit on the finest traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 97 (October 9, 1945)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII)


KASTL, ORIEN A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Orien A. Kastl (37515326), 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 1 March 1945. When two of his comrades were pinned down near a road block by intense automatic weapons, rifle and anti-tank fire, Sergeant Kastl voluntarily moved forward with a one-quarter ton vehicle. He fought his way to the side of his comrades and succeeded in bringing them to safety. The entire action was carried out against intense fire in the face of an advancing enemy. Sergeant Kastl's 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. 61 (July 4, 1945)
Home Town: Bronson, Kansas


KAUFFMAN, ALBERT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Albert Kauffman, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with an Antiaircraft Gun Crew of the 1st Infantry Division, on 6 February 1944, near Mount Trocchio, Italy. On that date, enemy shelling of an antiaircraft gun position resulted in a direct hit on a loaded ammunition trailer. Private First Class Kauffman and his gun sergeant were wounded by exploding ammunition. Although painfully wounded, Private First Class Kauffman removed the sergeant and dragged him out of danger. Finding the sergeant dead, Private First Class Kauffman returned to the trailer to extinguish the fire despite further shelling and the danger of more explosions. Only after putting the fire out did he seek medical aid for himself. Private First Class Kauffman'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. 39 (1944)


KAUFFMAN, ALBERT L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Albert L. Kauffman (33025310), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Coast Artillery Corps on 6 February 1944, near Mount Trocchio, Italy. Enemy shelling of a gun position resulted in a direct hit on a loaded ammunition trailer. A fire was started and exploding ammunition wounded Private Kauffman and his gun sergeant. Although painfully injured, Private Kauffman removed the sergeant from the danger area. Finding the sergeant dead upon examination he returned despite continued shelling to extinguish the fire. Only after doing all he could toward putting out the fire did Private Kauffman seek medical aid for himself. His conduct during this action exemplifies the highest standards of the military service.
Headquarters, II Corps, General Orders No. 36 (June 9, 1944)
Home Town: Parkeburg, Pennsylvania


KAUFMANN, VICTOR F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Victor F. Kaufmann (11092095), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, on 26 March 1945, in Germany. When Private Kaufmann's company was subjected to heavy enemy artillery, machine gun, and tank fire, one of his comrades was seriously wounded. Despite the intense fire Private Kaufmann immediately crawled to his side, applied a tourniquet, and carefully checked the bleeding. When the company withdrew to escape the continuous fire, Private Kaufmann remained behind administering aid until the man could be safely moved. Then, amid the heavy fire, he carried his wounded comrade two hundred yards to the new company positions and saw him safely evacuated.
Headquarters, 30th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 137 (June 1, 1945)
Home Town: Indiana


KAWAMOTO, HARUO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Haruo Kawamoto (30101945), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 29 November 1943, in the vicinity of Cerosulo, Italy. When Private First Class Kawamoto, assistant BAR gunner, saw that his ammunition carrier was seriously wounded he immediately ran to him and gave him first -aid, exposing himself to heavy enemy machine gun, rifle and mortar fire. When he had assured himself that his comrade was being taken care of, he returned to his position and materially aided the BAR gunner in knocking out an enemy machine gun nest, an anti-aircraft position and in the capturing of several prisoners. Private First Class Kawamoto's courageous and selfless action reflects highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 42 (1944)
Born: June 17, 1916 at Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


KELLER, JAMES A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James A. Keller (0-1015127), First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company B, 745th Tank Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in Germany on 17 October 1944. First Lieutenant Keller'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: Mineral Wells, Texas


KELLY, DAVID B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David B. Kelly (0-1013091), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 36th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. Leading a tank attack on a heavily fortified enemy position, Captain Kelly personally directed the assault from his tank. When his vehicle was knocked out by enemy fire, he continued to lead on foot. During the engagement, Captain Kelly was wounded, but refused evacuation until the objective was taken and his company was reorganized. In leading the assault, he displayed extraordinary bravery and expert tactical knowledge. His inspiring example and leadership were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Service of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 12 (March 22, 1945)
Home Town: South Amboy, New Jersey


KELLY, THOMAS J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas J. Kelly (0-1301159), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, *** Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, on the night of ** November 1943, in the vicinity of *****, Italy. Lieutenant Kelly, Communications Officer of the Third Battalion, was following the ration carrying party of the forward units of the Battalion in order to supply wire for a possible advance. When the party reached a point in a heavily mined area where engineers had been stopped temporarily because of loss of men and equipment due to personnel mines, Lieutenant Kelly personally reconnoitered a trail through the minefield. With utter disregard for his own personal safety, and although hindered by darkness, Lieutenant Kelly disarmed six of the dangerous enemy mines. His quick action greatly facilitated the opening of the supply route to our forward units. Lieutenant Kelly's conduct and courage in the face of grave danger was an inspiration to the men under his command and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 6 (January 25, 1944)
Home Town: Long Island City, New York


KELLY, WILLIAM B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William B. Kelly (17089084), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, on 26 October 1944, in France. On that date, Sergeant Kelly was assigned the mission of flanking an enemy tank which was firing on his company. Skillfully maneuvering forward, Sergeant Kelly worked his way to a distance of 25 yards in the rear of the tank location. Upon nearing the tank area he discovered two tanks instead of one were firing. Using hand grenades, Sergeant Kelly damaged both tanks beyond usability and captured both tank crews. During the course of this action he was under continuous hand grenade and heavy enemy fire.
Headquarters, 2d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 117 (1945)
Home Town: Pueblo, Colorado


*KEMP, JOHN J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John J. Kemp (0-454328), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Battery C, 882d Field Artillery Battalion, 70th Infantry Division, on 16 and 17 March 1945, near Saarbrucken, Germany. While enemy artillery and machine guns were firing on his front line observation post, Lieutenant Kemp observed and directed artillery fire in support of an infantry-tank attack. When three tanks were threatened by enemy fire, he concealed their position by calling for and adjusting protective smoke upon the hostile anti-tank battery. The next day, when hostile machine guns inflicted several casualties among the troops, he voluntarily returned to his observation post and directed artillery fire on the enemy guns. In this action, Lieutenant Kemp was killed. His gallant sacrifice on behalf of fellow soldiers exemplifies the finest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (May 14, 1945)
Home Town: Mapleton, Iowa


KEMP, LLOYD R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lloyd R. Kemp (39420185), Technician Fifth Grade [then Private First Class], 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 his tank was disabled, Corporal Kemp escaped to the shelter of a nearby house. Seeing his tank commander lying wounded beside the tank, Corporal Kemp left the security of his position and removed the wounded officer to shelter. He remained with him, completely surrounded by enemy, tending his wounds. His heroism 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: Sacramento, California


