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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


*PACE, HERBERT E., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Herbert E. Pace, Jr. (0-022914), First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 60th Coast Artillery Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 28 April 1942, in the Philippine Islands. First Lieutenant Pace'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. 255 (1945)
Home Town: Bexar County, Texas
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


*PACKER, OSCAR C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Oscar C. Packer, Private First Class, 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 First Class Packer'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.


PADILLA, ALFRED B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Alfred B. Padilla, Sergeant, 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 11 January 1945. Sergeant Padilla'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 90th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 60 (1945)


PAGE, JERRY M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jerry M. Page (0-539364), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, as a Platoon Leader and than as Company Commander, Company C, 413th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division, on 28 November 1944, near Altdorf, Belgium. When heavy enemy fire from a nearby house threatened his platoon's position on the west side of the Inde River, Lieutenant Page, with two other soldiers, charged the enemy stronghold and captured ten of the enemy. Although forced back across the river, he effected a brilliant re-crossing and, when enemy fire was encountered from the same house, he and two companions once more assaulted the position, forcing the surrender of twenty-eight of the enemy. Lieutenant Page's courageous and inspiring actions were, in a large measure, responsible for the successful fulfillment of his platoon's mission. 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 104th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-European Theater, General Orders No. 156 (1945)
Home Town: Michigan


*PAGE, OMER (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Omer Page (34783289), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 February 1944. Private First Class Page'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 34th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 155 (1944)
Home Town: Bay County, Florida


PAGE, WILLIAM
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William Page, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 133d Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 October 1943. Private First Class Page'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. 39 (1944)


PAINE, WATSON W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Watson W. Paine, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 October 1944. Sergeant Paine'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 80th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 21 (1945)


PALCO, FRANK E., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank E. Palco, Jr., Technician Fourth Grade, 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 on 15 January 1945. Technician Fourth Grade Palco'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. 145 (1945)


PALM, CARL C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carl C. Palm, Second Lieutenant, 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 19 November 1944. Second Lieutenant Palm'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. 51 (1945)


PALMER, HAROLD E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harold E. Palmer, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 11 February 1944. Private First Class Palmer'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. 108 (1944)


*PALMER, NELSON D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Nelson D. Palmer (13117090), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 3 April 1945. Private Palmer'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. 56 (1945)
Home Town: Hampden County, Massachusetts


PALO, FRANK E., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank E. Palo, Jr., Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces during World War II. Technician Fourth Grade Palo'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.


PANAS, JAMES P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James P. Panas, First Lieutenant, 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. First Lieutenant Panas' 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 Chemical Warfare Service, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 37 (1944)
Home Town: Nogales, Arkansas


PAOLINI, CAMILLUS J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Camillus J. Paolini (33313568), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. When his Company Commander was seriously injured by an exploding mine, Private First Class Paolini, observing that there were no medical personnel in the vicinity, entered the mine field and went to the officer's assistance. Despite increasing enemy small arms fire, he continued to administer aid. At this time, a heavy enemy artillery barrage began to descend in the immediate area setting off mines all around Private First Class Paolini. As he was preparing to return to his company, a large piece of shrapnel from an artillery shell which landed nearby, hit the Company Commander. Undaunted by this occurrence which nearly took his own life, Private First Class Paolini ministered to this new wound. The gallantry and heroic determination of Private First Class Paolini in administering aid under such hazardous conditions 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. 42 (August 6, 1944)
Home Town: Pennsylvania


PAPEZ, JOSEPH, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph Papez, Jr., Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 13 April 1945. Private First Class Papez'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. 56 (1945)


*PAPIZAN, RALPH (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Ralph Papizan (0-446466), First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 753d Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 13 December 1944. First Lieutenant Papizan'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. 159 (1945)
Home Town: Crystal Springs, Mississippi


*PARDEE, MELVIN V. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Melvin V. Pardee (18001796), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 18th Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 3 September 1944. Private Pardee'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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 78 (1944)
Home Town: Denver, Colorado


PARKE, J. W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to J. W. Parke, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 117th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 31 July 1944. Staff Sergeant Parke'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, 1st Army, General Orders No. 80 (1944)


PARKE, JOSEPH P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph P. Parke, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Private Parke'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. 7 (1946)


PARKER, CHARLES H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles H. Parker (0-1290298), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while Commanding a Company of the 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6, 7, and 8 June 1944, in France. In the invasion of France First Lieutenant Parker led his company up the beach against heavy enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire. Once past the beach he reorganized and continued inland. During this advance numerous groups of enemy resistance were encountered. Through his personal bravery and sound leadership this resistance was overcome, and his company succeeded in capturing *******, the Battalion objective. The following morning First Lieutenant parker led a patrol through enemy-held territory in an effort to establish contact with the balance of the Battalion. First Lieutenant Parker's superior, personal valor 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. 28 (June 20, 1944)
Home Town: South Dakota


*PARKER, MAX Y. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Max Y. Parker (37107861), 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 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 January 1945. Private First Class Parker'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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 61 (1945)
Home Town: Hot Spring County, Arkansas


*PARKER, RAYMOND M. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Raymond M. Parker (20361580), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 September 1944, in France. On that date, Sergeant Parker, an assistant squad leader, crossed the Moselle River, near Frolois, France, and became cut-off from his unit. Despite enemy action, he courageously organized two machine-gun squads from other men and ordered fire upon the enemy. When casualties were created in his newly-formed squads, he manned one of the guns himself until his ammunition was exhausted. After becoming a prisoner, he managed to elude his captors and escape. Sergeant Parker's aggressive 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 35th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 76 (1945)
Home Town: Dinwiddie County, Virginia
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


PARKER, ROBERT A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert A. Parker, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 644th Tank Destroyer Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 18 December, 1944. First Lieutenant Parker'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. 63 (1945)


*PARKER, ROWDY W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Rowdy W. Parker (6283536), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 405th Infantry Regiment, 102d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 February 1945. Technical Sergeant Parker'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. 142 (1945)
Home Town: Okfuskee County, Oklahoma


PARKER, SILAS H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Silas H. Parker, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 24 March 1943. Private Parker'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. 80 (1943)


PARKS, STEVE W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Steve W. Parks, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Private Parks' 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, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 36 (1943)
Home Town: Wisconsin


PARRIS, HAROLD L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harold L. Parris, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 June 1944 near Gueuteville, France. While crossing from enemy territory to friendly lines, Private First Class Parris, a machine gunner in a parachute infantry regiment, approached a German sentry and pretended he was a German officer, then quietly killed the German with his trench knife. He had dropped by parachute deep in hostile territory on the morning of D-Day, and led seven men, with courage and skill and consummate daring, for five days through territory covered with enemy troops. En route, he never hesitated to engage any opposition encountered and left many German dead behind him. When he reached the enemy main line of resistance it became necessary to eliminate the last obstacle by deception rather than rifle fire. The heroic leadership and valiant personal achievements of Private First Class Parris enabled seven comrades to survive battle, hunger, thirst and fatigue and rejoin their organization. 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 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 79 (1944)


PARRISH, EDWARD L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward L. Parrish, Captain (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 987th Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 18 November 1944. Captain Parrish'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. 9 (1945)


PARROTT, WILLIAM F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William F. Parrott, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 8 December 1943. Staff Sergeant Parrott'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. 40 (1944)


*PARROW, PETER J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Peter J. Parrow (20111599), 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 1 December 1944, in Germany. Staff Sergeant Parrow was acting as a platoon leader during a company attack on enemy machine gun postiions. When his platoon was pinned down by intense machine gun fire, he courageously exposed himself to the enemy fire as he crawled forward 150 yards to hurl hand grenades into one of the machine gun nests, killing the entire crew. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, he started toward the second enemy position. Fire from a third enemy gun, which had previously been silent, mortally wounded this gallant soldier before he reached the second enemy position. Sergeant Parrow'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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 43 (1945)
Home Town: Worcester County, Massachusetts


PARSIOLA, CARL H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carl H. Parsiola (1686145), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 June 1944. Private First Class Parsiola'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 Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 99 (1944)
Home Town: Lake Linden, Michigan
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, Purple Heart


PARTA, DONALD L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald L. Parta, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 393d Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 April 1945. Private Parta'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. 255 (1945)


*PASSAGE, DONALD G. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Donald G. Passage (36124648), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 November 1942, at Kasba-Mehdia, French Morocco. Although under enemy fire from the front and the flank, Private First Class Passage kept his machine gun in action, silencing enemy fire and enabling our troops to withdraw to positions from which they could effectively engage the enemy. His heroic actions cost him his life. Private First Class Passage'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.
Allied Force Headquarters, General Orders No. 28 (December 15, 1942)
Home Town: Wayne County, Michigan


