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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

 

SMALL, THOMAS R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas R. Small, Private, 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 20 October 1944. Private Small'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. 625 (1945)


SMALLWOOD, JAMES E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James E. Smallwood, Second Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 19 April 1945. Second Lieutenant Smallwood'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. 107 (1945)


SMART, MARVIN L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Marvin L. Smart, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 November 1944. Sergeant Smart'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. 55 (1945)


SMEDES, EARLE R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Earle R. Smedes, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 13th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 April 1945. First Lieutenant Smedes' 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. 320 (1945)


SMELSER, RAYMOND B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Raymond B. Smelser, Technical Sergeant, 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 15 November 1944. Technical Sergeant Smelser's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 95th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 56 (1945)


SMERILLO, MICHAEL J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Michael J. Smerillo, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 September 1944, in the vicinity of Besancon, France. During action against enemy forces Sergeant Smerillo volunteered to place his machine gun in the open in order to draw enemy fire, thus exposing their positions. Sergeant Smerillo'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. 55 (1945)
Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio


SMITH, CHARLES M.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles M. Smith, Captain (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces from 13 February 1943 through 20 July 1943. Captain Smith'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)

SMITH, CHARLES M.
(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 Charles M. Smith, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces from 13 December 1943 to 20 October 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Smith'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. 44 (1945)
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


*SMITH, CLARENCE L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Clarence L. Smith, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 24 May 1944. Staff Sergeant Smith'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. 111 (1944)


*SMITH, CLARENCE R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Clarence R. Smith, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 406th Infantry Regiment, 102d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 April 1945. Private First Class Smith's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 102d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 82 (1946)


SMITH, CROWELL J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Crowell J. Smith, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 18 November 1944. Corporal Smith'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. 114 (1944)


SMITH, DANIEL E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Daniel E. Smith, Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 68th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 14 November 1944. Captain Smith'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. 115 (1944)


SMITH, EDWARD L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward L. Smith, 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 December 1944. Private First Class Smith'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. 77 (1945)


SMITH, EDWIN L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edwin L. Smith, 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 Smith'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.


SMITH, EWELL LEE, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ewell Lee Smith, Jr., Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of an Infantry Company of the 3d Battalion, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 July 1944, in France. In an attack on le Bois de la Roche, France, an entire company was stopped by a heavy artillery barrage. It was imperative that the left flank assault platoon, commanded by Lieutenant Smith, drive on regardless of casualties, or the entire company would suffer heavily. Withstanding this artillery shelling and constantly exposing himself to merciless machine gun and small arms fire, Lieutenant Smith moved among his men, encouraging them and urging them on. Despite heavy casualties, the platoon advanced upon the enemy, driving forward with inspired aggressiveness. During this drive, Lieutenant Smith was seriously wounded. Heedless of his own personal safety and disregarding his wound, he continued to display coolheaded, courageous leadership as he placed his remaining men in position. As the result of this daring drive by Lieutenant Smith and his platoon, the company was able to push on to their objective and only after reinforcements arrived would he permit himself to be evacuated to safety. Second Lieutenant Smith'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. 26 (1944)
Home Town: Dallas, Texas


*SMITH, GERALD E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Gerald E. Smith, Private, 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 25 June 1944. Private Smith'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: Waupaca, Wisconsin


*SMITH, HAROLD DEAN (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harold Dean Smith (0-452646), Captain (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 67th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 August 1944. Captain Smith'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 Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 23 (1945)
Home Town: Independence, Kansas
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Purple Heart


SMITH, HERBERT M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herbert M. Smith, Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 December 1942, during Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Major Smith'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


SMITH, HOWARD T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Howard T. Smith, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 13 June 1944. Private Smith'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-China/Burma/India, General Orders No. 78 (1944)


SMITH, JOHN E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John E. Smith, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 October 1944. Staff Sergeant Smith'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. 287 (1945)


SMITH, JOHN F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John F. Smith, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 3d Battalion, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 January 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Smith'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. 123 (1945)


SMITH, LEWIS E. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lewis E. Smith, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 22 October 1944. Technical Sergeant Smith'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. 124 (1945)


SMITH, LLOYD G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lloyd G. Smith, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Office of Strategic Services, in action against enemy forces from 7 December 1943 through 21 March 1944, in enemy-occupied territory. Captain Smith'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. 61 (1944)


*SMITH, MALCOLM G., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Malcolm G. Smith, Jr., First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 143d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 March 1945. First Lieutenant Smith's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 279 (1945)
Home Town: Beaver County, Pennsylvania


*SMITH, PRESTON R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Preston R. Smith (6977340), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces in July 1943. Sergeant Smith'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. 31 (1943)
Home Town: Rensselaer County, New York


SMITH, ROBERT J. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert J. Smith, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 393d Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 and 17 December 1944. Private First Class Smith'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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 39 (1945)


*SMITH, ROBERT L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert L. Smith, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 August 1944. Sergeant Smith's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 28th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 576 (1945)


SMITH, ROBERT W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert W. Smith, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of Company K, 3d Battalion, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 24 to 26 December 1944, during the Ardennes offensive of the Wehrmacht. While engaged in fierce action near Kehmen, Luxembourg, Captain Smith made a lone reconnaissance under intense hostile small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire and established contact with a platoon that had become isolated. In the two days of bitter fighting that followed, he exhibited superb courage in leading his company in the face of powerful enemy resistance, and although painfully wounded, personally led an attack on the enemy-held town until he was again seriously wounded. Captain Smith's heroic leadership was an inspiration to his men and his personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States, reflecting great credit upon himself, the 80th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 146 (1945)


*SMITH, ROGER W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Roger W. Smith (0-1289498), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 382d Infantry Regiment, 96th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 April 1945, at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. First Lieutenant Smith'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, Tenth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 219 (1945)
Home Town: Oneida, New York


SMITH, ROSS B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ross B. Smith, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 45th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 24 and 25 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Lieutenant Colonel Smith'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. 21 (1942)


SMITH, ROY J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Roy J. Smith, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 November 1942. Second Lieutenant Smith'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.
Allied Force Headquarters, General Orders No. 28 (1942)
Home Town: Chunchula, Alabama


*SMITH, ROY W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Roy W. Smith, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 November 1944. Private First Class Smith'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. 109 (1945)


SMITH, WILLIS
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Willis Smith, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 136th Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 March 1945. Private First Class Smith'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. 139 (1945)
Home Town: Grove, Oklahoma


SMITHSON, KENNETH L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Kenneth L. Smithson, Sergeant, 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 25 January 1945. Sergeant Smithson'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. 392 (1945)


*SMOOT, CHARLES B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles B. Smoot (39687866), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 April 1945. Private First Class Smoot'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. 89 (1945)
Home Town: Kern, California