KEMP, ROBERT J.
(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 Robert J. Kemp (0-2055195), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in the vicinity of Gela, Sicily, on 11 July 1943. When enemy tanks overran our positions, Second Lieutenant (the Staff Sergeant) Kemp courageously remained in the forward area and inspired his men to hold their ground, despite intense artillery and machine-gun fire. Lieutenant Kemp's aggressive leadership and exemplary conduct enabled his unit to reorganize and effectively repel the attacking forces.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (May 27, 1944)
Home Town: Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII)


KENNEY, WILLIAM R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William R. Kenney (0445359), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 227th Field Artillery Battalion, 29th Infantry Division, in Normandy, France. On August 10 1944, information was received that an advanced infantry battalion in the St Germain sector was isolated and in desperate need of ammunition. Fully aware of the hazards of the undertaking, First Lieutenant Kenney volunteered to pilot a liaison plane to drop the ammunition to the beleaguered battalion. Despite intense enemy small arms fire which was directed at his slow, unarmed, light and extremely vulnerable aircraft, First Lieutenant successfully reached his destination where urgently needed ammunition was dropped. The intrepidity, professional skill and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant reflect great credit upon himself and the Military Service.
Headquarters, 29th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 8 (1945)
Home Town: Colorado


KENNY, LESLIE R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Leslie R. Kenny (32853758), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Troop C, 88th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 6th Armored Division, in Germany on 8 March 1945. While advancing with a patrol given the mission of securing the bank of the Rhine River along a 1000 yard front, Private Kenny observed three enemy setting up a machine gun position to the left flank. Acting on his own initiative, Private Kenny outflanked the position and took it. His initiative and devotion to duty without regard for his own safety contributed materially to the success of the operation and his actions reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 84 (August 8, 1945)
Home Town: Johnstown, New York


*KEY, LEWIS ALBERT (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Lewis Albert Key (0-1291375), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on ** November 1943, in Italy. Second Lieutenant Key and his platoon were called upon to act as a point for the Battalion in an attack on a hill. He went ahead with his scouts and located an extensive enemy minefield that was directly in the point of advance. Fully realizing the danger involved, Lieutenant Key marked off the minefield and then, without mine detecting equipment, successfully cleared a path through the field so that his battalion could pass through. Second Lieutenant Key's courage, initiative and efficiency was exemplary and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 9 (February 8, 1944)
Home Town: Hartsville, Tennessee


KIDDER, JAMES D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James D. Kidder (0-26227), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company H, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 21 February 1945. During the battle for wooded terrain south of Styring Wendel, France, an enemy counterattack cut off one company from the battalion and regained a strong fortified position. Recognizing the seriousness of the situation, Captain Kidder, organizing a group of men from three separate tactical units, led them with such skill and aggressiveness that they drove the enemy back, inflicting heavy casualties and re-establishing contact with the company which had been cut off. After quickly establishing defensive positions he went to the rear and, despite hazardous enemy artillery fire, brought up a heavy machinegun to a strategic position in time to aid in beating back another enemy counterattack, accounting for 15 known dead. Throughout the action Captain Kidder displayed such outstanding leadership and courage that all the men were inspired to greater efforts and finally drove the enemy from the fortified positions.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (March 28, 1945)
Home Town: Sederna Park, Maryland


KILLERAN, THOMAS C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas C. Killeran, Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Troop A, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, on 6 June 1944, in France. On that date Private Killeran with one companion, displaying the highest courage in the face of unknown dangers, became one of the first American Soldiers of the ground forces to land on French soil. He volunteered for the mission of the landing on D-DAY on the Iles De St Marcouf, a strategically placed island commanding the beach where assault was to be made. Private Killeran and his companion paddled through heavy surf and mined waters in a small two-man rubber boat to within 100 yards of the island. Private Killeran then destroyed his craft by slashing it open, and swam the remaining distance armed only with a knife. Once on the island, which was heavily covered with anti-tank and anti-personnel mines, Private Killeran and his companion signaled the assault forces and marked the beach with lights. Private Killeran'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. 43 (1944)


KIM, YOUNG OAK
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Young Oak Kim (0-1309572), First Lieutenant [then Second Lieutenant], 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, from ** to ** 1943, in Italy. Lieutenant Kim was one of three men acting as scouts for his combat patrol having the mission of clearing an area known to contain enemy machine-gun positions. When the scouts, advancing ahead of the patrol, discovered a German ammunition carrying party, Lieutenant Kim intentionally drew the enemy fire so that the other two men could locate and dispose of the enemy with hand grenades. Using the same tactics Lieutenant Kim and his comrades accounted for four enemy machine-gun nests and captured seven prisoners. On ** November 1943, Lieutenant Kim observed an entire German company entering the area and though his patrol was outnumbered, he held his ground, ordering his men to hold their fire until an enemy platoon had entered the area. They then opened fire and the trapped Germans fled in disorder, but Lieutenant Kim and his men flanked them and drove them into adjacent friendly troops and as a result, the entire platoon was either killed or captured. Lieutenant Kim's outstanding leadership, courage and conduct in the face of grave danger was highly meritorious and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 9 (February 8, 1944)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)


KINDER, HOWARD R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Howard R. Kinder (38343763), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment, on 18 September 1944, in France. While acting as Platoon Scout, Private First Class Kinder discovered a group of the enemy awaiting the approach of his platoon. After informing his platoon leader of the situation, he proceeded forward for some 125 yards under direct small arms and machine gun fire from two enemy machine gun positions. Though wounded in the face and shoulder, Private First Class Kinder continued forward and placed such effective fire upon the enemy groups with his sub-machine gun that they withdrew. Private First Class Kinder's courageous action cleared the way for his platoon and hastened their advance. The gallantry displayed by Private First class Kinder, in advancing against direct fire in spite of wounds, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Corps (Airborne), G. O. No. 10 (January 22, 1945)
Home Town: Texas


KING, GLENN E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Glenn E. King (32038702), 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 18 April 1945, in Germany. Sergeant King'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 Jersey


*KING, WILLIAM R. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to William R. King (37488142), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 80th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 30 March and 31 March 1945. Private King was driver of a one-quarter ton truck. When his platoon, advancing on a reconnaissance mission, was pinned down by artillery and small arms fire, he was instructed to make his way to safety. Seeing one of the battalion tanks burning, he returned to the front and attempted to evacuate the members of the tank crew. He then drove another vehicle to safety under heavy fire. On the following day Private King was pinned down by small arms and artillery fire. Seeing that his platoon leader was wounded, he voluntarily left his position, making his way across open terrain to inform the battalion commander of the situation and to bring up medical aid. While so engaged he was fatally wounded. His devotion to duty and disregard for his own safety in the interest of his comrades is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 89 (August 14, 1945)
Home Town: Seward County, Nebraska


