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To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting:

This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Takes Pride in Presenting


THE 
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
to

KACZMARCK, CARL R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carl R. Kaczmarck, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 November 1942, in North Africa. Sergeant Kaczmarck's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Allied Force Headquarters, General Orders No. 9 (1943)


KAICH, ELMER W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Elmer W. Kaich, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 362d Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 September 1944. Technical Sergeant Kaich's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 91st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 111 (1945)


*KAISER, ARTHUR W. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Arthur W. Kaiser (0-420553), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 121st Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 August 1944. Spearheading a battalion attack upon an enemy fortified line, Captain Kaiser, far in advance of his men, courageously led his company through dangerous anti-personnel minefields, barbed wire entanglements, tank barriers, artillery barrages and grazing machine gun fire from concrete pillboxes and bunkers. Patrols of adjacent units reached the rear of the battalion objective and limited his company's fire to small arms and grenades. When the objective was within assault range, Captain Kaiser, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, fearlessly advanced ahead of his troops to begin a vicious bayonet and grenade charge. In the bitter hand-to-hand fighting which ensued, twenty-nine prisoners were captured and numerous casualties were inflicted upon the enemy. Captain Kaiser's inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 84 (November 21, 1944)
Home Town: New York, New York


KAISER, JAMES L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James L. Kaiser (0-24085), Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), [then Major], U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 January 1945, in Belgium. When an attack by his battalion on a strongly defended village threatened to bog down, Lieutenant Colonel Kaiser, with complete disregard for the hazard of withering fire and by personal aggressiveness, led the attack through eight hours of bitter fighting to successfully reach the Battalion's objective in an advance of 2,500 yards. As a result of the action, 150 enemy troops including a Battalion Commander and his entire Staff were captured together with a great deal of material. Lieutenant Colonel Kaiser's inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVI Corps, General Orders No. 55 (July 20, 1945)
Home Town: Virginia Beach, Virginia


*KALINKA, ANDREW A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Andrew A. Kalinka (32181410), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 September 1944. Private First Class Kalinka's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 46 (1945)
Home Town: New York, New York


KALINOWSKI, WALTER J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter J. Kalinowski, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 October 1944. Technical Sergeant Kalinowski's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 155 (1945)


KALINOWSKY, HENRY J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Henry J. Kalinowsky (35789411), Corporal [then Private First Class], U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 146th Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 7 November 1944, in Germany. During an attack upon the village of Vossonack, Corporal Kalinowsky observed five Germans armed with machine pistols, enter a building and fire upon his platoon, halting the advance. Although he had expended his supply of ammunition, Corporal Kalinowsky, disregarding enemy artillery and small arms fire, ran across an open field and, with great personal courage, jumped through a window into the room occupied by the Germans. Overtaking the enemy by his surprise action, he forcefully demanded their surrender at the point of his empty rifle. The Germans yielded to this valiant soldier, thus enabling his platoon to continue its advance. Corporal Kalinowsky's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 100 (December 23, 1944)
Home Town: Pennsylvania


KALKAMP, DALE H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Dale H. Kalkamp, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces during World War II. Sergeant Kalkamp's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


*KALPAKJIAN, HENRY (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Henry Kalpakjian (32891584), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 February 1945. Staff Sergeant Kalpakjian's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 182 (1945)
Home Town: Kings County, New York


KAMINSKI, EDWARD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward J. Kaminski, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 16 January 1945. Private First Class Kaminski's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 117 (1945)


KANGLEON, RUPERTO K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ruperto K. Kangleon, Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces from 21 October 1943 to 20 October 1944, in the Philippine Islands. Colonel Kangleon's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 258 (1946)
Born: March 27, 1890 at Macrohon, Leyte, Philippine Islands
Home Town: Manila, Leyte, Philippine Islands


*KAPLAN, LOUIS (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Louis Kaplan (42035941), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 September 1944. Private First Class Kaplan's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 93 (1945)
Home Town: Kings County, New York


KAPLAN, NATHANIEL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Nathaniel Kaplan, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 November 1944. First Lieutenant Kaplan's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 85 (1945)


KARAS, STANLEY A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Stanley A. Karas (0-885734), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 July 1943, in Sicily. First Lieutenant Karas' platoon which was on the left flank, was attacked by five enemy tanks. He held his ground steadfastly until overrun by the enemy tanks. Then under extremely heavy artillery and machine gun fire from the attacking tanks, Lieutenant Karas moved his platoon into position with the remainder of the company. After reorganizing his men and encouraging them to fight on, he rounded up a gun crew and manned an abandoned anti-tank gun. When he had exhausted the ammunition by the gun, he fearlessly dashed to an old gun position, secured ammunition, and under intense enemy fire, returned to his anti-tank gun. His outstanding bravery and magnificent devotion to duty were of inestimable value in bolstering the spirit of the men fighting beside him. His brilliant organizational and leadership ability were instrumental in the successful conclusion of this vital engagement with the enemy. First Lieutenant Karas' inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 16 (May 3, 1944)
Home Town: New Jersey


KARDA, WALTER V.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter V. Karda, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 January 1943. Private Karda's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 112 (1943)


KARNAP, BERNARD E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Bernard E. Karnap (0-1703039), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Platoon Leader with Company I, 3d Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 to 7 April 1945, in Germany. Second Lieutenant Karnap assumed command of the company when the commander's boat was sunk while he was crossing the Rhine River to evacuate a beleaguered company. He organized the scattered groups and led them against the enemy positions with such superb courage and outstanding skill that the men of his command were greatly inspired. Second Lieutenant Karnap attacked with the forward elements and largely through his own Thompson sub-machine gun fire and forceful initiative eliminated six machine guns one by one. In the town, he killed seven of the enemy, helped destroy one tank and broke through a force of Germans to reach the survivors of a platoon who were isolated in a church. His magnificent bravery and aggressive tactics enabled the withdrawal by boat of the relieved personnel and his own men. He remained at the far shore fighting off all attacks until every man was safely away before crossing the river himself. Second Lieutenant Karnap personally killed at least twenty-five enemy troops, wounded many more, and accomplished this highly hazardous mission without loosing a man. The intrepidity, fortitude, initiative and loyalty demonstrated by Second Lieutenant Karnap in the performance of his duty reflect great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.
Headquarters, XVI Corps, General Orders No. 60 (August 2, 1945)
Home Town: Ohio


*KARPASS, VICTOR H. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Victor H. Karpass (0-336465), First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Officer with the 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 November 1942. First Lieutenant Karpass' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 42 (1943)
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


KASPER, CARL J. (POW)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carl J. Kasper, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 41st Field Artillery Battalion, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 February 1944. Lieutenant Kasper elected to remain at his post in the foremost infantry positions in order to adjust artillery fire on enemy troops which were attacking in overwhelming force. Although three enemy tanks fired directly on his position and machine gun bullets which came through his observation window made his task exceedingly hazardous, Lieutenant Kasper nevertheless brought the massed fire of an entire field artillery battalion directly on the enemy. When enemy forces overran his position, causing friendly infantry to withdraw, Lieutenant Kasper elected to brave almost certain death by bringing the massed fire of twelve 105 millimeter howitzers directly on himself. His last fire adjustment order came over the radio "Five zero over". When advised "That is your position", he replied, "I know, fire on me." Lieutenant Kasper then sent his radio men to a position of safety. When last seen, he was standing in the open doorway firing his pistol at the advancing enemy. His radiomen had reached a point only fifty yards distant when Lieutenant Kasper's Observation Post disappeared in a cloud of dust and smoke as friendly artillery exploded directly upon it. The massed artillery fire, adjusted by Lieutenant Kasper, caused the enemy thrust to lose its momentum, preventing a breakthrough. Lieutenant Kasper was captured by enemy force which overran his position. Second Lieutenant Kasper's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 121 (1944)