*SMULIK, BOLIK (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Bolik Smulik (6890110), Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 741st Tank Battalion, attached to the 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on D-Day, 6 June 1944 during the invasion of Normandy, France. Technician Fourth Grade Smulik'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: Pennsylvania


SMYTH, GEORGE W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George W. Smyth, Colonel (Infantry), 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 7 September 1944. Colonel Smyth'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. 17 (1945)


SMYTH, JOSEPH J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph J. Smyth, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 April 1945. Technical Sergeant Smyth'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. 296 (1945)


SNELL, RALPH E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ralph E. Snell, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 136th Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 May 1945. Private First Class Snell'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. 179 (1945)


*SNOAD, RUSSELL N. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Russell N. Snoad (31018801), Technical Sergeant, 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 23 December 1944. Technical Sergeant Snoad'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. 117 (1945)
Home Town: Essex County, Massachusetts
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, 2@ Purple Hearts


*SNOW, KEITH M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Keith M. Snow (39023127), 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 28 July 1943, in the vicinity of New Georgia, Solomon Islands. Sergeant Snow'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. 463 (1943)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


SNYDER, GORDON C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gordon C. Snyder, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 November 1942, during the Papuan Campaign in New Guinea. Corporal Snyder'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. 1 (1943)
Home Town: Michigan


SNYDER, HAROLD D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harold D. Snyder, Technical Sergeant, 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 17 July 1944. Technical Sergeant Snyder'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. 96 (1944)


SNYDER, JOHN C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John C. Snyder, First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 775th Field Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 21 December 1944. First Lieutenant Snyder'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. 32 (1945)


*SNYDER, THOMAS H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Thomas H. Snyder (15121676), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 30 March 1945. Private Snyder's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-European Theater, General Orders No. 252 (1946)
Home Town: Knox County, Ohio


SOLCH, JOSEPH I.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph I. Solch, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 383d Infantry Regiment, 96th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 April 1945, at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. Private First Class Solch'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 96th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Tenth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 141 (1945)


SOLIZ, MARCELO
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Marcelo Soliz, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 June 1944. Private First Class Soliz'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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 42 (1945)


SOLLEY, CHARLES M., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles M. Solley, Jr., Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 May 1945, along the Montibo River, Mindanao, Philippine Islands. During an attack against a well defended enemy position, two men of the leading squad were seriously wounded by heavy machine gun fire which made any further advance impossible. Realizing the hazardous position of the group. Private Solley, Company I, 186th Infantry Regiment, an automatic rifleman of the second squad, moved forward along the face of a sheer cliff and, with utter disregard for his personal safety, single-handedly attacked a machine gun position, killing the five man crew. Then, continuing his advance, he killed two Japanese riflemen who were firing on the unprotected lead squad. Although he was painfully wounded, he courageously resumed his assault, destroying a two man machine gun crew. By his inspiring bravery, Private Solley killed nine enemy soldiers, destroyed two dangerous machine gun positions, and saved the lives of a number of his comrades. 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 41st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 300 (1945)


*SOLLOM, THOMAS D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Thomas D. Sollom (0-425865), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 13 and 14 May 1944. First Lieutenant Sollom'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. 108 (1944)
Home Town: Grand Forks, North Dakota


SONGER, FRANCIS E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Francis E. Songer, First Lieutenant (Armor), 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 and 9 June 1944, in France. First Lieutenant Songer'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. 60 (1944)


*SOPER, GERALD E. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Gerald E. Soper (37550610), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 January 1945, at Wingen, France. During a daylight attack on the town, intense sniper fire and automatic weapons activity halted the advance of Private First Class Soper's platoon. Disregarding the danger, he voluntarily crawled to a basement window from which the enemy was firing and hurled a grenade inside. Moving away from the window he was wounded. He then crawled back and tossed another grenade through the opening. He was firing his rifle into the basement when hit the second time and died shortly afterwards. Private First Class Soper's gallant actions and ability enabled his platoon to resume the attack and aid in the capture of the town. His 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 70th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 445 (August 27, 1945)
Home Town: Aberdeen, South Dakota


SORIA, JUAN L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Juan L. Soria, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 26th Cavalry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 24 December 1941, in the Philippine Islands. Private Soria'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. 14 (1942)


SORRELL, WALKER B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walker B. Sorrell, Captain (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 28 and 29 January 1944. Captain Sorrell'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. 51 (1944)


SOSNACK, ANDREW
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Andrew Sosnack (33501650), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces during the period 6 June 1944 to 10 June 1944, in France. During this period, Private Sosnack made numerous trips over ground covered by intense enemy machine gun and artillery fire to administer first aid and to carry food and water to two parachutists who were severely injured in landing. Due to his ceaseless and fearless efforts, the two men were eventually evacuated on the third day. The courage, fortitude and complete devotion to duty displayed by Private Sosnack 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: Pennsylvania


*SOTO, EUGENE (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Eugene Soto (32092496), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 50th Armored Engineer Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 January 1945. Private First Class Soto'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. 99 (1945)
Home Town: New York, New York


SOUGER, FRANCIS E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Francis E. Souger, First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces during World War II. First Lieutenant Souger'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.


SOULE, ROBERT H.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert H. Soule, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 188th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 3 February 1945. Colonel Soule's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 110 (1945)
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (Korea)


SOUMAS, GEORGE P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George P. Soumas, Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 14th Tank Battalion, 3d Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 March 1945. Captain Soumas' 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. 49 (1945)
Home Town: Perry, Iowa


SOUTH, FORD E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ford E. South, 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 July 1944. Private First Class South'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 in Austria, General Orders No. 7 (1946)


SOWA, PAUL R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul R. Sowa, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 145th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 April 1945, and on 4 and 7 May 1945. Technician Fifth Grade Sowa'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. 6 (1946)


*SOWDER, EMANUEL H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Emanuel H. Sowder (35877849), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 71st Infantry Regiment, 55th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 3 March 1945. Sergeant Sowder'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 55th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 9 (1946)
Home Town: Montgomery County, Ohio


SPAHR, ROLFE A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Rolfe A. Spahr, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 4 January 1944. Staff Sergeant Spahr'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. 71 (1944)


SPAULDING, JOHN M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John M. Spaulding (0-1317433), Second Lieutenant, 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. Upon reaching the beach in the initial landing on the coast of France, Second Lieutenant Spaulding, completely disregarding his own personal safety, led his men up the beach to the slight cover of a shale shelf. Having suffered numerous casualties, he hesitated only long enough to reorganize his unit. He then led his men over an embankment, through barbed wire and across a thickly sown minefield. Second Lieutenant Spaulding led his men in the attack on a series of enemy strongpoints and successfully destroyed them. Constantly ignoring heavy enemy fire, he at all times continued in the advance and personally destroyed an anti-tank gun which had been firing on beach targets with deadly effect. The personal bravery and superior leadership demonstrated by Second Lieutenant Spaulding 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: December 17, 1914 at Owensboro, Kentucky
Home Town: Owensboro, Kentucky


