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Awards of the Silver Star

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Conspicuous Gallantry
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WORLD WAR II

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World War II ARMY Silver Star Citations

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SABAD, ANDREW J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Andrew J. Sabad, Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with a military operation against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 336th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. Near Franzenbad, Germany, on 26 April 1945, Corporal Sabad, a forward observer for an 81-mm. mortar section supporting a rifle company in attack, laid 400 yards of wire in the face of intense small arms and artillery fire to a forward observation post which he established and maintained. His gallant conduct on this occasion materially aided the advance of his company and reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 97th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 37 (June 10, 1945)
Home Town: Ohio


*SAGIMORI, THOMAS TAMEMASA (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Thomas Tamemasa Sagimori (39009726), 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, near Mount Folgorito, Italy, on 5 April 1945. Despite heavy enemy fire, Technical Sergeant Sagimori led his platoon to secure a ridge and he killed four of the enemy. He then exposed himself further to attack a machine gun nest, throwing a grenade and killing one of the enemy and wounding another. In this action, Sergeant Sagimori was fatally wounded. Sergeant Sagimori's gallantry is in accord with the finest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 22 (January 22, 1946)
Home Town: Berkeley, California


*SAHARA, ATSUO (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Atsuo Sahara (30102274), Staff Sergeant, 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 12 July 1944, in the vicinity of Pastina, Italy. When the platoon was ordered to attack, Sergeant Sahara's squad was sent out to reconnoiter forward. Discovering enemy machine gun positions, he and a comrade advanced under the covering fire of the rest of the squad. They moved forward about 200 yards and were suddenly aware of enemy movements. Sergeant Sahara cautiously crawled to the left flank of the emplacement, quickly tossed a hand grenade and was momentarily subjected to intense machine gun fire. All of a sudden the enemy gunner left his post and withdrew. Finding the other gunner dead, Sergeant Sahara instructed his comrade to report back for support. He then crawled forward and gained valuable information as to the enemy machine gun positions, which he relayed back to the artillery. The courage and aggressiveness displayed by Sergeant Sahara enabled the company to secure their objective and inflict several casualties upon the enemy forces.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 123 (November 4, 1944)
Born: June 1916 at Honolulu, Hawaii
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


*SAKAMOTO, ATSUSHI (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Atsushi Sakamoto (39020224), Technical 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 6 and 17 July 1944, in the vicinities of Molino A Ventoabbto and Luciano, Italy. As two platoons of an assault company fought their way up Hill 140, they were subjected to a concentrated mortar barrage which killed one man and wounded several. Although the platoons were seriously disorganized, Sergeant Sakamoto gained control and successfully led his men through a deadly counter-attack by a superior enemy force, enabling the company to hold the hill until they were relieved by another company in the morning. On another occasion Sergeant Sakamoto led his platoon in an attack on the village of Luciano although aware of the fact that the enemy, consisting of approximately 30 men, were heavily armed with machine guns, machine pistols, rifles and a tank. Approaching a bend in the road leading into the village, Sergeant Sakamoto moved forward alone, attempting to draw enemy fire. Sighting a machine gun nest he crept forward to fire his sub-machine gun when he was shot and instantly killed by a machine-pistol sniper. The courageous leadership displayed by Sergeant Sakamoto is exemplary and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 96 (September 10, 1944)
Home Town: San Pedro, California


SAKAMOTO, JACK S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jack S. Sakamoto (30102608), 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 34th Infantry Division, on 4 July 1944, in the vicinity of Castellina, Italy. When an enemy machine gun from the right flank held up the advance of an assault platoon, Private First Class Sakamoto on his own initiative, carried his rifle and a grenade launcher and crept up to a point within 25 yards of the gun. Unable to fire from his concealed position, he stood up in the open in clear view of the enemy to fire his grenade at the nest, scoring a direct hit. This resulted in two enemy dead and the enemy machine gun neutralized. Then, with the mission of preventing enemy infiltration through the lines, Private First Class Sakamoto fired five grenades at the enemy causing them to withdraw from the platoon front. In need of more grenades he ran back to the supporting platoon through heavy enemy fire and secured additional grenades. Returning, he became engaged in a fire fight with a machine pistol firing from the left flank. While so engaged he was seriously wounded by a mortar shell fragment. The courageous efforts of Private First Class Sakamoto led to the company's successful occupation of the hill and prevented probable heavy casualties.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 92 (September 3, 1944)
Home Town: Schofield Barracks, Hawaii


*SAKAMOTO, LOUIS KAHAULELIO (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Louis Kahaulelio Sakamoto (30100182), Staff 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 ** October 1943, in Italy. Staff Sergeant Sakamoto assumed command of his platoon when his platoon leader was wounded by enemy mortar fire. The platoon was halted from further advance by heavy fire from enemy machine guns, machine pistols and mortars. Staff Sergeant Sakamoto, on his own initiative, crawled forward in the face of the heavy fire to a point from where he could throw hand grenades into the enemy's position. This action proved to be so effective that the enemy was forced to withdraw, enabling the platoon to move forward and occupy the ground previously held by the enemy and to bring effective fire on them as they retreated. The Company, as a result of his brave action, moved their mortars into action against the enemy, causing heavy casualties. Staff Sergeant Sakamoto's conduct and initiative in the face of grave danger was an inspiration to his comrades and a credit to the Armed Forces of the Untied States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 6 (January 25, 1944)
Born: August 12, 1913 at Waihee, Maui, Hawaii
Home Town: Waihee, Maui, Hawaii


SALOWITZ, HYMAN (POW)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Hyman Salowitz (32501332), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with the Medical Detachment, 61st Engineer Combat Battalion, on 24 December 1944, in Belgium. During a surprise enemy attack upon a platoon preparing a bridge for demolition, a soldier manning a 50-caliber machine gun atop a vehicle was severely wounded. Despite close range automatic weapons and anti-tank fire upon the vehicle, Technician Fifth Grade Salowitz unhesitatingly ran to the aid of the wounded gunner. En route, he was struck by a burst of fire and was last seen attempting to make his way toward the wounded soldier. By his selfless devotion and valor, Technician Fifth Grade Salowitz reflected great credit on himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 1st Army, General Orders No. 24 (February 10, 1945)
Home Town: New York, New York


SALTZMAN, STEPHEN G.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stephen G. Saltzman, Second Lieutenant (Coast Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Coast Artillery Regiment at Wahiawa, Territory of Hawaii, during the Japanese aerial attack on 7 December 1941, where he brought down a Japanese airplane with his automatic rifle. Along with Staff Sergeant Lowell V. Klatz, Second Lieutenant Saltzman 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 delivered armed automatic rifle fire at one of the two enemy planes. His fire, combined with that of Sergeant Klatz, caused the plane to crash, resulting in the destruction of the ship and crew. The cool determination and disregard for his personal safety displayed was an inspiration to members of his regiment.
Authority: "Heroes of Pearl Harbor", Donald K. & Helen L. Ross


SAMPLES, DAVID J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David J. Samples (35698731), 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 Samples 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 Samples 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


SANDLER, CHARLES R.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles R. Sandler (0-1289816), Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters, 55th Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in vicinity of Boeur, Belgium, from 20 January 1945 to 21 January 1945. During this period Major Sandler, as S-3 of the Battalion, was detailed to lead a patrol of 30 men in adverse weather conditions through heavy snow drifts, thick minefields, over unfamiliar and difficult terrain where enemy resistance had been strong for the three preceding days. Major Sandler, by his personal courage, remarkable leadership, deep devotion to duty and without regard to personal danger or comfort, quickly covered a distance of 6 miles, rescued a wounded American prisoner captured 10 German prisoners and occupied the town of Boeur during darkness. The action was instrumental in permitting the remainder of the Battalion to advance without casualties. His actions and leadership reflects great credit on himself and the military service of the United States.
Headquarters, 11th Armored Division, General Orders No. 13 (February 5, 1945)
Home Town: New York


SASE, JOE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joe Sase (39928166), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, near Vic. Mt. Folgerito, Italy, on 5 April 1945. When his platoon was pinned down on 5 April 1945, in the vicinity of Mt. Folgerito, Italy, Private First Class Sase advanced alone and wiped out two machine gun crews, and although he was out of ammunition, later through a ruse, forced another machine gun to displace, enabling his platoon to advance out of a barraged area. His heroism in action reflects great credit upon himself, his organization, and is in keeping with the finest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 14 (January 16, 1946)
Home Town: Salt Lake City, Utah


SATO, GEORGE E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George E. Sato (39913340), Staff 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 36th Infantry Division, in France. On 15 November 1944, a reconnaissance patrol of twelve men from the Third Battalion found itself pinned down in a clearing by two enemy machine guns, mortars and small arms fire. Sergeant Sato, heavy machine gun section leader, observing from his Observation Post the predicament of the patrol which had already suffered six casualties, and was in danger of complete extermination, unhesitatingly moved one of his machine guns to the edge of the woods, sacrificing security for effectiveness of fire. Ordering his men to take cover, he turned his weapon upon one of the enemy machine guns and killed its entire crew of three. Disregarding the hail of bullets which he attracted from other enemy positions as a result of his action, Sergeant Sato gallantly stood his ground, neutralized two other enemy positions, and by his accurate protective fire enabled the patrol to withdraw to the safety of the woods.
Headquarters, 6th Army Group, General Orders No. 15 (December 30, 1944)
Home Town: Hunt, Idaho


SAUNDERS, HARRY C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harry C. Saunders (39192116), Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Troop D, 41st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 11th Armored Division, in connection with military operations against the enemy on 1 April 1945, in Germany. While serving as a gunner in the lead platoon, Technician Saunders was twenty minutes ahead of the advance guard. Before entering the town five enemy half tracks were spotted at the rear of his column, one with 10-mm. cannon mounted and four with 20-mm. mounted. Technician Saunders commanded the situation since his car commander had gone forward. By accurate fire with his 37-mm. gun which Technician Saunders loaded and fired himself he destroyed four of the enemy vehicles and approximately fifty-two enemy were killed by 50 caliber machine gun fire before they could do any damage. His courage and skill were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 11th Armored Division, General Orders No. 96 (June 1, 1945)
Home Town: Washington


SAWADA, HIROSHI F.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Hiroshi F. Sawada (39379943), Private First Class, 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 34th Infantry Division, in action against the enemy on 26 August 1944, in the vicinity of Pisa, Italy. Private First Class Sawada volunteered to act as lead scout for a four- man patrol assigned the mission of reconnoitering the Southern Arno River bank. The night was dark and very quiet. While moving through a sparse vineyard, he suddenly motioned his comrades to stop. He then advanced ten yards with his patrol leader. At this point they heard an enemy patrol advancing toward them. He held his fire until his patrol was observed by the enemy. Then, as the enemy patrol prepared to take up positions, he opened fire. In the resulting skirmish, the entire enemy patrol of seven men was either killed or wounded. Soon, six or seven enemy machine guns, attracted by the firefight, swept the field with grazing fire. When the patrol was ordered to withdraw, Private First Class Sawada remained behind to cover their movement with his fire. He silenced one automatic weapon on his right flank, then engaged another. Only after the patrol had reached a covered position did he join his comrades. The determined aggressiveness, courage and initiative displayed by Private First Class Sawada enabled his patrol to withdraw without suffering a single casualty.
Headquarters, 7th Army, General Orders No. 110 (November 171944)
Home Town: Seattle, Washington


SAWYER, HENRY R.
(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 Henry R. Sawyer (0-329466), Captain, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters, 3d Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in Germany on 18 October 1944. Captain Sawyer'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: South Danbury, New Hampshire


SCALES, HOWARD A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Howard A. Scales (20405699), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company E, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. At 1300 hours on 17 April 1945, near Nurnberg, Germany, when enemy machine gun and rifle fire from a range of 250 yards temporarily halted his platoon, Private First Class Scales instantly set his machine gun up and opened fire on the enemy force. Although he was the target of German automatic fire, Private First Class Scales engaged the enemy with furious and uninterrupted bursts of fire from his weapon for more than thirty minutes, killing two, wounding two, and successfully covering the advance of his platoon.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Pacolet Mills, South Carolina


SCARPULLA, CYRUS J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Cyrus J. Scarpulla (32116988), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company L, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. On 11 August 1943, in the vicinity of Randazzo, Sicily, at a time when the battalion command post was dependent entirely upon foot messengers for communications between units, Private First Class Scarpulla volunteered to deliver a vitally important message to the battalion commander. The location of the command post was uncertain and the area through which he had to travel was being heavily shelled by enemy artillery and mortars. With determination uppermost in his mind, Private First Class Scarpulla reached the command post and delivered the message. His personal courage, devotion to duty and refusal to turn back without completing his task exemplifies the highest traditions of the Military Service.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 83 (September 27, 1943)
Home Town: Long Island City, New York


SCHACHT, VERNON H.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Vernon H. Schacht (37078442), 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 7 March 1945. While leading his section on dismounted mopping-up action, Sergeant Schacht eliminated several enemy soldiers who were attempting to bring their light machine guns into action. While engaged with one enemy soldier, Sergeant Schacht saw a machine gun about twenty-five yards away starting to swing fire on the patrol to his left. He charged the machine gun and captured its crew. His action and personal courage are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 79 (August 2, 1945)
Home Town: Larchwood, Iowa


SCHLEGEL, LEE C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lee C. Schlegel (33111473), Sergeant [then Corporal], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company D, *** Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, on the morning of ** November 1943, in the vicinity of the **** River and *****, Italy. During a heavy enemy artillery barrage on his Company area, many casualties occurred. Sergeant Schlegel, in the face of this heavy fire and while under full enemy observation, crawled up a slippery and treacherous rise to the aid of three wounded men, administered first-aid and stayed with them until the barrage ceased. He then made two trips with the litter squads, aiding the evacuation of the men, before returning to resume command of his squad. Sergeant Slegel's display of courage and initiative was an inspiration to the men of his platoon and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 6 (January 25, 1944)
Home Town: Reading, Pennsylvania


*SCHMIDT, HAROLD L. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Harold L. Schmidt (37160973), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 24th Infantry Division at Pastrana, Leyte, Philippine Islands on 26 October 1944. Sergeant Schmidt was a member of a rifle company which was attacking four enemy pillboxes. One soldier was seriously wounded at a position about twenty yards in front of the pillboxes. Sergeant Schmidt, with complete disregard for his own safety, crawled fifty yards in the face of heavy enemy machine gun and rifle fire in order to administer medical treatment to the wounded man. He then carried the wounded soldier back to safety. Sergeant Schmidt's display of courage at the risk of his own life reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Ortonville, Minnesota


SCHMIDT, HENRY B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Henry B. Schmidt (36040476), Technical 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 25 January 1945. Sergeant Schmidt assumed command of a platoon in the absence of the platoon leader. On reaching the objective Sergeant Schmidt organized two platoons and led them to the high ground behind the objective. Sergeant Schmidt kept the platoons organized and under control until joined by an officer. Sergeant Schmidt showed outstanding leadership which reflects the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 1 (February 8, 1945)
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


SCHOCK, HAROLD F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harold F. Schock (33593639), Private First Class, 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 11 April 1945. While engaged in mopping up operations in an enemy town, Private Schock heard a wounded comrade call for aid. Private Schock immediately manned a machine gun from an exposed position. Although wounded by enemy fire, he continued to give covering fire while medical aid men rendered aid to the wounded man and evacuated him. Private Schock's action also held the enemy until elements of the company neutralized the resistance. His courage and devotion to duty reflects great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 76 (July 27, 1945)
Home Town: Pennsylvania


SCHOONOVER, HEWITT A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Hewitt A. Schoonover (15360946), Corporal [then Private First Class], 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. Knowing that the enemy had cut the only remaining road to his regimental command post, Corporal Schoonover volunteered to drive through the enemy lines in an attempt to deliver an urgent message to surrounded friendly forces. In his attempted breakthrough he was captured and wounded but later, under cover of darkness, escaped from his captors and successfully reached his regimental commander with the message. The heroic actions of Corporal Schoonover reflected great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 1st Army, General Orders No. 8 (January 18, 1946)
Home Town: Ohio


SCOTT, HAROLD D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harold D. Scott (14017148), Technical 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 14 April 1945, in Germany. Technical Sergeant Scott'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: Arkansas


SEAMAN, STEVE J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Steve J. Seaman (42002902), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Troop C, 88th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 7 March 1945. Corporal Seaman was moving with his platoon with the mission of securing the bank of the Rhine River. Midway in the advance to the river an enemy machine gun opened fire from the flank. Corporal Seaman moved quickly to the flank, took cover, and assaulted the gun position, capturing the two men manning it. His quick action saved the lives of men of his platoon 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: Fairview, New Jersey


SEGRUE, EMMETT J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Emmett J. Segrue (20900518), Technical 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 28 March 1945. Sergeant Segrue led a squad into enemy territory under heavy artillery and mortar fire, locating a bridge suitable for use of troops and vehicles. When enemy action destroyed this bridge, he volunteered to lead another patrol and succeeded in locating an alternate crossing. Later the same day Sergeant Segrue led a squad across the new crossing, securing a bridgehead on the other side. During the day he also saved two vehicles by driving them out of danger when a vehicle loaded with ammunition was set afire by artillery. Later he assisted in evacuation of three wounded from a tank which had been hit by direct artillery fire. His actions were carried out without regard for his own safety and reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 24 (May 3, 1945)
Home Town: California


