The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*PEREZ, MANUEL, JR.
Rank and Organization: Private First Class, U.S.
Army, Company A 511th Parachute Infantry, 11th Airborne Division. Place and Date
Fort William McKinley, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 13 February 1945. Entered service at.
Chicago, Ill. Born: 3 March 1923 Oklahoma City, Okla. G.O. No.: 124, 27 December
He was lead scout for Company A, which had destroyed 11 of 12 pillboxes in a strongly
fortified sector defending the approach to enemy-held Fort William McKinley on Luzon,
Philippine Islands. In the reduction of these pillboxes, he killed 5 Japanese in the open
and blasted others in pillboxes with grenades. Realizing the urgent need for taking the
last emplacement, which contained 2 twin-mount .50-caliber dual-purpose machineguns, he
took a circuitous route to within 20 yards of the position, killing 4 of the enemy in his
advance. He threw a grenade into the pillbox, and, as the crew started withdrawing through
a tunnel just to the rear of the emplacement, shot and killed 4 before exhausting his
clip. He had reloaded and killed 4 more when an escaping Japanese threw his rifle with
fixed bayonet at him. In warding off this thrust, his own rifle was knocked to the ground.
Seizing the Jap rifle, he continued firing, killing 2 more of the enemy. He rushed the
remaining Japanese, killed 3 of them with the butt of the rifle and entered the pillbox,
where he bayoneted the 1 surviving hostile soldier. Single-handedly, he killed 18 of the
enemy in neutralizing the position that had held up the advance of his entire company.
Through his courageous determination and heroic disregard of grave danger, Pfc. Perez made
possible the successful advance of his unit toward a valuable objective and provided a
lasting inspiration for his comrades.