KASTSIAFIOAS, NICHOLAS G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Nicholas G. Kastsiafioas, First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 32d Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 19 December 1944. First Lieutenant Kastsiafioas' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 70 (1946)


KATALINAS, JOSEPH ANTON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph Anton Katalinas, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 77th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 April 1945, on Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands. Captain Katalinas' battalion was attacking Ie Gusuguyama, a dominating peak which had honeycombed with caves and studded with reinforced concrete pillboxes. The terrain over which the attack was advancing afforded the battalion neither cover nor concealment. It likewise was honeycombed with entrenchments, barbed wire entanglements and was strewn with anti-tank and anti- personnel mines. When the assault companies began to slow down under the accurate and intense fire of enemy mortars, machine guns and anti-tank guns, Captain Katalinas' company, which had been in reserve, was passed through the right assault unit to capture the battalion objective. As the last rounds of his artillery preparations fell, Captain Katalinas leaped to his feet and personally led his company in charging assault against the peak. Inspired by his heroism and determined leadership the company, without hesitation, followed him through the intense mortar and machine gun cross-fire and in a matter of minutes captured the peak and destroyed over 100 of the enemy. During the assault Captain Katalinas personally charged an enemy machine gun and 90-mm. mortar position. He killed the entire crew of seven and destroyed both the machine gun and mortar. Continuing forward he was wounded in the shoulder but killed the enemy soldier who fired the shot. Disregarding his wound he continued on and was again seriously wounded by a hand grenade thrown at him at close range. He killed the enemy officer who threw the grenade. Despite his wounds Captain Katalinas reorganized his company on its objective, issued instructions to his second in command and only then did he return to the rear, unaided, for medical treatment. The extraordinary heroism and superb leadership displayed in this action by Captain Katalinas inspired his company and the remainder of his battalion to follow him in the assault and accomplished the capture of the objective in the minimum of time against overwhelming odds. Captain Katalinas' inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 77th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Tenth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 116 (1945)


*KATSOULAKOS, WILLIAM (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William Katsoulakos (32726754), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 June 1944, at Flottemanville-Hague, France. During an assault on an enemy hill position, Private Katsoulakos continued to advance even though he had suffered a severe head wound. The remainder of his platoon had become disorganized by the deadly enemy fire, which resulted in the loss of their platoon leader. Under fierce enemy machine gun fire, Private Katsoulakos courageously maneuvered forward alone, stormed an enemy pillbox with grenades and bayonet and completely wiped out the pillbox, killing the four occupants. After this act Private Katsoulakos reorganized his platoon and directed the advance to their objective. Private Katsoulakos' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 70 (October 17, 1944)
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


KAUFFMAN, A. HENRY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to A. Henry Kauffman, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 28th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on December, 1944, during the Ardennes Offensive in Germany. First Lieutenant Kauffman's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 28th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.


KAUFFMAN, ELDEEN H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Eldeen H. Kauffman, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 November 1944, in Germany. While advancing through Vossenack, Germany, Lieutenant Kauffman personally directed fire of a tank in support of two platoons of infantry that had suffered many casualties and whose advance was slowing by the strong enemy resistance. Then, armed only with a pistol, he stepped into the street, firing as he went and urging his men forward. He entered several houses, assaulted the enemy with his pistol causing twelve of them to surrender thus cleaning out this enemy strongpoint. Inspired by his action the company moved ahead to accomplish its mission. First Lieutenant Kauffman's inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 28th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifteenth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 77 (1945)
Home Town: Lincoln, Nebraska


KAULAKIS, EDWARD S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward S. Kaulakis, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 18 September 1943. Captain Kaulakis' outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 482 (1943)


*KEE, ROBERT F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert F. Kee (20457739), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 July 1944. Sergeant Kee's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 30th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 80 (1944)
Home Town: Dyer County, Tennessee


*KEELE, CHARLES C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles C. Keele (0-910420), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 532d Engineer B & S Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 2 July 1943. Second Lieutenant Keele's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 62 (1943)
Home Town: Wayne County, Michigan


KEELER, ROBERT C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert C. Keeler, Second Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, 87th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 2d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 14 April 1945, in Germany. While on forward observer duty with an Infantry Company, Lieutenant Keeler advanced ahead of the leading elements to obtain better observation on a group of self-propelled anti-tank guns that were holding up the advance. When he began directing fire on the hostile guns, the enemy discovered his position and placed direct fire on him. Although severely wounded he informed his assistants of the enemy situation and of the presence of the anti-tank guns. He then continued to direct fire on the target while lying on the ground, instructing the two men with him on sensing and reporting the salvos being centered on the enemy. Second Lieutenant Keeler's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 2d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 587 (October 8, 1945)


KEENER, MONTE W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Monte W. Keener (6967773), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 January 1945. Technical Sergeant Keener's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 30th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 119 (1945)
Home Town: Etowah County, Alabama


KEHALY, WILLIAM JOHN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William James Kehaly, First Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 146th Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944. First Lieutenant Kehaly's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 37 (1944)
Home Town: Boise, Idaho


KEHOE, JOSEPH P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph P. Kehoe, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 305th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 14 May 1945. Technical Sergeant Kehoe's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 77th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 317 (1945)


KEHOE, ROBERT R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert R. Kehoe, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Office of Strategic Services, in action against enemy forces from 9 June 1944 to 20 August 1944. First Sergeant Kehoe's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 32 (1945)


KEIL, GEORGE H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George H. Keil, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 9 February 1945. Staff Sergeant Keil's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 48 (1945)


*KEITH, JULIAN D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Julian D. Keith (0-1293420), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 32d Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 May 1943, in the vicinity of Attu, Alaska. Second Lieutenant Keith's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 7th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Troops, APO 726 (Attu Landing Force), General Orders No. 31 (1943)
Home Town: Clinton, Mississippi


KEITH, TROY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Troy Keith, , U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces during World War II. Keith's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


KELLEHER, GERALD C.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gerald C. Kelleher (0-310994), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while Commanding the 3d Battalion, 415th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 October 1944, in Holland. When the column was halted by artillery and mortar fire, Lieutenant Colonel Kelleher, with total disregard for his own safety, ran quickly to the head of the column and rallied his men then led the advance by acting as the point. When he observed an enemy patrol of approximately ten men approaching, he ran forward, armed only with a pistol, charged the patrol, and forced them to retreat after capturing two of their number. Later in the day, when his Executive Officer, Major Robert Russi, was wounded, Lieutenant Colonel Kelleher courageously ran to the fallen officer and carried him to the cover of a nearby building, despite enemy fire. The extraordinary heroism and courageous action of Lieutenant Colonel Kelleher contributed in large measure to the success of the drive. His inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 104th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 15 (1945)
Home Town: New York
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (Korea)


KELLER, RICHARD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard J. Keller, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 11 and 12 March 1944. Captain Keller's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 783 (1944)


KELLEY, BRADY O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Brady O. Kelley, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 46th Armored Infantry Battalion, 5th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 November 1944. Staff Sergeant Kelley's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 75 (1945)
Home Town: London, Kentucky


KELLEY, FRANCIS E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Francis E. Kelley (11119574), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 302d Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 February 1945, in Germany. During an attack on Kesslingen, Germany, Technical Sergeant Kelley was painfully wounded but refused to be evacuated and gallantly continued to lead his platoon. When sniper fire halted the advance he courageously approached from the flank, silenced the enemy rifleman and completely disregarding heavy artillery and mortar fire led a house-to- house attack which routed the enemy and resulted in the town's capture. Technical Sergeant Kelley's intrepid leadership and courageous actions were an inspiration to his men and exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 94th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 153 (June 25, 1945)
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts


KELLOGG, JAMES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James R. Kellogg, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 333d Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 April 1945. Sergeant Kellogg's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 84th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 221 (1945)


*KELLOGG, WALTER B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Walter B. Kellogg (39226689), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 32d Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 November 1944. Staff Sergeant Kellogg's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 7th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 72 (1945)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


KELLOGG, WILLIAM C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William C. Kellogg (0-446618), First Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces from 15 September 1943 to 28 September 1943, between Paternapoli and Montello, Italy. As leader of an airborne platoon, Lieutenant Kellogg landed with his men forty miles behind enemy lines and for a period of thirteen consecutive days, in the face constant danger and overwhelming enemy odds, courageously conducted outstandingly successful operations in enemy territory. During this period, Lieutenant Kellogg personally led his men in disrupting telephone, power and railroad lines, and demonstrated outstanding bravery and aggressiveness in his constant harassing of the enemy. In one night's action against superior enemy forces, Lieutenant Kellogg gallantly led his band in the ambush of an enemy convoy, destroying two troop carriers and inflicting many casualties on the enemy. On 24 September he demonstrated personal heroism of the highest type in rescuing a severely wounded Allied airman whose plane was shot down behind enemy lines. In close proximity to the enemy and under intense aerial bombardment and a hail of fire from enemy guns, Lieutenant Kellogg, with utter disregard for his own life, made his way to the wounded man on an open hillside, carried him to cover, and succeeded in delivering him to friendly hands. Lieutenant Kellogg's outstanding personal valor, his inspirational leadership despite hunger, thirst, fatigue, and constant danger, and his exceptional devotion to duty no matter what the odds exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 84 (November 11, 1943)


*KELLUM, WILLIAM L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William L. Kellum (34803794), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 May 1944. Private Kellum's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 109 (1944)
Home Town: Walker County, Alabama


*KELLY, JOHN B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John B. Kelly (0-1285599), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 November 1944. Captain Kelly's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 80th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 20 (1945)
Home Town: Ohio County, West Virginia


KELLY, JOHN EDWARD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John Edward Kelly, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 3d Battalion, 378th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 April 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Kelly's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 95th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 243 (1945)
Born: July 10, 1911 at Washington, D.C.


KELLY, JOHN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John J. Kelly, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 459th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Sergeant Kelly's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 5 (1945)


*KELLY, JOHN J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John J. Kelly, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 1 December 1944. Sergeant Kelly's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 83 (1945)


KELLY, JOHN J., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John J. Kelly, Jr., Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces in August 1943. Captain Kelly's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 37 (1943)


*KELLY, ROBERT C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert C. Kelly (0-1319959), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 349th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 April 1945. Captain Kelly's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 88th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 80 (1945)
Home Town: Tarrant County, Texas
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, Purple Heart


*KELLY, VINCENT Q. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Vincent Q. Kelly (42038092), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 399th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 April 1945, in the vicinity of Talheim, Germany. Sergeant Kelly's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 100th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 483 (1945)
Home Town: Bronx, New York


KELLY, WILLARD C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Willard C. Kelly, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 10 January 1943. Sergeant Kelly's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 58 (1943)


KELTNER, EDGAR A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edgar A. Keltner, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 92d Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 29 and 30 December 1941. Colonel Keltner's inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 234 (1945)


KEMP, ROBERT J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert J. Kemp, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 14 and 15 August, 1944. First Lieutenant Kemp's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 71 (1944)


*KENDALL, RAYMOND E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Raymond E. Kendall (O-019143), Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 351st Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 May 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Kendall's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 88th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 138 (1944)
Home Town: Sullivan County, New Hampshire


*KENDALL, WILLIAM H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William H. Kendall (36613827), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 42d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, in action against enemy forces on 1 April 1945. Private First Class Kendall's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 191 (1945)
Home Town: Cook County, Illinois


*KENNETT, JAMES C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James C. Kennett (0-338103), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces from 14 to 23 April 1945. Captain Kennett's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
War Department, General Orders No. 113 (1945)
Home Town: Cook County, Illinois


KENNY, JOHN P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John P. Kenny, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 306th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 May 1945, at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. Private First Class Kenny's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 77th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
War Department, General Orders No. 104 (1946)
Home Town: Trenton, New Jersey


KEPFORD, HARRY G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harry G. Kepford, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces during World War II. Technical Sergeant Kepford's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 55 (1946)


KERANS, CHARLES E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles E. Kerans, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 145th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 February 1945, near Malabon, Luzon, Philippine Islands. At daybreak, Company E, 145th Infantry, prepared to make an assault crossing of the Dampalit River east of Malabon to seize a strategic crossroads. The enemy, 500 in number, delivered intense mortar, small arms, and automatic weapons fire on our troops as they forced the crossing, causing such heavy casualties that a withdrawal was ordered. Private First Class Kerans voluntarily assisted in the evacuation of the casualties, all of whom were exposed to hostile fire. Using native dugouts and litters, he made repeated trips under constant, intense fire from the enemy positions, wading through mud and water to load the wounded and dead on the dugouts, and then dragged and pushed them across the river through the deadly fire to safety. Working over a period of two and one half hours, Private First Class Kerans eight times crossed the treacherous river and, by his complete disregard for safety and heroic determination in the face of grave danger, saved many lives and furnished a shining example of high courage. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 162 (1945)
Home Town: Charleston, Illinois


KERCHNER, GEORGE F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George F. Kerchner (0-1309569), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Infantry Company of the 2d Ranger Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. When the Company Commander and other company officers became casualties from the heavy enemy rifle fire, machine gun and artillery fire upon landing on the coast of France, Second Lieutenant Kerchner assumed command of the company in the successful assault upon and captured the 155-mm. enemy gun positions. While engaged in this operation, Second Lieutenant Kerchner and fifteen members of his organization were surrounded and cut off from the main body for two and one-half days. He tenaciously and courageously held his position until relieved and was a constant inspiration to his troops. The outstanding heroism displayed by Second Lieutenant Kerchner during the initial assault and subsequent operations exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 28 (June 20, 1944)
Home Town: Maryland


KERLEY, RALPH A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ralph A. Kerley, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 6 to 12 August 1944. First Lieutenant Kerley's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 30th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 47 (1944)


*KERN, EUGENE D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Eugene D. Kern (35016107), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 July 1943, in the vicinity of New Georgia, Solomon Islands. Sergeant Kern's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 517 (1943)
Home Town: Defiance County, Ohio


*KERO, WILLIAM E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William E. Kero (36603251), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 September 1944. Sergeant Kero's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 8 (November 11, 1944)
Home Town: Lake County, Illinois


KERR, BILLY HARLAND
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Billy Harland Kerr, First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Armored Field Artillery, in action against enemy forces in February 1943. First Lieutenant Kerr's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 25 (1943)
Home Town: Huntsville, Missouri


*KERSHNER, JOHN T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John T. Kershner (0-360315), Captain (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with a Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces in September 1943. Captain Kershner's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 94 (1943)
Home Town: Lubbock, Texas


*KERSTEN, MARVIN G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Marvin G. Kersten (37038024), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 160th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 January 1945. Private First Class Kersten's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 40th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 12 (1945)
Home Town: Lyon County, Iowa


