The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*PETERS, GEORGE J.
Rank and Organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company
G, 507th Parachute Infantry, 17th Airborne Division. Place and Date Near Fluren,
Germany, 24 March 1945. Entered Service at: Cranston, R.I. Birth: Cranston,
R.I. G.O. No.: 16, 8 February 1946.
Pvt. Peters, a platoon radio operator with Company G, made a descent into Germany near
Fluren, east of the Rhine. With 10 others, he landed in a field about 75 yards from a
German machinegun supported by riflemen, and was immediately pinned down by heavy, direct
fire. The position of the small unit seemed hopeless with men struggling to free
themselves of their parachutes in a hail of bullets that cut them off from their nearby
equipment bundles, when Pvt. Peters stood up without orders and began a l-man charge
against the hostile emplacement armed only with a rifle and grenades. His single-handed
assault immediately drew the enemy fire away from his comrades. He had run halfway to his
objective, pitting rifle fire against that of the machinegun, when he was struck and
knocked to the ground by a burst. Heroically, he regained his feet and struggled onward.
Once more he was torn by bullets, and this time he was unable to rise. With gallant
devotion to his self-imposed mission, he crawled directly into the fire that had mortally
wounded him until close enough to hurl grenades which knocked out the machinegun, killed 2
of its operators, and drove protecting riflemen from their positions into the safety of a
woods. By his intrepidity and supreme sacrifice, Pvt. Peters saved the lives of many of
his fellow soldiers and made it possible for them to reach their equipment, organize, and
seize their first objective.