SEIFERT, MILTON E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Milton E. Seifert (37771482), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company L, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 26 April 1945, at 1500 hours, near Bocksberg, Germany, Private First Class Seifert, acting as first scout, armed only with a BAR, fifty yards in front of his platoon, opened fire on a fifteen-man enemy patrol 100 yards to his front, killing one, wounding three and capturing eleven. A few minutes later, Private First Class Seifert, now sixty yards in front of his platoon, charged through machine gun fire into an enemy-held house to silence a German machine gun with his BAR. Private First Class Seifert killed one German, wounded two and captured two.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota


SEKIMURA, KOICHI KENNETH (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Koichi Kenneth Sekimura (30103033), Private First Class, 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 22 October 1944, in the town of Biffontaine, France. When his platoon, engaged in fierce house-to-house fighting, was denied advancement by the enemy in a building well-defended with automatic weapons and rifles, Private Sekimura voluntarily advanced on the enemy-occupied building. Although under heavy machine pistol fire, Private Sekimura, utilizing the corner of a building for cover, succeeded in throwing two fragmentation grenades into the enemy-occupied position, wounding three, causing the abandonment of the structure by the enemy, and thereby contributed immeasurably to the subsequent occupation of the town. His actions, without regard for his own safety, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 13 (December 13, 1944)
Born: September 8, 1913 at Hilo, Hawaii
Home Town: Hilo, Hawaii


*SELTZER, SIGMUND (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Sigmund Seltzer (32729017), 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, in Germany on 11 April 1945. While facing severe enemy small arms fire, Private Seltzer advanced to an unprotected position to observe enemy movements. Determining that the enemy was massing for a counterattack, he relayed this vital information to his platoon. The men were then strategically deployed and the counterattack held in check. Later, when his squad leader and assistant squad leader were wounded, he led the squad against a fortified enemy position. During this action Private Seltzer was killed. His inspiring actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Service of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 30 (May 9, 1945)
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York


SHAPIRO, ROBERT A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert A. Shapiro (35541894), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany during the period 25 January to 27 January 1945. Corporal Shapiro volunteered to employ his half-track for the evacuation of wounded. From 25 January to 27 January Technician Fifth Grade Shapiro evacuated wounded from the front lines in the vicinity of Schloss Berg, Germany. On 27 January Technician Fifth Grade Shapiro was blown from his half-track by the concussion of a shell. Although dazed he continued to perform evacuation of the wounded in an exemplary manner. Corporal Shapiro's actions and personal bravery 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: Cleveland, Ohio


SHAW, JAMES M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James M. Shaw (0-527277), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 54th Field Artillery Battalion, 3d Armored Division, in action on 8 March 1945, in Germany. First Lieutenant Shaw'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: Washington, D.C.


SHEA, MICHAEL J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael J. Shea (31272438), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 54th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division, at Bastogne, Belgium, on 23 December 1944. When two members of his patrol were pinned down by fierce hostile fire, Technical Sergeant Shea, reconnaissance platoon sergeant, bravely advanced to the flank of the enemy and with his automatic rifle fire, forced the enemy to abandon their position, enabling his men to safely withdraw. 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: Weatherly, Rhode Island


SHEEHY, JOHN J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John J. Sheehy (0-1294733), First Lieutenant (Infantry), [then Second Lieutenant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company E, *** Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, on ** November 1943, near *****, Italy. During the crossing of the ***** River, Lieutenant Sheehy assumed command of Company E when the commanding officer became a casualty. Lieutenant Sheehy led the company through a heavily mined area and captured the assigned objective. To secure the flank of his position, Lieutenant Sheehy assembled a detachment of men and led them on a patrol into the enemy's lines. As the group approached the town of ***** they located an enemy stronghold. Leading the patrol through intense enemy mortar and small arms fire, Lieutenant Sheehy infiltrated to the rear of the enemy's position and directed the fire of his men. This action was so successful that all the enemy were either killed or captured. Lieutenant Sheehy's initiative, courage and devotion to duty was 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: New York, New York


SHELLEY, MILES O. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Miles O. Shelley (20711126), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 164th Infantry Regiment, Americal Division, in action at Bougainville, Solomon Islands, on 18 January 1944. Under the constant grazing fire of Japanese machine guns, Sergeant Shelley crawled twenty yards to rescue a wounded comrade. After calmly administering first aid while exposed to the enemy, he dragged the injured man to safety. Sergeant Shelley's exemplary courage was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the Americal Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 529 (April 13, 1944)
Home Town: Carrington, North Dakota
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, Purple Heart


SHEPTOCK, METRO
(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 Metro Sheptock (12003472), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company M, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in Belgium on 4 September 1944. Staff Sergeant Sheptock'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: Binghamton, New York
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII)


SHER, BENJAMIN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Benjamin Sher (0-429557), Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment of the 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. On 1 August 1943, in the vicinity of Troina, Sicily, following the capture of high ground in front of Troina by the 3d Battalion, the enemy immediately counter-attacked and was able to dislodge our troops from the captured ground. In the furious fighting which ensued in front of and finally to the rear of the battalion aid station, Captain Sher was rendering medical aid to three seriously wounded men, one of whom was receiving blood plasma. Disregarding the action whirling about him, Captain Sher continued to take care of these men, eventually starting to evacuate them to a position of comparative safety. Although the draw through which this evacuation was made was under a continuous barrage of mortar and artillery fire, Captain Sher continued the task of moving the wounded down 200 yards of treacherous terrain until he located a sheltered ledge where the men could be placed in safety. During this entire phase of battle, Captain Sher was under heavy enemy machine gun, mortar and artillery fire, but continued his work in administering medical attention to the wounded with complete disregard for personal safety. His outstanding devotion to duty and his personal courage and bravery were in inspiration to his comrades.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 83 (September 27, 1943)
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York


SHERMAN, EVERETT G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Everett G. Sherman (0-1166373), Captain (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters, 882d Field Artillery Battalion, 70th Infantry Division, on 20 and 23 February 1945, near Spicheren, France. Braving a terrific enemy preparation shelling on 20 February, Captain Sherman remained at his post, adjusting friendly artillery on the enemy, until the counterattack came within 25 yards of his position. His action resulted in heavy enemy casualties and was largely responsible for repelling the counterattack. On 23 February, under heavy enemy fire, Captain Sherman, even after being wounded, observed and adjusted friendly artillery on the enemy to cover an infantry attack, inflicting heavy casualties and driving 30 enemy into pillboxes from which they all surrendered.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (March 28, 1945)
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota


*SHIELDS, CARL W. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Carl W. Shields (37742915), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company G, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 20 February 1945, near Styring Wendel, France. When the attack of the first platoon was stopped by intense enemy machine gun fire from the front and right flank, Private First Class Shields and Private First Class Virgil W. Elder, disregarding their own safety, crept from the extreme right of their unit to a position from which they could fire upon the machine gun in front of their platoon. Firing their rifles at close range, they engaged the hostile gun, and, although killed during the engagement, their heroic efforts enabled their unit to withdraw and later outflank the enemy positions with a minimum of casualties. The gallant sacrifice and devotion to duty of these men exemplify the finest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (April 16, 1945)


SHIFFLETT, MERVIN L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Mervin L. Shifflett (31273383), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Scout with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 20th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division, at Wanderklingen, Germany, on 22 April 1945. Private First Class Shifflett advanced through a fierce enemy fusillade to evacuate several soldiers and, although wounded, refused treatment until he was assured that the other wounded were properly cared for. 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: Bridgeport, Connecticut


*SHIGEZANE, MASAO (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Masao Shigezane (37363824), Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 21 April 1945 near Marciaso, Italy. When Private Shigezane's squad attacked a strongly defended house, the enemy retaliated with a heavy concentration of hand grenades and automatic rifle and machine gun fire. At the front of the advancing squad, Private Shigezane, realizing that heavy casualties would result if the squad were forced to halt, crawled forward twenty yards under sniper fire and exploding grenades. Within fifteen yards of the house, Private Shigezane rose, and after rapid rifle fire, threw hand grenades through the windows and doors, stunning the enemy troops and forcing them from their advantageous positions. As Private Shigezane motioned the squad to come forward, he was killed by sniper fire from the rear. Inspired by their comrade's leadership, the members of the squad closed with the Germans, forcing their surrender. Private Shigezane aggressiveness and courage in battle are exemplary of the finest traditions of the Army of the United States.
Headquarters, 5th Army, General Orders No. 107 (August 30, 1945)
Born: July 6, 1925 at Los Angeles, California
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


*SHIKIYA, TED TAKAO (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ted Takao Shikiya (30101063), 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. On 20 October 1943, Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate) was pinned down by intense enemy machine-gun, mortar and rifle fire and was ordered to withdraw from their position. Seeing a wounded comrade lying about 10 yards in front of him, Private Shikiya did not withdraw with the rest of the company, but went forward to his comrade's aid although he himself was wounded. Private Shikiya, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, dragged his comrade to a defiladed position, but in so doing he received a fatal wound. Private Shikiya's courageous action in saving the life of his comrade is exemplary and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 9 (February 8, 1944)
Born: November 30, 1915 at Honolulu, Hawaii
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


SHILLING, HARRY F.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harry F. Shilling (33230356), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company D, 80th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 11 April 1945. Sergeant Shilling left the safety of his own tank to assist in evacuation of crew members of a disabled tank destroyer. The vehicle was hit again while Sergeant Shilling was evacuating the wounded driver who continued to move the wounded to a near-by fox hole. While administering first aid he was again subjected to artillery fire, wounding an officer who was assisting in rendering aid. Sergeant Shilling, seeing the position was untenable, moved the wounded to another point of safety. His courage and devotion beyond the call of duty reflects great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 89 (August 14, 1945)
Home Town: Reading, Pennsylvania


SHIMABUKURO, HIDEICHI
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Hideichi Shimabukuro (30100587), 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. After having covered the successful attack of his corporal on an enemy machine gun emplacement on Hill 920, Private First Class Shimabukuro, on his own initiative and under heavy enemy sniper fire, took a position from which he could support the assault of other friendly troops against the hill. Observing a five-man enemy patrol, led by an officer, advancing up the hill toward him, Private First Class Shimabukuro permitted the patrol to approach to within ten yards of his position, whereupon he opened fire on them with his BAR, annihilating the entire patrol. Private First Class Shimabukuro's courage and coolness under fire was an inspiration to his comrades and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (April 29, 1944)
Home Town: Laupahoehoe, Hawaii


*SHIMABUKURO, TOMOAKI (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Tomoaki Shimabukuro (30105260), Private, 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 36th Infantry Division, near Bruyeres, France on 20 October 1944. Volunteering to go with a carrying party to bring rations and ammunition to front line troops, Private Shimabukuro left his rifle behind in order to take the maximum load possible. While his party was crossing an open field, it was suddenly ambushed by a strong enemy force armed with machine guns and rifles. Realizing that the situation was desperate, Private Shimabukuro shouldered his load and made a dash for the concealment of the woods, hoping by his example to impress upon his comrades the importance of their mission. Though mortally wounded he shouted at the enemy soldiers to attract their fire, and by so doing enabled the remainder of the party to reach cover, fight off the enemy and successfully complete the mission. By his gallant and self-sacrificing actions Private Shimabukuro reflects much credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 7, (January 29, 1945)
Born: December 2, 1920 at Waianae, Oahu, Hawaii
Home Town: Waianae, Oahu, Hawaii


SHIMOKAWA, IWAO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Iwao Shimokawa (30111008), Private [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, on a ridge overlooking Forno, Italy, on 15 and 16 April 1945. During a night attack, Private First Class Shimokawa was wounded in the right knee by a grenade fragment. 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 a counterattack with grenade fire. When the objective was secured the next day, Private First Class Shimokawa returned to the aid station for medical treatment. His devotion to duty is a great credit to himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 14 (January 16, 1946)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


SHOREY, EDWIN ROBERT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edwin Robert Shorey (0-349210), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Cannon Company, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 34th Infantry Division, near Sassetta, Italy, on 26 June 1944. In an attempt to recover a jeep, rendered inoperative in an exposed position by 88-mm. fire, Captain Shorey, with his motor sergeant and driver, came under such heavy enemy fire that it was necessary to seek cover behind a small shed-like construction. While in this position the motor sergeant was wounded. Captain Shorey unhesitatingly threw his body across that of the injured man, protecting him from the burst. Despite the uninterrupted shelling of the area, Captain Shorey continued to administer first aid to the sergeant, and during a lull in the enemy's shelling evacuated him to the aid station. His actions, without regard for his own safety, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 6th Army Group, General Orders No. 15 (December 30, 1944)
Home Town: Madison, Wisconsin


SHORT, CLINTON C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clinton C. Short (35212048), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 24th Infantry Division at Mainit River, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 28 October 1944. Private Short was an acting squad leader during the attack against a strong enemy force at the Mainit River Bridge on Highway #2. The enemy was strongly entrenched on the northwest bank of the Mainit River and covered the bridge and highway approaching it. The strength of their position made necessary an enveloping movement by a company of infantry, which crossed the rifer 500 yards northeast of the bridge and then turned southwest along Highway #2 to assault the left flank of the enemy. Private Short led his squad toward the enemy under a heavy fire from their emplacements. Early in the assault his helmet was blown off his head by a sniper's bullet, but he continued to advance, calling to his men and indicating targets for them. He observed a knee mortar position and charged with rifle and bayonet, killing the gunner. At one time he walked boldly down the road in full view of the enemy in order to have better observation in directing his men forward. His fearless leadership and outstanding devotion to duty inspired his platoon and company to complete the 500 yard assault which paved the way for a general regimental advance the following day. Private Short's heroism, which resulted in his being wounded and evacuated during the final assault, is worthy of the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Parkersburg, West Virginia


*SHOUP, HENRY W. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Henry W. Shoup (13026419), 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 Troina, Sicily, on 3 August 1943. During a bitterly contested engagement with the enemy, Private First Class Shoup voluntarily left his place of comparative safety and proceeded over fire-swept terrain to successfully engage snipers harassing his company. Although mortally wounded in this action, his gallant sacrifice enabled his company to attack with minimum losses.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (May 27, 1944)
Home Town: Connerton, Pennsylvania

SIEBEN, EUGENE L. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Eugene L. Sieben ( 37231407), Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action in the vicinity of Troina, Sicily, on 4 August 1943. Observing a seriously wounded man lying exposed to intense enemy machine gun fire, Private Sieben left his place of cover and proceeded to the injured man's aid. His courageous behavior undoubtedly saved the man's life.
Home Town: Jackson County, Missouri


*SIMOLKE, ARNOLD G. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Arnold G. Simolke (363661651), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Machine Gunner with Company C, 61st Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division, at Offenbach, Germany, on 22 March 1945. When a fierce enemy attack threatened to annihilate his platoon, Private Simolke bravely advanced toward the enemy forces, dispersing them with machine gun fire to enable his platoon to reorganize and proceed on its mission. 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


SIMON, WILLIAM E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William E. Simon (36982859), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company D, 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 24 February 1945. During a strong counterattack by enemy infantry, armor, and heavy weapons in the wooded hills facing Saarbrucken, Germany, Private Simon remained at his heavy machinegun position after the riflemen had withdrawn. He continued to fire upon the hostile forces until the attack was stopped. By remaining at his post, he not only inspired the men behind him to hold their positions, but he also assisted in killing 25 of the enemy. His courageous action materially aided in repelling the attack.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (April 16, 1945)
Home Town: Hart, Michigan


SINNOTT, JOHN J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John J. Sinnott (32866558), 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 10 April 1945. Sergeant Sinnott displayed initiative and bravery to a high degree when his company was threatened by an enemy counterattack. He took two members of his squad and moved to an outpost to contact the enemy. Realizing that more help was needed, he sent one man for assistance while he and the other soldier remained to meet the enemy. The bulk of the enemy were killed or captured and the attack was thereby repulsed. His actions reflect credit on himself and the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 25 (May 4, 1945)
Home Town: New York


SIPE, DAVID L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David L. Sipe (34212336), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving with a Field Artillery element of the 9th Infantry Division, on 21 December 1944, during operations in Germany. Technician Fifth Grade Sipe's actions reflects highest credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 19 (January 31, 1945)
Home Town: North Carolina


SITOSKY, WALTER T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Walter T. Sitosky (13021919), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 1278th Engineer Combat Battalion, on 20 December 1944, in Belgium. Private First Class Sitosky occupied an outpost near a vital bridge when an enemy motorized column was observed approaching his position. Armed with a rifle and hand grenades, Private First Class Sitosky, at great personal risk, engaged the enemy and assisted in knocking out a vehicle and wounding or killing several German soldiers. Ignoring heavy rifle and machine pistol fire directed upon the group, Private First Class Sitosky continued to fight off the enemy. Stranded on the enemy side of the river, Private First Class Sitosky withdrew and, after several narrow escapes from hostile patrols, made his way to the river. Heroically, he plunged into the icy waters of the swollen stream and swam to the opposite bank to rejoin his company. Private First Class Sitosky's gallant actions aided materially in delaying the approach of the enemy, thus reflecting great credit on himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 1st Army, General Orders No. 25 (February 12, 1945)
Home Town: Pennsylvania