KINOSHITA, ROBERT S.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert S. Kinoshita (0-258299), Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Battalion Surgeon, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division, on 16 August 1944, in the area of Leves, France. As our troops fought their way into Leves, fierce German opposition caused heavy casualties. Learning of the plight of the wounded, Captain Kinoshita moved through fire-swept streets to their aid. With only a slim wall for protection, he collected, treated and swiftly evacuated the casualties. Even when the battle reached its peak, Captain Kinoshita continued on his perilous mission of mercy. Wounded himself, he braved hostile fire and burning buildings that lined his path to reach the men who needed him. His epic courage, which saved many of our wounded from suffering and death, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 7th Armored Division, General Orders No. 29 (1945)

KINOSHITA, ROBERT S.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to Robert S. Kinoshita (0-258299), Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Battalion Surgeon, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division, on 17 September 1944, at Lorry Area, France. Captain Kinoshita, while waiting in his jeep to advance forward into a wooded area at Lorry Arena, with a march column, were shelled heavily and continuously by 88-mm. shells and mortar shell fire of the enemy. A tank stopped on the road just in front of Captain Kinoshita's jeep was hit and at the next burst, Captain Kinoshita and his driver were wounded by shrapnel. Disregarding his wounds, he carried his driver to the ditch along the road, protecting the driver with his body and treated him and directed his evacuation. He then ordered the vehicles and men of his Detachment to return to the town of Lorry to set up an emergency aid station. He then crept through the mud, for it was raining heavily at the time, across to the other side of the road and treated a severely wounded soldier. He then climbed on the tank to evacuate the wounded even though heavy fire was being brought to bear in that area. He treated many other patients even though he was constantly under fire and even though he had been wounded. He carried a patient through the mud and directed his evacuation. Then, after all the patients had been taken care of, he left the scene of action to have his wound treated. He then continued to treat the incoming patients in the aid station. His daring and heroic action under fire were observed by the men in the ditches and his work which was above and beyond the call of ordinary duty, helped to reassure them and inspire them to greater efforts. His gallant action was in accord with the highest traditions of the United States Medical Corps. His work not only raised the morale of the troops but also helped save many lives.
War Department, General Orders No. 134 (1946)
Home Town: Oregon
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (WWII)


KINTER, KENNETH E.
(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 Kenneth E. Kinter, First Lieutenant (Infantry), [then Second Lieutenant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company I, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 20 April 1945, at 0900 hours, in Nurnberg, Germany, First Lieutenant Kinter ran 100 yards under fierce enemy rifle and machine gun fire to a large building in which he took cover and engaged a Germany machine gun nest 100 yards away in a fight. Despite the heavy stream of bullets that poured through the window from which he was firing, and with only a carbine with which to ward off the enemy, First Lieutenant Kinter fought valiantly against heavy odds, and in half an hour he killed or wounded five Germans manning the machine gun emplacement and the company was therefore able to move forward.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Afton, New York


*KISHI, ROBERT T. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert T. Kishi (39919576), Private First Class, 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 92d Infantry Division, on 8 April 1945, near Seravezza, Italy. Five men were severely wounded under the fire of enemy rifles and three machine guns as their squad was advancing in attack. Private First Class Kishi, a platoon runner, on his own initiative, immediately crawled seventy-five yards to within fifty yards of the hostile guns. With his carbine, he placed such accurate fire on the position that one machine gun was silenced. Then, locating the position of another gun, he sneaked upon the German officer manning it, forced his surrender, and took him to the platoon. Private First Class Kishi then engaged in aiding the wounded, and while so doing was mortally wounded himself. Private First Class Kishi's gallant fighting spirit exemplified the highest heroism of the American Soldier.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 60 (August 6, 1945)
Born: 1918 at Stockton, California
Home Town: Stockton, California


KLATZ, LOWELL V.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lowell V. Klatz, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Coast Artillery Regiment, during the Japanese aerial attack on Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, on 7 December 1941. While on duty near Wahiawa, Staff Sergeant Klatz distinguished himself with gallantry in action for bringing down a Japanese plane with his automatic rifle. He voluntarily and on his own initiative without regard for his own safety left the shelter of the Command Post in the face of heavy fire from enemy planes. He coolly waited in an exposed position until one of the enemy planes approached within 100 yards and then deliberately aimed automatic rifle fire at one of the two enemy planes. Firing along with Second Lieutenant Stephen G. Saltzman, the combined fire caused the enemy plane to crash resulting in the destruction of the airship and its crew. The cool determination and disregard for his personal safety displayed was an inspiration to the members of his regiment.
Authority: "Heroes of Pearl Harbor", Donald K. & Helen L. Ross


KNOWLTON, MARTIN P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Martin P. Knowlton (1410744), Private, 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 27 October 1944. On this date, Private Knowlton, with complete disregard for his own personal safety and in line with heavy enemy sniper fire, administered medical aid to approximately ten wounded men. This act required Private Knowlton to expose himself repeatedly as a target to the enemy snipers and, despite the fact that bullets were striking near him and the fact that one bullet penetrated his jungle pack, he continued administering first aid. Private Knowlton's daring and fearless courage exhibited in this feat is worthy of the highest traditions of the army and reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: New York, New York


KOBASHI, KIYOMI K.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kiyomi K. Kobashi (37595818), Private First Class [then Private], 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. Private First Class Kobashi was a scout advancing with his platoon leader and another scout upon enemy positions under a friendly artillery barrage. When the barrage lifted, he began climbing a steep slope and stumbled, his hand touching a trip wire loosened by the shelling. He warned the men behind him to detour the area and continued through the minefield where he was soon fired upon by enemy machine gun fire which swept the area. The foe then used a large number of hand grenades which caused numerous casualties in the platoon but Private First Class Kobashi continued crawling forward until within 15 yards of the hostile outposts. Exposing himself to fire at the enemy, he noticed two machine guns firing at his platoon. At that moment a grenade killed a member of the adjacent platoon and he immediately picked up the dead man's rifle, grenade launcher, and 6 rifle grenades. Then, exposing himself in order to aim, he fired a grenade into a machine gun emplacement, killing two of the enemy and silencing the weapon. His courageous actions reflects high credit on the United States Army.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 97 (October 9, 1945)
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota


*KOCH, JOHN G. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John G. Koch (36913196), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. Private Koch was advancing, dismounted, in support of a tank attack. He pushed forward aggressively, without regard for intense machine gun fire which pinned down men on both sides of him. When his platoon encountered intense direct fire and hand grenade attacks, it was necessary to withdraw to a nearby building. While moving to this position Private Koch was mortally wounded but managed to reach the cover of a ditch. When aid arrived his chief concern was to direct assistance to a wounded officer. Not until he had been assured the officer had been cared for, would he allow himself to be moved. Realizing that silence was imperative, he remained quiet despite the pain of his wounds. His courage and high regard for the welfare of others 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. 56 (June 28, 1945)
Home Town: Peoria, Illinois


KOGA, RICHARD H.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal to Richard H. Koga (30105087), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 14 April 1945, in Italy. A company of enemy troops launched a counterattack on a platoon in an effort to retake a town. A morning mist made it possible for the foe to infiltrate to within 100 yards of the platoon's positions before being detected. In the firefight that followed, a number of men were wounded. Technician Fifth Grade Koga, an attached Aid Man, was responsible for caring for his wounded comrades. He left his slit trench during the heavy fighting and went to their aid. Though the enemy threw hand grenades and fired at him, he remained to administer aid. Thinking that the enemy could not see his brassard, he removed it and waved it at them. The enemy continued to fire upon him, with three of the bullets piercing his clothes, but doing no damage to him. One bullet perforated his right ear, but he kept at his work. Not until the attack was repelled and the wounded evacuated did he receive treatment for his wound. Technician Fifth Grade Koga's courageous devotion to duty reflects the finest traditions of the United States Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 97 (October 9, 1945)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII)


*KOHARA, SADAICHI (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Sadaichi Kohara (30104510), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 20 April 1945, in Italy. Having advanced within 200 yards of the enemy, a patrol was suddenly pinned down by two hostile machine guns. Leaving his men under cover, Private First Class Kohara advanced 10 yards before locating the two machine gun emplacements. Unable to advance through the crossfire, the patrol was pinned down by this fire for a half an hour before he and a rifleman could advance 50 yards. Finally reaching a vantage point 20 yards from the first emplacement, Private first Class Kohara threw a hand grenade and killed three of the foe. The two men wee withdrawing when the rifleman was hit by a sniper. Private First Class Kohara dragged him back to safety with his patrol. He returned to attempt to knock out the remaining machine gun but the resistance was too great. Calling for 81-mm. mortar fire, he immediately crawled 10 yards forward and adjusted the fire until the hostile weapon was neutralized. Later, while adjusting mortar fire on another hostile machine gun position, he was mortally wounded. His outstanding courage exemplified the finest traditions of the American Soldier.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 97 (October 9, 1945)
Born: March 8, 1923 at Honolulu, Hawaii
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


KOLHOSS, HARVEY O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harvey O. Kolhoss, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 79th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in January 1945, at Hatton, France. On that date, when Lieutenant Kolhoss could not establish radio contact with another unit of tank destroyers, he rushed to their location which was under heavy enemy fire. He found the platoon had suffered the loss of its leader as well as two tank destroyers. Displaying superb leadership under fire, Lt. Kolhoss immediately assumed command and in swift succession formed road-blocks with the two remaining destroyers and supervised their fire which resulted in the destruction of an enemy Mark IV tank, reorganized nearby leaderless infantry into a strong defensive line, and after the enemy had been repulsed, assisted in evacuation of the wounded. First Lieutenant Kolhoss' 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. 71 (1945)
Born: September 15, 1914 at Fallon, Nevada
Home Town: Fallon, Nevada


KOMETANI, KATSUMI
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Katsumi Kometani (0-476008), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the Medical Detachment, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, near Fort Bastione, Italy, on 18 April 1945. When a combat patrol was isolated approximately a mile from the front lines and in urgent need of litter crews, Captain Kometani volunteered to lead the crews over two miles of mountainous terrain to the patrol. Although under harassing fire and in danger of enemy patrols, he led his men forward; until, three hours later, the party reached the patrol. Largely because of his efforts, the wounded were saved from suffering and the patrol was able to extricate itself from a difficult situation. His courage and able service has on this and numerous other occasions, contributed materially to the welfare of the men of the battalion, and his devotion to duty, and able leadership, reflect great credit upon himself and the Army of the United States.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 15 (January 16, 1946)


KOMIYAMA, CLARENCE M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clarence M. Komiyama (30105752), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Medial Aidman with the 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 17 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres, France. During an intense artillery barrage, Private First Class Komiyama and several of his comrades were wounded. Although suffering from a painful shrapnel wound, he crawled to the other wounded men and rendered them first aid. When the shelling lifted and aid arrived from the company, he refused to be treated before he had cared for the five wounded men. Only after having supervised the evacuation of all the casualties did he consent to receive treatment for his wounds. Private First Class Komiyama's disregard for personal safety and devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the Medical Department of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 7th Army, General Orders No. 126 (December 18, 1944)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


KOMODA, MASAO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Masao Komoda (18080044), Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 20 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres, France. Ambushed by the enemy, one platoon of Company C was pinned down by enemy fire. From the surrounding woods, the enemy Tiger tanks supported by fifty riflemen, suddenly appeared. When his squad leader seized a bazooka and commenced firing at the tanks, Private Komoda unhesitatingly exposed himself to direct tank and rifle fire in order to load the weapon. He thus enabled his squad leader to fire three rounds at the advancing enemy, disabling the leading tank and causing the enemy force to withdraw. Private Komoda's utter disregard for personal safety in the face of intense tank and rifle fire contributed immeasurably in repulsing a strong enemy force.
Headquarters, 7th Army, General Orders No. 134 (December 26, 1944)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


KONDO, AKIRA
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Akira Kondo (30106277), 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, on 20 October 1944, near Bruyeres, France. During a heavy concentration of enemy artillery fire, Sergeant Kondo and his mortar squad were pinned down in an open field. During the course of the barrage, one man was seriously injured. Sergeant Kondo, realizing that his men were dangerously exposed, ordered them to take cover. While going to the rescue of his wounded comrade, Sergeant Kondo was wounded. Despite his injury he calmly administered first aid to the stricken soldier, then amid the terrific artillery barrage, he carried him to safety. Sergeant Kondo's daring rescue of a wounded comrade in the face of intense enemy artillery fire exemplifies the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 7th Army, General Orders No. 126 (December 18, 1944)
Home Town: Hilo, Hawaii