SPAULDING, THOMAS M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas M. Spaulding, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 574th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 12 April 1945. Corporal Spaulding'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. 147 (1945)


SPEAR, SHERMAN S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sherman S. Spear, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion Landing Team, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 November 1942, in North Africa. Private First Class Spear'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)


SPECHT, HARRY J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harry J. Specht, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 289th Infantry Regiment, 75th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 April 1945, in Germany. Taking defensive positions in a house situated alongside a strategic road junction, Sergeant Specht and his nine men withstood the pounding of enemy 88-mm. and machine gun fire of counterattacking tanks and infantry. From close range Sergeant Specht fired one round from a bazooka, striking the lead tank in the rear setting it afire. The oncoming infantry were met by intense fire from his BAR. Enemy panzerfaust fire blew in the door bringing him face to face with an enemy soldier. Both opened fire and the enemy soldier fell to his death. Then, with rifle fire and carbine, Sergeant Specht accounted for six enemy soldiers contributing greatly in repelling the counterattack. Staff Sergeant Specht'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, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 297 (1945)
Home Town: Northumberland, Pennsylvania


SPEER, HAROLD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harold J. Speer, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 November 1944. Private First Class Speer'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 29th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 51 (1945)


SPENCE, ROY W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Roy W. Spence, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 25 March 1943. Sergeant Spence'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. 41 (1943)


*SPENCER, HOWARD L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Howard L. Spencer (35262539), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 July 1943. Corporal Spencer's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 464 (1943)
Home Town: Mercer County, West Virginia


SPENCER, WILLIAM L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William L. Spencer, 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 19 September 1944. Captain Spencer's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 95 (1944)


SPOHN, GEORGE S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George S. Spohn, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 40th Engineer Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 10 July 1943. Second Lieutenant Spohn'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. 3 (1944)


SPORBERT, WILLIAM O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William O. Sporbert, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on October 1943. Second Lieutenant Sporbert'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. 6 (1944)


SPRAGINS, ROBERT B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert B. Spragins, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 10 to 23 November 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Spragins' 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. 123 (1945)


SPRAGUE, LAWRENCE F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lawrence F. Sprague, 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 at Tarakena, New Guinea. Private Sprague'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: Ohio


SPRECHER, KENNETH NED
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Kenneth Ned Sprecher (35119398), First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 3d Battalion, 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 June 1944, in France. While his company was pinned down by intense enemy machine gun fire, First Sergeant Sprecher's Company Commander was knocked unconscious from a mortar shell. Under the heavy enemy fire, First Sergeant Sprecher reorganized the company and personally led a bayonet charge upon the enemy thereby gaining the objective. First Sergeant Sprecher's fearless 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 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)
Home Town: Tipp City, Ohio


*SPRINKLE, JOHN D. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John D. Sprinkle (0-1286387), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 2d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 July 1943, five miles north of ***, Sicily. On that date Lieutenant Sprinkle went forward with a small patrol to knock out an enemy pillbox, which was preventing the advance of our troops on the road to Vittoria. He succeeded in eliminating it, then drew fire from ***. He had his men cover him as he went forward to make a personal reconnaissance and got within grenade throwing range. He threw one grenade which effected sufficient damage to allow his men to advance and destroy the blockhouse. In the encounter, Lieutenant Sprinkle was killed, but the results accomplished by his patrol enabled the main force of troops to proceed to accomplishment of their mission. In this gallant action, Lieutenant Sprinkle lost his life. His 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 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 19 (1943)
Home Town: Pima County, Arizona


SPROUL, ARCHIBALD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Archibald Sproul (0-406823), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Headquarters Company, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. At a time when his battalion was pinned down on the beach due to the heavy enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire, Captain Sproul, with complete disregard for his own safety, exposed himself on numerous occasions in encouraging and organizing the hard-pressed troops. His fearlessness in leading the men across the fire-swept beach materially contributed in converting the disorganized troops into a strong attacking force. Captain Sproul'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 29th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (June 29, 1944)


SPURRIER, JUNIOR JAMES
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Junior James Spurrier (13018254), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 September 1944, in France. On the morning of 16 September 1944, Company G, 134th Infantry, was given the mission of taking a hill south of Lay St. Christopher, France. This hill was known to be a strong point, the enemy being firmly entrenched in dug-outs and trenches. As the company advanced in the attack, enemy machine-guns and other automatic weapons opened fire from the right flank. Sergeant Spurrier, Squad Leader, Company G, immediately mounted a nearby tank destroyer and manned its .50 caliber machine-gun. Advancing towards the enemy, he opened fire, killing and wounding many and causing the remainder to retreat to a dug-out. Sergeant Spurrier then jumped off of the vehicle, advanced on the dug-out, and, throwing several hand grenades into it, killed all of its occupants. He then remounted and cleaned out a second enemy dug-out in the same manner. Again remounting the tank destroyer in spite of heavy concentrations of enemy machine-gun, mortar, and artillery fire, Sergeant Spurrier resumed his precarious position on the vehicle, firing the .50 caliber machine-gun. In all he took 22 prisoners before reaching the summit of the hill. The extraordinary courage displayed by Sergeant Spurrier; his outstanding heroism and supreme 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. 103 (1944)
Born: December 14, 1922 at Russell County, Kentucky
Home Town: Riggs, Kentucky
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)


*SQUIRE, WILLIAM F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William F. Squire (0-1290833), First Lieutenant (Infantry), 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 11 July 1944. First Lieutenant Squire'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. 92 (1944)
Home Town: Pima County, Arizona


SQUIRES, EDWARD G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward G. Squires, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Private Squires' 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. 11 (January 22, 1943)
Home Town: Ohio


SQUITIERI, ANGELO
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Angelo Squitieri, 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 46th Armored Infantry Battalion, 5th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 December 1944. Technician Fifth Grade Squitieri's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Ninth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 88 (1945)

ST. JOHN, CHARLES D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles D. St. John, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 March 1945. Technical Sergeant St. John'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. 163 (1945)


STAFF, LOUIS A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Louis A. Staff, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 95th Chemical Mortar Battalion, Chemical Warfare Service, in action against enemy forces from 7 to 9 April 1945, in Germany. Lieutenant Staff, while serving as a Forward Observer for a platoon of chemical mortars with the loading assault elements, came under heavy enemy cross-fire, Lieutenant Staff and his party were pinned down for hours by heavy enemy fire. Under cover of darkness, Lieutenant Staff evacuated his men into a nearby woods where he evaded enemy patrols all night. The following morning, he succeeded in reestablishing radio contact with the supporting artillery and, at great personal risk, adjusted artillery fire on vital enemy emplacements and troop concentrations. By skillful and daring maneuvering, Lieutenant Staff succeeded in bringing his men back through the enemy lines and captured numerous prisoners on the way. His indomitable courage, gallantry, stamina, and loyal 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. 106 (1946)