*PATCH, ALEXANDER M., III (DNB)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Alexander M. Patch, III (0-24723), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while Commanding an Infantry Company of the 315th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 and 27 August 1944. Captain Patch'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 79th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 6 (1945)
Home Town: Staunton, Virginia
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, 3@ Purple Hearts


PATCH, LLOYD E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lloyd E. Patch (0-364576), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Captain Patch assembled a group of sixty parachutists from a number of different regiments into an organized fighting unit and led them in an attack against Ste Marine Du Mont. Encountering heavy enemy resistance in the form of a battery of 105-mm. guns, he led successful assaults against these gun positions. As he moved closer to Ste Marine Du Mont extremely intense enemy automatic weapons fire halted the advance. Captain Patch then directed his men back to the captured enemy gun positions, reversed the guns and placed short range direct artillery fire on the enemy positions in the town. This fire was so effective that it completely disorganized the enemy and made possible the capture of the town. The courage and outstanding leadership displayed by Captain Patch 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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)
Home Town: Massachusetts


*PATRICK, EDWIN D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Edwin D. Patrick (0-490), Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 6th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 14 March 1945, in the Philippine Islands. Major General Patrick'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 6th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 53 (1945)
Home Town: Tell City, Indiana


PATTERSON, EDWARD H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward H. Patterson, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 255th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 17 February 1945. Staff Sergeant Patterson'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. 579 (October 4, 1945)


*PATTERSON, JOHN F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John F. Patterson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 10 April 1945. Private First Class Patterson'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. 42 (1945)


PATTERSON, LYMAN K.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lyman K. Patterson (33042869), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. At the place where Staff Sergeant Patterson's squad landed on the beach, the enemy was well protected by minefields and barbed wire. Heavy enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire was placed on the beach and had pinned down the invading force. With complete disregard for his own safety and, in spite of the numerous casualties that this intense enemy fire was inflicting, Staff Sergeant Patterson exposed himself to it in order to encourage and personally lead his men in the attack. This fearlessness of Staff Sergeant Patterson so inspired the troops about him that they vigorously assaulted and overran the enemy positions. The outstanding courage and personal bravery displayed by Staff Sergeant Patterson exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 29th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (June 29, 1944)


*PATTON, CLARENCE (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Clarence Patton (33075263), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 25th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 August 1944. Corporal Patton'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 4th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 97 (1944)
Home Town: Chester County, Pennsylvania


PATTON, GEORGE S., JR. (DNB)
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to George S. Patton, Jr. (0-2605), Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding General of the 7th Army, in action against enemy forces on 11 July 1943. Lieutenant General Patton'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 7th Army, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 80 (1943)
Born: at San Gabriel, California
Home Town: Fort Myer, Virginia
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)


PATYNSKI, EDWARD A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward A. Patynski, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 September 1944. Staff Sergeant Patynski'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. 93 (1944)


PAUDEL, GEORGE S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George S. Paudel, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 January 1944. Private Paudel'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. 91 (1944)


PAULICK, MICHAEL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Michael Paulick, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 January 1944. Captain Paulick'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 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 69 (1944)


PAVLICK, WILLIAM E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William E. Pavlick, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 February 1945. Staff Sergeant Pavlick'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 33d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 299 (1945)


*PAVLOVICH, EMIL (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Emil Pavlovich (36209911), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 19 March 1944. Private First Class Pavlovich'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. 845 (1944)
Home Town: Gogebic County, Michigan


PAXTON, FLOYD M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Floyd M. Paxton, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 550th Airborne Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 3 - 4 January 1945 at Renuamont, Belgium. Captain Paxton directed an attack against an enemy held town and killed three snipers. The enemy launched a counterattack, and Captain Paxton, without antitank weapons, directed artillery fire by radio. His forces inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy and enabled other units to withdraw and consolidate for a later attack. Captain Paxton'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.
War Department, General Orders No. 10 (1947)


PAYNE, JOE L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joe L. Payne, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 10 to 13 January 1943, at Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands. Captain Payne'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 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 65 (1943)
Home Town: Huntsville, Alabama


PEABODY, HERBERT G.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herbert G. Peabody (0-386476), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forcespm 16 November 1942, near Cape Sudest, New Guinea. When enemy airplanes attacked and set fire to four small ships carrying United States Army personnel and supplies, First Lieutenant Peabody called for volunteers to attempt a rescue. With four enlisted men, he boarded a small coastal vessel and ordered it to proceed to the blazing vessels. In spite of repeated enemy bombing and strafing and without regard to his personal safety, he continued the search for survivors until long after dark. First Lieutenant Peabody'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)

PEABODY, HERBERT G.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Herbert G. Peabody (0-386476), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 December 1942, near Buna, New Guinea. When a rifle company patrol broke through the enemy lines and established itself on the beach between Buna Village and Buna Station, the only supply route to it lay through the hostile position. First Lieutenant Peabody led a carrying party forward in an effort to replenish the ammunition of the patrol. When its advance was discovered, the party was checked by enemy mortar fire and by fire from snipers. Gathering his men together, First Lieutenant Peabody crawled forward with them through the enemy position to the patrol. The ammunition thus delivered made possible the holding, in spite of repeated enemy counterattacks, of this key point cutting hostile communication lines. First Lieutenant Peabody'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)
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


*PEAGLER, ROBERT J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert J. Peagler (0-1045552), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 870th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 24 June 1945. First Lieutenant Peagler'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. 401 (1945)
Home Town: Litchfield County, Connecticut


PEALE, JAMES NIXON, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James Nixon Peale, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 November 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Peale'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 26th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces in Austria, General Orders No. 59 (1945)
Home Town: Schenectady, New York


PEARCE, JAMES E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James E. Pearce, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 324th Infantry Regiment, 44th Infanry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 March 1945. Sergeant Pearce'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 44th Infanry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 60 (1946)
Home Town: Marlin, Texas


PEARCY, MARVIN EVERETT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Marvin Everett Pearcy, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 41st Armored Infantry Regiment, 2d Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 and 14 April 1945. Captain Pearcy'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 2d Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 352 (1945)


PEARSON, ARMOND D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Armond D. Pearson, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 161st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 July 1943, at New Georgia, Solomon Islands. First Sergeant Pearson'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. 490 (1943)


PEARSON, CLAYTON W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clayton W. Pearson (37070351), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 February 1945, in Germany. Technical Sergeant Pearson'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, XVI Corps, General Orders No. 55 (July 20, 1945)


*PEARSON, FLOYD (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Floyd Pearson (36013061), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 27 December 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Private First Class Pearson'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. 41 (1943)
Home Town: Winnebago County, Illinois


PECAR, ANTHONY C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Anthony C. Pecar, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 7th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 8 April 1945. Staff Sergeant Pecar'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. 656 (1945)


*PECE, JAMES T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James T. Pece (13065539), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 228th Field Artillery Group, in action against enemy forces on 13 October 1944. Private First Class Pece'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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 39 (1944)
Home Town: Letcher County, Kentucky


PECQUET, ANDRE E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Andre E. Pecquet, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a member of the Special Operations Branch, Office of Strategic Services Detachment, European Theater of Operations from 28 June 1944 to 7 October 1944, in enemy-occupied France. Captain Pecquet, after having been parachuted into France, successfully established and maintained two-way radio contact, transmitting valuable operational and intelligence information. Changing to civilian clothes, Captain Pecquet made dangerous reconnaissance trips into villages and reported to headquarters the disposition of enemy troops and installations. With the arrival of the United States forces, he assured the effective cooperation of the French. The devotion to duty, perseverance and courage displayed by Captain Pecquet throughout this hazardous assignment exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 119 (1945)


PEDERSEN, WILLY I.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Willy I. Pedersen, Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 November 1944. Technician Fourth Grade Pedersen'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 Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 90 (1945)


PEDERSON, HAROLD O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harold O. Pederson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 December 1942. Private Pederson'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, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (1943)


*PEEBLES, ARTHUR F., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Arthur F. Peebles, Jr. (0-1014354), First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 67th Armored Regiment, in action against enemy forces from 3 to 6 October 1944. First Lieutenant Peebles' 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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 199 (1945)


PELLETIER, EDGAR
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edgar Pelletier, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 901st Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 10 March 1945. Technician Fifth Grade Pelletier'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. 297 (1945)
Home Town: New Hampshire