*KONDO, HARUSHI (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Harushi Kondo (30100396), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), in action on 4 November 1943, in the vicinity of Neafro, Italy. Private First Class Kondo, a member of a wire team, was laying communication wire to his Battalion forward Command Post along a road when an enemy group armed with approximately six rifles and two machine-guns opened fired on him at close range. Unable to by-pass the position and in spite of the concentrated fire, Private Kondo and his comrades determined to push on through. Returning the enemy fire as best they could, he and his comrades continued laying the wire. During this action Private First Class Kondo was mortally wounded, but even as he fell he hurled a hand grenade at the nearest machine-gun nest. Private First Class Kondo's devotion to duty, courage and unusual bravery was exemplary and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 6 (January 25, 1944)
Born: May 28, 1913 28, 1913 at Aiea, Oahu, Hawaii
Home Town: Aiea, Oahu, Hawaii


KOONTZ, DONALD J.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald J. Koontz (35015421), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action at New Georgia, Solomon Islands, in rushing through a fire-swept area to carry a wounded soldier to safety where he administered first aid on 1 August 1943. Technician Fifth Grade Koontz'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 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 394 (1943)
Home Town: Maumee, Ohio
Personal Awards: Silver Star w/OLC (WWII)


*KROL, JOHN M. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John M. Krol (0-1309025), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 422d Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division, on 16 December 1944, in Germany. When his regiment was overrun by a strong enemy force, Lieutenant Krol went to his division command post with information concerning the situation and to receive further orders for his regiment. On his return trip, he discovered that his regiment had been virtually surrounded. Knowing the importance of delivering his message, Lieutenant Krol braved the enemy fire and was fatally wounded in his attempt to pass through the enemy-held territory.
Headquarters, 1st Army, General Orders No. 8 (January 18, 1946)
Home Town: New York


KRONONGER, DONALD C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald C. Krononger (33836793), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945, 2 April and 12 April 1945. On 5 March Private Krononger was personally responsible for the surrender of twenty enemy who were endangering his platoon's advance. On another occasion he returned across open fields under fire to recover equipment left behind by wounded comrades. Later he manned an automatic rifle after the rifleman had been wounded. On 12 April his aggressive actions forced surrender of several heavily armed enemy who were defending a house in the outskirts of a town. Although wounded on two different occasions, he refused evacuation on both occasions in order to continue with the action. 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. 76 (July 27, 1945)
Home Town: Allentown, Pennsylvania


KRUG, CLARENCE A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clarence A. Krug (37665826), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 28 February 1945. Sergeant Krug voluntarily advanced to help clear a mine field which was under heavy artillery and small arms fire. After the field was cleared he crossed 500 yards of open terrain to lead tanks forward. On another occasion Sergeant Krug was in charge of a patrol charged with the mission of reconnoitering a destroyed bridge. He led his patrol behind enemy lines, displaying great skill in avoiding detection. The patrol returned with valuable information. His courage, skill and 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: Iowa


KUBALA, SYLVESTER J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Sylvester J. Kubala (18033101), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 4 January 1945. When an enemy machine gun threatened to halt his platoon's advance, Private First Class Kubala crawled 100 yards over snow-covered terrain in daylight, under severe hostile fire, to a position from where he could engage the German gun. Disregarding the hail of enemy fire, he single-handedly charged the gun, firing his M-1 rifle as he ran, killing two of the crew and capturing four others. His intrepid and courageous action accounted for an enemy machine gun and six Germans, and enabled his platoon to continue its advance.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 93 (August 11, 1945)
Home Town: Iowa Park, Texas


KUNIEDA, MINORU
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Minoru Kunieda (30101708), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company D, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 20 August 1944, near Riglione di Pisa, Italy. When an enemy reconnaissance patrol infiltrated to within four yards of a machine gun position manned by Private First Class Kunieda and another soldier, their machine gun failed to function. Private First Class Kunieda, with complete disregard for his own safety and armed only with a .45 caliber pistol, forced the enemy patrol to withdraw. His courage and determination were instrumental in successfully defending an important position in his unit's sector against a superior enemy force.
Headquarters, 7th Army, General Orders No. 138 (December 27, 1944)
Home Town: Hilo, Hawaii


KUNIGELIS, JOHN J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John J. Kunigelis (33148944), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 54th Field Artillery Battalion, 3d Armored Division, in action on 27 March 1945, in Germany. Corporal Kunigelis' 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


KUNTZ, ROBERT A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert A. Kuntz (0-448365), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Battery A, 398th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 28 March 1945. Lieutenant Kuntz went to the aid of a forward observer and his tank crew seriously injured by enemy fire. To reach the position, he traversed a section of road swept by constant fire. After evacuating the wounded officer, he returned through the same dangerous area to aid members of the crew. He then remained to serve as forward observer, adjusting fire on the enemy gun that was holding up the advance of a tank company. His actions, 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. 30 (May 9, 1945)
Home Town: Indiana


KUR, EDWARD T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward T. Kur (36036827), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Platoon Leader in Company A, 20th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division, at Ubstadt, Germany, on 2 April 1945. When his platoon was encircled by hostile forces, Technical Sergeant Kur, braving intense enemy fire, personally neutralized the enemy positions with machine gun fire and hand grenades, enabling his men to effect a safe withdrawal. 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: Chicago, Illinois


KURTZ, RAYMOND H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Raymond H. Kurtz (33594299), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. Corporal Kurtz, carried out his duties in the face of heavy machine gun and mortar fire despite serious wounds which he sustained. With a compound fracture of one leg, he crawled under fire to the assistance of three wounded men. He dragged another man to safety from a position exposed to small arms fire. His own strength failing, he then dragged himself to a house where he continued to give aid to other wounded men until he lost consciousness. In carrying out his missions of mercy, Corporal Kurtz displayed gallantry that was beyond the call of duty.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 12 (March 22, 1945)
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


KUSUNOKI, TAKASHI
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Takashi Kusunoki (30104561), 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 36th Infantry Division, near Biffontaine, France, on 29 October 1944. In an attempt to establish contact with an entrapped battalion of the 141st Infantry Regiment, Company A was suddenly pinned down by direct fire from an enemy tank and several of the men seriously wounded. Private First Class Kusonoki, noticing the helpless condition of his wounded comrades, fearlessly left his covered position and rushed to their aid. Though the enemy continued with his deadly tank fire, Private First Class Kusunoki courageously administered first aid to the wounded and, with the help of a fellow soldier carried them to a place of comparative safety. By his courageous action Private First Class Kusunoki was an inspiration to every member of his unit and reflects credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 3, (January 18, 1945)
Home Town: Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii


KUWAYAMA, YEIICHI
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Yeiichi Kuwayama (32013547), Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 442d Regimental Combat Team, in action near Biffontaine, France, on 29 October 1944. Observing a comrade severely wounded and lying fully exposed to intense hostile fire, Technician Fourth Grade Kuwayama, with utter disregard for his own safety, quickly left his sheltered position and crawled toward the injured man. Although he received a shrapnel wound in the head and was partially blinded by his own blood, Technician Fourth Grade Kuwayama reached his fallen comrade and calmly administered first aid to his comrade. He then dragged the wounded man to safety through a hail of bursting mortar shells and machine gun fire. Technician Fourth Grade Kuwayama'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)
Home Town: Woodside, Queens, New York

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LAMATTINA, JOSEPH D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph D. Lamattina (32572955), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with an Armored unit in France on 11 July 1944. Corporal Lamattina drove his half-track vehicle forward under light mortar and artillery fire. Upon arrival in the new position he moved to a concealed position and camouflaged it. Then, as a heavy artillery barrage opened up, he voluntarily supervised placing and concealment of other vehicles. Without orders he went to the aid of men preparing a mortar position. When the mortar barrage suddenly increased he took cover in the partially prepared position. Upon learning that several of his comrades had been wounded, he left his covered position and went to their aid, without regard for the extremely heavy fire. He moved the wounded to cover, rendered aid, and then went for medical aid men. Corporal Lamattina's conduct 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. 78 (July 31, 1945)
Home Town: New Jersey


*LAMBE, LAWRENCE WALTER (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Lawrence Walter Lambe (36359453), Technical 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. Acting as Platoon Leader during an assault on enemy positions in Saarlautern-Roden, Technical Sergeant Lambe led his platoon across a field three hundred yards wide to capture the objective. Setting a rapid pace, he advanced at the head of the group and reached a point half-way across the open area before grazing, inter-locking machine gun fire and mortar shelling slowed his men's progress dangerously. Then shouting words of encouragement, Technical Sergeant Lambe rallied the platoon at this critical point and the advance continued, overrunning the enemy positions. Technical Sergeant Lambe was killed in action on 13 December 1944. His gallant leadership and superb heroism reflect lasting honor on Technical Sergeant Lambe and on the military service.
Headquarters, 95th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 78 (1945)
Born: February 15, 1914 at Wheaton, Illinois
Home Town: Wheaton, Illinois


LANDON, ARNOLD D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arnold D. Landon (20706405), Staff Sergeant [then Technician Fifth Grade], 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. Staff Sergeant Landon 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. Staff Sergeant Landon, 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. Staff Sergeant Landon'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: Atlantic, Iowa


*LANE, CECIL M. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Cecil M. Lane (0-1317407), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 4 April 1945. Lieutenant Lane displayed outstanding leadership in organizing his company for the attack on an important enemy-held town. Leading his ground elements and coordinating the movement and fire of supporting tanks, his personal actions were largely responsible for the success of the operation. While directing the attack against a wooded area which concealed five anti-aircraft guns holding up the attack, Lieutenant Lane was mortally wounded. His bold leadership and outstanding bravery were an inspiration to the men of his command and reflect the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 30 (May 9, 1945)
Home Town: Pike County, Georgia


*LANIK, JERRY (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jerry Lanik (33153760), Private First Class, 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 Lanik was machine gunner when his position was attacked by an unknown number of Japanese. A Japanese ammunition dump was located to the left of the position and when the Japs ran for the dump Private Lanik fired on the dump, destroying it and killing approximately twelve of the enemy. A nearby building caught fire sending flames over his head. He was wounded by rifle fire yet he remained with his gun until mortally wounded by a hand grenade. Through his gallant efforts the Japanese attack was repulsed. Private Lanik's fearless performance, beyond the call of duty, and his spirit of self-sacrifice is worthy of the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Finleyville, Pennsylvania


LAUS, ANDRE N.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Andre N. Laus (0-353944), First Lieutenant (Chemical Warfare Service), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 1st Infantry Division. When the landing craft holding his company was grounded in deep water and heavy surf and was being subjected to intense enemy machine gun and coast-artillery fire, Lieutenant Laus swam ashore to determine the depth of water and beach conditions. He returned to his craft and, while guiding his men ashore, saved a drowning soldier's life. His outstanding courage and exemplary leadership were largely instrumental in the successful landing of his company with a minimum of casualties.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 64 (November 23, 1943)
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts


LAWRUKIEWICZ, STANLEY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stanley Lawrukiewicz (37147406), 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 27 October 1944. While advancing against heavy machine gun fire from an enemy strong point, the company to which Technician Lawrukiewicz was attached as aid man suffered several casualties. With complete disregard for his own safety, he advanced three times under heavy enemy fire to administer medical treatment and to evacuate the wounded men. Technician Lawrukiewicz' outstanding display of courage in risking his life to save his fellow soldiers reflects the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Kansas City, Kansas


LEACH, CHARLES R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles R. Leach (35228174), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, near Dorsten, Germany, on 29 March 1945. Private Leach, an ammunition carrier in a machine gun platoon, volunteered to man a machine gun on a light truck during the advance on an enemy-held city. Ambushed by the enemy, he immediately opened fire, neutralizing hostile machine gun positions and enabling his patrol to withdraw. Later while serving as machine gunner on a one-quarter ton truck, he exposed himself to sniper fire in order to assist in the capture of 870 prisoners with equipment and several artillery pieces. His courage and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 79 (August 2, 1945)
Home Town: Barnesville, Ohio


LEDFORD, CHESTER M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Chester M. Ledford (37414898), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 24th Infantry Division near Palo, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 20 October 1944. Private Ledford was advancing with other members of his company toward two heavily fortified enemy pill boxes. During the engagement one of the company officers was seriously wounded and lay helpless in the enemy fire lane. In the face of this enemy fire, and with utter disregard for his own safety, Private Ledford ran out into the fire lane and assisted another soldier in carrying the officer to safety. Private Ledford's heroic actions at the risk of his life reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Perry, Missouri


LEIJA, CARLOS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Carlos Leija (38561566), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company A, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 6 March 1945, near Forbach, France. After several costly attempts had failed to knock out an enemy machine gun which, by its command of a road junction, was holding up the advance of his company, Private First Class Leija volunteered to assault the position. While his squad placed fire upon the hostile position, he crawled forward alone through barbed wire and under observed enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire. Working within range of the enemy he threw three hand grenades in rapid succession into the position and then charged the emplacement, subduing it. His gallant action in destroying the stubborn strongpoint enabled his platoon to advance and gain its objective.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 93 (August 11, 1945)
Home Town: Weslaco, Texas


