His actions and personal courage reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. En route to the enemy-occupied building, he individually knocked out an 88-mm. Unit awards. His outstanding leadership and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. Corporal Espinosa directed his prisoners to a ditch. Sergeant Plummer called for supporting fire from the vehicular gun but the gunner had already become a casualty. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 67 (July 13, 1945) Home of Record: Indiana, KURTZ, RAYMOND H. When his platoon encountered intense direct fire and hand grenade attacks, it was necessary to withdraw to a nearby building. When a call came from forward elements that a radio was urgently needed, he volunteered to take the radio forward through heavy enemy mortar and artillery fire. Seeing his tank commander lying wounded beside the tank, Corporal Kemp left the security of his position and removed the wounded officer to shelter. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 86 (August 10, 1945) Despite this fire, Private Williams advanced upon the enemy positions and called upon its occupant to surrender. While advancing with a patrol given the mission of securing the bank of the Rhine River along a 1000 yard front, Private Kenny observed three enemy setting up a machine gun position to the left flank. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 3 (February 15, 1945) The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenneth M. Edmunds (33845121), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. Sergeant Potticary led his squad in the capture of a strong point. Corporal Dorr was a member of a patrol sent out to evacuate prisoners. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 61 (July 4, 1945) On 27 January Technician Fifth Grade Shapiro was blown from his half-track by the concussion of a shell. He remained with him, completely surrounded by enemy, tending his wounds. Without regard for his own safety, he constantly exposed himself to enemy fire and his actions were an inspiration to all. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 1 (February 8, 1945) His courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. Upon receiving further fire in reply, Private Williams dashed for the entrance of the dug-out. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Emil W. Masarik (35921680), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John H. Van Houten (0-418812), Lieutenant Colonel (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 36th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. Home of Record: Bartholomew County, Kentucky, WOOD, DONALD S. Citation: The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to LeRoy B. Leisey (7892920), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 25 January 1945. When an infantry company, attacking an enemy city, called for medical aid, Private Emerson volunteered. A half-track vehicle loaded with ammunition was struck by fire and ignited. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jack M. Wall (39284024), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 April 1945. When his vehicle was hit by artillery, he remained to remove his crew's personal weapons and to fire one remaining round at an enemy tank. Home of Record: Missouri, STENGER, JOHN M., JR. fire in order to maintain communications with his subordinate commanders. Home of Record: Clearwater, Kansas, *BACHER, EDWARD C. Home of Record: Shillington, Pennsylvania, *ROBINSON, KENNETH R. Captain Elias' personal courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. Then taking five men he proceeded by a covered route into the enemy lines. He anticipated where his unit could be used. Citation: When enemy action destroyed this bridge, he volunteered to lead another patrol and succeeded in locating an alternate crossing. Citation: During this period he volunteered to lead a patrol into enemy territory to locate wounded and identify the dead. He then accomplished the evacuation of wounded. Speeding across some 1500 yards of open ground completely exposed to withering enemy artillery and small arms fire, Corporal Malpass went to the rescue of three seriously wounded soldiers despite the fact that four other jeeps had been knocked out and their occupants captured in previous attempts to get through with ammunition. Citation: The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James H. Plummer (32660050), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 11 April 1945. Although wounded in the arm and suffering intense pain from an activated smoke grenade attached to his person, he continued to fire until the enemy had been wiped out. His action enabled his platoon to advance and eliminate the enemy strong points. Citation: Home of Record: Eugene, Oregon, EDMUNDS, KENNETH M. The bulk of the enemy were killed or captured and the attack was thereby repulsed. He then led an assault on an enemy tank, forcing its withdrawal. Moving forward on foot they were suddenly faced with enemy fire from three sides. The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John F. Ryan (0-1016853), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 80th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 30 March 1945. Sergeant O'Neill's actions were highly courageous and reflect great credit upon himself and the Military Forces of the United States. Home of Record: Barnesville, Ohio, LEISEY, LEROY B. His devotion to duty and disregard for his own safety in the interest of his comrades is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States. In order to keep in contact with the leading elements of his company, Captain Clark was frequently exposed to enemy artillery, mortar, machine gun and small arms fire. On 7 April he moved into enemy territory under cover of darkness to render aid to a wounded French laborer. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 84 (August 8, 1945) He advanced under intense fire and accomplished evacuation of the two men. During an attack on a heavily fortified enemy town, Corporal Rochholz's tank was struck by artillery fire, killing two crew members and wounding the tank commander. His quick action and clear, decisive thinking greatly reduced casualties and reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. He was frequently exposed to enemy fire. Sergeant Bacher was mortally wounded and the driver was killed. His actions reflect great credit on himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States. Private Ivey with other members of his squad was engaged in clearing the town of Berg, Germany. When this squad member was later wounded, Private Edmunds again left a covered position, removed him to cover and rendered aid. Citation: Home of Record: New Jersey, MOSBACHER, STEPHEN H. Such actions reflect credit upon himself and the Army of the United States. Home of Record: Girard, Pennsylvania, ROCHHOLZ, HAROLD J. Lieutenant Acker's actions were beyond the call of duty and reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. You will find recipients of the Silver Star listed alphabetically on our website within conflict. Lieutenant Ryan, while leading his company in action against the enemy, was severely wounded. He obtained a bazooka and crawled seventy-five yards forward to a point where he could observe the enemy positions. His actions were inspirational to all members of his command and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Forces of the United States. When his tank was hit by enemy fire and was burning, Sergeant (then Technician Fourth Grade) Moore drove it to a covered position. He then remained to serve as forward observer, adjusting fire on the enemy gun that was holding up the advance of a tank company. Later, through outstanding leadership, he broke up a surprise counterattack. Although enemy rifle fire barely cleared him, he rendered aid to a wounded soldier. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 95 (September 7, 1945) 80th Division 2019 Reunion. He went forward through artillery, mortar and small arms fire to direct his men and lend his personal strength in the evacuation of litter cases. He then returned to his vehicle and manned the machine gun. While administering aid to this man, he observed another casualty nearby. Colonel Vesely, commanding Combat Command "R", 8th Armored Division, was given the mission of clearing the enemy from a sector north of the Ruhr River in the reduction of the Ruhr area fortress. Home of Record: Altamont, New York, POINIER, ARTHUR D. His bravery and determination were an inspiration to the men of his command. On 3 March 1945 he aided the first platoon leader and two other men in the capture of 35 prisoners who had been manning anti-tank guns. He led his platoon through a minefield, later destroying the field for the safety of relieving troops. His actions reflect great credit on himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States. Home of Record: Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, *TURNEY, THEODORE D. B; C; F; M; R; W; Sort by . He organized them with the tank company. Home of Record: Ohio, *O'BRIEN, TERENCE M. Colonel (then Major) Walker commanded an armored task force. When his tank was struck by enemy fire, Corporal Thomas dismounted. Sergeant Rogers, without consideration for his own safety, exposed himself to the enemy fire to effect the rescue. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 48 (June 11, 1945) When his tank was disabled, Major Gurney dismounted to guide the attack on foot. He fought his way to the side of his comrades and succeeded in bringing them to safety. His courage, initiative and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. Citation: While so doing, he was wounded and evacuated. During this period the platoon's position was under artillery, mortar and small arms fire. Corporal Turney was riding on the front of the truck, attempting to make the patients comfortable when the vehicle struck a mine. It is an interlocked ornament, found in Nordic monuments, composed of three torques: red for Artillery; blue for Infantry; and yellow for Cavalry. On another occasion, after contact had been made with the enemy under extremely adverse conditions, Private Wood volunteered to stay in position and maintain contact. Sergeant Applegate continued to work, refusing both food and water, until he was finally wounded and evacuated. Later he led his platoon, dismounted, into an enemy town, gaining a foothold that enabled the balance of the force to occupy it. The Silver Star is presented to Warren H. Baker (0-552803), Second Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 28 February 1945. Captain Look's leadership and gallantry reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. His courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit to himself and the Armed forces of the United states. After the vehicle had been started, he again dismounted to uncouple the tow cable. His courage and devotion to duty were an inspiration to all and reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. As the first volley of fire for effect was reported, his plane was hit and forced to land. Sergeant St. John and his squad were pinned down by small arms fire. Sergeant Schmidt showed outstanding leadership which reflects the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. While continuing the advance his forces encountered a mine field, covered by intense small arms, mortar and artillery fire. For two days and nights he went without rest in carrying out his missions. When his platoon leader was killed during an advance, Lieutenant Rutkowski quickly reorganized the platoon. When his platoon started withdrawal from a heavily-defended road block, two members were left pinned down by the intense fire. He had succeeded in clearing nearly half the town before tanks and infantry arrived. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles M. Boehm (31088313), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Troop A, 88th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 26 January 1945. Unsuccessful, he continued to the rear on foot, carrying the wounded. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Yarrow D. Vesely (0-4680), Colonel (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry and dauntless courage action against the enemy in Germany from 7 April 1945 to 12 April 1945. Corporal Lamattina's conduct was an inspiration to all and reflects great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. While so engaged he was fatally wounded. 8th Infantry Division (Mech) Pathfinder Looking for more information from military/civilian personnel assigned to or associated with the U.S. Army in Germany from 1945 to 1989. Citation: His gallantry and courage in the face of enemy fire were an inspiration to all and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Service of the United States. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Guinn B. Goodrich (0308572), Lieutenant Colonel (Armor), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while Commanding the 18th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 29 March 1945 and 5 April 1945 and April 12, 1945. During the action he frequently crossed open, mine-infested terrain, to bring aid to the wounded. Continuing the advance, his force came under artillery and mortar fire. The division is also sometimes referred to as Tornado – its wartime tactical call sign. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 76 (July 27, 1945) Home of Record: Alabama, APPLEGATE, CALVIN M. Home of Record: Highland Park, Michigan, WALL, JACK M. He made innumerable trips along the entire length of the fire-swept beach, exposed to heavy, sustained small arms, but continued with his missions until evacuated to a hospital ship. This he accomplished despite heavy enemy fire. Home of Record: New York, New York, VAN HOUTEN, JOHN H. Home of Record: South Carolina, COOKE, LIONEL W. When his armored car, in the lead position, came under fire, he manned a machine gun and wiped out two enemy positions. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Sylvio Biagini (33440740), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 8 March 1945 and 3 April 1945. When the second tank of his column was knocked out, Lieutenant Higgins attempted to warn the lead tank to seek safety. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert A. Shapiro (35541894), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany during the period 25 January to 27 January 1945. Disregarding his own injury he dragged the wounded man back across the open terrain to safety. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 28 (May 7, 1945) Captain Erdmann led his company in the spearhead of a task force that struck a heavily defended enemy town. His devotion to duty and personal courage were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States and reflect great credit on himself and the service. During the attack on a very strongly-held enemy position in Berg, Germany, the company commander and the first platoon leader were wounded. Home of Record: Kentucky, ARNOTT, CLAYTON K. Home of Record: Greensburg, Pennsylvania, GROFT, JOHN R. Lieutenant Stinson commanded an assault gun platoon for the 18th Tank Battalion. He placed himself at all times in hazardous and dangerous position to accomplish his mission. His gallantry in the face of enemy fire and his leadership were an inspiration to members of his company and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Service. Sergeant Schmidt kept the platoons organized and under control until joined by an officer. His inspiring example and leadership were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Service of the United States. During an attack, he directed fire on a machine gun position, forcing the gunners to withdraw. Throughout the operation he displayed outstanding personal courage and leadership. The dismounted members of the patrol met fifteen German soldiers and Corporal Dorr fired several bursts overhead to induce surrender. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Carl Hinton (14095127), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 25 January 1945. His actions, without regard for his own safety, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. His courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John M. Stenger, Jr. (33668235), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 25 January 1945. During the entire action he remained in the front lines, instilling confidence in his troops by an heroic example of personal courage. When the vehicle stalled he manned a machine gun on the rear deck of the tank while repairs were made. Private Koch was advancing, dismounted, in support of a tank attack. His outstanding bravery and extreme devotion are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States. There he repulsed vicious enemy counterattacks by heavy tanks and artillery fire. This morning, 3-8 CAV spent their morning in Korea conducting a tactical march with our KATUSA counterparts, not far from where our grandfathers came before sixty nine years ago. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 48 (June 11, 1945) Home of Record: Johnstown, New York, *KING, WILLIAM R. Citation: While thus engaged, Corporal McStay was killed. Home of Record: Beaumont, Texas, COLSON, CHARLES F. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Morgan G. Roseborough (0-22681), Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. His own strength failing, he then dragged himself to a house where he continued to give aid to other wounded men until he lost consciousness. Citation: On reaching the objective Sergeant Schmidt organized two platoons and led them to the high ground behind the objective. While so doing he was himself wounded. Sergeant Gorna, while exploring a mined path, encountered an armed enemy guard. His courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gus C. Henson, Captain (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 1 April 1945. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gordon D. Crouse (36311154), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 5 April 1945. The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Sigmund Seltzer (32729017), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 11 April 1945. Home of Record: Ogden, New Mexico, CROUSE, GORDON D. Here is a resource that can help you find a recipient of a major award. When his squad was pinned down by superior enemy forces, Sergeant Biagini moved about under direct observation and fire in order to locate the enemy positions and direct fire of the squad and a supporting tank. During the engagement he was called upon to relieve infantry elements pinned down by small arms and machine gun fire. Lieutenant Ryan's platoon was spearheading the attack of a combat team of the 8th Armored Division. Citation: Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 12 (March 22, 1945) Home of Record: Georgia, MALPASS, PAUL J. Citation: The mixture of insignia and distinctive colors of several arms incorporated in the Armored Force symbolize integrity and esprit. Without consideration for his own safety, he dismounted. During an attack on an enemy-occupied woods, Private Unger's platoon was pinned down by intense small arms and machine gun fire. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William R. Healy (14164154), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Troop B, 88th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. The position was headquarters for an enemy army corps. The 8th Infantry Division, ("Pathfinder") was an infantry division of the United States Army during the 20th century.The division served in World War I, World War II, and Operation Desert Storm.Initially activated in January 1918, the unit did not see combat during World War I and returned to the United States. Sergeant McFadyen was Platoon Sergeant of a platoon ordered to seize houses of an enemy-held town. He completed the action by directing a platoon in its attack on its final objective. Largely through his efforts the defenses were smashed and the objective taken. Home of Record: Pelahatchie, Mississippi, HOLLEN, KERMIT C. Citation: When within 100 yards of the enemy position his tank was hit by an enemy anti-tank rocket and Captain Maidment was killed. Citation: Sergeant Wheatley personally laid and maintained telephone lines between the battalion and company CPs. Citation: Without regard for his own safety he constantly exposed himself to enemy fire as he led his unit. Sergeant Artis dismounted from his tank under intense enemy fire. Lieutenant Martens personally led his reconnaissance platoon at the head of a task force. Citation: Sergeant Krug voluntarily advanced to help clear a mine field which was under heavy artillery and small arms fire. Citation: His courage, initiative and outstanding devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. He immediately went to his aid, refusing assistance from another squad member. The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Sampson C. Willoughby (35097978), Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company D, 36th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. Without consideration for his own safety, he went to the aid of the wounded. The Squadron was redesignated on 16 February 1987 as the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry and the unit was assigned to the 3rd Armored Division. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 24 (May 3, 1945) With a compound fracture of one leg, he crawled under fire to the assistance of three wounded men. His leadership, boldness and devotion to duty were largely responsible for the success of the offensive. When the Infantry Battalion Commander was wounded by mortar fire, he administered first aid and covered the fallen officer with his own body, using his own helmet to protect the commander's face until the mortar barrage slackened. His devotion to duty and bravery under fire were inspiring and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Service. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 24 (May 3, 1945) He continued to administer first aid to the wounded throughout the night. Citation: Lieutenant Burch advanced more than 300 yards across open terrain to remove enemy mines that were holding up the advance of his platoon. The nickname of the 8th Armored Division, the "Thundering Herd", was coined before the division went to Europe in late 1944. Citation: Citation: While so engaged he was fired upon and forced to take cover. His first round knocked out one machine gun. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 28 (May 7, 1945) His actions were an inspiration to all and reflect credit on himself and the Military Forces of the United States. When his battalion commander's radio was destroyed during landing operations on the French coast, Sergeant O'Brien maintained liaison by personally carrying message to company commanders. The 8th Armored Division was activated on Apr 1, 1942, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, with “surplus” units of the recently reorganized 4th Armored Division and newly-organized units. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 79 (August 2, 1945) His devotion to duty reflects great credit on himself and the Armed Forces. On 13 October 1945 the War Department published a postwar policy statement for the entire Army, calling for a 27-division Army National Guard structure with 25 infantry divisions and 2 armored divisions to accommodate the desires of all the states. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 1 (February 8, 1945) It returned to Camp Polk on November 9, arrived on March 11 1943 at the Desert Training Center for the #2 California Maneuvers, was transferred on August 12 1943 to Fort Benning, Georgia and arrived at Camp … Home of Record: La Veta, Colorado, *GODWIN, PETER F. Citation: Lieutenant Campbell, despite losses in his platoon, continued to move forward against the enemy in the face of heavy artillery, small arms and mortar fire. When the patrol was pinned down by artillery fire, he exposed himself fearlessly in order to find a covered route forward. Citation: Citation: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael W. Dorr (6253729), Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 18th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 11 April 1945. 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