*KERSTING, RICHARD A. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Richard A. Kersting (0-1112802), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 246th Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 11 July 1944, in France. Second Lieutenant Kersting and the men with him, while proceeding on foot in advance of a tank, encountered about 40 enemy soldiers. A running fight developed with the Germans resisting from hours to house. Second Lieutenant Kersting led his men in an assault in which 10 of the enemy were killed and the remaining Germans took cover in one of the houses. Then, while covered by the fire of the other soldiers and the tank, Second Lieutenant Kersting though exposed to enemy fire, fearlessly made his way to the door of the house, kicked it in and called to the Germans to surrender. Led by their officer the Germans laid down their arms, came out of the house and surrendered. As the last of these soldiers left the building, Second Lieutenant Kersting observed the muzzle of a rifle protruding from another door in the same building. He pinned himself to the wall as a shot was fired at him and then killed the enemy soldier who had fired the shot. The aggressive leadership and personal bravery displayed by Second Lieutenant Kersting exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 61 (1944)
Home Town: Ohio


*KERTZMAN, PETER L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Peter L. Kertzman (37089330), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 February 1944, at Kwajalein. Private First Class Kertzman's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 7th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces-Central Pacific Area, General Orders No. 105 (1944)
Home Town: Crosby, Minnesota


KESSLER, ALBERT L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Albert L. Kessler, First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 65th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 23 November 1944. First Lieutenant Kessler's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 108 (1945)


*KESTLER, RALPH W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Ralph W. Kestler (0-354663), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 347th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 January 1945. First Lieutenant Kestler's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 87th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 296 (1945)
Home Town: Fulton County, Georgia


*KESZTHELYI, TIBOR K. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Tibor K. Keszthelyi (0-1704213), First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 2677th Regiment, Office of Strategic Services, in action against enemy forces from 7 October 1944 to 12 December 1944, in the Vosges Forest near Epinal, France. First Lieutenant Keszthelyi's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 207 (1945)
Home Town: Queens, New York


KEYES, EDWARD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward Keyes, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 5 February 1945. Private Keyes' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 95 (1945)


KEYES, GEOFFREY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Geoffrey Keyes, Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces during World War II. Major General Keyes' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 80 (1943)
Home Town: Fort Bayard, New Mexico


KEYES, RICHARD W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard W. Keyes, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 2d Battalion, 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 January 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Keyes' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 78th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-European Theater, General Orders No. 110 (1946)


KEYSER, CHARLES W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles W. Keyser, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 16 February 1944. Staff Sergeant Keyser's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 91 (1944)


KIDWELL, KENNETH P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Kenneth P. Kidwell, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 81st Chemical Mortar Battalion (Motorized), Chemical Warfare Service, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Private Kidwell's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 37 (1944)


*KIELBASA, FRANK (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Frank Kielbasa (36379307), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Infantry Company of the 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 August 1944, in France. When his platoon was pinned down by withering machine gun fire, Private First Class Kielbasa, armed with hand grenades, voluntarily crawled through the intense fire to a point approximately forty yards from the weapon. He threw his hand grenades and killed six of the supporting riflemen before he was fatally wounded by a burst of machine gun fire. His squad advanced unobserved through the dust and smoke and captured the hostile weapon without casualties. The self-sacrificing devotion to duty and bravery displayed by Private First Class Kielbasa exemplified the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 28th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 24 (February 10, 1945)
Home Town: Cook County, Illinois


KIERNAN, JAMES A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James A. Kiernan (0-1313418), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Platoon Leader in Company A, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 April 1945, in Germany. First Lieutenant Kiernan displayed initiative, courage and leadership during an assault on a fiercely defended enemy strong point. In addition to personally directing his men in the face of withering enemy fire, he assumed the duties of a rifleman on two different occasions killing 6 and wounding many others of the enemy. With complete disregard for his personal safety he exposed himself in the face of machine gun and heavy artillery fire to render first aid to his mortally wounded assistant platoon leader. First Lieutenant Kiernan was seriously wounded after his platoon had withdrawn in excellent order in the face of superior enemy forces, to new defensive positions. First Lieutenant Kiernan's inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVI Corps, General Orders No. 55 (July 20, 1945)
Home Town: Wisconsin


KILCOLLINS, HILSTON T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Hilston T. Kilcollins, First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces during World War II. First Lieutenant Kilcollins' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


KILREA, HECTOR J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Hector J. Kilrea, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 12 December 1944. Staff Sergeant Kilrea's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 69 (1945)


KIM, YOUNG OAK
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Young Oak Kim (0-1309572), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving Headquarters Company, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces near Cisterna, Italy, on 16 May 1944. First Lieutenant Kim, accompanied by one enlisted man, voluntarily went on a patrol to secure information of enemy units and dispositions in a vital sector of the front. All previous patrols of combat strength had attempted without success to take prisoners in this well defended sector. First Lieutenant Kim and his assistant infiltrated approximately 800 yards through the enemy line of outposts. While observing enemy dispositions, he discovered a strong enemy outpost situated in a small ditch. To reach this outpost, First Lieutenant Kim and his assistant, in broad daylight, crawled 250 yards across an open field, exposed to enemy observation from the German main line of resistance on the commanding slope of their rear. Arriving at a point near the outpost, they surprised two Germans armed with machine pistols who were acting as security. By use of signs, First Lieutenant Kim warned the enemy to remain quiet. He retraced his perilous route with the two prisoners and successfully by-passed two enemy listening posts to arrive at his own lines. First Lieutenant Kim's courageous and daring performance provided vital information and identification of enemy units in a critical sector of the front.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 102 (June 18, 1944)
Born: January 26, 1919 at Los Angeles, California
Home Town: Los Angeles, California
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII)


*KIMBALL, ROBERT R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert R. Kimball (0-1317236), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 130th Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 February 1945. First Lieutenant Kimball's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 33d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 110 (1945)
Home Town: Lucas County, Ohio


KIMBERLIN, VINCENT A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Vincent A. Kimberlin, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 12 February 1945, near Olangapo, Luzon, Philippine Islands. When his company was pinned to the ground by a sudden enemy attack, First Lieutenant Kimberlin moved swiftly toward the sound of the guns and shot both the enemy gunner and his replacement. Four more enemy gunners attempted to man the gun, but each was killed. First Lieutenant Kimberlin's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 95 (1945)


KIMBLE, JOE H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joe H. Kimble, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 October 1943. Captain Kimble's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 34th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 78 (1944)


*KIMSEY, HOWARD L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Howard L. Kimsey (17067034), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 9 February 1944, at Saidor, New Guinea. Sergeant Kimsey's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 72 (1944)
Home Town: Pilot Mound, Louisiana


KINDER, WENDEL B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wendel B. Kinder, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Americal Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 March 1945. Technical Sergeant Kinder's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify 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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 48 (1945)


KING, ARVEL KENDALL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arvel Kendall King, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 379th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 April 1945. Staff Sergeant King's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 95th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 480 (September 7, 1945)
Home Town: Easley, South Carolina