PENA, AMBROSIO P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ambrosio P. Pena, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 25 February 1945. First Lieutenant Pena'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. 338 (1946)


PENCE, DONALD C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald C. Pence, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action as Commanding Officer, Company B, 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 February 1945, at Obere Ohligmuhle, France. Captain Pence led one of the platoon's in his company in an attack across six hundred yards of open field under continuous enemy fire. When the attack faltered under devastating fire, he remained upright, encouraging his men to resume the fight. Despite serious wounds, he continued to lead his men in closing with the enemy to silence all their guns and capturing or killing the entire enemy garrison. Captain Pence's gallant 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 70th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 120 (1945)


PENCE, JAMES L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James L. Pence (0-1286176), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Company A, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Captain Pence, although severely wounded upon debarking from his craft in the invasion, ignored his painful wounds and immediately set about in reorganizing his men. In this effort, he constantly exposed himself to intense machine gun and artillery fire. Refusing all efforts to get him under cover and to dress his wounds, he continued in his movements up and down the fire-swept beach spending every effort toward getting the attack under way again until he collapsed from the effects of his wounds. Captain Pence'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. 31 (July 1, 1944)
Home Town: Kansas


*PENDEL, ANTHONY G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Anthony G. Pendel (33406909), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Platoon Sergeant in Company L, 3d Battalion, 393d Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 and 23 March 1945. Technical Sergeant Pendel'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 99th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
War Department, General Orders No. 60 (1946)
Home Town: Farrell, Pennsylvania


*PENNEY, CHARLES W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles W. Penney (31228998), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 20 April 1945. Private First Class Penney'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, Tenth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 142 (1945)
Home Town: Middlesex County, Massachusetts


*PENNINGTON, GEORGE F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George F. Pennington (0-1320968), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 December 1944. Second Lieutenant Pennington'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. 168 (1945)
Home Town: Marion, Ohio


PEPE, SALVATORE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Salvatore Pepe, Private First Class, 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 8 October 1944. Private First Class Pepe'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. 287 (1945)


PEPIN, ANDREW H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Andrew H. Pepin, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 43d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 11 to 15 August 1943. Sergeant Pepin'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 43d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 501 (1944)
Home Town: Putnam, Connecticut


PERALTA, MACARIO, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Macario Peralta, Jr., Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Philippine Guerilla Forces, in action against enemy forces from 8 May 1943 through 6 August 1943, in the vicinity of Panay, Philippine Islands. Colonel Peralta'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. 47 (1943)


PERDIDO, BENJAMIN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Benjamin Perdido, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Philipine Scouts, in action against enemy forces from 14 December 1941 to 13 May 1942. Second Lieutenant Perdido'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, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 24 (1942)


*PEREHINEC, JOSEPH P. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Joseph P. Perehinec (13020925), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 June 1944. Staff Sergeant Perehinec'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. 86 (1944)
Home Town: Gallitzin, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


*PERKINS, CHARLES H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles H. Perkins (34174475), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 March 1945. Private First Class Perkins' 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 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 50 (1945)
Home Town: Cabarrus County, Missouri


PERKINS, NORRIS H., II
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Norris H. Perkins, II, Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 3d Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 2d Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on *** July 1943, just North of ***, Sicily, Captain Perkins, mounted in a tank, was engaging *** and *** anti-tank guns, the enemy at the time having fire superiority. Captain Perkins was engaged in extracting a jammed round from his 75-mm. tank gun when the gun received a direct hit, resulting in breaking and crushing Captain Perkins' left forearm. He and his tank crew left the disabled tank, but he remained on the battlefield directing the operations of his other tanks, on foot and under heavy enemy fire. He did not leave the battlefield until forcibly taken away by a medical officer. This outstanding act of heroism was an inspiration to everyone who saw him, and his actions contributed greatly to the success of his unit in that battle. Captain Perkins' 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, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 24 (1943)
Born: September 5, 1912 at Milwaukee, Oregon


*PERKINS, PETER T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Peter T. Perkins (18009273), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 91st Reconnaissance Squadron, in action against enemy forces on 27 July 1943. Sergeant Perkins' 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. 158 (1944)
Home Town: Kirbyville, Texas
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


*PERKINS, STANLEY E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Stanley E. Perkins (20505294), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 13 February 1945. Private First Class Perkins' 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. 14 (1945)
Home Town: Hardin County, Ohio


*PERKINS, WILLIAM H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William H. Perkins (39479530), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 26 April 1945. Private Perkins' 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: Yakima, Washington


PERRIN, HERBERT T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herbert T. Perrin, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 106th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 January 1945. Brigadier General Perrin'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 106th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 75 (1945)
Home Town: Plateville, Wisconsin


PERRY, EDWIN R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edwin R. Perry, Captain (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Captain Perry'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)


PERRY, EUGENE M., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Eugene M. Perry, Jr., Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 November 1944, at LaPanges, France. While leading his platoon in an assault on a strongly defended enemy road block, Lieutenant Perry was suddenly subjected to intense enemy small arms; and machine-gun fire which halted the platoon's advance. Immediately deploying the platoon, Lieutenant Perry crawled forward alone, through withering fire, to within a short distance of an enemy machine-gun position, Then, with well aimed rifle fire, he destroyed the gunner and silenced the enemy gun. Suddenly, a second machine-gun opened file, wounding him in the head. Despite his wound, he fearlessly charged the position, firing as he ran and forcing tie enemy to abandon their weapon. By his heroic actions, Lieutenant Perry disorganized the enemy's company to successfully seize the enemy road block. His gallant 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 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 85 (1945)


*PERRY, LESLIE R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Leslie R. Perry (32587912), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters and Service Troop, 94th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 April 1945. Technician Fifth Grade Perry'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 4th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 274 (1945)
Home Town: Broome County, New York


PERRY, ROBERT K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert K. Perry, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 158th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces during World War II. First Lieutenant Perry'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. 64 (1944)
Home Town: Clarkdale, Arizona


PERSINGER, BILLY M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Billy M. Persinger, 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 Island. 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 Persinger 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 Kersinger 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. Private First Class Persinger'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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 162 (1945)


*PESO, FRANK L. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Frank L. Peso (0-1316853), 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 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 November 1944, in Germany. After personally eliminating covering riflemen of a hostile machine gun which held up the advance of his company, Second Lieutenant Peso fired a rocket into a heavily barricaded building. Courageously, he rushed forward and with hand grenades, killed or wounded five Germans occupying the structure. When he was unable to silence a second machine gun nearby, he led a friendly tank into position. In the face of withering machine gun fire, he moved forward on foot and, while directing effective tank fire upon the building, was fatally wounded. Second Lieutenant Peso's selfless devotion to duty and outstanding display of courage so inspired his men that they quickly overran and destroyed two additional machine guns which were impeding the company's advance. The unflinching valor and courageous leadership displayed by Second Lieutenant Peso exemplified 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. 21 (February 6, 1945)
Home Town: Worcester County, Massachusetts


*PETER, JACOB M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Jacob M. Peter (36445496), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 385th Infantry Regiment, 76th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Peter'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 76th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 129 (1945)
Home Town: Livingston County, Illinois


*PETERSEN, GERARD B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Gerard B. Petersen, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 743d Tank Battalion, attached to the 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. Staff Sergeant Petersen'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 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 37 (1944)
Home Town: Norman County, Minnesota


PETERSON, CHESTER R. (DNB)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Chester R. Peterson (6741222), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with U.S. Army Engineers, in action against enemy forces on 5 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Technical Sergeant Peterson'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 and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 8 (1942)
Home Town: Meeker County, Minnesota


*PETERSON, DALE J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Dale J. Peterson (39934527), 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 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 April 1945, in Germany. Private First Class Peterson's platoon was forced to take shelter in a large factory by devastating enemy fire from dug in positions 100 yards distant, exposing the platoon to a sudden surprise charge by the strong hostile force. At great personal risk, Private First Class Peterson voluntarily moved across 50 yards of terrain swept by direct fire from a 20-mm. gun, rifles, and machine guns. From his hazardous position, he placed deadly and accurate machine gun fire upon the enemy, enabling members of his platoon to resume the attack. As the platoon charged forward, Private First Class Peterson sprayed fleeing enemy soldiers, killing fifteen, wounding seven, and forcing three to surrender. As he attempted to rejoin his comrades in the attack, he was hit by sniper fire and instantly killed. Private First Class Peterson's bold and courageous actions, 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. 108 (November 19, 1945)
Home Town: Jerome, Idaho


