The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*MOSKALA, EDWARD J.
Rank and Organization: Private First Class, U.S.
Army, Company C, 383d Infantry, 96th Infantry Division. Place and Date Kakazu
Ridge, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 9 April 1945. Entered Service at: Chicago, Ill.
Born: 6 November 1921, Chicago, Ill. G.O. No.: 21, 26 February 1946.
He was the leading element when grenade explosions and concentrated machinegun and mortar
fire halted the unit's attack on Kakazu Ridge, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. With utter
disregard for his personal safety, he charged 40 yards through withering, grazing fire and
wiped out 2 machinegun nests with well-aimed grenades and deadly accurate fire from his
automatic rifle. When strong counterattacks and fierce enemy resistance from other
positions forced his company to withdraw, he voluntarily remained behind with 8 others to
cover the maneuver. Fighting from a critically dangerous position for 3 hours, he killed
more than 25 Japanese before following his surviving companions through screening smoke
down the face of the ridge to a gorge where it was discovered that one of the group had
been left behind, wounded. Unhesitatingly, Pvt. Moskala climbed the bullet-swept slope to
assist in the rescue, and, returning to lower ground, volunteered to protect other wounded
while the bulk of the troops quickly took up more favorable positions. He had saved
another casualty and killed 4 enemy infiltrators when he was struck and mortally wounded
himself while aiding still another disabled soldier. With gallant initiative, unfaltering
courage, and heroic determination to destroy the enemy, Pvt. Moskala gave his life in his
complete devotion to his company's mission and his comrades' well-being. His intrepid
conduct provided a lasting inspiration for those with whom he served.