SLACK, CHARLES H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles H. Slack, Private First Class [then Private], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with an Armored Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division. Private Slack's tank stalled during an attack on enemy positions. Despite heavy machine gun and rifle fire, he voluntarily dismounted from his tank, fastened it to another, and by having his tank towed, was able to start its motors. He then again exposed himself to the enemy, unfastened the two tanks, and continued the attack.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 64 (November 23, 1943)
Home Town: Marysville, Ohio


*SMITH, CLARENCE E. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Clarence E. Smith (0-393820), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Holland and Germany from 25 February 1945 to 5 March 1945. During the advance across the Roer River at Hilforth, Captain Smith directed the operations, remaining with the lead rifle platoon. When the leading platoon was pinned down near Lintfort, he went forward on foot and led them to safety. In the attack on Winterswick, Germany, Captain Smith dismounted to lead his men into the town. He then continued to direct the action from his tank and while so doing was killed by a burst of mortar or artillery. His inspiring leadership, gallantry and utter disregard for his own safety set an example for all. His actions reflect the greatest credit on himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 97 (September 10, 1945)
Home Town: Marion County, West Virginia


SMITH, HARRY E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harry E. Smith (36845273), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Combat Command B, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 2 April 1945. Private Smith voluntarily drove his one-quarter ton vehicle to within ten yards of advancing enemy to rescue a comrade pinned down by enemy fire. Withdrawing under tank canon fire, he halted to pick up his commanding officer who was covering the rescue with sub-machinegun fire. He again halted to rescue a wounded soldier. His vehicle was struck by a tank shell. Private Smith was wounded. Despite his wounds, Private Smith extricated his vehicle and returned to his duties. His determination, devotion to duty and actions under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the Military Service.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 20 (April 22, 1945)
Home Town: Wisconsin


SMITH, OLIVER M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Oliver M. Smith, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with a military operation against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 387th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. Near Hennef, Germany, on 8 April 1945, Captain Smith volunteered to lead a patrol to lay wire from a forward observation post to a battalion command post over a route know to be under heavy machine gun fire. Captain Smith's advance to the observation post was halted on three occasions by enemy fire falling as close as 25 yards but, on each occasion, he proceeded to the accomplishment of his mission. Arriving at the observation post, Captain Smith fearlessly exposed himself to fire and, with bullets falling and ricocheting all about him established a wire point. Returning over the same route with his position being constantly given to the enemy by the noise of the wire reel, Captain Smith was subjected to heavy enemy machine gun fire over the whole course of one-quarter mile. His 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: Pennsylvania


*SMITH, RAYMOND E. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Raymond E. Smith (35023110), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company G, 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, in action on 31 March 1943, near Kasserine Pass, Tunisia, North Africa. During the heaviest part of the action when the company communication lines were broken by enemy mortar and artillery fire, Private First Class Smith went out on a line repair patrol and although the enemy soon observed him and subjected him to intense mortar fire, he continued on his route, accomplished his mission, and was then mortally wounded by the enemy during mortar fire. Private First Class Smith's devotion to duty, coolness in the face of great danger, and willingness to sacrifice himself in order to perform his duty is 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: Warren, Ohio
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


*SMYTH, DONALD D. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Donald D. Smyth (37021854), Corporal, 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. Corporal Smyth was a member of an artillery forward observation group and during this action he at all times accompanied the forward elements of the infantry that his battery was supporting. During part of the heaviest fighting, Corporal Smyth's Observation Post was placed under constant enemy machine gun and mortar fire, yet in his capacity as radio operator he remained at his post and maintained constant fire control communication with his battery. Corporal Smyth's coolness under fire, devotion to duty even though it cost his life was an inspiration to all who observed him and aided materially in the success of the action. His conduct was highly meritorious and is a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 17 (May 28, 1943)
Home Town: St. Paul, Minnesota
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


SPANGLER, DONALD A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald A. Spangler (33230115), Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the Medical Department, 88th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 25 January and 26 January 1945. Working with his troops as a Medical Aid Man, Sergeant Spangler displayed exceptional bravery. He went to the aid of casualties in open terrain, under direct fire, and across ground known to contain a mine field. For two days and nights he went without rest in carrying out his missions. When two other Medical Aid Men were wounded by anti-personnel mines, Sergeant Spangler, without thought for his own safety, crossed three hundred yards of open terrain under heavy enemy small arms and mortar fire to aid and evacuate the wounded men. 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. 61 (July 4, 1945)
Home Town: Aspers, Pennsylvania


*SPEERS, THOMAS (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Thomas Speers (0-800179), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while attached to Company C, 43d Infantry Regiment, Philippine Army. Second Lieutenant Speers displayed gallantry in action on 15 January 1942, in Bataan, Philippine Islands. When the company commander was killed, Lieutenant Speers took command and led a counterattack which eliminated an enemy penetration in the main line of resistance. Although killed in the action, Second Lieutenant Speers' bravery was an inspiration to the entire regiment.
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 36 (August 4, 1959)


SPENCER, RALPH E.
(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 Ralph E. Spencer (0-1996487), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), 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. First Lieutenant Spencer'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
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (WWII)


SPURGIN, SKEEZIX
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Skeezix Spurgin (38471683), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 9th Infantry Division, on 10 December 1944, during operations in Germany. Private Spurgin'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: Oklahoma


ST. JOHN, BILL J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bill J. St. John (37514196), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 11 April 1945. Sergeant St. John and his squad were pinned down by small arms fire. Three of his men were wounded. Sergeant St. John continued to move forward and evacuate the wounded. Later, through outstanding leadership, he broke up a surprise counterattack. His action, without regard for his own safety, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 25 (May 4, 1945)
Home Town: Missouri


ST. PIERRE, HENRY (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Henry St. Pierre (11011559), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Battery B, 33d Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in Germany on 29 November 1944.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 42 (February 17, 1945)
Home Town: Central Falls, Rhode Island


STEEPRO, HERBERT M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Herbert M. Steepro (35165108), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 4th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized), in action against the enemy on 20 December 1944, in Germany. Technician Fifth Grade Steepro's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Headquarters, VII Corps, General Orders No. 8 (March 8, 1945)
Home Town: Indiana


*STEM, WILLIAM E. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to William E. Stem (39564723), Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 63d Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy near Rechrival, Belgium, on 31 December 1944. Private Stem, while serving as an aid man with Company A, 63rd Armored Infantry Battalion, was called upon continuously to render medical aid to the wounded. He moved among the wounded affording first aid and assisting in their removal to evacuation vehicles. By his complete devotion to duty and disregard to personal safety, under intense mortar and artillery fire, he rendered aid to the wounded, thereby saving lives which might have been lost. His conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 11th Armored Division, General Orders No. 9 (January 23, 1945)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


STENGEL, EDWARD J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward J. Stengel (36233287), Corporal [then Private First Class], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Anti-Tank Company, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in the vicinity of Niscomi, Sicily, on 12 July 1943. When the ammunition supply of his gun crew became seriously depleted during an engagement with the enemy, Corporal Stengel, disregarding intense hostile antitank and machine-gun fire, voluntarily proceeded to an ammunition dump and replenished the supply. His gallant action was of material aid to his company.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (May 27, 1944)
Home Town: West Allis, Wisconsin


STENGER, JOHN M., JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John M. Stenger, Jr. (33668235), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 25 January 1945. Sergeant Stenger was serving with a machine gun platoon. When a call came from forward elements that a radio was urgently needed, he volunteered to take the radio forward through heavy enemy mortar and artillery fire. He accomplished this mission alone only after passing through a town still occupied by the enemy. He was forced to fight his way through the town, and was under constant sniper fire. Without regard for his own safety, he continued forward until his mission was accomplished. His personal courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 79 (August 2, 1945)
Home Town: Mankato, Minnesota


STENSLER, BERNHARD A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bernhard A. Stensler (39044206), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the armed enemy at Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 28 February 1945. A party of eight men sent out to secure water from a nearby stream was fired on by the enemy. Three members of the group were wounded, two were killed, and the remainder sought cover. Staff Sergeant Stensler, who was leading a carrying party close by, immediately, upon witnessing the action and with total disregard for his personal safety, rushed to the aid of the wounded men, necessitating his crossing 300 yards of open terrain which was under continuous enemy fire. Upon reaching one of the wounded men, he dragged him approximately 100 yards to a covered position, where he administered first aid. Sergeant Stensler's heroism was instrumental in saving his comrade's life and greatly inspired those who witnessed his actions.
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 26 (June 9, 1949)


STEWART, MARLIN A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Marlin A. Stewart (16109724), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 70th Reconnaissance Troop, 70th Infantry Division, on 3 March 1945. While manning his 50 caliber machine gun from the exposed turret position of an armored car, Technician Stewart was wounded by shell fragments as he fired upon enemy strong points near Emmersweiler, France. After receiving first aid from his comrades, he refused to be evacuated and ordered that the mission be continued. Although wounded, he continued to fire upon the enemy for three hours under heavy artillery fire which riddled his armored car. By his courageous action, he denied the enemy the use of its strong positions in this sector of fire and successfully completed his mission.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 53 (July 2, 1945)
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


*STINSON, JOHN D. (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John D. Stinson (0-1016269), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 18th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany from 2 March 1945 to 11 April 1945. Lieutenant Stinson commanded an assault gun platoon for the 18th Tank Battalion. He anticipated where his unit could be used. Frequently he led his tanks into position and reported for a mission. He was assigned the mission of clearing a portion of a German city. While leading his platoon, his tank was hit by bazooka fire and Lieutenant Stinson and two of his crew were killed. His actions were an inspiration to all and reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 26 (May 5, 1945)
Home Town: San Francisco, California


STOCKDALE, WALTER G.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Walter G. Stockdale, First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations against the enemy while serving with Company A, 19th Tank Battalion, 9th Armored Division, at Senonchamps, Belgium, on 29 December 1944. The tank commanded by First Lieutenant Stockdale was disabled by enemy anti-tank fire and he sustained a fractured knee. Despite the hindrance of his painful injury, First Lieutenant Stockdale skillfully removed a seriously wounded crew member from the burning tank and slowly and laboriously carried him through concentrated enemy artillery fire to medical aid. The unflinching devotion to duty, utter disregard for personal safety, and loyalty to a wounded soldier displayed by First Lieutenant Stockdale undoubtedly saved the man's life, and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 9th Armored Division, General Orders No. 30 (1945)


STONE, WALTER F., JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Walter F. Stone, Jr. (01173473), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 2 April 1945. When he could furnish the only means available for observation and adjustment of artillery fire, Lieutenant Stone remained aloft more than twice the normal operational time. Weather conditions were extremely unfavorable. In order to gain the maximum observational time, he remained aloft until his exhausted gasoline supply force him to land on unfavorable terrain. He repeated this act three times. His devotion to duty and personal courage reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 27 (May 6, 1945)
Home Town: Connecticut


STONE, WILFORD R.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Wilford R. Stone (20152327), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 24th Infantry Division at Pastrana, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 20 October 1944. Private Stone's squad was attacking a large enemy fortification and the leading scout was seriously wounded when only thirty yards from the fortification. At the risk of his own life Private Stone crawled through increasingly heavy enemy fire from machine guns, rifles, and knee mortars, and brought the wounded soldier back to cover and safety. Private Stone's courageous action in risking his life to save a fellow soldier is worthy of the highest traditions of the service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Watervliet, New York


STRECZYK, PHILIP
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Philip Streczyk (32182713), Technical Sergeant [then 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 El Guettar, Tunisia, on 23 March 1943. When hostile forces threatened his company's flank, Technical Sergeant Streczyk courageously exposed himself to intense enemy fire and utilized antitank grenades to silence two enemy guns, thereby enabling his unit to continue its advance. His dauntless courage and unhesitating action merit the highest praise.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (May 27, 1944)
Home Town: East Brunswick, New Jersey


STREED, JOHN A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John A. Streed (0-555985), Second Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Combat Command B, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 2 April 1945. Lieutenant Streed, leading six men, withstood the attack of an estimated company of enemy infantry. When his position was flanked, he made a successful withdrawal. He then returned voluntarily to attempt the rescue of his commanding officer and several men who had been cut off. Lieutenant Streed was captured while on this mission. He convinced his captors to surrender and received submission of the garrison of the enemy town. His conduct throughout the engagement reflected great credit on himself and the Military Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 25 (May 4, 1945)
Home Town: Moline, Illinois


STRIPLING, EARL L., JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Earl L. Stripling, Jr. (0-1168484), Captain (Field Artillery), 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 21 March 1945, in Germany. Captain Stripling'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: Florida


STROLENY, FRAND W.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Frand W. Stroleny (37044539), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company D, ** Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, on ** April 1943, in the vicinity of *****, Tunisia, North Africa. Corporal Stroleny while acting in his capacity of Instrument Corporal needed information as to the positions of the enemy gun positions. Though the night was exceptionally clear, the enemy would not fire at stationary targets thus disclosing his positions. Knowing the hazard involved, Corporal Stroleny deliberately exposed himself within perfect observation of the enemy in order to draw his fire, enabling their positions to be disclosed and consequently destroyed. Corporal Stroleny's initiative, courage, and devotion to duty in the face of grave danger is meritorious and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 17 (May 28, 1943)


STUBBS, CLARENCE J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clarence J. Stubbs (0-1303278), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 24th Infantry Division at Jaro, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 21 October 1944. Lieutenant Stubbs was a platoon leader in a company leading the regimental advance along the Jaro-Carigara road. A strong enemy force entrenched on a ridge overlooking the road suddenly subjected them to a heavy concentration of artillery, mortar, automatic and small arms fire. When the company commander was wounded and evacuated in this action, Lieutenant Stubbs assumed command of the company. The intensity of the hostile fire made the position untenable and an immediate withdrawal was ordered. During this withdrawal, Lieutenant Stubbs was twice wounded, but refused to be evacuated and continued to direct his men. Throughout this action, with utter disregard for his personal safety, he exposed himself to the hostile fire to effect a successful withdrawal. Lieutenant Stubbs displayed daring initiative, fearless leadership and courage, inspiring his men and lifting their morale at a time when strong leadership was urgently needed.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota


STUCKY, ROY D.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Roy D. Stucky (35556937), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 9th Infantry Division, on 12 December 1944, during operations in Germany. Private Stucky'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: Indiana


STUKEY, RAYMOND C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Raymond C. Stukey (0-1824236), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 11 April 1945. When a tank destroyer of his command was hit by enemy artillery, Lieutenant Stukey dismounted from his own vehicle. In the face of small arms and artillery fire, he went to the aid of the driver, evacuating him approximately one hundred yards to cover. While administering first aid to the wounded driver, Lieutenant Stukey was seriously wounded. When medical aid arrived, Lieutenant Stukey ordered them to remove the wounded tank destroyer driver before allowing them to administer first aid to himself. His actions reflect great credit on himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 25 (May 4, 1945)
Home Town: New York


STYPE, JACK H.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jack H. Stype (33668260), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 80th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Holland on 26 February 1945. Having completed his mission and withdrawing his tank to safety, Sergeant Stype observed two other vehicles knocked out by enemy mines. Disregarding all though of his own safety, Sergeant Stype drove his tank across the heavily-mined field in the face of enemy anti-tank weapons. He halted his tank long enough for the ten marooned soldiers to get aboard and withdrew them to a safe position. His action reflects credit upon himself and the Military Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 12 (March 22, 1945)
Home Town: Charleston, West Virginia


SUGA, KENSO
(First Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenso Suga (30101172), 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 5 November 1943, in the vicinity of Santa Maria Oliveto, Italy. While acting as Scout for the leading elements of a battalion attack, Private First Class Suga discovered an extensive enemy minefield in the route of approach. Heedless of the dangers to which he was exposing himself, Private First Class Suga proceeded through the minefield, cutting trip wires and neutralizing as best he could the unfamiliar mines. Those he found but was unable to neutralize, he marked with bits of paper. His Company and the Battalion followed his trail approximately one mile through the minefield and were thus able to reach their objective. The courage and initiative of Private First Class Suga contributed materially to the success of his organization and is a distinct credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (April 29, 1944)
Home Town: Hilo, Hawaii
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII), Silver Star (Korea)


SUGANO, JAMES Y.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James Y. Sugano (30105118), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 4 November 1944, in France. Private Sugano unhesitatingly left his cover and traversed 200 yards of terrain blanketed by intense enemy fire to repair a communications line damaged by a mortar shell. Taking advantage of ever tree and hollow in the ground for cover, and at one time fully exposing himself in order to examine the line, he located the break, skillfully and efficiently repaired it and then returned to his Battalion Command Post. When his wire chief noticed his pale and sickly condition, brought on by long exposure to rain and the deep mud, he advised him to report to the aid station. Realizing that this wire section was already short of men, and although he was in no condition to do his duty because of his illness, he returned to his post and remained there until the severity of his illness forced him to retire the next morning.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 10, (February 22, 1945)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


