The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
VLUG, DIRK J.
Rank and Organization: Private First Class, U.S.
Army, 126th Infantry, 32d Infantry Division. Place and date. Near Limon, Leyte, Philippine
Islands, 15 December 1944. Entered Service at: Grand Rapids, Mich. Birth:
Maple Lake, Minn. G.O. No.: 60, 26 June 1946.
He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty when
an American roadblock on the Ormoc Road was attacked by a group of enemy tanks. He left
his covered position, and with a rocket launcher and 6 rounds of ammunition, advanced
alone under intense machinegun and 37-mm. fire. Loading single-handedly, he destroyed the
first tank, killing its occupants with a single round. As the crew of the second tank
started to dismount and attack him, he killed 1 of the foe with his pistol, forcing the
survivors to return to their vehicle, which he then destroyed with a second round. Three
more hostile tanks moved up the road, so he flanked the first and eliminated it, and then,
despite a hail of enemy fire, pressed forward again to destroy another. With his last
round of ammunition he struck the remaining vehicle, causing it to crash down a steep
embankment. Through his sustained heroism in the face of superior forces, Pfc. Vlug alone
destroyed 5 enemy tanks and greatly facilitated successful accomplishment of his