*PETERSON, ERVING L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Erving L. Peterson (0-2037090), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 12 January 1945. Second Lieutenant Peterson'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. 15 (1945)
Home Town: Minnesota


PETERSON, FREDERICK M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frederick M. Peterson, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 November 1944. Staff Sergeant Peterson'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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 6 (1945)
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


PETERSON, KENNETH F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Kenneth F. Peterson (32569088), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Sergeant Peterson, armed with a Bazooka, exhibited utter disregard for his own safety by constantly exposing himself to enemy fire while leading assaults on enemy emplacements. He, alone, charged and destroyed the emplaced enemy in at least two pillboxes. He continued in the advance of the assault in the face of intense enemy fire until he reached the top of a hill. From his exposed position on the hill he covered the advance of his company. The determination, personal bravery and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Peterson 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. 31 (July 1, 1944)
Born: at Passaic, New Jersey
Home Town: Passaic, New Jersey


PETERSON, LENOLD C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lenold C. Peterson (37092874), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Private First Class Peterson was stationed at the end of a bridge over the Merderet River as a rocketeer to repel attacks by enemy troops who controlled the other end of the bridge. This position was subject to incessant enemy rifle, machine gun, mortar and artillery fire. After an artillery preparation, the enemy sent an assault force supported by three tanks over the bridge. Though part of the troops withdrew, Private First Class Peterson remained at his position until the enemy tanks approached within thirty yards. In spite of the intense fire, Private First Class Peterson rose from his position and fired rockets into the three tanks. The courage and devotion to duty and daring displayed by Private First Class Peterson 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: Minnesota


PETERSON, LLOYD NORMAN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lloyd Norman Peterson, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Infantry Company of the 5th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 July 1944, near St. Lo, France. Technical Sergeant Peterson'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 Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 76 (1944)
Home Town: Eau Claire, Wisconsin


PETERSON, MARVIN M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Marvin M. Peterson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 January 1943, during the Papuan Campaign Campaign at Tarakena, New Guinea. Private Peterson'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, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 36 (1943)
Home Town: Wisconsin


*PETERSON, PAUL E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Paul E. Peterson (39165031), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 31 August 1943. Private First Class Peterson'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. 35 (1944)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


PETERSON, PAUL L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul L. Peterson, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 November 1944. Second Lieutenant Peterson'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 45th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 125 (1945)


*PETERSON, VICTOR E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Victor E. Peterson (33117025), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Private First Class Peterson'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 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 94 (1944)
Home Town: Fayette County, Pennsylvania


PETKO, ANDREW
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Andrew Petko, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 8 February 1945. Private First Class Petko'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)


*PETREE, WEEDEN A., JR. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Weeden A. Petree, Jr. (0-422569), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 194th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 5 January 1942. Second Lieutenant Petree'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: St. Joseph, Missouri


PETRENCSIK, JOSEPH S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph S. Petrencsik, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 27th Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 March 1945, at the Ludendorff Rail Road Bridge near Remagen, Germany. Staff Sergeant Petrencsik'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 Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 49 (1945)
Home Town: Berea, Ohio


PETRISEK, EDGAR
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edgar Petrisek, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 132d Infantry Regiment, Americal Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 May 1945. Technical Sergeant Petrisek'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. 300 (1945)


PETRIZZO, JOHN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John J. Petrizzo, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 18 July 1943. Private Petrizzo'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. 521 (1943)


PETTENGILL, THOMAS W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas W. Pettengill, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 November 1944. Technician Fifth Grade Pettengill'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 80th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 82 (1945)


PETTY, FRANK E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank E. Petty, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 3 to 5 April 1945. Captain Petty'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 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (1946)


*PFEIL, WILLIAM H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William H. Pfeil (0-449502), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 November 1942, at Oran, North Africa. Second Lieutenant Pfeil'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 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 22 (1943)
Home Town: West Point, New York


PFLEGER, JAMES RICHARD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James Richard Pfleger, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 December 1944, in Germany. On that date, the pillbox which Sergeant Pfleger and his platoon had taken was surrounded by the enemy during action near Pachten, Germany. For three days the soldiers repelled repeated furious enemy assaults upon the fortification. When it was determined that it was impossible to hold out longer, Sergeant Pfleger voluntarily infiltrated through the enemy ring, reached his battalion and directed fire against the enemy. He then returned to the pillbox, carrying a litter and demolition charges, and after directing evacuation of the position he fired the charges, destroying the pillbox. Private First Class Pfleger'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 90th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 55 (1945)
Home Town: Muncie, Indiana


PHELPS, CECIL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Cecil Phelps, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 2 August 1944. Private First Class Phelps' 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. 114 (July 9, 1944)


PHILBIN, TOBIAS RAPHAEL, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Tobias Raphael Philbin, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Battalion, 379th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 and 19 November. Lieutenant Colonel Philbin'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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 33 (1945)
Born: January 1, 1917 at Clinton, Massachusetts
Home Town: Clinton, Massachusetts


PHILIPS, VEDRA C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Vedra C. Philips, Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving Company A, 743d Tank Battalion, attached to the 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. Captain Philips' gallant 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. 37 (1944)


*PHILLIPPE, HERSEL E. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Hersel E. Phillippe (0-890011), First Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with U.S. Army Engineers, in action against enemy forces from 19 April 1942 through 3 May 1942, in the Philippine Islands. First Lieutenant Phillippe'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 and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 408 (1945)
Home Town: Pinnelas County, Florida


PHILLIPS, CHARLES M., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles M. Phillips, Jr., Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 778th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 18 and 19 February 1945. Second Lieutenant Phillips' 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. 137 (1945)


*PHILLIPS, EUGENE M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Eugene M. Phillips (33656149), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 13 July 1944. Private First Class Phillips' 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. 99 (1944)
Home Town: Nelson County, Virginia


*PHILLIPS, FRANK E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Frank E. Phillips (0-1300212), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 September 1944. First Lieutenant Phillips' 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. 17 (1945)
Home Town: Essex County, Massachusetts
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


PHILLIPS, JAMES HOLDEN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James Holden Phillips (0-12331), Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, III Corps, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 7 March 1945, in Germany. On that date when the bridge at Remagen was seized intact, Colonel Phillips ordered an immediate crossing and exploitation of tactical advantage and proceeded to the area to personally direct the operations. Although repeatedly exposed to intense enemy small arms and artillery fire and subjected to constant enemy air attack, he courageously continued his direct supervision and inspired the troops in the bridgehead area by his cool bravery and utter disregard for his own safety. Colonel Phillips' intrepid 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 and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 131 (1945)
Home Town: Colorado Springs, Colorado


*PHILLIPS, LAWRENCE H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Lawrence H. Phillips (0-916722), Major (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with U.S. Army Engineers, in action against enemy forces from 23 October 1944 to 15 March 1944. Major Phillips' 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 and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 48 (1944)
Home Town: Santa Clara, California


PHILLIPS, WILLIAM B., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William B. Phillips, Jr. (38342428), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 8th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 17 November 1944, near Schevenhutte, Germany Sergeant Phillips' company was pinned down by intense machine-gun fire from an enemy pillbox, strategically located on top of a steep hill. Sergeant Phillips, upon observing this, obtained a rocket launcher and fearlessly went forward alone to reduce the position. Making his way up the hill of fire, Sergeant Phillips reached a point within 25 yards of the enemy emplacement and fired a round of rocket ammunition into the doorway, killing five occupants. His daring action so demoralized the defenders of an adjacent pillbox that they abandoned their position to surrender, but as he went forward he stepped on an anti-personnel mine that blew off his foot. Although suffering great pain he though first of his comrades and for fear that the entire area was mined, did not permit them to come to his assistance until he had crawled to a safe position some 30 yards distant. Sergeant Phillips' heroic, unselfish devotion to duty, his fearless determiantion and conspicuous courage 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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 74 (April 7, 1945)
Home Town: Canadian, Texas


PICK, ROBERT G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert G. Pick (0-1290998), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division in action against enemy forces on 11 June 1944, when his battalion was attacking Carentan, France. The initial mission assigned to First Lieutenant Pick, the Assistant Regimental Intelligence Officer, was to gain information. However, realizing that this front line battalion was badly in need of ammunition in order to continue the attack, he voluntarily assumed the responsibility of replenishing the supply. Under a heavy barrage of enemy machine gun, mortar and artillery fire and with complete disregard for his personal safety, he made repeated trips in a three-quarter ton vehicle to the battalion, carrying vitally needed ammunition. Each trip necessitated his driving on a raised causeway over inundated terrain under heavy fire of more than six enemy machine guns at the range of 300 yards, but he never once hesitated in this task. By his unusual display of outstanding bravery, courage and determination, he materially aided in enabling the battalion to sustain the attack against a strong enemy force and was personally responsible for saving the lives of a number of seriously wounded officers and enlisted men. First Lieutenant Pick's intrepid actions throughout the entire operation, his 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, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 108 (1944)
Home Town: Wisconsin


