Having himself boosted to the top and perching there in full view of the enemy, he drew and returned their fire while his men helped each other up and over. Arizona blew up from magazine explosions and a direct bomb hit on the bridge which resulted in the loss of his life. Instead, the division ended up on the island for 38 days. Truemper and other members of the crew managed to right the plane and fly it back to their home station, where they contacted the control tower and reported the situation. But when they come from a man like Williams—a true legend, a true hero, who did such incredibly brave things for this country… well, when he started listing my accomplishments as if they were of equal value, it was too much for me. This heroic action by 1 man enabled the platoon to advance from behind its protecting ridge and continue successfully to reach its objective. One bears the words: Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, a tribute to Gold Star Mothers, Fathers, and Relatives who have sacrificed a Loved One for our Freedom.
Vance, whose right foot was practically severed. We had no social workers. He located a road block and directed his tanks to destroy it. He refused evacuation and continued to lead his company until they moved into defensive positions for the night. Thorne, displaying heroic initiative and intrepid fighting qualities, inflicted costly casualties on the enemy and insured the success of his patrol's mission by the sacrifice of his life. Later in the action, while leading an assault on an enemy position, he gallantly gave his life in the service of his country. Unhesitatingly, to neutralize the cruiser s guns and attract its fire, he went in for a strafing run.
Over the terrain devoid of cover and swept by bullets, he fearlessly advanced, firing at the aperture of the nearest pillbox and, when within range, hurling grenades at it. Tominac climbed to the turret and gripped the 50-caliber antiaircraft machinegun. On 8 November 1942, he landed at Fedala with the leading assault waves where opposition had developed into a firm and continuous defensive line across his route of advance. Hurling smoke and fragmentation grenades before him, he reached the next house and stormed inside, killing 2 and capturing 11 of the enemy. Finally taking his objective, Technical Sergeant Tanouye organized a defensive position on the reverse slope of the hill before accepting first aid treatment and evacuation. The enemy attacked again and again and were repulsed with heavy losses. He administered to the wounded and returned to his own company when a shellburst injured a number of its men.
He gallantly gave his life for his country. Although several of his men were struck by enemy bullets as he led his squad through dense jungle undergrowth in the face of severe hostile machinegun fire, Sgt. Nobody had ever said that this is what the Medal of Honor represents, or this is what is going to happen to you afterwards. He was productive and respected at work. When he had finished this job by sealing the 4 pillboxes with explosives, he had killed 20 Japanese and destroyed 3 machineguns. Caught in his own bomb blast, Lt. The platoon suddenly was pinned down by intense fire from a Japanese machinegun concealed on higher ground only 75 yards away.
He returned across the same fire-beaten zone as heavy mortar fire began falling in the area, seized his machinegun and, without help, dragged it to the knocked-out tank and set it up on the vehicle's rear deck. Firing his carbine as he entered, he drove the enemy before him out of the back door and into the second house. Abandoning all chance of a safe return he executed 6 bold ground-level attacks to demolish the enemy's vital radio station, installations, antiaircraft guns and crews with bombs and machinegun fire, and to destroy 1 fighter plane in the air and 3 on the water. His outstanding heroism and exemplary leadership resulted in the destruction of 4 successive enemy defensive positions, surrender of a vital sector of the city Saulx de Vesoul, and the death or capture of at least 60 of the enemy. Covered only by 4 riflemen, he fought desperately for 4 hours under terrific enemy small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain serviced flamethrowers, struggling back, frequently to the rear of hostile emplacements, to wipe out 1 position after another.
Shortly thereafter, when the enemy launched the first of a series of savage counterattacks lasting all night, he voluntarily rejoined his besieged units and repeatedly exposed himself to the merciless hail of shrapnel and bullets, dashing 50 yards into the open on 1 occasion to rescue a wounded marine Iying helpless beyond the frontlines. Wilson daringly preceded his companions toward a pile of rocks where Japanese troops were supposed to be hiding. Tanouye distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 7 July 1944, near Molino A Ventoabbto, Italy. Realizing that he could no longer remain in command of the platoon, he signaled to the platoon commander to join him. Commander of a reconnaissance platoon, 1st Lt.
His wounded right arm weakened, and, as he tried to steady himself, the grenade fell to the floor. Two supporting tanks had been destroyed and another, intact but with no tank commander or gunner, was not moving. Because of the relative positions of the window, ladder, and enemy emplacement, he decided that he, being left-handed, could better hurl a grenade than 1 of his men who had made an unsuccessful attempt. Woody retired after serving 20 years in the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves. Turner held off the enemy so that the crews of the disabled vehicles could extricate themselves. On 5 January 1943, in the face of extremely heavy antiaircraft fire and determined opposition by enemy fighters, he led an effective daylight bombing attack against shipping in the harbor at Rabaul, New Britain, which resulted in direct hits on 9 enemy vessels. The first time he had an idea that he would be awarded the Medal of Honor came when a clerk from West Virginia came to his tent and told him that he typed up a letter recommending him for a medal.
He shares with us what both these men told him regarding the medal. Whittington, completely disregarding intense enemy action, mounted a tank and by shouting through the turret, directed it into position to fire pointblank at the leading Mark V German tank. Towle saved the lives of many of his comrades and was directly instrumental in breaking up the enemy counterattack. Caught in his own bomb blast, Lt. Melissa has served as a public affairs specialist with Navy Region Hawaii Fleet and Family Readiness and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Vandegrift, a Medal of Honor recipient who commanded the 1st Marine Division to victory in the Battle of Guadalcanal. His unyielding determination and extraordinary heroism in the face of ruthless enemy resistence were directly instrumental in neutralizing one of the most fanatically defended Japanese strong points encountered by his regiment and aided vitally in enabling his company to reach its objective. The enemy tanks were unmercifully raking his unit's positions and inflicting heavy casualties. Despite the terrible odds, Pfc. Technical Sergeant Tanouye led his platoon in an attack to capture the crest of a strategically important hill that afforded little cover. He refused evacuation and continued to lead his company until they moved into defensive positions for the night.