STAGNO, DOMENIC J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Domenic J. Stagno, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 22 September 1944. Staff Sergeant Stagno'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. 86 (1945)


STALLCUP, ODIE T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Odie T. Stallcup, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 27 September 1944. First Lieutenant Stallcup'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. 38 (1945)


STALLINGS, GEORGE TWEEDY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George Tweedy Stallings, Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 33d Armored Regiment, 3d Armored Division, in action against enemy forces from 8 to 11 July 1944. Captain Stallings' 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. 2 (1945)
Home Town: Haddock, Georgia


STALLMAN, ROBERT J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert J. Stallman, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 18 March 1945. First Lieutenant Stallman'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. 54 (1945)


STALTER, CARL E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carl E. Stalter (6584741), Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 18th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 14th Cavalry Group, 40th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 December 1944, in Belgium. When his mechanized troop was threatened by envelopment and its only evacuation route was blocked by an abandoned vehicle, Technician Fourth Grade Stalter voluntarily crawled over three hundred yards of terrain covered by fire from automatic weapons and machine guns to reach the vehicle. With great courage, he climbed within the truck and started the engine. Hostile troops concentrated intense fire upon him but he succeeded in moving the vehicle from the road and rejoined his unit. As the mechanized column began to withdraw along the road, a tank commander was wounded by 88-mm. gun fire. Technician Fourth Grade Stalter assumed command voluntarily and covered the withdrawal of the entire troop with devastating machine gun fire, inflicting heavy losses upon the enemy ranks. Technician Fourth Grade Stalter'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 40th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 25 (February 12, 1945)
Home Town: Oklahoma


STANLEY, LORNE R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lorne R. Stanley, First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 123d Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 and 2 April 1945. First Lieutenant Stanley'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. 301 (1945)


STANLEY, PAUL W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul W. Stanley, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 April 1944. Captain Stanley'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. 16 (1945)


*STANNARD, EDWARD L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Edward L. Stannard (20254386), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 802d Tank Destroyer Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 8 August 1944. Sergeant Stannard'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. 46 (1945)
Home Town: Queens, New York


STANTON, JOHN H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John H. Stanton, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 September 1944, in France. Staff Sergeant Stanton'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. 85 (1945)
Born: February 17, 1921 at Russell, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Russell, Pennsylvania


*STAPLETON, CHARLES D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles D. Stapleton (0-1291349), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 and 12 July 1944. Captain Stapleton'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 30th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 65 (1945)
Home Town: Kings County, New York


STECK, JOHN C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John C. Steck, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 25 January 1945. Captain Steck's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces in Austria, General Orders No. 63 (1945)


*STEELE, ROBERT C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert C. Steele (20904839), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 February 1945. Technical Sergeant Steele'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 11th Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 41 (1945)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


*STEELMAN, FRED D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Fred D. Steelman (35717109), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 and 29 July 1944. Technical Sergeant Steelman'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, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 31 (1943)
Home Town: Gibson County, Indiana


*STEELMAN, THAD R. (DNB)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Thad R. Steelman (34009840), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces during July & August, 1942. Technician Fifth Grade Steelman'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. 31 (1943)
Home Town: Alamance County, North Carolina


STEEN, WILLIAM H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William H. Steen, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 51st Armored Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 20 March 1945. Private First Class Steen'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. 255 (1945)


STEFANOSKI, NICHOLAS C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Nicholas C. Stefanoski, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 129th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 March 1944. Staff Sergeant Stefanoski's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 911 (1944)
Home Town: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania


*STEFEK, EMIL, JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Emil Stefek, Jr. (33804139), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 7th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 23 November 1944. Private First Class Stefek'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. 16 (1945)
Home Town: Bucks County, Pennsylvania


STEGEMEYER, GERALD BRUCE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gerald Bruce Stegemeyer, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 253d Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 6 April 1945, in the vicinity of Buchhof, Germany. When the platoon sergeant leading the machine gun section was seriously wounded in the leg by a sniper, Private First Class Stegemeyer unhesitatingly went to his aid, when he observed that the sniper was still firing at the fallen man. Before he reached the sergeant however; the sniper hit him again. Quickly applying first aid, Private First Class Stegemeyer picked up the sergeant, and though it was over four hundred yards to cover, started up the hill. He had gone but a few yards with his heavy burden, when he was hit in the leg by a sniper. However, he continued carrying the wounded man up the hill until he was hit in the leg again. By this time it was impossible for him to walk so he started crawling across the remaining three hundred yards of open ground. When he stopped to fix the sergeant's tourniquet, the sniper hit him again. Though very weak by now from loss of blood, he kept on with the heavy man only to be struck a fourth time by the sniper, this time through the foot. Despite his painful wounds, Private First Class Stegemeyer finally succeeded in getting the sergeant to safety, and medical care in time to save his life. 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, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 92 (1946)
Home Town: Sheboygan, Wisconsin


*STEGER, REUBEN J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Reuben J. Steger (20649169), First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 November 1942, during the Papuan Campaign in New Guinea. First Sergeant Steger'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 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 1 (1943)
Home Town: Wood County, Wisconsin


STEIN, HERMAN E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herman E. Stein, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Ranger Infantry Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 7 December 1944. Staff Sergeant Stein'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. 123 (1945)
Home Town: Staten Island, New York


STEINEKER, ERNEST J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ernest J. Steineker, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 395th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 April 1945. Private Steineker'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. 137 (1945)


*STEINER, FRED ALVIN (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Fred Alvin Steiner (0-119758), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Executive Officer, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Lieutenant Colonel Steiner'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 Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 32 (1944)
Home Town: San Diego, California


STEINMAN, RUDOLPH
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Rudolph Steinman, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 399th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 November 1944, in the vicinity of Raon L'Etape, France. Technical Sergeant Steinman'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. 69 (1945)


STENGER, RICHARD A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard A. Stenger, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 26 April 1945. Staff Sergeant Stenger'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. 220 (1945)


STEPANIK, EDWARD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward J. Stepanik, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces during World War II. Private Stepanik'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. 26 (1945)


*STEPHENS, GORDON R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Gordon R. Stephens (7041773), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 1st Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 November 1942. Staff Sergeant Stephens' 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 Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Allied Force Headquarters, General Orders No. 8 (1943)
Home Town: Harlan County, Kentucky