SULLIVAN, JAMES P.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James P. Sullivan (20251425), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 24th Infantry Division near Jaro,, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 30 October 1944. Private Sullivan voluntarily returned to a battle area after his platoon had withdrawn, to administer first aid and to evacuate a seriously wounded soldier. This was accomplished under intense small arms fire from enemy positions. Private Sullivan exhibited the highest courage, and his gallant action in risking his life to save a comrade reflects the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Services.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Bronx, New York


*SUMIDA, MICHIRU (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michiru Sumida (39087879), Private First Class, 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, on 6 April 1945, near Strettoia, Mt. Cerreta, Italy. Private First Class Sumida's platoon was digging in on a hill occupied after two days of heated engagements. The hill was under direct enemy observations and subjected to sniper fire which wounded a sergeant. Private First Class Sumida, without regard for his own life, immediately dashed to the aid of his fellow soldier. Sniper's bullets trailed his course but he did not falter until he had reached the wounded man. As he bent to help his comrade, he was shot and killed by the enemy sniper. Private First Class Sumida's gallant heroism reflects credit on the traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 61 (1945)
Born: March 10, 1917 at Santa Cruz, California
Home Town: Monterey, California


SUTTON, GREGORY P.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gregory P. Sutton (34947221), Staff 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 1 April 1945, in Germany. Staff Sergeant Sutton'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: Florida


SUYAMA, EJI
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Eji Suyama (19059289), Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on the peak of Mount Folgorito, Italy, on 7 April 1945. Through the courageous and speedy action of Technician Fourth Grade Suyama, two machine gun positions were overrun by his patrol, he, personally destroying one, killing two and capturing seven of the enemy. Then under fire, he rescues a wounded comrade. His actions are a credit to the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 22 (January 22, 1946)
Home Town: Seattle, Washington


SUZUKI, MITSUO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Mitsuo Suzuki (30105560), 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 Third Battalion was halted because of concentrated enemy fire, Sergeant Suzuki voluntarily accompanied a combat patrol which was sent out to test the enemy's disposition. The enemy was firing from a machine gun emplacement in a concrete building and from machine pistols and rifles emplaced in heavily wooded slopes on its flanks. One of the men had crawled within 15 yards of the machine gun nest but was mortally wounded immediately after pulling the pin from his grenade. Hearing his call, Sergeant Suzuki crawled from his position 20 yards away, under constant enemy fire to the wounded soldier and securing the grenade from him, threw it into the machine gun emplacement in the building. Although wounded immediately afterwards, his work was accomplished by the one grenade which enabled the platoon to advance.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 82 (August 22, 1944)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


*SZCZOTKA, JOHN F. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John F. Szczotka (33146178), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Reconnaissance Company, 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, 3d Infantry Division. On 25 April 1945, at about 1600 hours, in the vicinity of Ellerbach, Germany, when his vehicle was almost surrounded, Technician Fifth Grade Szczotka directed the fire of his 37-mm. gun and .30 and .50 caliber machine guns so accurately that 8 Germans were killed and many wounded. Then, despite intense enemy Panzerfaust, machine gun, and small arms fire, Technician Fifth Grade Szczotka continued to cover the successful withdrawal of his patrol until he was killed.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Spelter, West Virginia

T

TABA, NORIYUKI
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Noriyuki Taba (30106209), Private, 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, on 3 November 1944, in France. When the enemy took advantage of his platoon's pinned down position and advanced toward the men, Private Taba borrowed a BAR from one of his comrades and crawled 30 yards to a concealed position behind a large tree. Disregarding his personal safety, he then opened fire with his BAR at the advancing infantrymen, killing four of their number. From the direction of his constant harassing fire, the enemy riflemen soon located Private Taba's position and concentrated their fire on him. This enabled his comrades to withdraw to higher ground and open protective fire which permitted him to retreat safely.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 13, (March 3, 1945)
Home Town: Kekaha, Kauai, Hawaii


TABA, TENKI C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Tenki C. Taba (30105638), First 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 36th Infantry Division, from 27 October to 15 November 1944, in Eastern France. Although badly shaken and stunned from the concussion of a nearby shell burst, First Sergeant Taba, realizing that his badly depleted company needed every man, refused to be evacuated for a medical checkup. On 3 November, as the company, now reduced to only 34 men advanced up a road, shell fragments from an artillery barrage tore the light pack and cartridge belt from First Sergeant Taba's back and wounded him lightly. Again, because the company was so reduced in officers and men, he refused to return to the rear for medical attention. From 3 to 15 November he led nightly ration details over roads which were subjected to fire of "zeroed in" barrages and infiltrating snipers. The courage, tirelessness and devotion to duty displayed by First Sergeant Taba are highly commended and reflect credit on the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 10, (February 22, 1945)
Home Town: Lahainu, Maui, Hawaii


TABATA, ISAWO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Isawo Tabata (37356137), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 2 November 1944, in France. When the communications line between his mortar squad and the forward observation point was continually being disrupted by enemy artillery barrages, Sergeant Tabata, with utter disregard for his personal safety, voluntarily went out to repair the damages. During the course of a single day he made as many as six trips in order to keep the communication system intact. On one occasion, while repairing the wire during an enemy barrage, he was seriously wounded by a shell fragment. Knowing that his mortar squad would not be able to obtain accurate fire without the aid of the forward observer he valiantly completed repairing the line.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 11, (February 23, 1945)
Home Town: Heart Mountain, Wyoming


TAHARA, PAUL K.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul K. Tahara (39916316), Private First Class, 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, Private First Class Tahara 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, Private First Class Tahara 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 Private First Class Tahara 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. Private First Class Tahara'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: Salt Lake City, Utah


TAKAHASHI, HIDEO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Hideo Takahashi (30105941), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, in action on 29 October 1944, near Biffontaine, France. After a short, fiercely contested attack, Private First Class Takahashi quickly reorganized his platoon to meet a strong counterattack by a superior enemy force. The platoon fought back bitterly. Despite the intensity of the enemy machine gun fire, Private First Class Takahashi, with a BAR team and a rifleman, fearlessly developed an outflanking movement and, after placing his men in advantageous positions, opened fire on the enemy. When the hostile guns were momentarily silenced by this fire, the remainder of Private First Class Takahashi's platoon charged forward, killing or capturing the entire enemy force. By his gallant leadership, Private First Class Takahashi was directly responsible for the capture of a strongly defended enemy-held hill.
Headquarters, 7th Army, General Orders No. 28 (February 2, 1945)
Home Town: Hawaii


TAKAHASHI, MITSURU
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Mitsuru Takahashi (39927787), Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, near Mount Folgerito and Tendola, Italy, on 6 April and 20 April 1945. On 6 April 1945, when his platoon was pinned down by an enemy machine gun, Private Takahashi advanced despite the fire and knocked out the position. On 20 April 1945, near Tendola, Italy, during an ambush, although wounded in the chest, he defeated an enemy attempt to flank his platoon, continuing to hold off the enemy until loss of blood rendered him unconscious. Private Takahashi's heroism is in keeping with the finest traditions of the Army of the Untied States and is deserving of the highest praise.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 14 (January 16, 1946)
Home Town: Salt Lake City, Utah


TAKAKI, YUKIO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Yukio Takaki (30100060), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on the night of ** November 1943, in Italy. Private First Class Takaki was one of three men acting as Scouts for a 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, Private First Class Takaki quickly moved to one side. As the other Scouts fired their rifles, he hurled a hand grenade. His accurate throw routed the enemy, and the three Scouts accounted for two prisoners. Advancing forward again, they were fired on by a German machine pistol. Again, Private First Class Takaki moved to one side, worked his way close to the enemy gun and threw a grenade, while his comrades covered with rifle fire. The enemy abandoned the position. Using the same tactics, Private First Class Takaki and his comrades quickly silenced two more enemy machine-gun positions, captured five more prisoners, and assisted the patrol in silencing a third gun position. Private First Class Takaki's courage and resourcefulness was 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: Honolulu, Hawaii


TAKAO, THOMAS TAMOTSU (KIA)
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas Tamotsu Takao (39913686), Private First Class, 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 34th Infantry Division, on 12 July 1944, in the vicinity of Pastina, Italy. As a member of a reconnaissance patrol, Private First Class Takao advanced to within ten feet of the enemy outposts in order to gain information. Disregarding the platoon leader's instructions to withdraw when almost surrounded by the enemy, Private First Class Takao continued observing the enemy movements. Finally, in withdrawing, he was forced to fight his way back against a numerically superior force. The courage and initiative displayed by Private First Class Takao and the valuable information he had gained were of inestimable value to his battalion's successful attack on the town of Pastina.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 123 (November 4, 1944)

TAKAO, THOMAS TAMOTSU (KIA)
(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 Thomas Tamotsu Takao (39913686), Private First Class, 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, near Biffontaine, France, on 28 October 1944. While a member of a four man reconnaissance patrol charged with the mission of obtaining information on the disposition of the enemy, Sergeant Takao moved under the cover of darkness around the enemy's left flank and to within ten yards of his position. Opening fire at point blank range, the patrol caught the defenders completely by surprise, killing three of the enemy and forcing ten others to surrender. Sergeant Takao's display of courage, determination of purpose, and disregard for personal safety in helping to neutralize an enemy strong-point and in obtaining vital information regarding the enemy, is exemplary and a credit to the armed forces of the United States.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 9, (1945)
Home Town: Salt Lake City, Utah
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (WWII)


*TAKASAKI, GORDON KIYOSHI (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Gordon Kiyoshi Takasaki (30104946), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 23 April 1945 in the vicinity of San Terenzo, Italy. Leading his platoon in an attack on a strongly fortified village, Technical Sergeant Takasaki boldly maneuvered his men through the center of the town to capture a dominating ridge. As the Germans attempted to withdraw, he daringly led his men to cut off their escape route. Through heavy German mortar, machine gun and artillery fire, Technical Sergeant Takasaki advanced exposing himself to heavy fire in his attempt to surround and disorganize the enemy. Wounded in the chest by machine gun fire, he continued to direct his men in battle. Refusing aid for himself in favor of his wounded men, he summoned his remaining strength to continue the fight. As a result of his plans and orders, his men cut the enemy escape road and brilliantly accomplished their mission. Technical Sergeant Takasaki's devotion to duty, leadership and exceptional courage are in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 5th Army, General Orders No. 114 (September 11, 1945)
Born: June 5, 1920 at Kohala, Hawaii


*TAKEBA, MASAHARU (KIA)
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Masaharu Takeba (30101509), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on the night of ** November 1943, in Italy. Sergeant Takeba was one of three men acting as Scouts for a 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, Sergeant Takeba immediately fired his rifle at the enemy, allowing another Scout to throw a hand grenade which dispersed the enemy, and the three Scouts took two prisoners. Advancing forward again, they were fired on by a German machine pistol. Again, Sergeant Takeba returned the fire, deliberately drawing the enemy fire so that his comrades could work their way close to the enemy and dispose of them with grenades. The enemy abandoned the position. Using the same tactics, Sergeant Takeba and his comrades quickly silenced two more enemy machine-gun positions, captured five more prisoners, and assisted the patrol in silencing a third gun position. Sergeant Takeba's courage and resourcefulness was highly meritorious and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 6 (January 25, 1944)

*TAKEBA, MASAHARU (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 Masaharu Takeba (30101509), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 7 January 1944, in the vicinity of Cervaro, Italy. Sergeant Takeba, acting as Platoon Sergeant led his men in occupying part of the north end of Hill 1109, without knowing that the enemy was on the top of hill approximately 200 yards away. With excellent observation the enemy immediately delivered heavy mortar, machine gun and rifle fire on Sergeant Takeba and his platoon. One of his men was hit by an enemy sniper and seriously wounded. Notifying his second-in-command that he was going to advance forward and at the same time take the wounded man to cover, he instructed the platoon to cover his advance. With utter disregard for his own safety, Sergeant Takeba ran over the open terrain to his wounded comrade Although bullets were flying all around him, Sergeant Takeba picked up the man and carried him 75 yards over exposed rocky terrain to a covered position. By his heroic deed in the face of heavy enemy fire, Sergeant Takeba saved the life of his comrade who undoubtedly would have been killed if left on the open terrain exposed to further enemy fire. The coolness, courage and excellent leadership of Sergeant Takeba was highly commendable and in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 48 (June 17, 1944)
Born: April 24, 1918 at Honolulu, Hawaii
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (WWII)


*TAKEO, ROBERT MASARU (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert Masaru Takeo (30100574), Staff Sergeant, 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 34th Infantry Division, on 6 July 1944, near Castellina, Italy. During a dawn attack, Staff Sergeant Takeo's squad was given the mission of securing the exposed right flank of his platoon. While he led his men toward the assigned position, a force of approximately fifty Germans, armed with machine guns, machine pistols and rifles, and supported by mortar fire, launched a counterattack. Directing his men to follow him, Staff Sergeant Takeo crawled forward exposed to heavy machine gun and sniper fire. Advancing toward the enemy he was shot in the right arm by a sniper. Without stopping for first aid, Staff Sergeant Takeo continued his advance in the face of deadly enemy fire and reached a vantage point where he located the positions of the sniper and the machine gun. Inspired by his coolness, his men followed him, crawled to his side and formed a firing line. While designating the locations of the enemy to his men, Staff Sergeant Takeo was mortally wounded. In the ensuing engagement, his men knocked out the sniper and machine gun nest and opened fire on the approaching enemy. Despite his wounds, Staff Sergeant Takeo fired his sub-machine gun at the enemy until his death. Inspired by the courage of their leader, his men fought with determination and successfully repulsed the counterattack. Staff Sergeant Takeo's intrepidity and indomitable fighting spirit are exemplary of the finest traditions of the Armed Forces of the Untied States.
Headquarters, 5th Army, General Orders No. 153 (September 23, 1944)
Born: April 4, 1913 at Honolulu, Hawaii
Home Town: Kaunakakai, Molokai, Hawaii


TAKEUCHI, KIYOSHI
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kiyoshi Takeuchi (30104165), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 9 April 1945, in Italy. Private First Class Takeuchi, an acting assistant squad leader, was assigned as a platoon's left flank security. The platoon encountered the crossfire of two well-concealed hostile machine guns emplaced to its left and front. Observing that his platoon was in an untenable situation, Private First Class Takeuchi discovered the location of the two guns and crawled toward the nearest one. After crawling 20 yards under fire to within grenade range, he quickly threw two grenades that destroyed the machine gun and its crew of three. He then dashed from cover to within thirty yards of the second emplacement. Under fire, he exposed himself from behind a rock and fired burst after burst with his submachine gun and silenced the emplacement. His outstanding courage reflects great credit on the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 94 (October 4, 1945)
Home Town: Pahala, Hawaii


*TAKUBO, KENJI (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Kenji Takubo (30105654), 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 36th Infantry Division, on 28 October 1944 in the vicinity of Bifontaine, France. When his company was pinned down by a heavy concentration of enemy artillery, rifle grenade and small arms fire, Private Takao noticing that the aid man was unable to attend to the numerous casualties, left his covered position and crawled 50 yard under the enemy fire to a wounded comrade. There he administered first aid, placed the patient upon his back and proceeded to crawl to a less exposed position 30 yards away, where the wounded man was evacuated by a litter team. Private Takubo was killed by an artillery tree burst later that day. His actions, without regard for his own safety, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 19 (March 27, 1945)
Born: August 18, 1924 at Honolulu, Hawaii
Home Town: Honolulu, Tennessee


TANAHASHI, KEI
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kei Tanahashi (0-385482), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), 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 34th Infantry Division, on 4 July 1944, near Castelina, Italy. Lieutenant Tanahashi's platoon was given the mission of protecting the company's right flank during an attack on the enemy's positions. Lieutenant Tanahashi ably led his platoon without sustaining a single casualty until they reached completely exposed terrain and were subjected to mortar, artillery, rifle and machine pistol fire from the strongly entrenched enemy. Realizing that the positions could not be taken by a frontal assault, Lieutenant Tanahashi proceeded to maneuver his platoon to the right in an effort to outflank the enemy, exposing himself many times in order to personally inform his squad leaders of the change in tactics. It was during this maneuver that machine pistol fire mortally wounded Lieutenant Tanahashi. Despite his wounds, he moved to a slight knoll and silenced the machine pistol. Lieutenant Tanahashi consistently refused evacuation and directed his platoon until the enemy had been driven from their positions and the flank secured. Lieutenant Tanahashi consistently refused evacuation and directed his platoon until the enemy had been driven from their positions and the flank secured. Lieutenant Tanahashi'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. 130 (1945)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


*TANAKA, JOHN YUKIO (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John Yukio Tanaka (37708538), Private First Class, 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, on 20 January January 1945, in the vicinity of the Maritime Alps, France. During a raid on an enemy-occupied house, Private Tanaka charged forward, firing his automatic rifle to draw enemy fire away from his comrades. In doing so he was mortally wounded. Summoning his last bit of strength, he fired a burst from his BAR, fatally wounding an enemy machine pistol gunner who was endangering the lives of his comrades, Private Tanaka's gallant action was largely responsible for the killing of two Germans and the capturing of 12 others. Conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 19 (March 27, 1945)
Born: 1921 at California Home Town: Denver, Colorado


