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Interesting Notes:

Even after traumatic amputation of his left leg, Private James Orr continued to provide first aid to the wounded at the cost of his life.

Staff Sergeant/Second Lieutenant Leland S. Osmun (also listed as Osman) is listed as having two Silver Stars during World War II

Private First Class Mike Pavlik reached, treated and evacuated numerous wounded from minefields over the course of two days.

The 3d Infantry Division roster indicates that Captain George M. Peckham is a double recipient of the Silver Star

Major Robert A. Nachtwey also earned the Soldier's Medal on 7 June 1944 when the ship he was on struck a mine. Although wounded, he would not allow himself to be evacuated from the sinking ship until he treated the wounded and all casualties were evacuated from the ship.

Second Lieutenant Leland S. Osmun, Medical Administrative Corps, earned the Silver Star twice, the first as a Staff Sergeant.

Captain William W. Pugh Jr., Medical Corps, is a double recipient of the Silver Star.

First Lieutenant Edwin R. Pyle was a Medical Administrative Corps officer.

* Denotes Posthumous Award

NACHTWEY, ROBERT A.
Major, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 90th Infantry Division
Action Date: 9 – 12 November 1944
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, and under the provisions of Army Regulation 600-45 and Section I Circular 6, Third United States Army 26 April 1944, the Silver Star is awarded to Major Robert A. Nachtwey, Medical Corps, United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the Medical Detachment, 90th Infantry Division in France on 9 – 12 November 1944. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Major Nachtwey’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 194, Headquarters, 90th Infantry Division, 12 December 1944
Home of Record: Iowa

NAGAMINE, SEIKICHI
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 92d Infantry Division
Date of Action: 5 and 6 April 1945
Citation:
By Direction of the President, under the authority contained in Circular Number 89, Headquarters Mediterranean Theater of Operations, 10 July 1944, a Silver Star is awarded to Private First Class Seikichi Nagamine, Medical Detachment, United States Army, for gallantry in action on 5 April 1945 and 6 April 1945, in Italy. When casualties became numerous, Private First Class Nagamine and two others voluntarily attached themselves as litter bearers to a rifle company. During two days of heated engagements, and disregarding enemy fire and minefields, Private First Class Nagamine evacuated forty-five wounded comrades and eight Germans through rugged mountainous paths to the aid station. His gallant action and devotion to duty were an inspiration to his comrades and a distinct credit to the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 22, Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, 15 May 1945
Home of Record: Waipahu, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii

NAGRA, FRANK P.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division
Date of Action: 11 June 1944
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class (then Private) Frank P. Nagra, United States Army, for gallantry in action in northern France while serving with the Medical Detachment, 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division. On 11 June 1944 when his battalion was attacking, Private First Class Nagra volunteered to go into an area then under heavy mortar and small arms fire. He assisted in carrying out a man who was wounded and bleeding badly. Making his way under the fire to the wounded man, he was able to stop the bleeding and improvised a litter from impregnated clothing and boards and completed the evacuation thereby saving a life at the great risk of his own. This gallant action on the part of Private First Class Nagra is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
General Orders: General Order number 38, Headquarters, 90th Infantry Division, 16 August 1944
Home of Record: Illinois

NAHRA, SAM G.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 323rd Infantry Regiment, 81st Infantry Division
Date of Action: Unknown
Synopsis: Citation Needed
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Corporal Sam G. Nahra, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving in WW II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Staff Sergeant Alley’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Order: General Order number 120, Headquarters, 81st Infantry Division, 1944
Home of Record: Scott, Iowa

NANNARIELLO, JOSEPH J.
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
41st Infantry Division
Date of Action: 28 April 1944
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Joseph J. Nannariello, Medical Corps, United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Corps officer at Humboldt Bay, Dutch New Guinea, 28 April 1944. Captain Nannariello’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
General Orders: General Order number 24, Headquarters, 41st Infantry Division, 1944
Home of Record: White Plains, NY

