HUFF, PAUL B.
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army,
509th Parachute Infantry Battalion. Place and date: Near Carano, Italy, 8 February
1944. Entered service at: Cleveland, Tenn. Birth: Cleveland, Tenn. G.O.
No: 41, 26 May 1944.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of
duty, in action on 8 February 1944, near Carano, Italy. Cpl. Huff volunteered to lead a
6-man patrol with the mission of determining the location and strength of an enemy unit
which was delivering fire on the exposed right flank of his company. The terrain over
which he had to travel consisted of exposed, rolling ground, affording the enemy excellent
visibility. As the patrol advanced, its members were subjected to small arms and
machinegun fire and a concentration of mortar fire, shells bursting within 5 to 10 yards
of them and bullets striking the ground at their feet. Moving ahead of his patrol, Cpl.
Huff drew fire from 3 enemy machineguns and a 20mm. weapon. Realizing the danger
confronting his patrol, he advanced alone under deadly fire through a minefield and
arrived at a point within 75 yards of the nearest machinegun position. Under direct fire
from the rear machinegun, he crawled the remaining 75 yards to the closest emplacement,
killed the crew with his submachine gun and destroyed the gun. During this act he fired
from a kneeling position which drew fire from other positions, enabling him to estimate
correctly the strength and location of the enemy. Still under concentrated fire, he
returned to his patrol and led his men to safety. As a result of the information he
gained, a patrol in strength sent out that afternoon, 1 group under the leadership of Cpl.
Huff, succeeded in routing an enemy company of 125 men, killing 27 Germans and capturing
21 others, with a loss of only 3 patrol members. Cpl. Huff's intrepid leadership and
daring combat skill reflect the finest traditions of the American infantryman.