STEPHENS, JOHN M., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John M. Stephens, Jr., Captain (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 from 15 to 19 January 1945. Captain Stephens' 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 Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 68 (1945)
Home Town: Tyler, Texas


STEPHENS, OTTO K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Otto K. Stephens, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 2d Ranger Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 and 7 June 1944, in France. Private First Class Stephens' 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. 69 (1944)


*STEPHENS, SAMPSON J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sampson J. Stephens (34946539), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 February 1945. On that date, the enemy counterattacked positions held by Private Stephens' company. When an assaulting tank threatened to break through, Private Stephens, with complete disregard for his own safety advanced alone through intense fire, armed only with a rocket launcher. Although under direct enemy observation he obtained a position within 15 yards of the tank and put it out of action with one round of fire. Private Stephens fought on with characteristic aggressiveness with his unit until he was killed by enemy fire on 25 February 1945. Private Stephens' 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 70th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 100 (May 11, 1945)
Home Town: Nassau County, Florida


*STEPRO, JAMES K. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James K. Stepro (0-360885), Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 1st Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, in action against enemy forces in January 1943. Captain Stepro'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 Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 18 (1943)
Home Town: Corydon, Indiana


STERLING, HAROLD V.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harold V. Sterling, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 August 1944. Technical Sergeant Sterling'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. 9 (1945)


*STERLING, PAUL D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Paul D. Sterling (20606045), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 April 1945. Technical Sergeant Sterling's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 33d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 276 (1945)
Home Town: Marion County, Illinois


STERNBERG, BEN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ben Sternberg, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 23 to 25 March 1943. Lieutenant Colonel Sternberg'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, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 50 (1943)


*STEVENS, FRANCIS R. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Francis R. Stevens (0-15779), Lieutenant Colonel (General Staff Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 9 June 1942, over New Guinea. While on a flight over Lae, New Guinea, Lieutenant Colonel Stevens was shot down. 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, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 9 (1942)
Home Town: Columbia, Mississippi
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Legion of Merit, Purple Heart


STEVENS, LUTHER R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Luther R. Stevens, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 29 December 1941, at Luzon, Philippine Islands. Brigadier General Stevens' 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. 14 (1947)


STEVENS, RICHARD W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard W. Stevens, 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 on 17 November 1944. First Lieutenant Stevens' 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. 119 (1945)


*STEVENS, STANLEY E. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Stanley E. Stevens (39399951), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 3d Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 September 1944, at Nijmegen, Holland. In an attack by Company G into the city of Nijmegen, to seize and hold the highway bridge within that city, Staff Sergeant Stevens led the point of his company advance with such courage and aggressiveness that his company was able to continue its attack without delay. Staff Sergeant Stevens led his men in clearing snipers from several houses. At one point he attacked a building single-handed, and killed two Germans manning a machine gun while another group cleared a building across the street. After the company had advanced farther into the city, at least two German machine guns began firing into the column, pinning down the entire company. Staff Sergeant Stevens maneuvered his point from the line of enemy fire. He established a base of fire to cover the German positions and without other assistance, assaulted one position with sub-machine gun and grenades, destroying the position. He succeeded in diverting the fire of the enemy upon himself and permitted his company to neutralize the position. During the action he was mortally wounded. The exemplary conduct and outstanding bravery of Staff Sergeant Stevens, and his willingness to close with the enemy, contributed in large measure to the success of his company attack and rendered a distinguished service in the accomplishment of his company and battalion mission. 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, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 14 (1944)
Home Town: Solano, California


STEVENSON, HARLAN R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harlan R. Stevenson, 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 August 1943. Private First Class Stevenson'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. 448 (1943)
Home Town: Britt, Iowa


STEWART, ROBERT A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert A. Stewart, First Lieutenant (Infantry), 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. First Lieutenant Stewart'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. 95 (1944)


STEWART, WILLIAM H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William H. Stewart, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, 3d Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 22 January 1942, in the vicinity of Abucay Hacienda, Philippine Islands. Staff Sergeant Stewart'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. 27 (1942)
Home Town: Van Alstyne, Texas


*STICE, DALE V. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Dale V. Stice (0-440555), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 42d Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 29 May 1943. Second Lieutenant Stice'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 Troops, APO 726 (Attu Landing Force), General Orders No. 31 (1943)
Home Town: Bee County, Texas


STILLER, ALEXANDER C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Alexander C. Stiller, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, 3d Army, as Aide-De-Camp to General George S. Patton, in action against enemy forces on 27 March 1945. Major Stiller'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 Army, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 288 (1945)
Home Town: Tucson, Arizona


STILLMAN, GERALD C. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gerald C. Stillman (0-416436), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 23d Field Artillery Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 23 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Second Lieutenant Stillman'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.
Allied Force Headquarters in the Philippines, General Orders No. 16 (1942)
Home Town: Salt Lake City, Utah


STILLWELL, JOSEPH W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph W. Stillwell, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces in the Spring 1942, in the Burma-China Theater of Operations. Lieutenant General Stillwell'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. 3 (1943)


STOABS, JAMES D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James D. Stoabs, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 15 September 1944. Staff Sergeant Stoabs' 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. 128 (1944)


STOCKWELL, LEEWARD W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leeward W. Stockwell (12005027), Staff Sergeant, 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. A small reconnaissance patrol, led by Staff Sergeant Stockwell, penetrated deep into enemy held territory. When well within the enemy lines, the patrol was suddenly brought under the fire of a deeply entrenched German mortar company. Despite the lack of cover and concealment from the intense enemy fire, Staff Sergeant Stockwell, accompanied by another man, moved forward to close with the enemy. He worked his way to within 20 yards of the enemy position, at which point he threw hand grenades into the enemy dugouts causing heavy casualties. Without hesitation he and his comrade immediately charged into the enemy emplacements and fearlessly closed with the enemy forces. In this attack several of the enemy were killed and 12 prisoners were taken. The personal bravery, aggressiveness and courage displayed by Staff Sergeant Stockwell in the face of superior enemy forces 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: New York


*STODDARD, GORDON V. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Gordon V. Stoddard, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 6th Intercept Command, in action against enemy forces in 1942. Technical Sergeant Stoddard'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. 429 (1945)


*STOKES, WILMER E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Wilmer E. Stokes (6393977), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 February 1945. Technical Sergeant Stokes' 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 24th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 182 (1945)
Home Town: Jackson County, Florida


*STOLP, CHARLES P. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles P. Stolp (37277414), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 March 1945. Staff Sergeant Stolp'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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 60 (1946)
Home Town: Wells County, North Dakota


STONE, ERNEST L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ernest L. Stone, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 November 1944. Private First Class Stone'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. 76 (1945)


STONE, HARRY J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harry J. Stone, Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, while serving as a Medical Officer, in action against enemy forces on 27 January 1944, in the vicinity of Anzio, Italy. Captain Stone'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. 77 (1944)


