The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*McTUREOUS, ROBERT MILLER, JR.
Rank and Organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps.
Born: 26 March 1924, Altoona, Fla. Accredited To: Florida.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty, while serving with the 3d Battalion, 29th Marines, 6th Marine Division,
during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa in the Ryukyu Chain, 7 June 1945.
Alert and ready for any hostile counteraction following his company's seizure of an
important hill objective, Pvt. McTureous was quick to observe the plight of company
stretcher bearers who were suddenly assailed by slashing machinegun fire as they attempted
to evacuate wounded at the rear of the newly won position. Determined to prevent further
casualties, he quickly filled his jacket with hand grenades and charged the enemy-occupied
caves from which the concentrated barrage was emanating. Coolly disregarding all personal
danger as he waged his furious 1-man assault, he smashed grenades into the cave entrances,
thereby diverting the heaviest fire from the stretcher bearers to his own person and,
resolutely returning to his own lines under a blanketing hail of rifle and machinegun fire
to replenish his supply of grenades, dauntlessly continued his systematic reduction of
Japanese strength until he himself sustained serious wounds after silencing a large number
of the hostile guns. Aware of his own critical condition and unwilling to further endanger
the lives of his comrades, he stoically crawled a distance of 200 yards to a sheltered
position within friendly lines before calling for aid. By his fearless initiative and bold
tactics, Pvt. McTureous had succeeded in neutralizing the enemy fire, killing 6 Japanese
troops and effectively disorganizing the remainder of the savagely defending garrison. His
outstanding valor and heroic spirit of self-sacrifice during a critical stage of
operations reflect the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service.