*PICKETT, VERNON W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Vernon W. Pickett (0-1290807), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 137th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 15 July 1944, in France. First Lieutenant Pickett'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. 89 (1944)
Home Town: Pineville, Louisiana


PICKETTE, WILLIAM LEE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William Lee Pickette, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 June 1944, in France. While on a reconnaissance patrol behind enemy lines, Sergeant Pickette discovered a severely wounded soldier lying in a mine field. Undaunted by intense enemy fire, Sergeant Pickette immediately went to the soldier's aid. Although he realized that it would be almost impossible to get back to friendly lines alone, Sergeant Pickette carried his comrade through enemy fire and past numerous enemy outposts whose fire forced him to seek shelter time after time. When he reached the bank of a river, he obtained a boat and took his comrade across to safety. The extraordinary heroism and courageous action of Sergeant Pickette 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. 243 (1945)
Home Town: Scotland Neck, North Carolina


PIEH, RICHARD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard J. Pieh, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 20 December 1944. First Sergeant Pieh'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. 110 (1945)


PIERCE, CHARLES W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles W. Pierce, Technical Sergeant, 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 2 October 1944. Technical Sergeant Pierce'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 88th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 52 (1945)


*PIERI, FRANCIS W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Francis W. Pieri (0-454921), Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 4th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 July 1944. Captain Pieri'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 4th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 59 (1944)


PIERSALL, THORNTON E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thornton E. Piersall (18147913), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving in an Infantry Company of the 395th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 December 1944, in Germany. When a strong German force threatened to sever a vital supply route to his company's defensive area, Sergeant Piersall, occupying a position in the path of the assault, held his ground. Wave after wave of hostile troops attacked him but he repulsed each attack by his intense fire. The enemy brought up a machine gun and a rocket gun in an effort to eliminate this threat to their advance. With his ammunition supply exhausted, Sergeant Piersall with complete disregard for his life, courageously crawled from his emplacement, secured a grenade launcher and grenades from the enemy dead in front of him and returned to his position. Taking careful aim he fired two grenades with devastating accuracy, knocking out both the machine gun and rocket gun. The heroic actions and exemplary bravery displayed by Sergeant Piersall prevented a heavy penetration into his company area. His 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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 21 (February 6, 1945)
Home Town: Oklahoma


PILCK, JOSEPH W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph W. Pilck, Staff 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 16 September 1944. Staff Sergeant Pilck'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, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 100 (1945)


PILLA, ANGELO E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Angelo E. Pilla, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 253d Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 4 April 1945, in the vicinity of Untergriesheim, Germany. When his company was hard pressed by an enemy counter attack, Captain Pilla, by his own forceful action and words of encouragement to his men, saw to it that they held their position and repulsed the attack. When the enemy finally weakened, he personally led a counter attack and succeeded in gaining several hundred yards, turning apparent defeat into a brilliant victory. Captain Pilla's fearless leadership, exemplary courage 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. 585 (October 6, 1945)
Home Town: Milford, Massachusetts


*PINCKNEY, SAMUEL T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Samuel T. Pinckney (0-1285294), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 November 1944. Captain Pinckney'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 95th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 30 (1945)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


*PINGEL, DENNIS E. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Dennis E. Pingel (37071217), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 147th Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 29 May 1944, near ****, Dutch New Guinea. When the enemy attacked our positions, a grenade was thrown into the trench occupied by Technician Pingel and two other men. Instantly, and with heroic self-sacrifice, he threw himself upon the grenade, smothering the explosion with his body. Technician Pingel thus gave his life to save his comrades. His 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 and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 87 (1944)
Born: November 2, 1914 at O'Brien County, Iowa
Home Town: Lake Preston, South Dakota


*PINNELL, GEORGE W. (DNB)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George W. Pinnell (0-289400), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 31st Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces from 8 to 16 February 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Captain Pinnell'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.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 384 (1946)
Home Town: Lincoln County, Wisconsin


*PINO, MANUEL S. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Manuel S. Pino (18046655), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces in July 1943. Private Pino'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. 24 (1943)
Home Town: Denver, Colorado


PINTO, MICHAEL J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Michael J. Pinto, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 129th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 February 1945. Private First Class Pinto'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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 51 (1945)


PIOMBINO, CHARLES J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles J. Piombino, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 643d Tank Destroyer Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 16 April 1945. Private First Class Piombino'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-European Theater, General Orders No. 305 (1945)


PIPER, WILLIAM
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William Piper, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 13 September 1944. Private Piper'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. 4 (1945)


PISTER, CARL E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carl E. Pister, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 137th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces from 6 to 8 March 1945. Captain Pister'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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 206 (1945)


*PISTILLI, ANTHONY F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Anthony F. Pistilli (42019384), Private, 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 January 1945. Private Pistilli'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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 137 (1945)
Home Town: Fairview, New Jersey


PITZER, THOMAS L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas L. Pitzer, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 399th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 April 1945, in the vicinity of Helfenberg, Germany. Private First Class Pitzer'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 100th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 600 (1945)


*PLANTE, THOMAS E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Thomas E. Plante (0-1050421), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 399th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 March 1945, in the vicinity of Bitche, France. Second Lieutenant Plante'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. 585 (October 6, 1945)
Home Town: Kings County, New York


PLAYER, ERVIN B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ervin B. Player, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in November 1942. Private First Class Player'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, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 35 (1943)


PLEAM, DANIEL W., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Daniel W. Pleam, Jr., First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 23 August 1944. First Lieutenant Pleam'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. 51 (1945)


PLETZKE, GEORGE C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George C. Pletzke, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 7th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 14 September 1944. Technical Sergeant Pletzke'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. 611 (1945)


PODSIADLY, JOSEPH J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph J. Podsiadly, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 129th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 April 1945. Private First Class Podsiadly'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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 51 (1945)


*PODY, HENRY C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Henry C. Pody (34398102), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 10 and 11March 1944. Sergeant Pody'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. 95 (1944)
Home Town: Coosa County, Alabama


POLETTE, LLOYD L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lloyd L. Polette (0-1309822), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 17 and 18 September 1944, near Nijmegen, Holland. First Lieutenant Polette, platoon leader of Company F, 508th Parachute Infantry, by his courage and intrepidy, destroyed two enemy gun positions and led a determined assault upon an important bridge. On 17 September 1944, Lieutenant Polette led his platoon as advamce party of his battalion on the advance through the outskirts of Nijmegen to the battalion objective, southwest of the city. He destroyed a 20-millimeter antiaircraft gun, which was placing effective fire upon the column, by moving to a position near the gun and attacking the position with an explosive grenade. At another point along the battalion route of advance, two enemy machine guns threatened the column with heavy fire. He directed his platoon in the destruction of one gun while he destroyed the second with a bazooka and a phosphorous grenade. On 18 September 1944, he led his platoon in an attack upon a bridge near Nijmegen, an important bridge crossing the Maas-Waal Canal.When his platoon was pinned down by enemy automatic weapons fire, Lieutenant Polette remained in an exposed position where he could best observe the enemy and direct the fire of his platoon. Although his automatic weapons were knocked out by German mortars, he continued to press the attack. After a quick reorganization of his depleted platoon, he led a second spirited attack which seized the position. The conduct of Lieutenant Polette inspired much confidence within his platoon. His willingness to personally lead every assault, and his complete indifference to danger was responsible for the success of his platoon mission. First Lieutenant Polette's gallant 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, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 14 (1944)
Home Town: Caddo Parish, Louisiana


*POLING, CLARK V. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Clark V. Poling (0-477425), First Lieutenant (Chaplain), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 3 February 1943, in the North Atlantic Ocean. Chaplain Poling was one of four Army Chaplains aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester which was torpedoed in the North Atlantic. He and his comrades bravely brought order to panicked soldiers as the ship was sinking and, when no more life jackets were available, he gave up his own life jacket to another man. Chaplain Poling'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.
War Department, General Orders No. 93 (1944)
Born: August 7, 1910 at Columbus, Ohio
Home Town: Schenectady, New York
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Chaplain's Medal (WWII), Purple Heart