KING, JOHN J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John J. King, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 349th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 October 1944. Before dawn, Captain King led his company in an advance upon strong enemy positions located on a hill. As the company neared the crest of the hill the entire ridge suddenly erupted in a blaze of automatic weapons emitting deadly interlocking streams of fire which stalled the attack, killing five and wounding twenty of the men in the company. Captain King crawled to a precarious advance position in order to bring accurate artillery fire upon the enemy. At the first dim light of dawn, he noticed that German Machine-gunners were remaining in their emplacements and improvised pillboxes despite friendly artillery concentrations. In an intrepid one-man attack, Captain King arose in full view of the enemy and charged past German emplacements and miraculously escaping all enemy machine gun fire and grenades directed at him, entered the house the Germans had been using as a pillbox and completely routed the Germans from the five rooms they had been occupying, killing six Germans and wounding several others while eighteen fled to the basement to be subsequently captured. Still not content, and out of ammunition, Captain King seized another rifle from a fallen soldier and routed the enemy from their emplacements outside of the building and broke up a reorganization for a counterattack by the enemy. The enemy thus routed from the hill position, Captain King brought up his company and directed organization of the defense of the hill during which he was wounded by enemy mortar fire but refused to be evacuated until his defense had been completely organized. In his single-handed assault upon these strong and well defended enemy positions Captain King killed 16, wounded 6, and captured 18 of the enemy. The prodigious courage and tenacity displayed by Captain King will provide a lasting inspiration to all those who witnessed his intrepid deeds. His inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 88th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 8 (1945)


KING, LLOYD E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lloyd E. King, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 17 September 1944. Corporal King's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 45 (1945)


*KING, OLIN G. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Olin G. King (0-320859), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 43d Field Artillery Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 23 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. First Lieutenant King's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 40 (1942)
Home Town: Salt Lake City, Utah


*KING, REYNOLD J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Reynold J. King (32211556), Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Special Services Force, in action against enemy forces on 15 August 1944. Technician Fourth Grade King's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 13 (1944)
Home Town: Tompkins County, New York


*KING, THOMAS E. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Thomas E. King (34213697), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 22d Armored Engineer Battalion, 5th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 September 1944, in France. Detecting an enemy armored column as it approached his outpost on a narrow city street, Private King, without hesitation and with utter disregard for his life, engaged the column single-handedly with his machine gun. His position offered no protection from the continuous point-blank fire of machine guns, pistols and grenades hurled by the enemy, but Private King remained staunch as the enemy reached a point less than ten yards away. Although his rifle belt was shot from his hips, this valiant soldier continued to pour devastating fire from his weapon until it suddenly jammed. Private King was frantically attempting to put his gun into operation when he was mortally wounded by a burst of enemy fire. His courageous and valorous efforts deterred the enemy column long enough to permit his company and adjacent units to secure positions and to inflict disastrous casualties and heavy loss of equipment on the enemy. Private King's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 3 (January 4, 1945)
Home Town: Florence County, South Carolina


KINLEY, CARROLL R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carroll R. Kinley, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 8 March 1944. Staff Sergeant Kinley's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 914 (1944)


KINNARD, HARRY W. O., JR. (DNB)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harry W. O. Kinnard, Jr. (0-5053), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces in September 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Kinnard's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 36 (1945)
Home Town: Dallas, Texas


*KINNEY, RICHARD W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Richard W. Kinney (0-381880), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 102d Field Artillery Battalion, 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 December 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Kinney's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 26th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 42 (1945)
Home Town: Trenton, Michigan


KINSEY, PAUL S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul S. Kinsey, First Lieutenant, [then Second Lieutenant], U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 June 1944, at Amfreville, France. In the early morning hours, First Lieutenant Kinsey and his company had become engaged at close quarters with an enemy artillery unit supported with infantry. While his platoon was pinned down by flanking automatic weapons fire, First Lieutenant Kinsey, although limping badly from a leg wound, stepped into a road swept by fire, personally halted, and then engaged an enemy truck of reinforcements which was closing in along the road toward his platoon. The assistant driver of the truck opened fire with a submachine gun. First Lieutenant Kinsey, in spite of this fire, moved quickly forward, seized the barrel of the submachine gun, and dropped a grenade into the cab of the truck, setting it on fire and destroying the driver and his assistant. Although knocked back by the explosion, First Lieutenant Kinsey, hearing cries and movement in the rear of the truck, recovered his and completed the destruction of the truck and the remainder of its occupants with a rifle grenade. First Lieutenant Kinsey's act kept open a route of maneuver for his platoon and enabled his unit to inflict additional damage on the enemy. In performing this act, First Lieutenant Kinsey exemplified the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflected great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 11 (1944)
Home Town: Ohio


KINYAN, JAMES B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James B. Kinyan, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 3d Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 22 and 24 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Private Kinyan's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 23 (1942)


*KIRAL, GEORGE (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George Kiral (6584459), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 13 January 1943. Corporal Kiral's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 64 (1943)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


*KIRBY, VARSEL (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Varsel Kirby (33315623), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Service Company, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 June 1944, in France. Technician Fifth Grade Kirby, voluntarily and with utter disregard for his life, drove a vehicle along a road dominated by enemy anti-tank and intense artillery fire in an attempt to get vital radio equipment to his regimental commander. After he had traveled but a short distance, his vehicle received a direct hit from a German 88-mm. anti-tank gun, completely demolishing the vehicle and killing Technical Fifth Grade Kirby instantly. Technician Fifth Grade Kirby's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 84 (November 21, 1944)
Home Town: Bucks County, Pennsylvania


*KIRK, OWENS L. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Owens L. Kirk (38509876), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 October 1944, in Germany. Although realizing that one aid man had been killed in attempting to reach the side of a wounded man, Private First Class Kirk heroically undertook the task himself. Despite the warning of his comrades, he moved across the open, fire-swept ground to the fallen soldier. As he knelt in full view of the enemy, he was fatally wounded, but continued to administer aid to the soldier until darkness and subsequent evacuation. In sacrificing his life to save that of another, Private First Class Kirk typified the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflected great credit upon himself, the 30th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 28 (February 16, 1945)
Home Town: Mississippi County, Arkansas


KIRKLAND, RAYMOND M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Raymond M. Kirkland, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 320th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 December 1944, in the vicinity of Zetting, France. Sergeant Kirkland led a small group of men across the Saar River near Zetting, France. Because of the swiftness of current the landing was made downstream from the objective in an area under friendly mortar fire. Sergeant Kirkland succeeded in signaling friendly troops to lift the mortar fire and led his men forward through a heavily defended enemy trench system until they were halted by intense enemy fire. The intrepid Sergeant then advanced alone and knocked out two enemy machine-gun positions, and the platoon, under his fearless, inspiring leadership, continued its advance and succeeded in taking and holding the objective. Staff Sergeant Kirkland's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 35th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 42 (1945)
Home Town: San Antonio, Florida


KIRKSEY, EARNEST L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Earnest L. Kirksey (34433119), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 743d Tank Battalion, attached to the 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 October 1944, in Germany. Displaying outstanding courage and exemplary valor, Sergeant Kirksey commanded a lone tank against nine enemy tanks at close range. Pouring approximately sixty rounds of ammunition into the attacking armor in the short period of fifteen minutes, he demolished one tank and inflicted innumerable casualties upon supporting infantry troops. Although greatly outnumbered, he continued his devastating fire until a second friendly tank arrived and assisted him in blocking the armored hostile thrust. By his fearless devotion to duty, marked valor and indomitable spirit, Sergeant Kirksey prevented the enemy from penetrating his company's positions, thus exemplifying the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflecting great credit upon himself, the 30th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 23 (February 9, 1945)
Home Town: North Carolina


KIRTLEY, HERMAN C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herman C. Kirtley, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 756th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 27 August 1944. Staff Sergeant Kirtley's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 120 (1945)


KISTEL, CARL J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carl J. Kistel, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 343d Infantry Regiment, 86th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 April 1945. Private First Class Kistel's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 86th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 163 (1945)
Home Town: Fort Myers, Florida


KISTERS, GERRY HERMAN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gerry Herman Kisters, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 91st Reconnaissance Squadron, 2d Armored Division, in action against enemy forces in May 1943. Staff Sergeant Kisters' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 2d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 51 (1943)
Born: March 3, 1919 at Salt Lake City, Utah
Home Town: Bloomington, Indiana
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)