STOODLEY, ROBERT P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert P. Stoodley, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 May 1944. Private First Class Stoodley'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. 58 (1944)
Home Town: Skowhegan, Maine


STOPKA, JOHN P. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John P. Stopka (0-25263), Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 June 1944, near Carentan, France. On that date Major Stopka's battalion was engaged in a fierce battle with a numerically superior enemy force for the possession of a causeway leading into Carentan. During the night, the battalion had infiltrated across the last four hotly contested bridges. At about 0530 the battalion came under heavy enemy automatic weapons, mortar and artillery fire, causing casualties at an alarming rate and making the battalion position extremely precarious. Rather than withdraw, the battalion commander issued an order to assault the enemy position with fixed bayonets. Major Stopka, from his position across the road from the battalion commander, was able to coordinate the efforts of the two companies in the assault, but only by exposing himself continuously to the heavy enemy fire. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Major Stopka disseminated the order to the two companies under his control. When the signal for the assault was given, he was the first man to get to his feet and move forward across the road into the open field in front of the enemy positions. Major Stopka's actions in the face of the enemy, and his complete devotion to duty exemplify leadership of the highest order and his conduct set an example to the officers and men under him., inspiring them with the aggressiveness and determination necessary to rout the enemy from their strongly held positions. Major Stopka'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 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 107 (1944)
Home Town: Sheridan, Wyoming


STOREY, OAKLEY W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Oakley W. Storey, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 and 5 February 1945. First Lieutenant Storey'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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 184 (1945)


STORKMAN, AUGUST A., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to August A. Storkman, Jr., Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 April 1945. Second Lieutenant Storkman'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. 172 (1945)


STOTT, ROBERT H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert H. Stott, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 333d Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 November 1944. Private Stott'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. 58 (1945)


STOUDER, GLEN M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Glen M. Stouder, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 November 1944. Technical Sergeant Stouder'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. 236 (1945)
Home Town: Etna Green, Indiana


STOVER, WILMER WALLACE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wilmer Wallace Stover, First Lieutenant (Infantry), 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 29 November 1943, in the vicinity of Bougainville, Solomon Islands. First Lieutenant Stover's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 140 (1944)
Born: February 20, 1917 at Columbus, Ohio
Home Town: Columbus, Ohio


STRAIGHT, FAY M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Fay M. Straight, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with am Armored Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces in December 1942. First Lieutenant Straight'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. 7 (1943)


*STRAIN, SAMUEL D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Samuel D. Strain (33809616), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 155th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, 17th Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 March 1945. Corporal Strain'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 17th Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 44 (1945)
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


STRECZYK, PHILLIP
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Phillip Streczyk (32182713), 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 near Colleville-sur-Mer, France. In the face of vicious enemy fire, Sergeant Philip Streczyk led his section across the beach. He cut through the enemy wire, led his platoon through a minefield and up a steep hill overlooking the beach and by this action opened a beach exit. He then led his section in an attack on an enemy emplacement, the fire from which had prevented the establishment of a vitally needed beachhead in that sector. In a vicious fight, Sergeant Streczyk set the example for his men in leading the attack. The destruction of this enemy strongpoint contributed materially to the success of the invasion effort. The valor, initiative and disregard for his own safety exhibited by Sergeant Streczyk 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 East Brunswick, New Jersey
Home Town: East Brunswick, New Jersey
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 3@ Silver Stars (WWII)


STRICKLAND, DOYLE C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Doyle C. Strickland, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 June 1944. Second Lieutenant Strickland'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, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 242 (1944)


STRICKLAND, ERASMUS H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Erasmus H. Strickland, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, 3d Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 June 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Strickland'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. 81 (1945)


*STRICKLER, DUDLEY G. (MIA-KIA)
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Dudley G. Strickler (0-16898), Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 45th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 31 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Major Strickler'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. 21 (1942)

*STRICKLER, DUDLEY G. (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 Dudley G. Strickler (0-16898), Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 45th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 8 February 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Major Strickler'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.
Home Town: Middletown, Indiana
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


STROCK, ALAN M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Alan M. Strock, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 24 January 1943. Captain Strock's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 72 (1943)


STROJNY, RAYMOND F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Raymond F. Strojny (31069497), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. When his company was pinned down by the heavy and intense enemy fire, Staff Sergeant Strojny, with complete disregard for his own safety, picked up a Bazooka from a wounded soldier who had been pierced by shrapnel. He then crossed the fire-swept beach and took up a position in a minefield within 250 yards of an enemy machine gun pillbox. He put the pillbox under his fire until his ammunition was exhausted. Braving the small arms fire that was being directed at him, he moved back across the beach to find more ammunition. Securing the ammunition, he again took up the same position and fired until he knocked out the pillbox. Staff Sergeant Strojny'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: New Jersey


STRONG, CURTIS E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Curtis E. Strong, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 7 March 1945. Private First Class Strong'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. 53 (1945)


STRONG, RICHARD M. (KIA)
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard M. Strong (0-24594), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 September 1943. Captain Strong'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 45th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 48 (1944)

*STRONG, RICHARD M. (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 Richard M. Strong (0-24594), Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 30 May 1944 to 1 June 1944. Major Strong'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 45th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 108 (1944)
Home Town: Bernalillo County, New Mexico
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


STROUP, LEE D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lee D. Stroup, Private, 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 28 July 1944. Private Stroup'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, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 94 (1944)


STROUSE, GLENN H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Glenn H. Strouse, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 16 January 1945. Staff Sergeant Strouse'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. 99 (1945)
Born: June 10, 1915 at Leetonia, Ohio
Home Town: Leetonia, Ohio


STUDLER, ANDRE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Andre Studler, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Office of Strategic Services, in action against enemy forces from 5 April 1944 through 10 October 1944, in enemy-occupied territory. Second Lieutenant Studler'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. 201 (1945)


STUMPF, CHARLES W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles W. Stumpf, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 December 1944. Staff Sergeant Stumpf's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 192 (1945)


*SUDARIA, TRANQUILINO (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Tranquilino Sudaria (R-328549), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 57th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 11 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Corporal Sudaria'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. 14 (1942)
Home Town: Philippine Islands


SUEHIRO, MASARU
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Masaru Suehiro (30100039), Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 November 1943, near Cerasuolo, Italy. After taking its objective, Corporal Suehiro's company was subjected to an enemy counterattack supported by machine gun and mortar fire. Corporal Suehiro, leader of a 60-mm. mortar squad, moved forward in the face of intense enemy fire to an exposed position in order to direct his mortar fire. His position, although almost untenable because of heavy enemy mortar and machine gun fire, afforded excellent observation. From this hazardous observation post he directed accurate fire on an enemy machine gun, destroying the weapon and depriving the enemy of essential supporting fire. Observing an enemy group forming for an assault, he started to adjust his fire but was seriously wounded by shell fragments. Although suffering intense pain, he remained in his hazardous position and continued to direct such effective fire that the enemy counterattack was successfully repulsed. Corporal Suehiro's determined courage and steadfast devotion to duty contributed materially to the defense by his company. 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 34th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 77 (May 10, 1944)
Born: September 3, 1919 at Hawaii Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


