The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*VAN NOY, JUNIOR
Rank and Organization: Private, U.S. Army,
Headquarters Company, Shore Battalion, Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment. Place and Date
Near Finschafen, New Guinea, 17 October 1943. Entered Service at: Preston, Idaho. Birth:
Grace, Idaho. G.O. No.: 17, 26 February 1944.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with
the enemy near Finschafen, New Guinea, on 17 October 1943. When wounded late in September,
Pvt. Van Noy declined evacuation and continued on duty. On 17 October 1943 he was gunner
in charge of a machinegun post only 5 yards from the water's edge when the alarm was given
that 3 enemy barges loaded with troops were approaching the beach in the early morning
darkness. One landing barge was sunk by Allied fire, but the other 2 beached 10 yards from
Pvt. Van Noy's emplacement. Despite his exposed position, he poured a withering hail of
fire into the debarking enemy troops. His loader was wounded by a grenade and evacuated.
Pvt. Van Noy, also grievously wounded, remained at his post, ignoring calls of nearby
soldiers urging him to withdraw, and continued to fire with deadly accuracy. He expended
every round and was found, covered with wounds dead beside his gun. In this action Pvt.
Van Noy killed at least half of the 39 enemy taking part in the landing. His heroic
tenacity at the price of his life not only saved the lives of many of his comrades, but
enabled them to annihilate the attacking detachment.