*KITE, SAMUEL B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Samuel B. Kite (18096930), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 184th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 30 October 1944, at Leyte, Philippine Islands. Private First Class Kite's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 79 (1945)
Home Town: Clayton, New Mexico


*KITTLESON, ELVER K. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Elver K. Kittleson (36217412), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 77th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 May 1945. Staff Sergeant Kittleson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 77th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Tenth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 170 (1945)
Home Town: Rock County, Wisconsin


KLAKAMP, DALE H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Dale H. Klakamp, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 7th Engineer Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 7 October 1944. Sergeant Klakamp's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 71 (1945)


KLAWITTER, ARNOLD G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arnold G. Klawitter, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 20 February 1943. First Sergeant Klawitter's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 37 (1943)


*KLEIN, ARTHUR (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Arthur Klein (0-1293266), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 106th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 February 1944, at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. First Lieutenant Klein's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 27th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces-Central Pacific Area, General Orders No. 217 (1944)
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


KLESEW, CLAYTON O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clayton O. Klesew, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces during World War II. First Lieutenant Klesew's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


*KLUCK, DANIEL H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Daniel H. Kluck (38535781), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 3d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, in action against enemy forces on 16 March 1945. Corporal Kluck's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-European Theater, General Orders No. 13 (1946)
Home Town: Falls County, Texas
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


KNIGHT, EVERETT C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Everett C. Knight, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 4 October 1944, in the vicinity of Collina, Italy. When his platoon was stopped by intense enemy machinegun fire, Staff Sergeant Knight, accompanied by two of his men, advanced toward the hostile positions. One of his men was wounded by the heavy enemy fire. Leaving his remaining man to cover his approach, Staff Sergeant Knight continued his advance alone. Reaching a point fifteen yards from one of the enemy machine gun nests, he arose in full view of the enemy and fired his submachine fun into the enemy dugout, killing two Germans and wounding a third. He the whirled about and threw a hand grenade which killed the two Germans crawling toward him through a ditch. He next charged the second enemy dugout and captured two Germans. Staff Sergeant Knight called to the enemy in a third position to emerge and surrender. Heeding his demands, two more Germans surrendered to him. Single-handedly, Staff Sergeant killed four and captured fire more of the enemy. The enemy machine guns silenced, the platoon was able to advance and take its objective. That evening when his company commander was captured by an enemy soldier, Staff Sergeant Knight opened fire with his submachine gun and killed the German, enabling the officer to escape. Staff Sergeant Knight's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 18 (1945)


KNIPP, LABIN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Labin Knipp, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 February 1945. Captain Knipp's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 171 (1945)


KNODE, THOMAS E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas E. Knode, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. First Lieutenant Knode's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 64 (December 28, 1942)
Home Town: North Dakota


*KNODEL, GILBERT C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Gilbert C. Knodel (19030031), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 11 January 1943. Private Knodel's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 74 (1943)
Home Town: Hughes County, South Dakota


KNOLL, MICHAEL W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Michael W. Knoll, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 August 1944. Private First Class Knoll's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 512 (1945)


KNOWLTON, DONALD E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald E. Knowlton, First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 160th Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 16 February 1944, in the vicinity of Carroceta, Italy. First Lieutenant Knowlton conducted artillery fire from an observation post on the outpost line of an infantry battalion. The outpost was attacked by enemy tanks and infantry and was forced to withdraw. First Lieutenant Knowlton refused to take cover and remained in position to adjust artillery fire on the advancing enemy. Through his efforts effective fire was brought to bear on the hostile force. The enemy assault advanced to a point within thirty yards of his position. First Lieutenant Knowlton simultaneously adjusted artillery fire and fired at enemy troops with his carbine, killing at least two of the enemy. During the assault he was critically wounded when struck in the head by machine pistol fire, but his accurate direction of artillery broke up the enemy threat, forcing the enemy to withdraw and reorganize. First Lieutenant Knowlton's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 48 (1944)
Home Town: Santa Rosa, California


KNOX, HERBERT B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herbert B. Knox, Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 692d Tank Destroyer Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 11 April 1945. Technician Fourth Grade Knox's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 600 (1945)


KNOX, HOWARD B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Howard B. Knox, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 6th Company, 3d Regiment, 1st Special Service Force, in action against enemy forces on 4 June 1944, in France. Staff Sergeant Knox's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 79 (1944)


*KODA, KIICHI (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Kiichi Koda (30101862), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 July 1944, near Castellina, Italy. Reaching a point fifty yards from its objective, Private First Class Koda's platoon received a volley of German machine gun and machine pistol fire from a wooded area. Private First Class Koda, accompanied by four comrades with fixed bayonets, charged into the woods. Firing their rifles from the hip whenever they spotted an enemy position, he and his comrades completely disrupted and disorganized the Germans in the area. Completing his mission, Private First Class Koda rejoined his squad which had been ordered to flank and guard a castle, the objective of an adjacent company. The enemy opened fire on the platoon with machine guns. Sensing the danger of a possible German attack, Private First Class Koda requested permission from his platoon leader to capture the castle. Instructing his comrades to cover his approach, he moved forward to a point five yards from the castle. Spotting an open window, he tossed a grenade into the building; then crept to each successive window, repeating the operation until he had completely circled the structure. Rejoining his squad, Private First Class Koda led his comrades, with fixed bayonets, into the castle. In the ensuing fight Private First Class Koda was mortally wounded by an enemy hand grenade; but as a result of his intrepid performance, three prisoners were captured, ten Germans killed, and five machine guns and four machine pistols were taken. Private First Class Koda's fearless courage and fighting spirit were an inspiration to his fellow soldiers and reflect great credit upon himself, the 34th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 153 (September 23, 1944)
Born: January 28, 1915 at Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii
Home Town: Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii


*KOEHLER, ELMER J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Elmer J. Koehler (0-19752), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 961st Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 16 April 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Koehler's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 482 (1945)
Home Town: Buffalo, New York
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Silver Stars (WWII), 2@ Purple Hearts


*KOLBERT, PAUL W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Paul W. Kolbert (32880781), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 January 1945. Private Kolbert's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 90th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 275 (1945)
Home Town: Kings County, New York


KOLLIN, CHARLES
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles Kollin, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 704th Tank Destroyer Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 22 October 1944. Second Lieutenant Kollin's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 40 (1945)


*KOLODZIEK, FRANK S. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Frank S. Kolodziek (33275014), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 June 1944. Private First Class Kolodziek's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 78 (1944)
Home Town: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania


KOLOSKY, WILLIAM
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William Kolosky, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 2d Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 31 July 1944. Staff Sergeant Kolosky's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 2d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 61 (1944)


KOMMER, RAYMOND F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Raymond F. Kommer, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 121st Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 December 1944. Staff Sergeant Kommer's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 61 (1945)


KOPP, ELMER E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Elmer E. Kopp, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 29 September 1944. Private First Class Kopp's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 16 (1945)


*KOPPLIN, ROBERT O. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert O. Kopplin (36609579), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 136th Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 March 1945. Corporal Kopplin's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 33d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 43 (1945)
Home Town: Cook County, Illinois


KORDELESKI, FRANK
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank Kordeleski, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 145th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 July 1943. Private Kordeleski's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 544 (1943)


*KORITZKE, EDWARD F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Edward F. Koritzke (0-1321424), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 July 1944, in the vicinity of St. Lo, France. Second Lieutenant Koritzke's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 71 (1944)
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