NAPLES, JOSEPH F.
Technician Grade 5, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division
Date of Action: 7 October 1944
Citation:
Under the provisions of AR 600-45, 22 September 1943 and pursuant to authority contained in Memorandum Number 34, Headquarters Ninth United States Army, 8 September 1944, the Silver Star is awarded to Technician Grade 5 Joseph F. Naples, Medical Department, United States Army, for gallantry in action on 7 October 1944, in Germany. Technician Naples, a medical aid man, remained continuously exposed in intense enemy artillery, tank and small arms fire for several hours on the battlefield while he worked unselfishly and tirelessly to administer medical aid to the wounded men of his unit. When his platoon leader was wounded, Technician Naples crawled to him through enemy machine gun fire and administered first aid, although the bullets were passing so close to him that they pierced his clothes and burned his skin. Technician Naples’ self-sacrifice and unflinching devotion to his duty in the face of enemy fire were an inspiration to all who observed his actions and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.
General Orders: General Order number 2, Headquarters, 30th Infantry Division, 2 January 1945
Home of Record: Pennsylvania

NAPYCHANK, JOSEPH P.
Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 232d Infantry Regiment, 42d Infantry Division
Action Date: 8-Apr-45
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Technician Fourth Grade Joseph P. Napychank (ASN: 31125413), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Medical Detachment, 232d Infantry Regiment, 42d Infantry Division, in action on 8 April 1945 near Buchold, Germany. Learning that several infantrymen were lying wounded in an open field under heavy sniper fire, Sergeant Napychank left his squad in a covered position and advanced through the intense fire. After administering first aid to the wounded in the face of the extremely heavy fire he returned and led his squad into the field and supervised the evacuation of the wounded to safety. Sergeant Napychank's extreme courage and gallantry under fire saved the lives of the seriously injured men.
General Orders: Headquarters, 42d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 207 (1945)
Home of record: Fort Devens, Massachusetts

NELSON, FRANCIS B.
Lieutenant, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 10th Armored Division
Date of Action: 15 November 1944
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, and pursuant to authority contained in AR 600-45, the Silver Star Medal is awarded to Lieutenant Francis B. Nelson, Medical Corps, United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy in France on November 15, 1944. While engaged in assisting the medical aid men of another unit in the vicinity of Kerling, France, Lieutenant Nelson was informed by an officer that an enlisted man in a nearby disabled tank was in need of medical attention. Lieutenant Nelson, in spite of the warning that the tank was in sight of the enemy and covered by their fire, voluntarily accompanied the officer. Upon arriving at the disabled tank, Lieutenant Nelson, with absolute disregard for his own safety from intense enemy fire, climbed upon the front of the tank and administered emergency first aid to the wounded man, after which he assisted in evacuating him to safety. His intrepidity in the face of grave danger reflects high credit upon himself and the military forces of the United States.
General Orders: General Order number 35, Headquarters, 10th Armored Division, 1944; “Courage And Devotion Beyond The Call Of Duty” Second Preliminary Edition July, 1946
Home of Record: Plainfield, New Jersey

*NELSON, WILLIAM H.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division
Date of Action: 22 December 1944
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class William H. Nelson, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division on 22 December 1944 during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private First Class Nelson’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 19, Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, 31 January 1945

NEWMAN, MILLARD A.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division
Action Date: 22 January 1945
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Corporal Millard A. Newman, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action on 22 January 1945, in *****, Belgium. Corporal Newman, on duty with the aid station of the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the course of removing the harness of a casualty, cut the tape on a fragmentation grenade. The pin had apparently been removed previously for the grenade fuse. All of the personnel except Corporal Newman attempted to leave the room. Corporal Newman, in an attempt to protect the three litter cases and other personnel in the room, seized some blankets and attempted to smother the grenade. The grenade exploded before Corporal Newman was able to cover it and he received penetrating wounds of the face and leg.
General Orders: General Order number 34, Headquarters, 82d Airborne Division, 17 March 1945
Home of Record: Flint, Michigan

