The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*MULLER, JOSEPH E.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company
B, 305th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division. Place and Date Near Ishimmi, Okinawa,
Ryukyu Islands, 15-16 May 1945. Entered Service at: New York, N.Y. Birth:
Holyoke, Mass. G.O. No.: 71, 17 July 1946.
He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. When
his platoon was stopped by deadly fire from a strongly defended ridge, he directed men to
points where they could cover his attack. Then through the vicious machinegun and
automatic fire, crawling forward alone, he suddenly jumped up, hurled his grenades,
charged the enemy, and drove them into the open where his squad shot them down. Seeing
enemy survivors about to man a machinegun, He fired his rifle at point-blank range, hurled
himself upon them, and killed the remaining 4. Before dawn the next day, the enemy
counterattacked fiercely to retake the position. Sgt. Muller crawled forward through the
flying bullets and explosives, then leaping to his feet, hurling grenades and firing his
rifle, he charged the Japs and routed them. As he moved into his foxhole shared with 2
other men, a lone enemy, who had been feigning death, threw a grenade. Quickly seeing the
danger to his companions, Sgt. Muller threw himself over it and smothered the blast with
his body. Heroically sacrificing his life to save his comrades, he upheld the highest
traditions of the military service.