The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*MAGRATH, JOHN D.
Rank and Organization: Private First Class, U.S.
Army, Company G, 85th Infantry, 10th Mountain Division. Place and Date Near Castel
d'Aiano, Italy, 14 April 1945. Entered Service at: East Norwalk, Conn. Birth:
East Norwalk, Conn. G.O. No.: 71, 17 July 1946.
Citation: He displayed
conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty when his company
was pinned down by heavy artillery, mortar, and small arms fire, near Castel d'Aiano,
Italy. Volunteering to act as a scout, armed with only a rifle, he charged headlong into
withering fire, killing 2 Germans and wounding 3 in order to capture a machinegun.
Carrying this enemy weapon across an open field through heavy fire, he neutralized 2 more
machinegun nests; he then circled behind 4 other Germans, killing them with a burst as
they were firing on his company. Spotting another dangerous enemy position to this right,
he knelt with the machinegun in his arms and exchanged fire with the Germans until he had
killed 2 and wounded 3. The enemy now poured increased mortar and artillery fire on the
company's newly won position. Pfc. Magrath fearlessly volunteered again to brave the
shelling in order to collect a report of casualties. Heroically carrying out this task, he
made the supreme sacrifice--a climax to the valor and courage that are in keeping with
highest traditions of the military service.