NIKODYM, EMIL L.
Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 80th Infantry Division
Action Date: October 8, 1944
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Technician Fifth Grade Emil L. Nikodym (ASN: 35350367), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 80th Infantry Division in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States on 8 October 1944 in France. After being seriously wounded, Technician Fifth Grade Nikodym, disregarding his wound, continued to administer to his wounded comrades until he himself succumbed from pain and shock. His outstanding courage and sincere devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, 80th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 75 (November 8, 1944)
Home of record: Ohio

*NISHIKAWA, AKIO
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 442d Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division
Action Date: 11-Jul-44
Citation:
Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private Akio Nishikawa, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 442d Infantry Regiment, attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 11 July 1944 in the vicinity of Pgio Casale, Italy. When one of his comrades was wounded on the forward slope of a bald hill, Private Nishikawa ran for a distance of a hundred yards through concentrated 88-mm. artillery and mortar shellings to render first aid. Although advised by others in the platoon to wait until the enemy ceased shelling, he paid no heed to their warnings and proceeded to rescue the man with the words "Gotta go!" Finally reaching the wounded man, he proceeded to administer first-aid. It was while so engaged that he was mortally wounded by a shell fragment from an 88-mm. shell. The outstanding devotion to his comrades and his gallantry in the face of enemy fire has won for him the profound admiration and respect of the men of his company.
General Orders: Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 92 (September 3, 1944)
Home of record: Paia, Maui, Hawaii

NOBLES, HOMER L.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division
Date of Action: World War II
Unconfirmed – Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class Homer L. Nobles, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private First Class Nobles’ extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 39, Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, 1943

NOBLES, MILLARD W. (POW)
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
307th Airborne Medical Company, 82d Airborne Division
Date of Action: 6 - 9 June 1944
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain (Medical Corps) Millard W. Nobles, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 307th Airborne Medical Company, 82d Airborne Division, in action on 6 - 9 June 1944, in Normandy, France. Captain Nobles' glider landed several miles from the landing zone near a strong enemy position and was immediately attacked by small arms and mortar fire. Acting coolly and displaying great courage, Captain Nobles assembled the six men with him and led them to a place of safety in a ditch where they were captured. When an infuriated German began firing at one American soldier who was slow in leaving the ditch, Captain Nobles lowered his hands and advanced on the German soldier, and fully realizing the great personal risk ordered him to cease firing. Without waiting for a reply, he turned his back, walked to the American soldier, and assisted him from the ditch. The conduct of this officer under the most hazardous conditions reflects credit on the Medical Department and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Airborne Forces of the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 73, Headquarters, 82d Airborne Division, 22 May 1945
Home of Record: Amarillo, Texas

NOJUNAS, MICHAEL J.
Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division
Date of Action: World War II
Unconfirmed – Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Technician Fourth Grade Michael J. Nojunas, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Technician Fourth Grade Nojunas’ extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 89, Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, 1944

NORRIS, DONALD L.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division
Date of Action: 12 August 1944
Citation:
Under the provisions of AR 600-45, 22 September 1943, the Silver Star is awarded to Private First Class (then Private) Donald L. Norris, Medical Department, 120th Infantry Regiment, United States Army, for gallantry in action on 12 August 1944, in France. Despite his being repeatedly exposed to savage enemy fire during this period, Private Norris kept a constant vigil over men wounded during a furious enemy counterattack, giving them all the aid possible. Risking the threat of capture, he remained with the men giving expert aid until ambulances arrived. Private Norris’ gallant actions saved the lives of many of his comrades.
General Orders: General Order number 192, Headquarters, 30th Infantry Division, 17 July 1945
Home of Record: Indiana

NORTHRUP, WARREN W.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division
Date of Action: World War II
Synopsis: Citation Needed
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Private Warren W. Northrup, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 11th Armored Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private Northrup’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 9, Headquarters, 11th Armored Division, 1945