*POLING, THEODORE (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Theodore Poling (39588891), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 71st Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 3 March 1945. Private First Class Poling'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. 9 (1946)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


*POLIO, JAMES V. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James V. Polio (33299528), 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 413th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 November 1944, in Germany. On the afternoon of 28 November 1944, elements of the company to which Private Polio was assigned were advancing toward their objective when they were suddenly pinned to the ground by heavy machine gun and sniper fire from well-concealed enemy positions 300 yards to their immediate front. Private Polio, voluntarily and on his own initiative, crawled from his covered position and, at great risk to his life, advanced toward the enemy, exposing himself to the merciless fire in order to locate the enemy positions. After ascertaining the enemy's disposition and relaying this information to his company commander, he nevertheless continued to advance on the hostile positions in the face of intense fire, attacking and eliminating a machine gun nest with a rifle grenade. He then continued on into the enemy positions, using his rifle and hand grenades to wipe out a second machine gun nest before being killed by sniper fire. His heroic sacrifice undoubtedly saved the lives of many of his comrades in the subsequent advance of the company. Private First Class Polio'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 104th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 18 (1945)
Home Town: Hazelhurst, Pennsylvania


POLLARD, SAMUEL W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Samuel W. Pollard, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 May 1944, in Cisterna di Littoria, Italy. Sergeant Pollard, an acting mortar section leader, on his own initiative organized a nine-man patrol to clean out sniper nests in Cisterna di Littoria. Instructing his men to cover him, he assaulted the first house with a Thompson sub-machine gun and took four prisoners. Sergeant Pollard then proceeded to search every house on the street, braving intense point-blank machine gun, machine pistol, and rifle fire each time he exposed himself. Aware that an enemy force was delivering heavy fire from the last house on the street, Sergeant Pollard nevertheless charged toward it across approximately twenty yards of open space, shooting his gun as he ran. With streams of bullets barely missing him, he entered through a large hole in the house and wounded three enemy soldiers downstairs. Putting a new magazine in his weapon, he fired through an open doorway, mounted a flight of stairs and captured twenty more of the enemy. After turning these prisoners over to guards, Sergeant Pollard led four men on another check of the street. As he came to the last house again, he observed three enemy soldiers descend a ditch and disappear into a large tunnel dug into the far bank. Going forward to the mouth of the tunnel alone, Sergeant Pollard fired into it and called on its occupants to surrender. One hundred and seven enemy soldiers filed out and surrendered, bringing Sergeant Pollard's grand total of prisoners to one hundred thirty-four. Sergeant Pollard'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. 115 (1944)
Born: February 20, 1921 at Parma, Idaho
Home Town: Parma, Idaho


*POLLARINE, JOHN J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John J. Pollarine (0-1176767), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 110th Field Artillery Battalion, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 June 1944. Second Lieutenant Pollarine'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 29th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 80 (1944)
Home Town: Cuyahoga County, Ohio


*POMBER, JOSEPH S. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Joseph S. Pomber (36149888), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving in an Infantry Company of the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 July 1944, in France. Staff Sergeant Pomber's squad was pinned down by incessant enemy machine gun and grenade fire less than twenty-five yards from a heavily defended hedgerow. With complete disregard for his own safety, Staff Sergeant Pomber, in the face of direct machine gun fire, jumped from his covered position and charged the hostile weapon. Throwing many hand grenades and firing his sub-machine gun, he fearlessly charged the emplacement, killing two Germans and destroying the weapon. A second enemy machine gun from the opposite flank opened fire on Staff Sergeant Pomber, killing him instantly. By his dauntless courage and gallant self-sacrificing devotion to duty, Staff Sergeant Pomber exemplified the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflected great credit upon himself, the 2d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 84 (November 21, 1944)
Home Town: Oakland County, Michigan


POMERLEAU, ROLAND G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Roland G. Pomerleau, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3d Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 March 1945. Private First Class Pomerleau'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 Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 204 (1945)


*POMPONIO, MARIO (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Mario Pomponio (42097185), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 7th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 30 January 1945, near Wihr-en-Plaine, France. Private Pomponio'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. 279 (1945)
Home Town: Tuckahoe, New York


POND, LEROY R. (KIA)
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leroy R. Pond (0-370275), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 July 1944. Captain Pond'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 90th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 88 (1944)

POND, LEROY R. (KIA)
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Leroy R. Pond (0-370275), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Battalion, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 and 17 August 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Pond'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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 10 (1945)
Home Town: Washington County, Arkansas
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


*PONDER, GEORGE L., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George L. Ponder, Jr. (35801962), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 January 1945. Technical Sergeant Ponder'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, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 445 (August 27, 1945)
Home Town: Clay County, Kentucky


POOL, FRANK MORROW
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank Morrow Pool, Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 10th Tank Battalion, 5th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces from 3 to 5 March 1945, in Germany. Exposing himself to all types of enemy fire, Captain Pool, riding in the leading vehicle, directed the attack of his tank company which swiftly advanced nine miles and overran six villages. In this action, he personally killed a large number of the enemy. Again riding in the leading tank on 5 March 1945, he led his men in a bitter fight which culminated in the capture of an enemy town and cut the enemy's last escape route in that sector across an enemy town and cut the enemy's last escape route in that sector across the Rhine River. Captain Pool's gallant 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 5th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 197 (1945)


POOL, LAFAYETTE G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lafayette G. Pool, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 32d Armored Regiment, 3d Armored Division, in action against enemy forces from 29 to 31 August 1944. Staff Sergeant Pool'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 Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 59 (1945)
Born: at Texas Home Town: Sinton, Texas


POOLE, PERRY C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Perry C. Poole, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 4th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, in action against enemy forces on 2 March 1945. Sergeant Poole'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. 484 (1945)


*POPE, ELLIS M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Ellis M. Pope (34258765), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 232d Infantry Regiment, 42d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 March 1945. Private First Class Pope'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 42d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces in Austria, General Orders No. 66 (1945)
Home Town: Haywood County, North Carolina


POPE, LEMUEL E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lemuel E. Pope, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 67th Armored Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 27 December 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Pope'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. 52 (1945)


POPSON, MARTIN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Martin J. Popson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 9 February 1945. Private First Class Popson'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. 51 (1945)


PORTER, BENTON L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Benton L. Porter, 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 Porter'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 Chemical Warfare Service, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 37 (1944)


PORTER, HARLAN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harlan J. Porter, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 409th Infantry Regiment, 102d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 April 1945. Private First Class Porter'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 102d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 258 (1945)


PORTER, PAUL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul Porter, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 53d Armored Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 4 December 1944. Sergeant Porter'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. 25 (1945)


PORTOR, RAYMOND A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Raymond A. Portor, First Lieutenant (Infantry), 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 28 February 1945. First Lieutenant Portor'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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 252 (1945)


POSCHNER, GEORGE W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George W. Poschner, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 January 1945. First Lieutenant Poschner'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 45th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 328 (1945)
Home Town: Clarke County, Georgia


*POSHEFKO, GEORGE C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George C. Poshefko (0-6885987), 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, at Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands. Private Poshefko'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 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 96 (1943)
Home Town: Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania


POSSINGER, HARVEY M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harvey M. Possinger, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 25th Infanty Division on 8 March 1945, in the Philippine Islands. Serving as a litter bearer section leader, Technician Fifth Grade Possinger led an eight man squad to rescue six infantrymen who had been ambushed and wounded along a trail on a high ridge. After reaching the men, he was seriously wounded with a bullet in the chest. He immediately dressed his injury and then administered first aid to the other soldiers for 30 minutes while under heavy machine gun fire. He then led his men and the wounded soldiers down a steep ridge to safety. Technician Fifth Grade Possinger'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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 54 (1945)
Born: January 1, 1921 at Akron, Ohio
Home Town: East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania


POSTLETHWAIT, EDWARD M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward M. Postlethwait, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 February 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Postlethwait'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 24th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 131 (1945)


POTE, FERDINAND
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ferdinand Pote, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 5 April 1943, in Tunisia. Private First Class Pote'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. 80 (1943)
Home Town: Norwalk, Connecticut


POTTER, KENNETH B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Kenneth B. Potter, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 14 April 1945, at Heroldsberg, Germany. On that date Major Potter captured 124 Germans and killed nine more with an enemy weapon he had picked off the ground. Though wounded twice he was never out of action during the German campaign. Major Potter'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. 625 (1945)
Born: November 23, 1909 at Providence, Rhode Island
Home Town: Cranston, Rhode Island