*TANJI, MITSUO W (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Mitsuo W Tanji (30104271), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 15 October 1944, in France. Private First Class Tanji's squad was in a platoon attack against strongly-defended enemy-held slopes of an important hill. As the platoon gained the crest of the hill, it was subjected to immediate machine gun fire from the left flank and Private First Class Tanji's squad was ordered to flank the hostile emplacement. Private First Class Tanji and two BAR men crawled ahead of the squad for 30 yards until they were within 15 yards of the hostile fire. Under a hail of enemy fire, he crawled forward another 5 yards to a better position. As the BAR men prevented the foe from firing their own weapons, Private First Class Tanji threw three hand grenades which completely destroyed the enemy weapon and its three-man crew. His courageous action enabled the platoon to complete its mission and reflects high credit on the traditions of the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 60 (August 6, 1945)
Born: January 25, 1922 at Waialua, Oahu, Hawaii
Home Town: Waialua, Oahu, Hasaii


*TANOUYE, KATSUSHI (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Katsushi Tanouye (30102161), 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 Tanouye, 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 Tanouye, 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 Tanouye 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: August 20, 1919 at Kurtistown, Hawaii
Home Town: Kurtistown, Hawaii


TASAKA, ARTHUR
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arthur Tasaka (32972823), Private, 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, in the vicinity of Bruyeres, France. During an attack against a strongly defended enemy held position, two squads of his platoon were pinned down on an exposed embankment by fierce bursts of enemy fire. When one of his comrades was wounded, Private Tasaka, with complete disregard for his own safety, braved withering rifle fire to aid his injured companion. With exceptional coolness, he administered first aid to the seriously wounded man. Private Tasaka's courageous action was in a large measure responsible for saving the life of his comrade.
Headquarters, 7th Army, General Orders No. 126 (December 18, 1944)
Home Town: New York, New York


*TATEYAMA, HARUYOSHI H. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Haruyoshi H. Tateyama (30101825), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company F, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 2 November 1943, in the vicinity of Capriati, Italy. While establishing an outpost line of the enemy-held banks of the Volturno River, Corporal Tateyama's squad encountered a heavily-mined and booby-trapped field and became somewhat disorganized. Corporal Tateyama, Assistant Squad Leader, with utter disregard for his own safety, moved over the hazardous area and successfully reorganized the squad. He then personally led the squad through the heavily-mined field to its assigned position, but in accomplishing this he was mortally wounded by an enemy anti-personnel mine. The courage and devotion to duty displayed by Corporal Tateyama contributed materially to the success of his Battalion in making a crossing and is a distinct credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 34 (1944)
Born: January 9, 1920 at Kailua, Haiku, Maui, Hawaii
Home Town: Kailuam, Haiku, Maui, Hawaii


TEBAULT, JOHN R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John R. Tebault (13118938), 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 Tebault was advancing with other members of his company toward two heavily fortified enemy pillboxes. During the engagement one of the company officers was seriously wounded and Private Tebault, with utter disregard for his personal safety, immediately crawled to the wounded officer, although the enemy fire continued unabated. He reached the wounded officer and carried him to safety while continually under fire from the enemy. Private Tebault displayed rare courage and initiative and through his gallant efforts saved the life of the officer. Private Tebault's heroic actions reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Norfolk, Virginia


TERADA, RYOJI
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ryoji Terada (39161813), Technician Fifth Grade, 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 36th Infantry Division, on 27 and 28 October 1944, in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France. Upon seeing two medical aid men of a rifle company being evacuated to the rear Technician Fifth Grade Terada immediately went to the aid of the rifle company after treating all the wounded men in his platoon. Though enemy artillery shells fell in his immediate vicinity, he continued to expose himself in order to administer first aid. Technician Fifth Grate Terada was wounded in the shelling and needed immediate hospitalization himself, but remained on duty for 36 hours after he was wounded, rendering first aid and evacuating patients before allowing himself to be evacuated.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 10, (February 22, 1945)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


*TERAMAE, TED A. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ted A. Teramae (30105053), 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 92d Infantry Division. On the night of 8 April 1945, in the vicinity of Mount Belvedere, Italy, Sergeant Teramae's machine gun squad sector was in danger of being overrun by an enemy patrol. Sergeant Teramae, without thought of personal risk, stood up and fired his submachine gun. Then he ran to the right to draw hostile fire away from his own men. A concentration of enemy fire fatally wounded him, but he continued firing until he could no longer stand. His actions enabled his men to drive off the 16-man enemy patrol. His high courage exemplified the heroic tradition of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 74 (September 6, 1945)
Born: April 23, 1920 at Onomea, Hawaii
Home Town: Onomea, Hawaii


TERHANKO, GEORGE P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George P. Terhanko (35585715), First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety displayed on 10 December 1944, while serving with the 331st Infantry in Germany. While approaching a small town, First Sergeant Terhanko's unit came under intense artillery and enemy tank fire which caused the unit to become disorganized. Recognizing that the unit was short of officers and needed leadership, and acting with complete disregard for his own safety, First Sergeant Terhanko took command of a group of soldiers and rallied them to attack the town. His immediate actions were responsible for the capture of a portion of the town allowing the unit to continue it mission. His actions reflect the highest credit upon himself, his unit and the armed forces of the United States.
Home Town: Ohio


TERMINI, WILLIAM C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William C. Termini (0-1296936), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company M, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. On 3 August 1943, in the vicinity of Troina, Sicily, Second Lieutenant Termini was in command of a platoon of machine guns emplaced on Hill 1190. The entire hill was under heavy enemy artillery and mortar fire and Lieutenant Termini and his men held it despite three furious enemy counter-attacks. At almost impossible odds, he held out through the night of 3 August during which time he had lost nine men. Through his dogged determination and courage he and his inspired men held this vital position until they were relieved by two rifle companies about 2200 on 4 August. Lieutenant Termini's display of leadership, courage and stamina during this action upheld the finest traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 83 (September 27, 1943)
Home Town: Munford, Tennessee


THOMAS, DEWEY C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dewey C. Thomas (34375828), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 18th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 28 March 1945. When the tank in which he was serving as a gunner suffered a direct hit the platoon leader was severely wounded. Private Thomas immediately moved up to the turret and removed the wounded officer. Under direct fire from the enemy within sixty yards range, he moved the wounded officer to the security of a ditch some fifteen yards away. There under a constant hail of small arms fire, he rendered first aid and remained with him until medical aid arrived. His courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit to himself and the Armed forces of the United states.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 81 (August 4, 1945)
Home Town: Tennessee


THOMAS, FRANKLIN A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Franklin A. Thomas (33575729), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 18th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 11 April 1945. When his tank was struck by enemy fire, Corporal Thomas dismounted. Though wounded and dazed, he went in search of medical aid. In spite of sniper fire, he guided medical aid men back to the tank. He then assisted in saving the vehicle. His actions under fire and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 25 (May 4, 1945)
Home Town: Bellefonte, Pennsylvania


THOMAS, JAMES R.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James R. Thomas (0-1167252), Captain (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters Battery, 261st Field Artillery Battalion, 70th Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in Germany on 10 April 1945. On that date, Captain Thomas, at close range and while constantly exposed to enemy fire, successfully directed the battalion artillery and lead the clean-up attack on the road block. On 13 April 1945 as a member of a reconnaissance party being ambushed he exposed himself, drawing enemy fire and firing his machine gun, and covered his party's withdrawal. By his daring leadership, complete fearlessness and intrepidity in repeatedly risking his life, Captain Thomas has been an inspiration to his men and has demonstrated on every occasion his devotion to duty, reflecting great credit on the military service of the United States.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 80 (July 31, 1945)
Home Town: Pennsylvania


*THOMASSON, GEORGE W. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to George W. Thomasson (37187900), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. On 11 August 1943, in the vicinity of *****, Sicily, after several men in his company had been wounded by explosions of anti-personnel mines, Private Thomasson, with complete disregard for his own safety, went to the scene of the explosions, which he knew to be heavily mined, to render first aid to the injured. While aiding a wounded comrade Private Thomasson was critically wounded by a mine. His devotion to duty at the cost of his life, his courage and bravery were an inspiration to his comrades and are highly commendable.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 83 (September 27, 1943)
Home Town: Vandalia, Missouri


THOMPSON, CARL H.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Carl H. Thompson (15055605), Private First Class, 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, with his company under heavy enemy artillery and small arms fire, causing temporary dispersion of the men, Private First Class Thompson remained at his machine gun and returned fire on the enemy positions. Although his position was in a precarious, exposed location on the lower slope of the hill, Private First Class Thompson refused to leave his weapons and was able to silence an enemy machine gun and snipers, thus permitting the advance of the foot troops position and preventing a possible counter-attack by the enemy on the left flank of the position. The personal courage and bravery of Private First Class Thompson and his steadfast devotion to duty and comrades are highly commendable.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 83 (September 27, 1943)
Home Town: Montcalm, West Virginia


THORNG, WILLIAM F.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William F. Thorng (6145127), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company D, 517th Parachute Combat Regiment Team, 13th Airborne Division, near Col De Braus, France, on 6 September 1944. While reconnoitering defensive positions, Private Thorng, lead scout for his company, was the first to discover an impending enemy counterattack. At that time, being in the process of deployment, the company was unprepared to cope with an assault by a numerically superior force. Private Thorng, with cool daring, left his sheltered position and dashed through the hail of mortar and artillery fire toward the enemy, firing his sub-machine gun. His prompt aggressive action alerted the company, and allowed his officers time to establish a defense. During a subsequent operation, Private Thorng, again bravely exposing himself to furious enemy fire, advanced on a machine gun nest. Seizing the rifle of a fallen comrade, after shrapnel had damaged his own, he pressed forward amid the falling shells. After inflicting severe casualties on the enemy and causing them to withdraw, Private Thorng was fatally wounded. The gallantry of Private Thorng's action exemplifies the traditional valor of the American Soldier under fire.
Headquarters, 13th Airborne Division, General Orders No. 25 (1945)
Home Town: South Barre, Massachusetts


TINSLEY, CHARLES W.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles W. Tinsley (37458391), Private, 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 Troina, Sicily, on 3 August 1953. During a bitter engagement with the enemy, Private Tinsley 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.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (May 27, 1944)
Home Town: Luison City, California


TIPPIE, L. B.
(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 L. B. Tippie (0-2005516), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3d Armored Division, in action on 1 April 1945, in Germany. First Lieutenant Tippie's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 3d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 3d Armored Division, General Orders No. 63 (May 17, 1945)
Home Town: Texas
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (WWII)


TOGIOKA, NOBORU
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Noboru Togioka (39083617), Sergeant, 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 34th Infantry Division, on 26 June 1944, in the vicinity of Suvereto, Italy. During the periodic mortar and artillery shillings that the Second Battalion Command Post was subjected to for six hours, the telephone lines between the Battalion CP, the Regimental CP and the front lines were knocked out. Upon learning of the situation and its seriousness, Sergeant Togioka, on his own initiative, secured his repair kit and made his way along the telephone lines in the midst of terrific barrages. When two of his men offered to accompany him, he refused their offer. Tracing the lines in full view of the enemy, he finally located the damaged line and repaired it. Fully aware of the danger entailed, he continued to patrol the lines for over an hour, making repairs as the lines were blown apart by the shells. It was during one of the heaviest shellings and while repairing a line that Sergeant Togioka was wounded seriously by shrapnel. Sergeant Togioka's determination and undaunted bravery at the risk of his life is credit to himself and his organization.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 69 (July 27, 1944)
Home Town: Sacramento, California


*TOKUNAGA, CLIFFORD TOSHIKAZU (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Clifford Toshikazu Tokunaga (30105286), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 26 and 27 June 1944, near Hill 132 in Italy. Private First Class Tokunaga was forced into hiding behind enemy lines with two companions when cut off from his unit. Private First Class Tokunaga boldly captured an enemy soldier by threatening him with a hand grenade .Observing the prisoner's comrades approaching along the same route; he single-handedly captured the second foe. Leaving the two prisoners in the care of one of his companion, he flanked and ambushed some other enemy soldiers and sent his second companion to cover their escape route. By the element of surprise and again without firing a shot, he captured an enemy officer and an enlisted man. He then fought his way back to his own lines, contacted a patrol and with its assistance led his two comrades and the prisoners to his unit. Private First Class Tokunaga's exceptional bravery and resourcefulness reflects high merit on the United States Army.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 60 (1945)
Born: July 22, 1922 at Honolulu, Hawaii
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


TOOHEY, EDWARD L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward L. Toohey (37120002), Staff 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 19 April 1945, in Germany. Staff Sergeant Toohey'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: Kansas


TORSCH, ENOS E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Enos E. Torsch (36127314), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 24th Infantry Division near Jaro, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 30 October 1944. During an engagement with the enemy, Private Torsch assisted by a fellow soldier, located an enemy 40-mm. gun crew whose fire was preventing the withdrawal of our forces. They moved to an exposed position from which they were able to place covering fire upon the enemy emplacement, thus permitting their comrades to withdraw. Throughout this action they were under the aimed fire of the enemy. When this was accomplished they proceeded under hostile automatic fire to the aid of a seriously wounded soldier and evacuated him. Private Torsch exhibited the highest courage in this engagement and his heroism reflects the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Lachine, Michigan


TOTH, JOSEPH A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph A. Toth (13024936), Technical Sergeant [then Staff 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 Troina, Sicily, on 3 August 1943. During a bitter engagement with the enemy, Technical Sergeant Toth 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.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 23 (May 27, 1944)
Home Town: Scranton, Pennsylvania


TRANK, RALPH E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ralph E. Trank (6958779), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 24th Infantry Division near Palo, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 30 October 1944. Sergeant Trank voluntarily returned to a battle area, after his platoon had withdrawn, to administer first aid and to evacuate a seriously wounded soldier. This was accomplished under intense small arms fire from enemy positions. Sergeant Trank exhibited the highest courage, and his gallant action in risking his life to save a comrade reflects the highest credit upon himself and the armed services.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Houston, Texas


TREMBLEY, CARROLL A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Carroll A. Trembley (0-2008698), Second Lieutenant (Field Artillery), 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. Second Lieutenant Trembley'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


TSUDA, MELVIN T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Melvin T. Tsuda (20010136), Staff Sergeant, 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 ** November 1943, in the vicinity of the ***** River in Italy. After his Battalion had successfully crossed the **** River, Staff Sergeant Tsuda, as Battalion Wire Chief, led his wire crew under heavy enemy artillery fire and through a heavily-mined area to establish wire communication with the forward elements. When about 300 yards from the river, Staff Sergeant Tsuda and his crew were attacked by two enemy machine-guns. Although three of his crew were fatally wounded, Sergeant Tsuda's cool leadership succeeded in getting the remainder of his depleted crew through to establish the vitally-needed wire communication. The energetic leadership and courage displayed by Staff Sergeant Tsuda in the face of grave danger was exemplary and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 9 (February 8, 1944)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


TSUJI, ERNEST
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ernest Tsuji (30104872), Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 6 November 1944, in France. When the communication line was disrupted by an artillery shell, Private Tsuji and his assistant set out to locate the break. While the two were repairing the damage, a heavy artillery barrage landed in their sector. Ordering his assistant to take cover, Private Tsuji proceeded to repair the damage alone. While so engaged an artillery shell burst near by, and though severely shaken and hurt by the concussion, he valiantly completed the repairs. Back at his post, though advised by his wire chief to retire to the rear, he stubbornly remained with the under strength wire section until his critical condition the next morning made his evacuation imperative.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 10, (February 22, 1945)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


TSUKISHIMA, CHARLES I.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles I. Tsukishima (37364169), Private First Class, 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 near the town of Forno, Italy, on 16 April 1945. During an assault against a numerically superior enemy force that was entrenched in an almost inaccessible ridge overlooking the town of Forno, Private First Class Tsukishima was severely wounded by an enemy grenade. Despite this injury he refused evacuation to have his wounds treated and because of the larger number of casualties which the enemy had inflicted on the advancing troops, elected to remain in position and defend the costly ground which he and his comrades had so recently gained. Remaining in position all night he returned the enemy's fire and at dawn the troops again assaulted the German position, this time meeting with complete success. By his courage and devotion to duty, Private First Class Tsukishima reflected great credit upon himself and the military service in keeping with the highest traditions of the Army of the United States.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 4 (January 7, 1946)
Home Town: Fort Logan, Colorado
Personal Awards: Silver Star w/OLC (WWII)


*TSUMAKI, KENICHI (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Kenichi Tsumaki (39683559), 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 36th Infantry Division, in France on 29 October and 7 November 1944. When his company's radio was damaged by enemy hand grenade fragments, Private First Class Tsumaki volunteered to carry a new one to the forward company. Though the artillery shells were falling along the supply route, he valiantly moved forward toward the front lines, crawling through enemy small arms fire for the last 75 yards to successfully reach his destination. On 7 November 1944, when the company was badly in need of ammunition he voluntarily carried the boxes of ammunition for a distance of 150 yards through heavy enemy fire to the front lines. Fatally wounded shortly after delivering the ammunition, Private First Class Tsumaki was an inspiration to his comrades and by his courage, determination and gallantry reflects much credit upon himself and the United States
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 8, (1945)
Born: at Idaho Falls, Idaho
Home Town: Pocatello, Idaho