*O'BREIN, PASCHAL J.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 80th Infantry Division
Action Date: March 21, 1945
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private Paschal J. O'Brien, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 80th Infantry Division in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States on 21 March 1945 in Germany. On that date, Private O'Brien served as an Aid Man with the infantry point of an armored column driving into Clauson, Germany. As the point approached the village, heavy enemy fire caused casualties who fell on the road in full view of the enemy. Private O'Brien, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, gave assistance to the wounded men in spite of the severe enemy crossfire which mortally wounded him as he performed his duties. Private O'Brien's courage, bravery, and supreme devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, 80th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 118 (May 3, 1945)
Home of record: Erie, New York

O’CONNELL, JOHN W.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division
Date of Action: Unknown
Synopsis: Citation Needed
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class John W. O’Connell, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving in WW II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private O’Connell’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Order: General Order number 71, Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, 1945

*O’CONNOR, HAROLD J.
Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment,
Date of Action: Unknown
Synopsis: Citation Needed
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Technician Fourth Grade Harold J. O’Connor, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving in WW II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Technician Fourth Grade O’Connor’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Order: The Bulletin of the US Army Medical Department
Home of Record:

OEHLERKING, HAROLD L.
Technician Fourth Grade, Medical Department U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 35th Infantry Division
Date of Action: 10 January 1945
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, and pursuant to authority contained in AR 600-45, dated 22 September 1943, as amended, and Memorandum 31, Headquarters Fifteenth United States Army, 4 March 1945, a Silver Star is awarded, to Technician Fourth Grade Harold L. Oehlerking, Medical Department, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 35th Infantry Division in action in the vicinity of ***, Belgium, on 10 January 1945. Although cognizant of the fact that the enemy troops were disregarding the medical insignia during the bitter fighting raging in this area, Sergeant Oehlerking, an Aid Man, made his way forward through a field swept by machine gun fire, and administered first aid to the soldiers lying in an exposed position. He then carried them to a point from which they could be evacuated for further treatment. Sergeant Oehlerking's gallant actions are in accord with the military traditions of the United States.
General Orders: General Order number 48, Headquarters, 35th Infantry Division, 21 June 1945
Home of Record: Illinois

O’NEAL, FREDERICK A.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 2nd Ranger Battalion
Date of Action: Unknown
Synopsis: Citation Needed
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class Frederick A. O’Neal, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 2nd Ranger Battalion. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private First Class O’Neal’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 5, Headquarters, First Army, 1945

ONTKO, EARL G.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 254th Infantry Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division
Date of Action: 19 March 1945
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Sergeant Earl G. Ontko (ASN: 36243414), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Medical Detachment, 254th Infantry Regiment, 63d Infantry Division, in action on 19 March 1945, in the vicinity of Ensheim, Germany. When the company was under intense mortar barrage, four men were wounded. Sergeant Ontko, disregarding his own safety, crawled forward and administered first aid to the men. Though the fire was intense, he remained with two of the men while the other two were able to return to our lines. He assisted the third man to safety and then returned for the last one, who was a litter case. Although momentarily stunned by an artillery shell, he improvised a litter and dragged the wounded man to safety. This errand of mercy required two hours to complete and was accomplished under incessant enemy shell fire. The gallantry in action and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Ontko reflect credit upon himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
General Orders: Headquarters, 63d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 592 (August 26, 1945)
Home of Record: Yanosha, Wisconsin

ORR, HERBERT S., JR.
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 99th Infantry Division
Date of Action: 1944
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, and pursuant to authority contained in AR 600-45, the Silver Star Medal is awarded to Captain Herbert S. Orr Jr., Medical Corps, United States Army, for gallantry in action in 1944. Captain Orr displayed gallantry in action under extremely dangerous conditions. His tireless devotion to duty and total disregard for his own safety and great courage in the face of the enemy reflect great credit upon himself, the Army Medical Department and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 1, Headquarters, 99th Infantry Division, 1945; “Courage And Devotion Beyond The Call Of Duty” Second Preliminary Edition July, 1946
Home of Record: Tulsa, Oklahoma