POTTER, PHILLIP H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Phillip H. Potter, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 12th Engineer Combat Battalion, 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 November 1944, in Germany. Private Potter, a light truck driver, was a member of a detail whose mission was to bridge a crater which was blocking a scheduled attack. After several attempts to take the needed equipment to the site had failed, Private Potter volunteered to drive a 25-ton bridging truck down the road. Although the road was under direct enemy observation and was subjected to violent enemy sniper, mortar, and artillery fire, he continued backing his truck to the crater, ignoring the bullets that entered the cab and pierced his clothing in several places. After assisting in placing the first span of the bridge, Private Potter returned and drove a second truck over the same dangerous route. Although the truck was riddled with shell fragments and rifle bullets, he completed his mission. Private Potter'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. 36 (1945)
Home Town: Michigan


POULIN, JOSEPH A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph A. Poulin, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces from 4 to 17 July 1944. Sergeant Poulin'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)


*POWELL, HENRY N. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Henry N. Powell (15058381), 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 5th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 31 July 1944. Private First Class Powell'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. 97 (1944)
Home Town: Estill County, Kentucky


POWELL, NOLAN LAVERN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Nolan LaVern Powell, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 517th Parachute Combat Team, in action against enemy forces on 18 June 1944, near Grosetto, Italy. In executing an attack on strongly fortified enemy positions, Private Powell's company found itself deployed by platoons along the military crest of a ridge, and receiving heavy small arms and mortar fire from the foot of the hill. Private Powell, accompanied by a Sergeant, voluntarily moved forward into enemy resistance two hundred yards ahead of his platoon, captured five Germans who were part of a mortar crew, silenced a machine gun, and returned to the lines with the prisoners. Though momentarily pinned down by machine gun fire, Private Powell and the Sergeant moved into enemy territory again and, on nearing the lines, ordered the enemy to surrender. The prisoners came out of the brush and were taken to the American lines. Once more Private Powell and the Sergeant penetrated the enemy lines, withdrawing when friendly artillery fire made their positions untenable, with an additional four prisoners. By his courageous acts, Private Powell made possible the capture of nineteen German prisoners, the killing and wounding of ten more. Private First Class Powell'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, Sixth Army Group, General Orders No. 13 (1944)
Home Town: North Rose, New York


*POWELL, THOMAS N., JR. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Thomas N. Powell, Jr. (0-362694), Major (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, Visayan-Mindanao Guerilla Force, in action against enemy forces on 14 April 1942, in the vicinity of Cebu, Philippine Islands. Major Powell'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 Visayan-Mindanao Guerilla Force, and the United States Army.
War Department, General Orders No. 3 (1947)
Home Town: Georgia
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Legion of Merit, Purple Heart


POWELL, TOSSIE F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Tossie F. Powell, , U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 289th Infantry Regiment, 75th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 April 1945. Powell'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 75th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVI Corps, General Orders No. 54 (1945)


POWELSON, KENNETH B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Kenneth B. Powelson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 129th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 January 1945. Private First Class Powelson'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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 419 (1945)


POWERS, AUBREY L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Aubrey L. Powers (13018680), 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 January 1943, at Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands. Private First Class Powers' 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. 63 (1943)
Home Town: Coeburn, Virginia
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 3@ Purple Hearts


POWERS, PAUL C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul C. Powers, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 December 1944. Technical Sergeant Powers' 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, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (1945)


POZNIAK, HARRY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harry Pozniak, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 February 1945, during the battle to capture Manila, Philippine Islands. Staff Sergeant Pozniak rescued three wounded and trapped comrades while under heavy enemy fire. 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. 56 (1945)
Home Town: Toledo, Ohio


PRAEGER, EMIL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Emil Praeger, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 December 1944. Sergeant Praeger'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)
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


*PRAEGER, RALPH B. (POW-MIA-KIA)
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Ralph B. Praeger (0-21185), Captain (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 26th Cavalry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 13 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Captain Praeger'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 and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 213 (1946)

*PRAEGER, RALPH B. (POW-MIA-KIA)
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Ralph B. Praeger (0-21185), Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Philippine Guerilla Forces, North Luzon Military District, in action against enemy forces from 9 April 1942 through 6 August 1943, in the Cagayan Valley, Philippine Islands. Major Praeger'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 and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 47 (1943)
Home Town: Claflin, Kansas
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII), Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal


PRAGER, CLARENCE (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clarence Prager (15114194), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 and 18 September 1944, in Holland. Staff Sergeant Prager, with a small combat team consisting of an eight man light machine gun section, a bazooka team, and approximately thirteen riflemen, established four strongpoints in enemy territory for the protection of the successful glider landings in Holland. Staff Sergeant Prager led his men along the planned route and at three of the four positions encountered determined resistance. At the first position he personally destroyed two machine gun positions. By effective participation and dominant leadership ability he directed his men in the destruction of the enemy and the establishment and consolidation of four strong positions of his own. The final strongpoint was set up[on] in the German held [Reichswald], by a superior enemy. To insure the maintenance of his first three positions, Staff Sergeant Prager ordered his BAR team back to the third strongpoint and alone held off the German assault with Thompson submachine gun fire at point blank range. The conspicuously superior leadership and invincible courage displayed by Staff Sergeant Prager assured the security of the glider landing zone. 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 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 10 (January 22, 1945)
Home Town: West Virginia


PRAGER, LEONARD A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leonard A. Prager (15114194), First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 17 and 18 September 1944, in Holland. Staff Sergeant Prager, with a small combat team consisting of an eight man light machine gun section, a bazooka team, and approximately thirteen riflemen, established four strongpoints in enemy territory for the protection of the successful glider landings in Holland. Staff Sergeant Prager led his men along the planned route and at three of the four positions encountered determined resistance. At the first position he personally destroyed two machine gun positions. By effective participation and dominant leadership ability he directed his men in the destruction of the enemy and the establishment and consolidation of four strong positions of his own. The final strongpoint was set up[on] in the German held [Reichswald], by a superior enemy. To insure the maintenance of his first three positions, Staff Sergeant Prager ordered his BAR team back to the third strongpoint and alone held off the German assault with Thompson submachine gun fire at point blank range. The conspicuously superior leadership and invincible courage displayed by Staff Sergeant Prager assured the security of the glider landing zone. 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 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Home Town: West Virginia


*PRATHER, DALLIS D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Dallis D. Prather (36363664), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 15 December 1943. Private First Class Prather'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 (June 4, 1944)
Home Town: Bureau County, Illinois


PREECE, WENDELL M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wendell M. Preece, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 January 1944. Private Preece'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. 136 (1944)


PRENETA, JOHN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John J. Preneta, First Lieutenant (Armor), 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 during World War II. First Lieutenant Preneta'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. 42 (1945)
Home Town: Nicholasville, Kentucky


PRENEVOST, CLARENCE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clarence E. Prenevost, Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 15th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 11 November 1944. Captain Prenevost'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. 118 (1944)


*PRENTICE, JOHN G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John G. Prentice (35025326), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 125th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, in action against enemy forces on 8 July 1944, in France. Technician Fifth Grade Prentice'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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 51 (1944)
Home Town: Cuyahoga County, Ohio


*PRESLEY, MELVIN A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Melvin A. Presley (38016233), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 1 September 1944. Technical Sergeant Presley'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. 104 (1944)
Home Town: Okmulgee County, Oklahoma


PRESLEY, WILLIAM MARVIN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William Marvin Presley (33147994), First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. As First Sergeant Presley, whose small unit had been cut off by the heavy enemy fire, was attempting to make contact with the main body, he encountered an enemy strong point and artillery observation post on the top of a cliff. Placing his men where they could bring fire on the enemy, Sergeant Presley set out for the beach to contact Naval Shore Fire Control Party and led the Party to a position from which they could direct their fire. First Sergeant Presley remained in an exposed position to cover the Party while they were directing their fire. The gallantry, initiative and leadership exhibited by First Sergeant Presley exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 29th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (June 29, 1944)
Born: July 9, 1919 at Clarksburg, West Virginia
Home Town: Clarksburg, West Virginia
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star, 4@ Bronze Star w/V, Army Commendation Medal w/V, Purple Heart


PRESLIPSKY, PETER
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Peter Preslipsky, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 August 1944. Private Preslipsky'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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 72 (1944)
Home Town: Leechburg, Pennsylvania


*PRESSELL, MALCOLM R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Malcolm R. Pressell, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces in February 1943. Private Pressell'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-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 23 (1943)