TURNBULL, GRANT H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Grant H. Turnbull (39022533), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 36th Armored Infantry Battalion, 3d Armored Division, in action on 18 April 1945, in Germany. Sergeant Turnbull'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


*TURNEY, THEODORE D. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Theodore D. Turney (33362238), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 80th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 28 March 1945. Corporal Turney was a member of a medical aid group. When he received word that two soldiers were wounded he advanced without regard for his own safety. Passing through a mined area under heavy artillery fire, he reached the wounded. Under heavy small arms fire he rendered first aid and started evacuation of the wounded with a quarter-ton truck. Corporal Turney was riding on the front of the truck, attempting to make the patients comfortable when the vehicle struck a mine. He sustained wounds which later caused his death. Throughout the action Corporal Turney acted without consideration for himself, sacrificing his own safety for the benefit of others. His courage, determination and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 89 (August 14, 1945)
Home Town: Armstrong County, Pennsylvania


TWIBELL, LEWIS W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lewis W. Twibell, 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 2 May 1945, while a member of a combat patrol which came under intense fire near Konraditz, Czechoslovakia, Private Twibell unhesitatingly volunteered to go to summon aid. He fearlessly crossed 1000 yards of open terrain with enemy fire falling all about him and brought up reinforcements which relieved the halted patrol. 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: Indiana


TWORKOWSKI, HENRY J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Henry J. Tworkowski (32799097), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the Medical Department, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 12 April 1945. An attacking force of tanks was held up at a crossroad by intense enemy shelling. Attempting to evacuate his tank to a position of safety, an enlisted man was seriously wounded and called for help. Corporal Tworkowski immediaely left the safety of his fox hole to go to the man's aid. Despite the continued shelling, he carried the injured man to a house and rendered first aid. Fearing for the man's further safety because of flying shrapnel, Corporal Tworkowski covered the wounded man with his own body until the firing had slackened to the extent that he could be safely evacuated. His bravery and extreme devotion 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. 51 (1945)
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York

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UMEBAYASHI, KEIJIRO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Keijiro Umebayashi (30101999), Staff Sergeant, 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 34th Infantry Division, on 26 June 1944, in Italy. As his company was advancing, Sergeant Umebayashi noticed a battery of enemy 150-mm. field guns firing. After reporting this to his company commander, who ordered an attack on the position, Sergeant Umebayashi continued to lead his squad. Enemy automatic weapons fire stopped his company, but Sergeant Umebayashi urged his squad to follow him and advanced through the area, exposed except for the scanty concealment offered by a few bushes. After reaching a point close enough for close-in fighting, an exchange of hand grenades followed. One grenade that Sergeant Umebayashi threw wounded one of the enemy and caused the three remaining enemy soldiers to attempt to flee. Firing his M-1 rifle rapidly, Sergeant Umebayashi killed all three of the enemy, one of whom was an officer. With this delaying force eliminated, Sergeant Umebayashi's company continued its advance, captured the battery of 150-mm. field guns, and cut off a road which was being used by the enemy as an escape route. Sergeant Umebayashi's courage and skillful leadership 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


*UNGER, IRWIN M. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Irwin M. Unger (42064656), 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 17 April 1945. During an attack on an enemy-occupied woods, Private Unger's platoon was pinned down by intense small arms and machine gun fire. Private Unger, seeing a badly wounded comrade, left the safety of his position and went to his aid. He rendered first aid and through his efforts the wounded soldier was evacuated. While thus exposed to enemy fire, a burst from an enemy machine gun mortally wounded Private Unger. His outstanding bravery and concern for his comrades are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 49 (June 20, 1945)
Home Town: New York, New York


*URABE, HOWARD MITSURU (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Howard Mitsuru Urabe (301014769), 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 34th Infantry Division, on 4 July 1944, near Piombino, Italy. During an attack on the key position of an enemy defense line, Sergeant Urabe crawled twenty-five yards through sparse undergrowth to reach a position in front of an enemy machine gun. Timing his movements between the burst of fire from the gun, Sergeant Urabe suddenly stood up and fired a rifle grenade into the nest, killing machine gunner and destroying the gun. When the other two members of the gun crew started to run, Sergeant Urabe killed both of them with his M-1 rifle. When another machine gunfire upon him, Sergeant Urabe fired another grenade and knocked out the second gun. Sergeant Urabe was affixing another grenade to his launcher to be prepared for further action when he was killed by a sniper's bullet. Sergeant Urabe's courage and skill reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 130 (1945)
Born: March 16, 1923 at Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii
Home Town: Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii


UYENO, TAKASHI
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Takashi Uyeno (39365275), Private First Class, 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 Casala, Italy, on 18 April 1945. Although seriously wounded, Private First Class Uyeno, with three fellow soldiers, attempted to dash across exposed ground, subject to intense enemy fire, in order to set up a machine gun position and relieve some of their hard-pressed comrades in a nearby house. Upon reaching the building he saw that two of his fellow soldiers who had made the dash with him were casualties in the open field and again disregarding the enemy fire he rushed to the field to retrieve the machine gun. Setting it up in an exposed position he pinned down a large force of the enemy until a rescue was effected. By his heroic action Private First Class Uyeno not only accounted for many Germans killed and wounded, but facilitated the rescue of the entire group.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 312 (December 10, 1945)
Home Town: Lupton, California

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*VAN CORTLANDT, AUGUSTUS (KIA)
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Augustus Van Cortlandt (0-535634), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Battery B, 420th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 10th Armored Division, at Nauburn, Germany, on 22 April 1945. Although mortally wounded during the action, First Lieutenant Van Cortlandt, artillery forward observer, courageously continued directing effective fire upon counterattacking hostile forces, repelling them with heavy losses. His supreme devotion to duty reflects the highest credit upon himself and the artillery forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 10th Armored Division, General Orders No. 193 (July 19, 1945)
Home Town: Madison, Connecticut


VAN DYKE, WAYNE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Wayne E. Van Dyke, Sergeant [then Corporal], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a gunner with Company B, 41st Tank Battalion, 11th Armored Division, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy at Noville. When is tank was knocked out by an 88, Sergeant Van Dyke was left in the town with a seriously wounded driver and bow gunner. The tank commander and loader went to the rear to direct other tanks around the town. Sergeant Van Dyke pulled the driver and bow gunner from the tank, dragged them over to a church wall, and played dead while German troops marched through the town. Sergeant Van Dyke sprawled on the driver who was suffering from shock. Once, a curious German came over to the apparently lifeless group and looked at the bow gunner's wrist watch but didn't touch him. After lying in this position for two hours, Sergeant Van Dyke brought the two men into the church and placed the driver, who was unable to go farther, near the altar. Having given him first aid, Sergeant Van Dyke and the bow gunner crawled back to their lines. The driver, in the meantime, was treated by a German medic and next day was rescued by his own men when they pushed into the town. Sergeant Van Dyke'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 11th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 11th Armored Division, General Orders No. 14 (1945)
Home Town: Havana, Illinois


VAN HOUTEN, JOHN H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John H. Van Houten (0-418812), Lieutenant Colonel (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. Colonel Van Houten personally led the assault on the town of Rheinberg, Germany. He displayed coolness and expert tactical skill. Through his aggressiveness he was able to maintain control and reorganize his task force for a continued attack. He placed himself at all times in hazardous and dangerous position to accomplish his mission. Largely through his efforts the defenses were smashed and the objective taken. His actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of an officer of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 95 (September 7, 1945)
Home Town: Michigan


VANA, CHARLES F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles F. Vana (36701892), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Troop D, 41st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized), 11th Armored Division, on 1 April 1945, at Neuses, Germany. While serving as a scout sergeant, Sergeant Vana was with the lead platoon of the advance guard. The tanks were stopped at the outskirts of town by enemy automatic weapons, Panzerfaust and small arms fire. Having been refused once, Sergeant Vana again called for permission to lead the tanks into town, which was granted. Sergeant Vana led the tanks through town in a 1/4- ton truck, under intense automatic weapons fire, onto the right road out of town, killing many enemy troops with machine gun fire, after his machine gunner was killed by enemy sniper fire. his courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army.
Headquarters, 11th Armored Division, General Orders No. 101 (1945)
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


VARGO, ALEX J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Alex J. Vargo, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with a military operation against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 386th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. While engaged in an assault on the town of Felderhof, Germany, on 9 April 1945, Staff Sergeant Vargo voluntarily left a position of comparative safety and fearlessly moved down a fire-swept street. With heavy enemy fire falling all about him, Staff Sergeant Vargo, firing a rocket launcher, destroyed an enemy machine gun and a 20-mm. flak gun. His gallant action permitted the rapid capture of the town and reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 97th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (June 11, 1945)
Home Town: Michigan


*VARVAROSKY, EDWARD (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Edward Varvarosky (35521003), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. On ** August 1943, in the vicinity of *****, Sicily, when the advance of Company F had been halted because of particularly heavy and effective enemy artillery fire, Private Varvarosky, with complete disregard for his personal safety, continued forward to administer first aid to a wounded comrade. While he was bringing relief to the wounded man he was hit by shrapnel from a mortar shell and died as a result of the injuries. His personal bravery and courage under intense fire and his steadfast devotion to duty were a constant inspiration to the men of his company and are outstanding examples of the highest ideals of the military service.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 83 (September 27, 1943)
Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio


VAUGHN, JAMES CLYDE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James Clyde Vaughn (0-1289655), 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 20 October 1943, near Leonardo, Italy. During an attack on enemy positions, Lieutenant Vaughn's platoon lost contact with the rest of the Company due to a heavy fog. When the fog lifted slightly, he discovered enemy machine-guns on each flank 50 yards away, and enemy mortar positions to the front. He worked his way around to each member of his platoon giving them encouragement, and then crawled 300 yards under the intense enemy fire to his Company Command Post and asked for supporting fire. He received orders to withdraw, however, and returning to the platoon, personally saw that each of his men knew the situation. When the time came for withdrawal, Lieutenant Vaughn, although wounded, remained behind until certain that all of his platoon had safely withdrawn. Seeing some of his men pinned down by an enemy machine-gun, he personally accounted for the enemy gunner with his pistol, thus silencing the gun and enabling the men to withdraw. Lieutenant Vaughn's courage and leadership under fire 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: Chillicothe, Ohio


VAUGHN, MARION L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Marion L. Vaughn (39215337), Technical Sergeant [then Sergeant], U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 121st Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 December 1944 in the vicinity of *****, Germany. His platoon having been halted by intense enemy artillery, mortar and small arms fire, Sergeant Vaughn went forward alone to locate the enemy strong point. Creeping to a vantage point, he destroyed a machine gun nest with a hand grenade. Under enemy rifle fire, he maneuvered his platoon forward and while so doing noticed the enemy riflemen and silenced their fire with a rifle grenade. Sergeant Vaughn's demonstration of leadership and courage were a source of inspiration to his men and aided materially in the capture of the platoon's objective.
Headquarters, 8th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 33 (February 15, 1945)
Home Town: Washington


VAUGHT, ROY L.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Roy L. Vaught (0-1307889), Captain (Infantry), [then First Lieutenant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, during the period 5 to 6 February 1945, in the vicinity of Philippsbourg, France. Upon receiving instructions to take high ground in a heavily wooded sector, Captain Vaught rallied his company and moved to clear the enemy from the hill. Continuously exposing himself to intensive enemy small arms fire, he moved about his platoons, superbly controlling the attack and successfully accomplishing the mission with a minimum of casualties. After dark, Captain Vaught fell, fracturing two ribs, but knowing the enemy was preparing a counter attack, he refused evacuation. The next day the enemy's counter attack was met and repulsed, owing largely to Captain Vaught's skillful preparation of defensive positions.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 18 (March 16, 1945)

VAUGHT, ROY L.
(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 Roy L. Vaught (0-1307889), Captain (Infantry), [then First Lieutenant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 21 February 1945, in the vicinity of Spicheren, France. Ordered to take heavily fortified bunkers in which the enemy was firmly entrenched on the strategic Spicheren Heights, Captain Vaught skillfully and courageously led his company through a blistering hail of enemy small arms, machine gun, mortar, and artillery fire to accomplish the hazardous mission. Despite three determined enemy counter attacks, the company, under Captain Vaught's superb leadership, held the heights and repelled the enemy, inflicting heavy casualties. The victory, which secured territory commanding important approaches to the Saar Basin, was a severe psychological as well as military blow to the enemy.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 18 (March 16, 1945)
Home Town: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII)


VERNESE, NICOLA A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Nicola A. Vernese (42104244), Private First Class, 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, 9 March, and 7 April 1945. As a medical aid man for a rifle platoon, Private Vernese exposed himself to hostile fire without regard for his own safety in order to bring aid to members of his platoon. On 9 March he moved up under intense artillery and mortar fire, and performed an emergency amputation, saving the life of a wounded soldier. On 7 April he moved into enemy territory under cover of darkness to render aid to a wounded French laborer. Through his actions Private Vernese greatly inspired members of his platoon and his devotion to duty reflects great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 86 (August 10, 1945)
Home Town: New Jersey


VESELY, YARROW D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Yarrow D. Vesely (0-4680), Colonel (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry and dauntless courage action against the enemy in Germany from 7 April 1945 to 12 April 1945. Colonel Vesely, commanding Combat Command "R", 8th Armored Division, was given the mission of clearing the enemy from a sector north of the Ruhr River in the reduction of the Ruhr area fortress. During the entire action he remained in the front lines, instilling confidence in his troops by an heroic example of personal courage. The fighting echelons under his direction overcame stubborn resistance and swept the enemy from their zone of action. In accomplishing his mission, Colonel Vesely displayed remarkable skill and great personal courage under conditions of extreme danger. Colonel Vesely's resolute and heroic action brings great credit upon himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Service.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 67 (July 13, 1945)
Home Town: Iowa


VICKERY, HUGH J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Hugh J. Vickery (20232201), Sergeant [then Private First Class], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company H, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 12 January 1945, near Rothbach, France. Sergeant Vickery, having been wounded and awaiting evacuation, did, when the enemy launched a strong counterattack, in spite of his wounds and with utter disregard for his own safety, return to his machine gun section, assume command and calmly reorganized it. His action inspired such confidence in the men of the section that they successfully repulsed the counterattack. Sergeant Vickery was again wounded in this action but refused to leave his post until the enemy had been driven off.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 93 (August 11, 1945)
Home Town: Buffalo, New York


VOLHEIM, HERMAN M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Herman M. Volheim (0-24593), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action on 21 - 22 January 1944, in the vicinity of San Angelo, Italy. Captain Volheim's battalion was given the mission of attacking well-prepared and defended German positions across the Rapido River. As soon as the first wave crossed the river, intense machine gun fire was encountered. Captain Volheim, in order to establish a position for the battalion command post, went forward with the front line elements of the battalion. Darkness had fallen and visibility became very poor. Exposed to intense mortar and machine gun fire, Captain Volheim crossed flat and heavily mined terrain to aid in the reorganization of the companies and to give instructions to those who were lost. As one company advanced, barbed wire entanglements were encountered on the German main line of resistance. Captain Volheim crawled forward through intense small arms fire and cut the barbed wire to allow the company to advance. He then proceeded back across the heavily mined terrain, re-crossed the river, and led the reserve battalion across the river to its position. Captain Volheim's aggressive leadership, calmness under fire, and devotion to duty were an inspiration to all who witnessed his heroic actions, and his performance reflects the high traditions of the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 5th Army, General Orders No. 77 (1944)
Home Town: Venice, California


VOLLMAR, ROBERT M.
(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 M. Vollmar (35282369), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety while serving with a Field Artillery element of the 9th Infantry Division, on 22 December 1944, during operations in Germany. Sergeant Vollmar'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


VOLPE, ANGELO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Angelo Volpe (16003910), Technician Fifth Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 24th Infantry Division, 300 yards west of the center of Red Beach I, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 25 October 1944. At 0215, the perimeter of the headquarters battery of a field artillery battalion was infiltrated by about ten armed Japanese. A private of the battery was wounded and dragged into the Command Post tent. An aid man was called and, although it was necessary to crawl across an open area from the aid station to the C.P. tent, a distance of approximately thirty yards, under enemy machine gun fire, Technician Volpe answered the call. After rendering first aid to the wounded soldier, Technician Volpe, with utter disregard for his own safety, left the C.P tent under enemy machine gun fire, located the morphine, and returned to administer it to the patient. Technician Volpe's gallant action and superior devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: Eastwood, New South Wales, Australia

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*WAGGONER, ALVIN K. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Alvin K. Waggoner (37151439), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, ** Tank Destroyer Battalion, 63d Infantry Division, in action against the enemy on 19 March 1945, at Ensheim, Germany. In the absence of his platoon leader, Sergeant Waggoner was directing the operations of the Second Platoon in their assault on the Siegfried Line. Upon reaching a position where the infantry he was supporting was held up by heavy enemy fire, Sergeant Waggoner, in order to secure information concerning where they desired the fire of his guns, left the comparative safety of the tank destroyer and proceeded through intense enemy fire to the position of the infantry. After being informed of the strongest points of enemy resistance, he returned to his tank destroyer. As he proceeded to direct the fire of his platoon, he was struck by enemy artillery fire and mortally wounded. His gallant sacrifice is an inspiration to the men he lead and his outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 63d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 63d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 90 (April 11, 1945)
Home Town: Forest City, Missouri
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


