The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
TURNER, GEORGE B.
Rank and Organization: Private First Class, U.S.
Army, Battery C, 499th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 14th Armored Division. Place and
date. Philippsbourg, France, 3 January 1945. Entered Service at: Los Angeles,
Calif. Born: 27 June 1899, Longview, Tex. G.O. No.: 79, 14 September 1945.
At Phillippsbourg, France, he was cut off from his artillery unit by an enemy armored
infantry attack. Coming upon a friendly infantry company withdrawing under the vicious
onslaught, he noticed 2 German tanks and approximately 75 supporting foot soldiers
advancing down the main street of the village. Seizing a rocket launcher, he advanced
under intense small-arms and cannon fire to meet the tanks and, standing in the middle of
the road, fired at them, destroying 1 and disabling the second. From a nearby half-track
he then dismounted a machinegun, placed it in the open street and fired into the enemy
infantrymen, killing or wounding a great number and breaking up the attack. In the
American counterattack which followed, 2 supporting tanks were disabled by an enemy
antitank gun. Firing a light machinegun from the hip, Pfc. Turner held off the enemy so
that the crews of the disabled vehicles could extricate themselves. He ran through a hail
of fire to one of the tanks which had burst into flames and attempted to rescue a man who
had been unable to escape; but an explosion of the tank's ammunition frustrated his effort
and wounded him painfully. Refusing to be evacuated, he remained with the infantry until
the following day, driving off an enemy patrol with serious casualties, assisting in
capturing a hostile strong point, and voluntarily and fearlessly driving a truck through
heavy enemy fire to deliver wounded men to the rear aid station. The great courage
displayed by Pfc. Turner and his magnificently heroic initiative contributed materially to
the defense of the French town and inspired the troops about him.