*BOOKER, ROBERT D.
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army,
34th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Fondouk, Tunisia, 9 April 1943. Entered
service at: Callaway, Nebr. Born: 11 July 1920, Callaway, Nebr. G.O.
No.: 34, 25 April 1944.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of
duty in action. On 9 April 1943 in the vicinity of Fondouk, Tunisia, Pvt. Booker, while
engaged in action against the enemy, carried a light machinegun and a box of ammunition
over 200 yards of open ground. He continued to advance despite the fact that 2 enemy
machineguns and several mortars were using him as an individual target. Although enemy
artillery also began to register on him, upon reaching his objective he immediately
commenced firing. After being wounded he silenced 1 enemy machinegun and was beginning to
fire at the other when he received a second mortal wound. With his last remaining strength
he encouraged the members of his squad and directed their fire. Pvt. Booker acted without
regard for his own safety. His initiative and courage against insurmountable odds are an
example of the highest standard of self-sacrifice and fidelity to duty.