KOSMYNA, STEVEN M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Steven M. Kosmyna, Second Lieutenant (Infantry), [then Technical Sergeant], U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 350th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 September 1944, on Mt. Della Croce, Italy. While advancing in the attack against Mt. Della Croce, Second Lieutenant Kosmyna and his platoon became separated from the remainder of the company because of a driving rain and poor visibility. Leading his men to the base of the mountain before the arrival of the other platoons, he decided to attack immediately. Advancing up the hill, the platoon met intense enemy machine gun and small arms fire which forced the men to seek cover. Braving fierce enemy fire, Second Lieutenant Kosmyna assaulted an enemy machine gun position. Throwing a hand grenade into the nest, he jumped into the gun emplacement, killed two Germans and seriously wounded the remaining member of the crew with rifle fire. Next, observing two enemy soldiers occupying a sanger, Second Lieutenant Kosmyna ran toward this position. One of the Germans fled, but the other threw a hand grenade at Second Lieutenant Kosmyna. The grenade struck him in the face, momentarily stunning him, but fell to the ground without exploding. The German soldier then attempted to bayonet him, but Second Lieutenant Kosmyna parried the lunge and killed his opponent with a rifle bullet. The courage, inspiring leadership and combat skill exhibited by Second Lieutenant Kosmyna instilled in his men the offensive spirit necessary for driving the enemy from Mt. Della Croce. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 88th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 8 (1945)


*KOSS, JOSEPH H. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Joseph H. Koss (13056883), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 September 1944, in the vicinity of Wercheren, Holland. During a fierce enemy attack supported by tanks against his company's defensive positions, Private First Class Koss, acting as an assistant rifle squad leader, directed the movement of his squad's light machine gun from its position of cover to an exposed position affording a better field of fire against the onrushing infantry. After an approximate belt and a half of ammunition had been fired with effective results, an enemy tank not less than 100 yards distant shelled the position with point blank fire, and with the third round wounded both Private First Class Koss and his gunner and put the gun temporarily out of action. Although painfully wounded, Private First Class Koss fired upon the enemy with his Thompson submachine gun with telling effects while his gunner corrected the stoppage. Despite the continued point blank fire from the tank Private First Class Koss continued to fire for at least 15 minutes after being wounded until he fell mortally wounded from one of the tank shells. His utter fearlessness and unselfish conduct in the face of overwhelming odds and certain death so inspired all his comrades that a superior enemy force was driven from the battlefield with heavy losses. Private First Class Koss' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 11 (1944)
Home Town: McKeesport, Pennsylvania


KOSTELKA, FRANK J., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank J. Kostelka, Jr., Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman, in action against enemy forces from 10 to 26 January 1943. Technician Fifth Grade Kostelka's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 188 (1943)


KOSTRISAK, JOHN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John A. Kostrisak, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 February 1944. Private First Class Kostrisak's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 17 (1945)
Home Town: Avon, Connecticut


KOTKOVETZ, JOHN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John Kotkovetz, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Anti-Tank Company, 143d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 December 1944. Corporal Kotkovetz's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 174 (1945)


*KOZEJ, JOHN (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John Kozej (33056285), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 May 1944, near Nettuno, Italy. Private First Class Kozej's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 45th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 114 (July 9, 1944)
Home Town: Luzerne County, Pennsylvania


KRANZ, HENRY C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Henry C. Kranz, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces in September 1943. Private First Class Kranz's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 110 (1943)


KRAS, STANLEY B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Stanley B. Kras, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 132d Infantry Regiment, Americal Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 January 1943. Private First Class Kras' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify 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. 113 (1943)


KRASEVAC, GEORGE T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George T. Krasevac, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 28 June 1944. First Lieutenant Krasevac's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 55 (1944)
Home Town: Grass Valley, California


KRASMAN, ALBERT J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Albert J. Krasman, Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 16 and 17 September 1944, in the vicinity of Mt. Altuzzo, Italy. Leading his platoon in the attack to secure the peak of Mt. Altuzzo, Second Lieutenant Krasman proceeded with such outstanding qualities of skill, courage, and leadership that he was chiefly instrumental in the accomplishment of this mission in a short time, with a minimum of casualties among his own troops but at great cost to the enemy in men and equipment. By personally reconnoitering the entire route of advance and by skillfully planning and executing his operations, many times exposing himself to intense enemy sniper, automatic and mortar fire, he was able to control the situation at all times. Advancing ahead of the scout squad in the face of strong and stubborn resistance, he led his men in overrunning, one by one, the heavily fortified positions on the extremely steep terrain. Several strong enemy counterattacks were repulsed, and Second Lieutenant Krasman personally accounted for many of the heavy casualties suffered by the enemy. His personal actions at critical moments in the operation provided inspiration and encouragement for all men of his company. Largely because of his efforts, casualties among his men were only a fraction of those suffered by the Germans. During the last counterattack, he was wounded but refused treatment or evacuation until the security of the hill was established. By his heroic deeds and relentless leadership, the objective was taken and secured. Second Lieutenant Krasman's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 5 (1945)


KRAUSE, EDWARD C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward C. Krause (0-375296), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 and 7 June 1944, in France. Lieutenant Colonel Krause shortly after landing on "D" Day, assembled a composite group of parachutists and led a night assault on the town of Ste. Mere Eglise, France, and successfully destroyed the immediate enemy resistance. However, the enemy immediately counterattacked with numerically superior numbers supported by tanks and artillery. In these early counterattacks Lieutenant Colonel Krause received a shrapnel wound and a bullet wound but refused to be evacuated. During these heavy enemy attacks, Lieutenant Colonel Krause, continually disregarding his own safety, moved about from point to point directing the defense. He later received a severe wound in the leg but again insisted on remaining with his troops and continued to direct the defense through his subordinate officers. Lieutenant Colonel Krause's inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)
Home Town: Green Bay, Wisconsin


*KRAUSE, LEONARD F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Leonard F. Krause (36856686), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 406th Infantry Regiment, 102d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 April 1945. Private First Class Krause's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 102d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 268 (1945)
Home Town: Wayne County, Michigan


KRAVONTKA, MICHAEL V.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Michael V. Kravontka, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 104th Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 November 1944. First Lieutenant Kravontka's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 26th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 113 (1944)


KREBS, CLYDE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clyde Krebs, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 10 March 1945. Sergeant Krebs' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 54 (1945)


*KRESTA, ANTON, JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Anton Kresta, Jr. (38454909), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 12 February 1945. Private First Class Kresta's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 50 (1945)
Home Town: Lavaca County, Texas


KRIZ, ROBERT L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert L. Kriz, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 2d Battalion, 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 March 1945. Major Kriz's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 99th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 163 (1945)


KROL, ROMAN C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Roman C. Krol, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces during World War II. Private Krol's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


KROLL, CHESTER E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Chester E. Kroll, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 393d Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 April 1945. Technical Sergeant Kroll's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 99th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 237 (1945)


*KROWSE, BILLY A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Billy A. Krowse (33848451), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 March 1945. Private First Class Krowse's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 78th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 89 (1952)
Home Town: Montour County, Pennsylvania


KRUCAS, JAMES A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James A. Krucas, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 October 1944. First Lieutenant Krucas' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 265 (1945)
Home Town: Racine, Wisconsin


KRUEGER, WALTER
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter Krueger, General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding General of the 6th Army, in action against enemy forces during World War II. General Krueger's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 6th Army, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 27 (1946)
Home Town: Valley Forge, Pennsylvania


*KRYGOWSKI, EDWARD J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Edward J. Krygowski (36015183), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 132d Infantry Regiment, Americal Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 January 1943. Corporal Krygowski's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify 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. 154 (1943)
Home Town: Cook County, Illinois