LEISEY, LEROY B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to LeRoy B. Leisey (7892920), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 25 January 1945. After losing contact with his platoon leader, Sergeant Leisey engaged and knocked out an enemy tank and neutralized an enemy strong point that was pinning down infantry elements. Twice during the action he went to the rear for more ammunition, returning to continue the action. When the vehicle stalled he manned a machine gun on the rear deck of the tank while repairs were made. Later when the tank was hit be rocket fire, he disregarded his own serious injuries to report conditions to the relieving platoon leader, giving location of snipers, enemy strong points, and other information. His outstanding initiative and courage, and complete 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: Pennsylvania


LESSARD, WILLIAM L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William L. Lessard (35565564), Private First Class, 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 27 October 1944. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Private Lessard, on three different occasions, advanced under heavy enemy machine gun and sniper fire to administer aid to the wounded. The acts required him to crawl for distances up to sixty yards under heavy enemy fire in order to reach the wounded men. Private Lessard's courageous conduct in the performance of his duties while risking his own life reflects the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Gary, Indiana


LETE, NOLAN, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Nolan Lete, Jr., First Lieutenant (Infantry), [then Second Lieutenant], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Platoon Leader in Company F, 142d Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division. On 21 March 1945, at 1000 Hours, Lieutenant Lete, together with his platoon had the objective of destroying two hostile machine guns which were delaying the Battalion's advance Bergzabern, France. Lieutenant Lete and his platoon were successful in eliminating the first German machine gun and were desperately trying to destroy the second when a third machine gun about 150 yards on the left flank opened fire wounding several men and disorganizing the assault. Realizing that the assaulting forces would be wiped out, Lieutenant Lete rushed towards the hostile position firing his carbine from the hip. When he came to within 25 yards of the Germans he hurled a hand grenade, killing the four-man crew. Lieutenant Lete re-organized his Platoon and was successful in eliminating the remaining German resistance.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 394 (December 15, 1945)
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


LETENDRE, LAWRENCE A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lawrence A. Letendre (37324343), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company H, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Near Holtzwihr, France, on 27 January 1945, during an early morning attack in which enemy counter-offensive action forced a limited withdrawal, Private First Class Letendre and another soldier elected to remain in position. Continuing their fire with devastating effect while enemy infantry approached to within 200 yards and hostile tank and artillery shells exploded within 10 yards of them, these two 81-mm. mortarmen held off the counterattack for one half hour. In the pause which they won, rifle platoons reorganized, renewed the attack and regained the offensive.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Cass Lake, Minnesota


LEWIS, JOHN T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John T. Lewis (0-1010548), First Lieutenant (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Armored Regiment, 3d Armored Division, in action on 13 April 1945, in Germany. First Lieutenant Lewis'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


LIBBY, JACK P.
(Third Award)
Citation:
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 Jack P. Libby (0-1318368), Captain (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 15 April 1945, in Germany. Captain (Infantry) Libby'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: California
Personal Awards: 3@ Silver Stars (WWII)


LINCOLN, RANDOLPH D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Randolph D. Lincoln (31255736), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Squad Leader in Company B, 20th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division, at Ubstadt, Germany, on 2 April 1945. Braving intense hostile fire, Staff Sergeant Lincoln led his squad in an aggressive attack upon enemy forces, averting a threatened hostile counterattack. 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: Oxford, Massachusetts


LINTZ, HARRY E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harry E. Lintz (0-1822026), First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company B, 634th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in Flanders, France, on 3 September 1944. First Lieutenant Lintz'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: Peoria, Illinois


LISSNER, JOHN J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John J. Lissner (0-1579949), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment during the period 15 to 18 September 1944, in France. Lieutenant Lissner personally led his company in an attack on an enemy position on high ground which was accessible only by a single trail. When the attack had advanced but two hundred yards, heavy enemy artillery fire was laid on the trail, dispersing the company. Without regard for his personal safety, Lieutenant Lissner, at the head of his troops, led them toward the objective. The company became engaged in a firefight at close range, and were forced to dig in by darkness. At daybreak the following morning, an attack was launched. Lieutenant Lissner, at the head of his troops, led his company under intense small arms and mortar fire through a minefield to seize the objective. Through the entire action, Lieutenant Lissner continually exposed himself to hostile fire, and in so doing, inspired his command to the successful completion of a difficult mission.
Headquarters, XVIII Corps (Airborne), G. O. No. 10 (January 22, 1945)
Home Town: New York


LONG, ADRIAN K.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Adrian K. Long (0-541548), First Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 301st Engineer Combat Battalion, 76th Infantry Division, in action against the enemy on 1 March 1945, in the vicinity of Glisen and Eisenach, Germany. Leading a reconnaissance patrol, with the mission of securing vital information concerning the road net of the Trier-Bitburg highway, Lieutenant Long encountered a strongly held position consisting of two machine guns flanked on the left by a pillbox and several riflemen on the right. Personally leading his patrol in a short fire fight, they killed the machine gunners and took ten prisoners. He then stood up in full view of the enemy in the pillbox and fired on it in order to cover the movements of his men. After continual fire into the embrasures of the pillbox, the enemy displayed a white flag and surrendered, thus neutralizing the entire position. This sustained action resulted in casualties to the enemy amounting to 4 dead and 17 prisoners, two of which were wounded. The gallant leadership and inspiring heroism of Lieutenant Long in this decisive action, without a casualty to his patrol and enabling them to capture this strong point and successfully carry out the mission, reflects great credit on him and the military service.
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 85 (September 25, 1951)


LOOK, EDWARD H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward H. Look (0-1297061), Captain (Infantry), 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. Captain Look, a Battalion S-2 officer, led a platoon forward against an enemy town in the face of intense fire. He moved a wounded officer to cover. Cut off from his organization, he then led his men across open terrain, under intense fire, to a sheltered position. There he tended the wounded and maintained the morale of his men until aid arrived the following day. Captain Look's leadership and gallantry reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 95 (September 7, 1945)
Home Town: Providence, Rhode Island


LORAINE, GERALD J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gerald J. Loraine (39104951), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Service Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. On 6 June, 1944, at le Grand Chemin, France, an enemy battery of four .88-mm guns, protected by machine-guns, was firing at short range on the beach, greatly impeding the landing of Allied troops. Private Loraine's battalion attacked the battery position, but was stopped by direct fire. Private Loraine, with a small group of soldiers made an assault directly into the battery positions. Without regard for his personal safety, Private Loraine attacked the enemy with hand grenades and sub machinegun fire. Several times he picked up grenades which had been thrown by the enemy and threw them back into the positions. Private Loraine led his small group in the assault on successive positions until the guns were destroyed and silenced. His outstanding bravery in this action enabled his battalion to advance and gain its objective. His conduct was in accordance with the highest standards of military service.
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division, General Orders No. 9 (June 32, 1944)
Home Town: California