WALKER, AUSTIN E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Austin E. Walker (0-1010661), Lieutenant Colonel (Armor), [then Major], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 80th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 8 April and 9 April 1945. Colonel Walker commanded an armored task force. He personally directed a combined tank and infantry attack under heavy mortar and artillery fire. Due to his aggressive leadership and great tactical skill an important enemy strongpoint was captured with very light casualties to his own forces. While continuing the advance his forces encountered a mine field, covered by intense small arms, mortar and artillery fire. Colonel Walker personally reconnoitered the field and directed the clearance. While returning to organize his forces for the advance, he was severely wounded by mortar fire. His courage, leadership and devotion to duty reflect great courage on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 57 (June 29, 1945)
Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana


WALKER, HERBERT A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Herbert A. Walker (35736424), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany from 2 April to 4 April 1945. Private Walker volunteered to serve on a two-man reconnaissance patrol into enemy territory. He crawled to within ten yards of 200 enemy soldiers, obtained vital information and then returned to his platoon with the information as well as two prisoners. Later he went out with a three-man patrol and aided in the capture of an enemy hospital, eight prisoners, the destruction of a Tiger tank and the clearing of houses over a large area. This action was carried out under intense hostile fire. Private Walker's initiative and personal bravery, beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Service of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 24 (May 3, 1945)
Home Town: Highland Park, Michigan


WALL, JACK M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jack M. Wall (39284024), Sergeant [then Corporal], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 April 1945. Engaging the enemy, Sergeant Wall directed tank fire with his own tracer fire. After a base of fire was established, he led his section in an aggressive assault on the strong-point. Later in the day he led his section in a dash toward an enemy town, forcing the enemy to disclose his positions. His actions enabled supporting forces to execute offensive action. His actions 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: California


WALL, STEPHEN J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stephen J. Wall (32863301), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company M, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 25 January 1945, after Staff Sergeant Wall set up his heavy machine gun section to return the intense fire of enemy small arms 100 yards distant, near Houssen, France, the two weapons jammed. Running to the nearest machine gun, he exposed himself for 20 minutes to enemy bullets that killed a man three yards from him and mortar shells bursting 15 yards away, while he repaired the gun. He then dashed 150 yards over to the second gun and spent 15 minutes under fire repairing it. When the first weapon jammed again, Staff Sergeant Wall fixed it and then personally engaged a hostile machine gun, silencing it in a 15-minute duel. Turning his weapon on other hostile emplacements, he laid down such accurate fire that he drove back all enemy attempts to counter-attack.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 223 (June 23, 1945)
Home Town: Bronx, New York


WALLACE, ROBERT J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert J. Wallace (0-8260), Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy in Germany from 26 March 1945 to 31 March 1945. During this period Colonel Wallace, in Command of Combat Command "R", 6th Armored Division, was given the mission of crossing the Rhine and driving the enemy from the Recklinghausen sector of the strongly fortified Ruhr industrial area. Deploying his task force in such a manner as to force the enemy to spend superior forces in a piecemeal manner he gained a tactical advantage, and successfully accomplished his mission. Throughout the entire operation Colonel Wallace remained forward with the front line troops to give them courage and direction. His fine strategy and personal courage in the face of enemy fire throughout this operation are worthy of the highest commendation. Colonel Wallace's efficient and heroic personal conduct against a determined and numerically superior enemy reflects great credit upon himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Service.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 67 (July 13, 1945)
Home Town: Palma Sola Park, Florida


*WARDELL, ROBERT H. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert H. Wardell (0-551903), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 5 January 1945, near Wingen, France. Assigned the dangerous mission of taking a fortified enemy machine gun position, Lieutenant Waddell maneuvered his platoon into attack, only to be thrown back by heavy machine gun fire. Utterly disregarding his own safety, Lieutenant Wardell bravely moved alone to within ten feet of the enemy emplacement and while attempting to knock out the position with hand grenades, was mortally wounded by machine gun fire. His gallant action by diverting the enemy fire, permitted the platoon to advance and take the enemy position. His sacrifice reflects the finest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 17 (March 14, 1945)
Home Town: Arcadia, California


WATSON, EARL D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Earl D. Watson (36614675), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with the Medical Detachment, 18th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized), on 16 December 1944, in Belgium. Technician Fifth Grade Watson voluntarily crossed more than three hundred yards of fire-swept terrain to reach a severely wounded soldier. Despite the presence of enemy riflemen nearby, Technician Fifth Grade Watson administered immediate first aid. Observing the wounded man's condition to be critical, he signaled for a vehicle and directed his evacuation to an aid station. On two other occasions, Technician Fifth Grade Watson again displayed courage and bravery by advancing through devastating artillery and small arms fire to render medical care to other wounded soldiers.
Headquarters, 1st Army, General Orders No. 26 (February 14, 1945)
Home Town: Illinois


WAYMIRE, VERNON E.
(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 Vernon E. Waymire (0-2005580), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), 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 21 April 1945, in Germany. First Lieutenant Waymire'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: Mississippi
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (WWII)


WEEKS, HERSCHEL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Herschel Weeks (7007905), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company M, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in the vicinity of Troina, Sicily, on 6 august 1943. Sergeant Weeks fearlessly proceeded over terrain swept by intense hostile mortar, machine gun and small-arms fire, selected advantageous positions, located every opportunity, and directed effective machine-gun fire against the enemy positions. His undaunted courage and daring initiative enabled his company to advance and to capture a number of the enemy. Sergeant Weeks'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. 23 (May 27, 1944)
Home Town: Alabama


*WELCH, DEMMER G. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Demmer G. Welch (37061347), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company A, 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 24 February 1945, near Saarbrucken, Germany. Staff Sergeant Welch commanded a rifle squad when a strong enemy counterattack was launched against his position. When his BAR men became casualties, Staff Sergeant Welch, appreciating the necessity for immediate fire power, picked up the BAR and, utterly disregarding his own safety in the face of continuous enemy fire, moved forward firing from the hip until he knocked out an enemy machine gun which had been firing upon his squad. Though he was killed by enemy fire shortly thereafter, Staff Sergeant Welch's gallant action had saved his squad from possible annihilation, and helped immeasurably in repelling the enemy attack.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 24 (March 29, 1945)
Home Town: Junction City, Arkansas


WEST, EDWARD G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward G. West (15101851), Staff 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 1 April 1945, in Germany. Staff Sergeant West'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: Indiana


WEST, LAMBERT N.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lambert N. West (13097029), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company M, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 20 February 1945, at Forbach, France. When the advance of attacking rifle troops was suddenly halted by heavy enemy automatic weapons and sniper fire from concealed positions, Private First Class West, with the assistance of a comrade, courageously set up his heavy machine gun in an exposed position and boldly opened fire on the enemy positions. Ordering his comrade back to safety, he so harassed the enemy with heavy fire that the riflemen were able to take safe cover for a renewed assault upon the enemy. Further endangering his life, he then assisted a wounded rifleman to safety, returning later to recover his weapon. His prompt and gallant action prevented many casualties and permitted the troops to regroup at a moment when disorganization seemed imminent.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 22 (March 23, 1945)
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


*WHEATLEY, JAMES DAVID, JR. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James David Wheatley, Jr. (0-1301066), First Lieutenant (Infantry), 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 April 5, 1945, in Italy. First Lieutenant Wheatley's company was ordered to take and hold a high peak in the vicinity of Mount Belvedere to secure its battalion's right flank. When the company was halted by intense enemy small arms, mortar, and artillery fire, First Lieutenant Wheatley proceeded to reconnoiter the hostile positions. He worked his way 200 yards over open terrain under constant sniper and mortar fire to an abandoned enemy bunker on a high mound. He had no sooner reached the position than the foe scored a direct hit on the bunker. Though his carbine was rendered useless and he was wounded in two places, First Lieutenant Wheatley remained to complete his observation. Returning to the company, he directed artillery fire upon the foe, forcing him to abandon a bunker and a machine gun position. When numerous snipers also withdrew, he led the company in seizing the objective. First Lieutenant Wheatley's aggressive performance reflects great credit on the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 83 (September 24, 1945)
Born: January 21, 1945 at Rome, Georgia
Home Town: Demopolis, Alabama


WHEATLEY, WALTER L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Walter L. Wheatley (16146231), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Holland and Germany during the period 21 February 1945 to 10 March 1945. Sergeant Wheatley personally laid and maintained telephone lines between the battalion and company CPs. On numerous occasions, when artillery and mortar fire had forced others to take cover, Sergeant Wheatley was busy checking his wires and repairing breaks. He was frequently exposed to enemy fire. His devotion to duty and courage were an inspiration to all and reflect credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 15 (March 27, 1945)
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


WHEELER, PERLEY W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Perley W. Wheeler (6152543), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Tank Driver with Company B, 21st Tank Battalion, 10th Armored Division, at Meckesheim, Germany, on 1 April 1945. Although severely burned, Technician Fifth Grade Wheeler braved fierce enemy fire to evacuate his wounded tank commander, refusing aid until assured of the safe evacuation of his comrade. 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: Northfield, Vermont


WHIPP, DAVID M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Army Award) to David M. Whipp (K-100010), Lieutenant, U.S. Cost and Geodetic Survey, for gallantry in action while serving with the 1st Field Observation Battalion from 14 March to 24 March 1943, during the attack on El Guettar, Tunisia. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Lieutenant Whipp proceeded in advance of the Infantry to establish survey control for all of the Artillery to be engaged in this attack. By his actions Lieutenant Whipp accomplished this survey control two days prior to the time that our Artillery occupied these positions, despite heavy enemy shell fire. On *** April 1943 near Korian, Tunisia, Lieutenant Whipp was assigned the mission of establishing the survey control of a forward Flash Ranging Observation Post. After setting up his survey instruments at the O.P., which was under fire from enemy artillery, Lieutenant Whipp observed an enemy battery. Though not a trained artilleryman, he contacted the Corps Artillery fire direction center by radio and called for fire on the enemy battery. He succeeded in neutralizing this and other enemy batteries comprising a battalion of Artillery. By his coolness, courage, and devotion to duty Lieutenant Whipp was an inspiration to his men and is deserving of the highest praise, exemplifying the highest traditions of United States Armed forces.
Headquarters, 13th Field Artillery Brigade, General Orders 14 (May 1, 1943)


WHITNEY, GEORGE R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George R. Whitney (02035993), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), 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. While advancing upon two enemy pillboxes, a member of Lieutenant Whitney's platoon was wounded and fell into the fire land. With complete disregard for his own safety, Lieutenant Whitney, together with another soldier, went out into the open fire lane under heavy enemy fire and carried the wounded man to safety. Lieutenant Whitney's outstanding display of courage in unhesitatingly risking his life to save one of his men reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 29 (December 5, 1944)
Home Town: San Francisco, California


WHITTAKER, DAVID S.
(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 David S. Whittaker (0-2005236), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, on 25 February 1945, in Germany. Lieutenant Whittaker was leading an assault when he noticed a vehicle loaded with enemy soldiers approaching him. After signaling for all to take a prone position, he waited until the vehicle was thirty yards from him and then gallantly leaped into the middle of the road and fired his sub-machine gun, killing two of the enemy and forcing the others to seek shelter in a nearby barn. Displaying great heroism, Lieutenant Whittaker hurled his empty gun into the group of enemy and then used his pistol. The enemy were so demoralized by his aggressive actions that they quickly surrendered.
Headquarters, 30th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 137 (June 1, 1945)
Home Town: New York
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (WWII)


WILES, STANLEY T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stanley T. Wiles (37481124), Staff Sergeant [then Sergeant], U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company F, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 13 March 1945, near Forbach, France. When a heavy concentration of enemy mortar and 88-mm. fire killed or wounded all but two members of his squad, Staff Sergeant Wiles crawled 50 yards under enemy machine gun and rifle fire to retrieve a Browning Automatic Rifle, and remained in position firing to hold off an enemy counterattack. Utilizing a wounded comrade to fill the clips, he continued to fire his weapon for over 45 minutes, single-handedly breaking up the enemy counterattack in his sector and inflicting heavy casualties.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 93 (August 11, 1945)
Home Town: Weeping Water, Nebraska


WILKINSON, ROY H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Roy H. Wilkinson (37777003), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 145th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division at Luzon, Philippine Islands. A small patrol was probing enemy positions in a heavily wooded area near Callao on 8 July 1945, when it met intense hostile fire and a considerable Japanese force tried to encircle the group. The small force immediately withdrew to the main American force, when it was discovered that one member of the patrol was missing. While our forces withdrew to the high ground about 500 yards to the rear, Private First Class George DeVries and Private First Class Roy H. Wilkinson and a companion voluntarily moved forward again into the dense woods to search for the missing man. Although exposed to continual fire from the approaching enemy, they searched until they found the soldier, who had been badly wounded and was unable to move. After applying first aid, they placed the casualty upon a shelter half and while exposed to mortar and machine gun fire and under immediate threat of encirclement carried him approximately 600 yards until they reached the retiring American force. The courage and determination of Private First Class DeVries and Private First Class Wilkinson saved their comrade's life, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 37th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 324 (October 2, 1945)
Home Town: Storm Lake, Iowa


WILLEY, DALE B.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal to Dale B. Willey (31100362), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company B, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in Germany on 26 November 1944. Private First Class Willey'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: Harrington, Maine
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII)


WILLIAMS, CURTIS A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Curtis A. Williams (34426925), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 1st Infantry Division. Despite heavy enemy tank and artillery fire, Private First Class Williams left a place of cover and crept to the aid of a severely wounded man. He then proceeded to the rear, obtained a vehicle, and, although inexperienced as a driver, drove the wounded soldier to an aid station.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 64 (November 23, 1943)
Home Town: Marks, Mississippi


WILLIAMS, KENNETH V.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenneth V. Williams (16025149), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 741st Tank Battalion, 6th Armored Division, in support of the 1st Infantry Division, at Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944. Sergeant Williams landed his tank on an enemy-held beach. While engaging an anti-tank gun position his vehicle was hit and Sergeant Williams was wounded. Disregarding his wound, he continued the attack, destroying the emplacement. He then advanced, destroying numerous machine gun positions which were holding up advance of the infantry. When his tank hit a mine, Sergeant Williams, still ignoring his wound, continued to fight on with his company, refusing evacuation until the following day. His courage and devotion beyond the call of duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 78 (July 31, 1945)
Home Town: Illinois


WILLIAMS, MURRY M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Murry M. Williams (37037348), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters Battery, 175th Field Artillery Battalion, 34th Infantry Division, on ** April 1943, in the vicinity of *****, Tunisia, North Africa. About noon, while on duty at a forward observation post, Corporal Williams sighted a wounded infantry man lying some distance in front of the observation post and despite heavy machine gun, mortar and anti-tank fire, and disregarding his own safety, made two separate trips to the wounded man to bring him water and to make him comfortable. At dusk Corporal Williams, with a companion, again went forward and evacuated the wounded man. The courage and coolness under fire displayed by Corporal Williams is meritorious and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 17 (May 28, 1943)


WILLIAMS, ROBERT P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert P. Williams (14024899), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, in Germany on 2 march 1945. When members of his unit were subjected to sniper fire, Private Williams voluntarily left the defense area and began examining houses, dug-outs and other positions where snipers might be found. While so engaged he was fired upon and forced to take cover. Despite this fire, Private Williams advanced upon the enemy positions and called upon its occupant to surrender. Upon receiving further fire in reply, Private Williams dashed for the entrance of the dug- out. As a result of his initiative and courage an SS Lieutenant was taken prisoner. Private Williams' initiative and personal courage reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 79 (August 2, 1945)
Home Town: Georgia


*WILLOUGHBY, SAMPSON C. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Sampson C. Willoughby (35097978), Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company D, 36th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. Sergeant Willoughby dismounted from his tank under a hail of mortar and machine gun fire to hook a tow cable to his tank which had stalled during intense enemy action. After the vehicle had been started, he again dismounted to uncouple the tow cable. While so doing, he was fatally wounded. His action were an example to all and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 24 (May 3, 1945)
Home Town: Bartholomew County, Kentucky


WILSON, ADDISON G., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Addison G. Wilson, Jr. (0-409709), Captain, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action on 6 December 1944 in the vicinity of Mount Defense, Italy. While descending a trail down the mountain which had been zeroed in by enemy mortars, Captain Brown and Major Maurice K. Brown were caught in a heavy mortar concentration which killed four of our infantry and wounded several others. Repeatedly exposing themselves to continued mortar and artillery fire they gave first aid to the wounded. Then they proceeded over a stretch of the trail and of open ground which was receiving extremely heavy shell fire in order to reach the nearest Aid Station and notify litter bearers where the wounded were located. Their repeated risk of their lives in voluntarily exposing themselves to heavy mortar and shell fire was far beyond the call of duty and reflects the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, II Corps, General Orders No. 36 (June 9, 1944)
Born: at McKinney, Texas
Home Town: McKinney, Texas


WISE, KENNETH I.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenneth I. Wise, Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters Battery, 7th Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, in action in the vicinity of El Guettar, Tunisia, on 30 March 1943. Private Wise voluntarily proceeded under heavy enemy machine gun, mortar and small arms fire to establish an artillery observation post in advance of the foremost infantry elements. His successful accomplishment of this mission assured close artillery support and facilitated the advance of the infantry.
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 1 (January 281944)


WOOD, DONALD S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald S. Wood (36738425), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 16 February 1945 and 29 March 1945. Private Wood was mounted on the lead vehicle of a reconnaissance patrol. When the vehicle struck a mine, seriously wounding the driver and stunning the section leader, he immediately rendered aid to the driver, then helped the section sergeant reorganize his men. On another occasion, after contact had been made with the enemy under extremely adverse conditions, Private Wood volunteered to stay in position and maintain contact. On the following morning he volunteered to serve as driver of the lead vehicle, the original driver having become a casualty. While driving the vehicle, he struck a mine, wounding the platoon leader and drawing immediate, intense artillery fire. Disregarding his own safety, Private Wood rendered aid to the wounded platoon leader. 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: Illinois


WRIGHT, HARRY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harry Wright (35568345), 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 First Class Wright 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 First Class Wright 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: Indiana


WRIGHT, RANDALL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Randall Wright (35878435), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company E, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, on 6 February 1945, in France. Learning of an intricate system of enemy trench works immediately to his company's front, Private First Class Wright, with two comrades, moved out to reconnoiter the positions. Encountering heavy machine gun fire, Private First Class Wright, realizing that his companions were in grave danger, crawled forward under the hostile fire and with well-placed rifle shots silenced the enemy gun, killing two of the crew and taking three prisoners. Later in the day he moved forward to an exposed position and by deliberately engaging a fortified enemy emplacement in a fire fight, enabled his platoon to resume its advance around the distracted position. His gallant action reflects a high standard of military service.
Headquarters, 70th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 93 (August 11, 1945)
Home Town: Falmouth, Kentucky


WYLIE, CHALMERS P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Chalmers P. Wylie, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action on 23 March 1945, while serving with the 117th Infantry Regiment in Germany. When the Aid Station, of which Lieutenant Wylie was Assistant Battalion Surgeon, crossed the Rhine River, the various sections were scattered and disorganized by heavy enemy artillery, mortar, and small arms fire. Lieutenant Wylie courageously moved from one end of the battalion sector to the other contacting his men. Despite the intense fire, he reorganized his section and set up for operation. Then under concentrated hostile mortar fire, he led the way into a minefield and evacuated wounded men. Lieutenant Wylie's fearless actions and ability to overcome all obstacles saved the lives of a number of wounded men.

