*GALT, WILLIAM WYLIE
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army,
168th Infantry, 34th Infantry Division. Place and date: At Villa Crocetta, Italy,
29 May 1944. Entered service at: Stanford, Mont. Birth: Geyser, Mont. G.O.
No.: 1, 1 February 1945.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. Galt,
Battalion S3, at a particularly critical period following 2 unsuccessful attacks by his
battalion, of his own volition went forward and ascertained just how critical the
situation was. He volunteered, at the risk of his life, personally to lead the battalion
against the objective. When the lone remaining tank destroyer refused to go forward, Capt.
Galt jumped on the tank destroyer and ordered it to precede the attack. As the tank
destroyer moved forward, followed by a company of riflemen, Capt. Galt manned the
.30-caliber machinegun in the turret of the tank destroyer, located and directed fire on
an enemy 77mm. anti-tank gun, and destroyed it. Nearing the enemy positions, Capt. Galt
stood fully exposed in the turret, ceaselessly firing his machinegun and tossing hand
grenades into the enemy zigzag series of trenches despite the hail of sniper and
machinegun bullets ricocheting off the tank destroyer. As the tank destroyer moved, Capt.
Galt so maneuvered it that 40 of the enemy were trapped in one trench. When they refused
to surrender, Capt. Galt pressed the trigger of the machinegun and dispatched every one of
them. A few minutes later an 88mm shell struck the tank destroyer and Capt. Galt fell
mortally wounded across his machinegun. He had personally killed 40 Germans and wounded
many more. Capt. Galt pitted his judgment and superb courage against overwhelming odds,
exemplifying the highest measure of devotion to his country and the finest traditions of
the U.S. Army.