The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
ROUH, CARLTON ROBERT
Rank and Organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine
Corps Reserve, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and Date
Peleliu Island, Palau group, 15 September 1944. Entered Service at: New Jersey. Born:
11 May 1919, Lindenwold, N.J.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty while attached to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, during
action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu Island, Palau group, 15 September 1944.
Before permitting his men to use an enemy dugout as a position for an 81-mm. mortar
observation post, 1st Lt. Rouh made a personal reconnaissance of the pillbox and, upon
entering, was severely wounded by Japanese rifle fire from within. Emerging from the
dugout, he was immediately assisted by 2 marines to a less exposed area but, while
receiving first aid, was further endangered by an enemy grenade which was thrown into
their midst. Quick to act in spite of his weakened condition, he lurched to a crouching
position and thrust both men aside, placing his own body between them and the grenade and
taking the full blast of the explosion himself. His exceptional spirit of loyalty and
self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death reflects the highest credit upon 1st
Lt. Rouh and the U.S. Naval Service.