LORD, DONALD C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald C. Lord (0-1011554), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as Intelligence Officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 11th Tank Battalion, 10th Armored Division, at Schwiech, Germany, on 8 March 1945. Braving intense hostile fire, Captain Lord courageously led a patrol through enemy infested territory to secure vital information. 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: Valhalla, New York


LOTERBAUGH, GEORGE W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George W. Loterbaugh (15011525), Staff 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. Staff Sergeant Loterbaugh'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: Ohio


*LOVE, EARL F. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Earl F. Love (33536064), 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 Holland on 26 February 1945. While advancing against the enemy, Private Love, light machine gunner for his platoon, was wounded. Disregarding his wound, he set up his gun and directed fire of tanks with tracers. Despite enemy observation, he moved forward to get a better field of fire. When his platoon withdrew, he remained in a position to cover the withdrawal. While doing so he was again wounded, this time fatally. His gallant action was the final factor in making possible an orderly withdrawal and reflects greatest credit on himself and the Military Service of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 12 (March 22, 1945)
Home Town: Sydnorsville, Virginia


LOWE, FRANCIS P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Francis P. Lowe (20707240), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with the ** Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, during the battle of *****, Tunisia, North Africa, on the morning of ** April 1943. Under heavy machine gun fire, Private Lowe left the shelter of an irrigation ditch to got to the aid of wounded men of his own regiment and also two British soldiers. On his way forward he inadvertently tripped a booby trap which exploded four feet from him. This failed to deter Private Lowe from the performance of his duty as he continued forward and attended to the wounded. The courage and devotion to duty displayed by Private Lowe is meritorious and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 17 (May 28, 1943)


LOWRY, GAYLORD O.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gaylord O. Lowry (37275625), Private First Class, 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 27 March 1945, in Germany. Private First Class Lowry'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: Minnesota


LOWRY, WILLIAM C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William C. Lowry (0-2010954), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), [then Technical Sergeant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. Lieutenant Lowry was commanding the first platoon of his company. The platoon on his right was held up by enemy action, thus exposing his men to flank fire. Lieutenant Lowry, with two men, set out under a hail of small arms fire to take an enemy strong point from which the fire was coming. En route to the enemy-occupied building, he individually knocked out an 88-mm. anti-aircraft gun. He entered the enemy-occupied house under a hail of fire and returned with an enemy officer. He forced the German officer to order the remaining occupants to surrender. A total of fifty prisoners were thus accounted for. Throughout the mission, Lieutenant Lowry displayed courage and initiative with complete disregard for his own safety. His gallantry was beyond the call of duty and reflected credit upon himself and the Military Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 12 (March 22, 1945)
Home Town: Dayton, Ohio


*LUCAS, DEMPSEY (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Dempsey Lucas (34081875), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 254th Infantry Regiment, 63d Infantry Division, in action against the enemy on 23 January 1945, at Bennwihr, France. In an attack on Hill 216, casualties were sustained from small arms, mortar and artillery fire and schu-mines. Being fully aware of existing dangers, Private First Class Lucas, as litter bearer, proceeded into a mine field under intense enemy fire to give aid to a wounded soldier who was calling for help. In this action Private First Class Lucas stepped on a schu-mine, resulting in the loss of his life. His gallant sacrifice and outstanding gallantry remain a lasting inspiration to the men of his organization and reflect 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: Ludowici, Georgia
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


LUDWICK, ARTHUR L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arthur L. Ludwick (0-420498), Major (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the *** Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, from ** November 1943 to ** December 1943, at *****, Italy. Major Ludwick, upon his own volition, left the Regimental Aid Station when evacuation of the wounded had been slowed down due to heavy fire, and went forward to *****, Italy, to reconnoiter a shorter and easier route of evacuation for the wounded. For five days he made frequent trips to the assault companies and supervised and coordinated the evacuation of the numerous casualties. During his trips to *****, Major Ludwick personally carried medical supplies to the front lines and rendered aid to the wounded men on the battlefield. On ** December 1943, when casualties had been very heavy among the front line units, Major Ludwick personally, and in the face of grave danger, led four litter squads up Mount ***** to the forward positions of the Second Battalion and supervised the removal of three wounded men. He remained, with one litter squad, at the unit's position, which was under intense enemy fire. During this time a soldier was seriously wounded, but in spite of the intense fire, Major Ludwick went forward from his position, administered aid to the wounded man and supervised his evacuation. Due to his initiative and tireless efforts many lives were saved that otherwise might have been lost. Major Ludwick's courage and bravery were highly meritorious and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 6 (January 25, 1944)
Home Town: Duluth, Minnesota


*LUND, ROBERT L. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert L. Lund (0-421477), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Battery B, 175th Field Artillery Battalion, 34th Infantry Division, on 28 and 29 March 1943, in the vicinity of Fondouk, Tunisia, North Africa. During the action in this sector, Lieutenant Lund was performing his duties of artillery forward observer, and at all times accompanied the most advanced elements of the infantry. His fearless conduct throughout the action and his great skill at adjusting the fire of his battery were a source of inspiration to the infantry whom he supported. When his Observation Post came under heavy artillery and mortar fire, Lieutenant Lund stayed at his post and his devotion to duty and willingness to give his life in order to insure success of the assault is highly meritorious and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 17 (May 28, 1943)
Home Town: Stillwater, Minnesota
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


*LUTHER, HOWARD D. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Howard D. Luther (20341987), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Canon Company, 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against the enemy at St. Lo, France. On 12 June 1944, Staff Sergeant Luther observed a wounded American soldier lying helpless in an open field which was being swept by heavy enemy fire. Without regard for his personal safety, Staff Sergeant Luther went to the aid of, and attempted to evacuate the wounded soldier. While returning with the wounded soldier, both were killed by an enemy sniper. The gallantry and great courage displayed by Staff Sergeant Luther reflect great credit upon himself and the Military Service.
Home Town: Hyattsville, Maryland


LYNCH, GEORGE N.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George N. Lynch (35761535), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 33d Armored Regiment, 3d Armored Division, in action on 31 March 1945, in Germany. Private Lynch'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: West Virginia


LYNCH, WOODROW
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Woodrow Lynch (35671701), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, on 11 October 1944, in Germany. Although a disabled tank in which several wounded men lay was under heavy enemy machine gun, mortar, and artillery fire, Private Lynch and three comrades succeeded in extricating their wounded comrades despite being blinded by smoke and in danger of exploding ammunition. Making their way slowly from one protected position to another, Private Lynch and his comrades carried the wounded men to a forward aid station.
Headquarters, 30th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 137 (June 1, 1945)
Home Town: Kentucky

 

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