*SUESS, SHELDON O. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sheldon O. Suess (0-422463), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 136th Infantry Regiment, 33d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 9 to 11 April 1945. Captain Suess' 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 33d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 127 (1945)
Home Town: Winnebago County, Illinois


*SUGIYAMA, TOGO S. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Togo S. Sugiyama (39163051), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 July 1944, near Pastina, Italy. To support a company attack, Sergeant Sugiyama emplaced his machine gun on the crest of a saddle between two hills so that his fire could cover the forward slope of both hills. Then, exposed to grazing small arms fire, he crawled along the ridge to a commanding position in order to direct fire. Locating an enemy machine gun and snipers on the left flank, Sergeant Sugiyama made his way along the reverse slope of the hill and reached a point directly opposite the enemy weapon. He killed two snipers with rifle fire and forced the machine gunners to withdraw. Returning to his observation post, he located a dugout occupied by two snipers who were firing on his machine gun position. Securing several grenades he led three riflemen in attacking the dugout to kill one German and force the other to surrender. Later, Sergeant Sugiyama fired tracer bullets to designate a German machine gun position, to enable nearby riflemen to neutralize the weapon. After reporting to nearby riflemen the presence of enemy troops located in a concrete house, Sergeant Sugiyama observed two German machine gun squads approaching the forward slope of the left hill. Crawling to a position of better visibility, and exposing himself to enemy fire, Sergeant Sugiyama fired three rifle grenades to kill five Germans and force the remainder to flee. Another machine gun across the valley opened fire on him, but withdrew before he could return fire. As he started to crawl back to his squad, Sergeant Sugiyama was fired upon by a concealed machine gun. Rising to return fire, Sergeant Sugiyama was killed instantly. By his fearlessness, combat skill and initiative, Sergeant Sugiyama inflicted heavy casualties upon the enemy, and inspired his men by his intrepidity and self-sacrificing devotion to duty. 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, the 34th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 153 (September 23, 1944)
Born: July 18, 1919 at Kent, Washington
Home Town: Los Angeles, California
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, Purple Heart


*SULLIVAN, CHARLTON P. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charlton P. Sullivan (34438371), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 54th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 February 1945. Staff Sergeant Sullivan'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 10th Armored Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 305 (1945)
Home Town: Buncombe County, North Carolina


SULLIVAN, RICHARD P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard P. Sullivan (0-399856), Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces during the period 6 to 10 June 1944, in France. Completely disregarding his own safety, Major Sullivan personally directed a successful landing operation and lead his men across the beach covered with machine gun, artillery and rocket fire. After reorganizing his men he immediately resumed his duties as Battalion Executive Officer and was placed in command of two Ranger companies which fought their way inland against fierce opposition to join and relieve the Ranger detachment on *******. After laying communications through the enemy lines under cover of darkness, Major Sullivan directed the Rangers' progress across country to ******* and *******. In cooperation with United States Infantry an attack was begun on the ******* battery. When certain elements were temporarily halted by artillery fire Major Sullivan, who had been wounded at *******, calmly and courageously rallied his officers and men, ordered a renewal of the attack, and instead of bypassing the resistance, advanced over heavily mined terrain to capture the ******* battery with a loss of only fifteen men. Eighty-six prisoners and several large caliber artillery pieces in concrete bunkers were taken. Attacks by Major Sullivan's command contributed greatly to the success of the entire Corps operations. By his intrepid direction, heroic leadership and superior professional ability, Major Sullivan set an inspiring example to his command. 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 and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 28 (June 20, 1944)
Home Town: Massachusetts


SULLIVAN, WILLIAM A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William A. Sullivan, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 399th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 March 1945, in the vicinity of Bitche, France. First Lieutenant Sullivan'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. 585 (October 6, 1945)


SUMMERS, GLEN E. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Glen E. Summers (0-1315112), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 22 May 1944. First Lieutenant Summers' 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. 143 (1944)
Home Town: Stafford County, Virginia


SUMMERS, HARRISON C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harrison C. Summers (35275212), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. While leading a patrol, Staff Sergeant Summers was wounded. However, though wounded, he continued the fight and accounted for nine of the enemy. Later, on 11 June 1944, when his Platoon Leader became a casualty, Staff Sergeant Summers assumed command of the platoon. When their ammunition became exhausted he, despite intense enemy fire, made repeated trips across an open field. This replenishment of the ammunition enabled his platoon to continue in the advance. The daring, leadership and complete disregard for his own safety displayed by Staff Sergeant Summers 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)
Born: July 12, 1918 at Catawba, West Virginia
Home Town: Rivesville, West Virginia


SUMMERS, JOHN W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John W. Summers, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Office of Strategic Services, in action against enemy forces from 17 July 1944 through 9 September 1944, in enemy-occupied territory. Major Summers' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (1945)


*SUTHERLAND, ELMER (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Elmer Sutherland, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 339th Infantry Regiment, 85th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 May 1944. Private First Class Sutherland'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 85th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 138 (1944)
Home Town: Dickinson County, Michigan


SUTHERLAND, RICHARD K.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard K. Sutherland, Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 29 December 1941. Major General Sutherland'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. 43 (1942)

SUTHERLAND, RICHARD K.
(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 Richard K. Sutherland, Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces from 23 June 1942 through 8 January 1943. Major General Sutherland'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. 5 (January 11, 1943)
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


SUTTLIFFE, RICHARD S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard S. Suttliffe, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 16 July 1943. Staff Sergeant Suttliffe'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. 111 (1944)


SUTTON, ORRIN C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Orrin C. Sutton, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Sanananda, New Guinea. Corporal Sutton'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)
Home Town: Michigan


SVERDRUP, LEIF J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leif J. Sverdrup, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 9 January 1945. Brigadier General Sverdrup'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. 4 (1945)


SVOBODA, ALBERT A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Albert A. Svoboda, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 2d Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 April 1943. Lieutenant Colonel Svoboda'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, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 39 (1943)


SWAIM, JACK
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jack Swaim, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces from 30 June 1943 through 15 August 1943. First Lieutenant Swaim'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. 317 (1943)


*SWAN, HAROLD D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harold D. Swan (0-538226), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 406th Infantry Regiment, 102d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 April 1945. First Lieutenant Swan's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 102d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 273 (October 1, 1945)
Home Town: Blaine County, Nebraska