PRESSER, ROBERT L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert L. Presser, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 104th Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 December 1944, in Luxembourg. On the night of 27 December, one of Private Presser's fellow soldiers was shot in the chest after nine members on patrol crossed the Sure River in Luxembourg. Private Presser carried him back to the river, but discovered that his unit's assault boats had been destroyed. Without hesitation he plunged into the icy, sleet-whipped river, towing his wounded comrade, and battled his way under enemy fire to the friendly shore. Private Presser's intrepid actions, outstanding heroism 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. 109 (1945)


*PRESTERLY, GEORGE C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George C. Presterly (33494254), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 236th Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 20 June 1944. Private First Class Presterly'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-India/Burma Theater, General Orders No. 111 (1945)
Home Town: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania


PRICE, DONALD R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald R. Price, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 107th Quartermaster Battalion, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 November 1942, near Cape Sudest, New Guinea. When enemy airplanes attacked and set fire to a number of small ships carrying United States Army personnel and supplies, Private First Class Price courageously volunteered as a member of a rescue party, without regard for his own safety. With the party, he boarded a small coastal vessel which proceeded to the aid of personnel from the blazing ships. In spite of repeated enemy bombing and strafing attacks, the party continued its search for survivors until long after dark. Private First Class Price'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: Wisconsin


PRIDGEN, ROBERT B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert B. Pridgen, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 September 1944. Captain Pridgen'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 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 125 (1945)


PRIMROSE, JOHN W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John W. Primrose, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Commanding a force from the 12th Infantry and 11th Artillery, in action against enemy forces on 4 and 5 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Captain Primrose'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 and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 82 (1946)


PRINCE, ROBERT W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert W. Prince, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Company C, 6th Ranger Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 30 January 1945, during the rescue of Allied Prisoners of War from the Cabanatuan Prison Camp in the Philippine Islands. Captain Prince'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. 39 (1945)
Home Town: Seattle, Washington


*PRINDS, MARVIN H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Marvin H. Prinds (0-1291002), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 January 1945. First Lieutenant Prinds' 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 2d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 53 (1945)
Home Town: Overland Park, Kansas


*PRITZL, LAWRENCE J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Lawrence J. Pritzl (36271688), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 383d Infantry Regiment, 96th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 April 1945, at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. Staff Sergeant Pritzl'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 96th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 347 (1945)
Home Town: Park Falls, Wisconsin


*PROCACCINI, EUGENE J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Eugene J. Procaccini (32758880), 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 29 February 1944. Private First Class Procaccini'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.
War Department, General Orders No. 65 (October 21, 1943)
Home Town: Mercer County, New Jersey


*PROCTOR, DALE T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Dale T. Proctor (17197243), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Telephone Operator and Observer with Company K, 301st Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 September 1944, in France. Private First Class Proctor'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 94th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 49 (1945)
Home Town: Bruno, Nebraska


PROFIT, CARL D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carl D. Profit (20365448), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. When Technical Sergeant Profit's company landed on the coast of France, the beach was covered by the withering enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire. In spite of the great number of casualties that were being inflicted on his company, Technical Sergeant Profit on a number of occasions fearlessly exposed himself to this intense fire in order to encourage and lead his troops across the beach. The gallantry and disregard for his own safety displayed by Technical Sergeant Profit exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 29th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (June 29, 1944)


PROSSER, BARNEY H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Barney H. Prosser, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 July 1944. Private Prosser'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 90th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 204 (1945)


PRUEHER, ROBERT A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert A. Prueher, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 5 May 1945, at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. Staff Sergeant Prueher'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, Tenth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 141 (1945)
Home Town: Janesville, Wisconsin


PRUITT, EVERETT E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Everett E. Pruitt (0-1289319), 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 an Infantry Company of the 415th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division in action against enemy forces on 30 December 1944, in Germany. On that date, Lieutenant Pruitt led a six-man patrol across the remains of a destroyed bridge over the Roer River in Germany. When three of his men stepped on enemy mines, becoming casualties, he rendered first aid and ordered his squad to withdraw, dispatching one man to return for litter bearers. Though the area was now heavily subjected to enemy machine gun and small arms fire, Lieutenant Pruitt, with no thought for his own personal safety, alternately fired upon an advancing enemy patrol and assisted his wounded men. When his carbine became jammed, he hurled hand grenades at the enemy, holding them back while his men crossed the bridge. Learning that one of his men was not present, he courageously started to return to the scene of the fighting, despite the known dangers of the mine field and the lurking enemy troops. As he advanced across the bridge, he heard the missing man call to him, saying that he had reached safety by swimming the river. The devotion to duty and great leadership of Lieutenant Pruitt were an inspiration to all. His extraordinary heroism and courageous actions 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. 23 (1945)
Home Town: Texas


PRUITT, JIMMY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jimmy Pruitt, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 167th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 24 May 1945. Private Pruitt'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. 414 (1945)


PRYNE, GORDON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gordon Pryne (39291525), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Private First Class Pryne was stationed at the end of a bridge over the Merderet River as a rocketeer to repel attacks by enemy troops who controlled the other end of the bridge. This position was subject to incessant enemy rifle, machine gun, mortar and artillery fire. After an artillery preparation, the enemy sent an assault force supported by three tanks over the bridge. Though part of the troops withdrew, Private First Class Pryne remained at his position until the enemy tanks approached within thirty yards. In spite of the intense fire, Private First Class Pryne rose from his position and fired rockets into the three tanks. 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 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)
Home Town: California


PRYOR, WILLIAM L. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William L. Pryor, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 July 1944, near La C Barville, France. First Lieutenant Pryor elected to remain with his weapons platoon and cover the withdrawal of his company. He alone stood his ground. 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 8th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 34 (1944)


PRZASNYSKI, JOSEPH S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph S. Przasnyski, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 27 July 1944. Private First Class Przasnyski'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. 59 (1944)


PTAK, LLOYD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lloyd J. Ptak, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 31 July 1944. Major Ptak'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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (1944)


*PUHALLA, STEVE J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Steve J. Puhalla (33415859), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 February 1945. Sergeant Puhalla'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, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 574 (1945)
Home Town: Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Bronze Star, Purple Heart


PULIN, JOSEPH
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph Pulin, 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 Pulin'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.


PULVER, MURRAY S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Murray S. Pulver, Captain (Infantry), [then First Lieutenant], U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 July 1944, in France. When intense enemy fire inflicted numerous casualties and wounded the leader of another platoon, Captain Pulver, commanding the reserve platoon, moved forward and assumed command. The platoon was on the verge of panic due to a murderous enemy onslaught when Captain Pulver fearlessly exposed himself and urged them to remain steadfast. With a bazooka, he personally knocked out two enemy tanks and killed a number of enemy infantry with rifle grenades. He then rescued a wounded man from an exposed position. Captain Pulver's extraordinary heroism was responsible for thwarting the counter-attack and forced the enemy to withdraw completely. The extraordinary heroism and courageous actions of Captain Pulver 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. 116 (1945)
Home Town: New York, New York
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII)


PUMILIA, VITO C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Vito C. Pumilia, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 385th Infantry Regiment, 76th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 April 1945. Sergeant Pumilia'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 76th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 244 (1945)


PURSLEY, RAY R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ray R. Pursley, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 7 January 1944. Staff Sergeant Pursley'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)


PURVIS, DARVIN D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Darvin D. Purvis, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 70th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Staff Sergeant Purvis' 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. 35 (1944)


*PURVIS, RAY E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Ray E. Purvis (37493001), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 1 May 1944. Sergeant Purvis' 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 (June 4, 1944)
Home Town: Platte County, Missouri


*PUSTELNIK, WALTER J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Walter J. Pustelnik (0-2006432), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 379th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 March 1945. Second Lieutenant Pustelnik'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 95th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 221 (1945)
Home Town: Cook County, Illinois


*PYLE, WILBUR C. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Wilbur C. Pyle (18198599), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 14 November 1944, in France. On that date, Private First Class Pyle was advancing with his company against the enemy near Pevange, France. When a series of defensive enemy foxholes were encountered, Private First Class Pyle unhesitatingly advanced upon them. His helmet was knocked off by an enemy bullet as he started forward but he went on without it, ignoring the heavy frontal and flanking fire laid down by the enemy. He captured three of the enemy in the first foxhole and sent them to the rear. He coolly advanced upon a second and third foxhole, throwing grenades, and capturing two more prisoners. Still advancing, he threw grenades into a fourth foxhole, killing one of the entrenched enemy and capturing another. Private First Class Pyle's courageous determination to engage the enemy, and his conspicuous heroism and inspiring 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. 39 (1945)
Home Town: Nueces County, Texas

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