*KUBINA, PETER, JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Peter Kubina, Jr. (33704137), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 17 September 1944. Private Kubina's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 4 (1945)
Home Town: Fayette County, Pennsylvania


KUBO, HOICHI
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Hoichi Kubo (30101553), Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 165th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 July 1944, at Saipan. Acting as interpreter for an infantry assault company, Technician Kubo voluntarily descended a cliff approximately one hundred feet in height and entered a cave in an attempt to gain the release of a number of civilians who were being held by a group of enemy soldiers. Dressed in the uniform of his service and armed only with a concealed pistol, he performed this act with the full knowledge that he could not be protected by our troops and that the enemy soldiers had threatened to kill the civilians they held should they attempt to surrender. Technician Kubo remained in the cave with a number of armed Japanese soldiers for nearly two hours and joined them in the noonday meal. He finally succeeded in persuading the soldiers to release over one hundred civilians and to surrender themselves. Technician Kubo's heroism prevented casualties among our troops and undoubtedly save the lives of the civilians who would have perished had it been necessary to dynamite the cave. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 27th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces-Pacific Ocean Areas, General Orders No. 52 (October 18, 1944)
Born: at Hawaii Home Town: Puukoli, Maui, Hawaii


KUCHARSKI, HENRY J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Henry J. Kucharski, Technician Third Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 July 1944. Technician Third Grade Kucharski's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 76 (1944)


KUCINSKI, EDWARD S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward S. Kucinski, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces from 3 to 5 September 1944. Second Lieutenant Kucinski's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
41/45BD & AA1


*KUCINSKI, JEROME L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Jerome L. Kucinski (33950422), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 2d Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 March 1945. Private First Class Kucinski's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 234 (1945)
Home Town: Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania


*KUDIAK, TONY (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Tony Kudiak (20312736), Technical Sergeant [then Sergeant], U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 November 1944, in Germany. As an enemy tank approximately one hundred yards away threatened his squad's position, Technical Sergeant Kudiak secured a rocket launcher and stalked the tank. Ignoring intense tank fire, he advanced to within twenty yards of the tank, fired two rounds and completely immobilized it. As the crew attempted to escape the flaming tank, he killed or wounded the entire crew with his rifle. When the enemy launched a second counterattack, Technical Sergeant Kudiak proceeded voluntarily to an abandoned tank destroyer and fired fifteen rounds at the assaulting Germans at close range, inflicting heavy casualties and blocking the enemy advance. Technical Sergeant Kudiak's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 28th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 25 (February 12, 1945)
Home Town: Mercer County, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


KUHN, LAWRENCE L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lawrence L. Kuhn, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 24 August 1944. Technical Sergeant Kuhn's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 17 (1945)


*KULAGE, CASIMIR F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Casimir F. Kulage (37176315), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 172d Infantry Regiment, 43d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 July 1943. Corporal Kulage's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 43d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 899 (1944)
Home Town: Hennepin County, Minnesota


KULP, JOHN A. (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John A. Kulp (0-1285773), Captain (Infantry), [then First Lieutenant], U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 and 22 June 1944, in France. When Captain Kulp's company was pinned down near Cherbourg by heavy fire from strong underground positions, he made a personal reconnaissance in the face of the enemy fire to determine the best way to assault the position. Returning to his company, he organized his men for the advance and led them toward their objective. With complete disregard for the intense enemy fire, he moved from one platoon to another, directing and encouraging the men in their advance. At the head of his unit as they neared the enemy fortifications, he led a bayonet charge which overwhelmed the enemy garrison and forced the surrender of 144 Germans. Captain Kulp's inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 70 (October 17, 1944)
Home Town: Franklin County, Ohio


KUMLER, LYLE K.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lyle K. Kumler (16161859), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 3d Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces during the period 17 to 22 September 1944, on the Dutch-German frontier. On 19 September 1944, Sergeant Kumler destroyed a German machine gun position which had pinned his platoon to the ground and halted the company advance. Later, in the town of Beek he drew fire from an enemy strong point which was holding up the attack, in order to allow an ATRL [antitank rocket launcher] team to maneuver into position to fire into the building. On 20 September 1944, he established a base of fire in support of a second attack by his company, and moved about his position which was under fire flat trajectory artillery in order to better observed his supporting fire. When one flank of his company was pinned by the fire of an enemy machine gun, Sergeant Kumler ordered his second in command to direct the supporting fire while he led two men in an attack upon the enemy gun. Placing the two riflemen to cover him, he attacked the enemy gun and destroyed it. His aggressive leadership was largely responsible for the final success of his company, and contributed a valuable service to the security of the regimental sector. Sergeant Kumler's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 10 (January 22, 1945)
Home Town: Bellflower, Illinois


KUNERT, GEORGE C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George C. Kunert, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 and 3 January 1945. Staff Sergeant Kunert's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 220 (1945)


KUNKEL, JOHN H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John H. Kunkel, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces from 8 to 12 March 1944. Staff Sergeant Kunkel's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 836 (1944)


KURODA, HARUTO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Haruto Kuroda (30101838), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 June 1944, near La Torretto, Italy. Private First Class Kuroda's squad acted as point for the leading platoon in a daylight attack. Contacting an enemy machine gun nest, Private First Class Kuroda and two companions crawled two hundred yards through a wheat field toward the hostile weapon. Reaching a position ten yards from the machine gun, each man threw fragmentation grenades, killing three Germans. Another hostile position, containing two machine guns, opened fire on Private First Class Kuroda and his companions. Under intense fire he and his comrades crawled toward the second position. Nearing the enemy strongpoint, Private First Class Kuroda and his comrades opened fire with their rifles and threw hand grenades to kill two, wound one, and capture four Germans. Later in the day, when his platoon had reached its objective, an enemy machine gun opened fire on the units on the left flank. Again, Private First Class Kuroda and his two companions crawled toward the enemy, making their way through a vineyard to a point within ten feet of the Germans. Pinning the nest with rifle fire while one member of the squad tossed hand grenades, they boldly charged the position with fixed bayonets. Private First Class Kuroda and his fellow soldiers were successful in capturing eight Germans armed with two machine guns, three machine pistols and three rifles. In a period of approximately three hours, he and his companions neutralized five machine guns, five machine pistols, and killed or captured seventeen Germans. Private First Class Kuroda's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 34th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 133 (August 8, 1944)
Born: 1918 at Honolulu, Hawaii
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


*KUSZ, CONRAD O. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Conrad O. Kusz (35015645), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 February 1945, in the vicinity of Manila, Philippine Islands. Corporal Kusz's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 43 (1945)
Home Town: Toledo, Ohio


KUTAK, FRANK R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank R. Kutak, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 53d Armored Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 December 1944. First Lieutenant Kutak's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 33 (1945)
Home Town: New York, New York


*KUZMINSKY, ABE M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Abe M. Kuzminsky (33745357), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 406th Infantry Regiment, 102d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 February 1945. Staff Sergeant Kuzminsky's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 102d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 199 (1945)
Home Town: Washington, D.C.
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


KWACZ, HENRY JOSEPH
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Henry Joseph Kwacz (35053515), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 58th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 February 1945. Technician Fifth Grade Kwacz's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVI Corps, General Orders No. 55 (1945)
Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio


KYNE, MAURICE R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Maurice R. Kyne, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 334th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 February 1945. Staff Sergeant Kyne's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 84th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 116 (1945)


*KYSOR, BENJAMIN B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Benjamin B. Kysor (0-400980), Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Officer, in action against enemy forces on 29 December 1941. Captain Kysor's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 12 (1942)
Home Town: Santa Fe, New Mexico

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