SWANBERG, BERTOL C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Bertol C. Swanberg, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Engineer Combat Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 17 November 1944. Technician Fifth Grade Swanberg'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. 14 (1945)


*SWANK, PAUL A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Paul A. Swank (0-1112344), First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 2671st Special Reconnaissance Battalion, Office of Strategic Services, in action against enemy forces on 17 August 1944. First Lieutenant Swank's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 70 (1945)
Home Town: Harris County, Texas


SWANN, HERSHEL D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Hershel D. Swann, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 399th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 May 1944. Staff Sergeant Swann'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, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 148 (1944)
Home Town: Rome, Georgia


SWANSON, EARL E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Earl E. Swanson, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 7th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 25 May 1944. Technical Sergeant Swanson'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. 172 (1945)


*SWANSON, GEORGE D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George D. Swanson (0-329738), Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 43d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, in action against enemy forces on 5 November 1944. Major Swanson'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. 13 (1945)
Home Town: Okmulgee County, Oklahoma


SWANSON, RICHARD M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard M. Swanson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 10 February 1944. Private First Class Swanson'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. 82 (1944)


SWEARINGEN, JOHN C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John C. Swearingen, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, 2d Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 January 1945. Captain Swearingen'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 4th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 242 (1945)
Home Town: Columbus, Georgia


SWEENEY, LAWRENCE G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lawrence G. Sweeney (33266510), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 741st Tank Battalion, attached to the 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on D-Day, 6 June 1944, during the invasion of Normandy, France. Upon landing with the initial assault wave in the invasion of France, Private First Class Sweeney's tank received several direct hits. Courageously, he remained within the tank and fired at the enemy until his ammunition supply was exhausted. Dismounting, he fearlessly ran across the fire-swept beach, secured additional ammunition and returned to continue his devastating fire. A short while later, he was assigned the hazardous mission of reconnoitering an exit from the beach. Crawling through intense artillery, mortar and small arms fire, he reached his objective and observed that heavy fire from the area had pinned the assaulting infantrymen to the ground. With great valor, he voluntarily mounted an abandoned tank, fired at hostile strongpoints and neutralized several gun emplacements. On another dangerous assignment, Private First Class Sweeney, with complete disregard for his own safety, preceded several tanks in an assault and, as heavy caliber shells fell dangerously near him, coolly and calmly removed wounded men from the path of the tanks. By his great courage and selfless devotion to duty and marked valor, Private First Class Sweeney exemplified the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States, reflecting great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 19 (January 31, 1945)
Home Town: Pennsylvania


SWEET, JOHN E., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John E. Sweet, Jr., Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Second Lieutenant Sweet'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)
Home Town: Pennsylvania


*SWEET, RICHARD ALLEN (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Richard Allen Sweet (32944939), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 November 1944. Private First Class Sweet advanced through heavy enemy fire in a one-man assault on a concealed German machine gun nest, and, under point-blank fire, killed two Germans and eliminated the last of the enemy forces. Private First Class Sweet's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 626 (1945)
Home Town: Franklin County, New York


SWENSON, JAY L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jay L. Swenson, 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 March 1944, at Bougainville, Solomon Islands. While he was carrying rations to soldiers in forward positions during the battle at Hill 260, the Japanese suddenly delivered a concentrated barrage of mortar fire which covered the entire perimeter. Private Swenson and a comrade took cover in a small open pit in the front lines. When an enemy mortar projectile landed in the pit, Private Swenson threw himself on the shell and was seriously wounded in absorbing the full shock of the explosion with his body. His heroic act at the risk of his own life protected his comrade and other nearby soldiers from all effects of the mortar explosion. Private First Class Swenson'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 South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 864 (1944)


SWENSON, JOHN H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John H. Swenson, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 2d Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces during World War II. Lieutenant Colonel Swenson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps, General Orders No. 11 (1944)
Home Town: Sundance, Wyoming


SWIFT, VAUGHN F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Vaughn F. Swift, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 328th Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 December 1944. Captain Swift'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 26th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 76 (1945)
Home Town: Durango, Colorado


*SWIMMER, CHARLES S. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles S. Swimmer (37775412), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 20th Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 June 1945. Private First Class Swimmer'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 6th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 147 (1945)
Home Town: Washabaugh County, South Dakota


SWING, JOSEPH MAY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph May Swing (0-3801), Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding General, 11th Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces from 15 to 17 April 1945, at Luzon, Philippine Islands. Major General Swing displayed superior tactical knowledge and inspiring leadership while personally leading repeated attacks against the strong Japanese defense position at Mt. Macolod, Batangas, Luzon. He flew many dangerous flights in liaison airplanes at low altitudes over the heavily defended ridges in order to make a thorough estimate of the enemy positions and of the terrain. Despite the protest of subordinates, he personally, and on foot, led tank destroyers forward through intense enemy machine-gun and mortar fire to place them in more advantageous positions, and directed their fire so effectively that the enemy-held ridge was taken without further delay. He then moved to the south flank where he found the front lines stalemated and weapons unmanned because of heavy enemy fire. With heroic disregard for his personal safety, General Swing strode fearlessly between tanks and machine guns, calling upon his troops to man their weapons and attack. Inspired by his fearlessness and heroic action, the troops attacked, silenced the Japanese fire, and seized and held the main enemy positions. Through his inspiring courage and valiant leadership, General Swing made a distinguished contribution to the liberation of the Philippine Islands. 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 11th Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 2 (September 26, 1947)
Born: February 28, 1894 at Jersey City, New Jersey
Home Town: Wausa, Nebraska


SWISHER, RALPH W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ralph W. Swisher, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Special Service Force, in action against enemy forces on 7 January 1944. Sergeant Swisher's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 48 (1944)
Home Town: Merrill, Oregon


SYNOWSKY, JOHN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John Synowsky, First Lieutenant (Infantry), 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 7 June 1944, in France. First Lieutenant Synowsky'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. 61 (1944)
Home Town: Butler, Pennsylvania


*SZAFRANIEC, RUDOLPH J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Rudolph J. Szafraniec (36572986), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 143d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 December 1944. Private First Class Szafranic's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 570 (1945)
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


*SZELUGOSKI, WALTER (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Walter Szelugoski (11010304), Corporal, 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 in March 1943. Corporal Szelugoski'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, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 16 (1943)
Home Town: Hartford, Connecticut


*SZYMANSKI, TEDDY (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Teddy Szymanski (15042706), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 October 1944. Private First Class Szymanski'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 24th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 97 (1945)
Home Town: Lake County, Indiana


SZYMKO, MICHAEL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Michael Szymko, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 22 November 1944. Technical Sergeant Szymko'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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 99 (1945)
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York

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