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YAGI, TOM
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Tom Yagi (39089929), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, Near Monte Folgorito and Tendola, Italy, from 5 to 20 April 1945. Private First Class Yagi gave aid to his wounded comrades under the most dangerous of conditions, selflessly tending to their needs before his own. His magnificent courage was demonstrated during a mortar barrage when he went to rescue a wounded comrade, attempting to shield the wounded man against the shell fragments, and in so doing was wounded himself. His courage was exceptional, his devotion to his comrades was in keeping with the finest tradition of the Untied States Army Medical Corps and reflected great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 22 (January 22, 1946)
Home Town: Fairfield, California


YAMADA, TOKUNDRI
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Tokundri Yamada (30103141), 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 17 July 1944, in the vicinity of Luciana, Italy. When an enemy machine gun emplaced in a house was holding up the company's advance, Sergeant (the Technician Fifth Grade) Yamada voluntarily advanced with two comrades through continuous sniper, mortar and artillery fire and destroyed the gun. Another machine gun position was discovered nearby, and without hesitation, Sergeant Yamada and his comrades advanced and killed the two Germans manning the gun by the use of their hand grenades and rifles. The courage and determination displayed by Sergeant Yamada was a key factor in the Battalion's successful attack.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 123 (November 4, 1944)
Home Town: Lihua, Mauai, Hawaii


YAMAKAWA, SUEYOSHI
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Sueyoshi Yamakawa (30100468), 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 22 January 1944, in the vicinity of Cassino, Italy. While detached from a daylight patrol on a special reconnaissance mission within enemy territory, Private First Class Yamakawa and a comrade were attacked from their rear by seven Germans armed with machine pistols. Surprising his comrade and quickly overpowering him, the Germans demanded that Private First Class Yamakawa surrender, emphasizing their demands by throwing a hand grenade at him. Realizing t hat he must return with the information he had obtained, Private First Class Yamakawa reciprocated by throwing two fragmentation grenades in their midst. Unprepared for this daring, the enemy scattered, and taking advantage of their confusion, Private First Class Yamakawa ran to a nearby irrigation ditch and dived into the swift-flowing water. Then swimming down the ditch about 300 yards, he succeeded in eluding them and returned to the patrol rendezvous with considerable information concerning enemy positions in the vicinity. Private First Class Yamakawa's courage in the face of grave danger was exemplary and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (April 29, 1944)
Home Town: Makawele, Kauai, Hawaii


YAMAMOTO, KAZUNOBO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kazunobo Yamamoto (30101434), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company F, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on ** November 1943, in Italy. During a heavy artillery barrage preceding an enemy counterattack, Private First Class Yamamoto was wounded and was bleeding about the ears and nose. In spite of his wounds he refused medical treatment, and insisted on remaining at his 60-mm. mortar. Throughout the ensuing enemy counterattack, Private First Class Yamamoto stayed with his gun, firing with accurate and devastating effect on the attacking forces, which consisted of an entire German company. His efficient gunnery inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy and was an important factor in repelling the attack. He left his post only when ordered to do so, when it was learned that he was suffering from a serious wound which needed immediate attention. Private First Class Yamamoto's courage, determination and devotion to duty 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. 6 (January 25, 1944)
Home Town: Hilo, Hawaii


YAMANE, HAJIME
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Hajime Yamane (30102180), Technical Sergeant, 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, near Biffontaine, France, on 18 October 1944. As Acting Platoon Sergeant in Company B, Technical Sergeant Yamane volunteered to flank a strong enemy force that was preventing his platoon's advance. Moving forward alone under the covering fire of his comrades, he dashed twenty yards through a clearing under hostile fire in order to engage the nearest enemy machine gun. Quickly crawling forward to an advantageous position, he destroyed the emplacement with several bursts of automatic rifle fire, killing two enemy gunners. Then, exposing himself to the enemy's weapons, he boldly rushed a second machine gun and silenced it by killing the gunner, and with a well-thrown grenade, mortally wounded one of the enemy crew. By destroying the two machine gun positions, Technical Sergeant Yamane forced the enemy to withdraw, thus enabling his company to advance and occupy its objective. The outstanding courage and inspiring leadership of Technical Sergeant Yamane typified the finest traditions of an American Infantryman.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 263 (October 9, 1945)
Home Town: Waipahe, Hawaii


YAMASAKI, TED T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ted T. Yamasaki (39094139), 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, near Mount Fragolita, Italy, on 5 April 1945. Leading his squad to assault heavily defended enemy positions, Sergeant Yamasaki, without regard for his own personal safety, succeeded in killing a sniper who had pinned down the squad, despite the fact that he himself was being fired upon by a machine pistol. Locating a machine gun, and with the utmost courage, he crawled up a cliff to destroy the position with a grenade, killing one of the crew and shooting one more as they fled. Sergeant Yamasaki's conspicuous gallantry in action was in keeping with the highest tradition of the United States.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 7 (January 11, 1946)


YAMASHIGE, FRED H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Fred H. Yamashige (30106044), Sergeant, 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 36th Infantry Division, on 22 October 1944, near Biffontaine, France. When the rifle company which his machine gun was supporting entered the town of Biffontaine, France, Sergeant Yamashige fearlessly led his men through intense 20 millimeter gun fire to a building in the town for the purpose of protecting his company's right flank and rear. After supervising the installation of the machine gun, Sergeant Yamashige, with complete disregard for his own safety, picked up a rifle from a fallen enemy soldier and pursued the fleeing Germans. Despite intense small arms fire, he shot one enemy soldier and wounded two others. Sergeant Yamashige's courage, initiative and leadership were instrumental in effecting the successful occupation of the town.
Headquarters, 7th Army, General Orders No. 17 (January 24, 1945)
Home Town: Pelehu, Keahu, Maui, Hawaii


YAMASHIRO, GORDON KENSHI (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gordon Kenshi Yamashiro (30105540), 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 17 July 1944, in the vicinity of Luciana, Italy. When an enemy machine gun nest in a building pinned down and halted the advance of his platoon during the attack on Luciana, Sergeant Yamashiro on his own initiative ran diagonally across the machine gun's sector of fire with the intention of knocking it out with a hand grenade. Enemy bullets missed him by inches and as he reached a corner of the building enemy snipers opened up on him. Undeterred, Sergeant Yamashiro threw a hand grenade through the window, killing two and wounding three of the enemy and wiping out the machine gun nest. Sergeant Yamashiro's aggressiveness and daring broke a one-hour stalemate and led to the capture of Luciana itself later that evening.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 110 (October 21, 1944)
Born: October 26, 1941 at Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


YAMASHIRO, SETZUO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Setzuo Yamashiro (30104473), Private First Class, 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 Casala, Italy, on 18 April 1945. During the rescue of a patrol from another company, Private First Class Yamashiro dashed across fifty yards of open ground under enemy fire to a strategic house. He was seriously wounded, but he helped his comrades fire a machine gun on hostile positions. Although the enemy concentrated their efforts on the automatic weapon, he maintained his post and pinned down a large portion of the hostile forces, enabling another squad to rescue the patrol. Private First Class Yamashiro's courageous actions were exemplary and reflect the highest traditions of the Army of the United States.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 311 (December 6, 1945)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


YATES, GEORGE C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George C. Yates, Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action at Cebu, Phillipine Islands on 29 March 1945. During an advance along a heavily mined road, Private Yates was a member of a group acting as security for a group of mine detector operators and demolition men who were locating and disarming mines in front of a column of tanks. Soon after the advance started enemy cross fire killed two men and seriously wounded three others. It was impossible for the tanks to move forward without crushing the wounded and dead men. Realizing this, Private Yates and another member of the squad crawled under the cross fire to the wounded men and dragged them from the path of the tanks. They then crawled out and moved the dead men to the side of the road, thus enabling the tanks to move forward and neutralize the enemy position. Private Yates' courage and disregard for his own safety aided immeasurably in saving the lives of the three wounded soldiers.


YOKOMIZO, YOSHIO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Yoshio Yokomizo (39928161), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 20 April 1945, in Italy. Private First Class Yokomizo's platoon was ambushed by elements of the enemy organized above a well-concealed machine gun. In the first burst of fire, his squad leader was seriously wounded, falling where he had been hit. Due to the wounds, the injured man was unable to move from a position exposed to hostile observation and fire. Private First Class Yokomizo began crawling forward dragging his BAR presenting a good target to the enemy. Disregarding the fire of the enemy directed solely at him, Private First Class Yokomizo managed to work to within 50 yards of the enemy machine gun. He opened fire and killed the gunner with his first burst and three more of the foe in subsequent exchange of fire. The remaining hostile troops fled in disorder and allowed his platoon to evacuate the wounded leader. Private First Class Yokomizo's courageous actions reflect great credit on the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 95 (October 5, 1945)
Home Town: Ogden, Utah


YORITA, RICHARD T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard T. Yorita (30105218), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 8 April 1945, in Italy. Private First Class Yorita, gunner in a light machine gun section, decided to better his position so as to get a clearer field of fire and observation on enemy emplacements. Disregarding the raking machine gun fire which swept the terrain about him, he dashed from cover to within 30 yards with his machine gun to an abandoned foxhole. He set up his gun for action and with the first burst of his weapon he drew the fire of the hostile machine gun. Disregarding the fire, he dueled with the hostile gunner for five minutes until he had knocked out the hostile weapon. In the meantime, he had drawn the fire of another machine gun and he immediately turned his weapon on the new emplacement and engaged it while exposed waist-high from his foxhole. He silenced this weapon by killing the two occupants with well-aimed fire. Private First Class Yorita's courage and willingness to engage the foe exemplified the highest gallantry of the American Soldier.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 95 (October 5, 1945)
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


*YOSHIDA, MINORU M. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Minoru M. Yoshida (39087324), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 31 October 1944, in France. When his patrol was subjected to a surprise enemy attack, Private First Class Yoshida crawled under fire to a position from which he could engage the enemy with a BAR. Disregarding enemy fire directed upon him, Private First Class Yoshida neutralized part of the enemy fire but simultaneously drew fire from other enemy positions. Although fatally wounded in his heroic action, he enabled his patrol to secure cover relieving it from an untenable position. Private First Class Yoshida's gallantry at the sacrifice of his life exemplified the traditional valor of the American Soldier.
Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 18 (1945)
Home Town: San Francisco, California


YOSHIDA, YOSHIHARU EDWARD (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Yoshiharu Edward Yoshida (30100628), Corporal, 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 ** October 1943, in Italy. Corporal Yoshida, having been instructed to cover a certain road position, engaged three hostile armored reconnaissance cars which advanced towards his position. Permitting the leading vehicle to approach to within thirty-five yards of him, Corporal Yoshida fired upon it, inflicting considerable damage. His action, as well as the enemy's discovery of the presence of opposing forces, effected the retreat of the three vehicles, but at the same time evoked intense machine gun, artillery, and mortar fire. Nevertheless, Corporal Yoshida stuck to his post and prepared to fire in the event of another armored attack. The coolness and devotion to duty displayed by Corporal Yoshida in the face of grave danger was an inspiration to his comrades and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 48 (December 3, 1943)
Born: June 17, 1918 28, 1913 at Naalehu, Hawaii
Home Town: Naalehu, Hawaii


*YOSHINAGA, AKIRA (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Akira Yoshinaga (39164669), Technician Fourth Grade, 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, in the vicinity of Bruyeres, France, on 17 October 1944. During an assault upon enemy position, the advance by heavy artillery and automatic weapons fire. Although painfully wounded in the right foot early in the engagement, Technician Fourth Grade Yoshinaga stayed with his men, refusing to withdraw to the rear to obtain medical attention. In a determined effort extricate his squad from a desperate situation, he exposed himself to the enemy in order to bring accurate fire to bear on his positions, and while thus engaged was fatally shot by a German sniper. By his courage and supreme devotion to duty, Technician Fourth Grade Yoshinaga was a source of inspiration to his men and reflects honor upon himself and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 7, (January 29, 1945)
Born: September 2, 1918 at Los Angeles, California
Home Town: Los Angeles, California

Z

ZEEK, ERNEST G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ernest G. Zeek, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with a military operation against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 387th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. While leading his platoon in an attack on Heuboddenburg, Germany, on 9 April 1945, Lieutenant Zeek and his men came under heavy fire from 20-mm. and machine gun fire which halted their advance. Arming himself with an automatic rifle, Lieutenant Zeek fearlessly moved forward alone to a position 200 yards away from which he could place fire upon an enemy 20-mm. gun. From a standing position Lieutenant Zeek killed the enemy gunner, wounded an assistant and forced the withdrawal of the rest of the gun crew. With heavy small arms and artillery fire falling about him, Lieutenant Zeek kept up a persistent fire and effectively stopped several attempts on the part of the enemy to put the gun into operation again. Lieutenant Zeek's aggressiveness 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: Oregon


*ZICK, LOUIS R. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Louis R. Zick (32182572), Private, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, ** Infantry Regiment, on ** May 1943, in Tunisia, North Africa. When the advance of an infantry patrol was held up by enemy machine gun fire, Private Zick volunteered to go with a combat patrol to try and destroy the enemy machine gun. The mission was accomplished but during the action Private Zick was killed by fire from another enemy machine gun. The courage and devotion to duty shown by Private Zick 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: Woodridge, New Jersey
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


ZINSCHLAG, EDWARD N.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward N. Zinschlag, Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action as an Army Surgeon during the siege of Bastogne in December 1944. Captain Zinschlag volunteered to fly to the American strongpoint by glider and performed a number of surgical operations in the 48 hours before tanks arrived to rescue the beleaguered infantry troops. Captain Zinschlag'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, 3d Army, General Orders No. 3 (1945)
Home Town: Beckemeyer, Illinois


ZUCCARELLA, ROCCO M. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Rocco M. Zuccarella (42059001), Staff Sergeant [then Private], 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. Under intense enemy fire Sergeant Zuccarella covered members of his platoon with machine gun fire while they took cover. He then advanced 800 yards under machine gun, artillery, mortar and small arms fire to lead twelve men to safety. Sergeant Zuccarella's actions reflect greatest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 15 (March 27, 1945)
Home Town: New York, NY


*ZUCK, VICTOR M. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Victor M. Zuck (0-1061915), Second Lieutenant (Cavalry), 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. Attacking along a road completely covered by anti-tank weapons, Lieutenant Zuck advanced his tank without regard to personal safety. His gallant assault added greatly to the impetus of the action and enabled his company to penetrate a heavily fortified enemy position. Lieutenant Zuck's tank had overrun the enemy position when it was finally knocked out by anti-tank guns. Lieutenant Zuck was killed. His gallantry and courage in the face of enemy fire were an inspiration to all and 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: Erie County, New York

 

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