*ORR, JAMES E.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division
Action Date: 25 Jan 1945
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private James E. Orr, United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 25 January 1945. While serving as company aid man Private Orr received an injury which resulted in traumatic amputation of his left leg. Despite the intense pain of his injury and with utter disregard for his own safety he continued to render first aid to the wounded until he himself collapsed. Private Orr died as a result of his wound. His display of courage and supreme devotion to duty served as an inspiration to the other men and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Forces of the United States.
General Orders: Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 3 (February 15, 1945)
Home of record: Greenfield, Ohio

OSHLICK, JOHN A.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 440th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Auto-Weapons Battalion
Date of Action: Unknown
Synopsis: Citation Needed
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class John A. Oshlick, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 440th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Auto-Weapons Battalion. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private First Class Oshlick’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 83, Headquarters, First Army, 1944

OSMUN ( also listed as OSMAN), LELAND S. (First Award)
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division
Date of Action: World War II
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant Leland S Osmun (also listed as Osman), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Staff Sergeant Osmun’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 57, Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, 1944

OSMUN ( also listed as OSMAN), LELAND S. (Second Award)
Second Lieutenant, Medical Administrative Corps, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division
Date of Action: World War II
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Second Lieutenant Leland S Osmun (also listed as Osman), Medical Administrative Corps, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Second Lieutenant Osmun’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order 89, Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, 1944

OSS, ELMER
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 6th Infantry Division
Date of Action: Unknown
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class Elmer Oss, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving in WW II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private First Class Oss’ extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Order: The Bulletin of the US Army Medical Department

OWENS, LESTER
Private, U.S. Army
5th Medical Battalion, 5th Infantry Division
Date of Action: WW II
Unconfirmed, Citation Needed:
Private Lester Owens, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 5th Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private Owens’ extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private Owens’ extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order No 18, Headquarters, 5th Infantry Division, 1945

OXLEY, KERMIT D.
Private, U.S. Army
445th Medical Collecting Company
Date of Action: Unknown
Synopsis: Citation Needed
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private Kermit D. Oxley, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 445th Medical Collecting Company. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private Oxley’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 14, Headquarters, First Army, 1945

PADUA, RAYMUNDO T.
Private, U.S. Army
Headquarters and Headquarters Service Company, 12th Medical Battalion, Philippine Scouts
Date of Action: 26 April 1942
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private Raymundo T. Padua, Medical Department (Philippine Scouts), Army of the United States, a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Service Company, 12th Medical Battalion (Philippine Scouts), displayed gallantry in action on 26 April 1942 at Corregidor. During heavy artillery fire, Private Padua courageously administered first aid to wounded soldiers at Middle Side Barracks and evacuated them under shell fire without regard for his personal safety.
General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No 65, 24 September 1948

*PADUANO, JOSEPH A.
Corporal, U.S. Army
305th Medical Battalion, 80th Infantry Division
Action Date: January 22, 1945
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Joseph A. Paduano (ASN: 31346292), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 305th Medical Battalion, 80th Infantry Division in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States on 22 January 1945 in Luxembourg. Going forward in the face of heavy and continuous enemy artillery and mortar fire, Corporal Paduano was responsible for the evacuation of many wounded men from areas virtually inaccessible due to enemy fire and snow and mud that covered the ground. The life of an officer was saved when Corporal Paduano refused to consider his position inaccessible and brought him to safety through a constant barrage by enemy mortars. The personal bravery and indomitable devotion to duty of Corporal Paduano were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, 80th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 104 (April 16, 1945)
Home of record: Berkshire County, Massachusetts

PALYS, MICHAEL B.
Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 7th Armored Division
Date of Action: October 1, 1944
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Technician Fifth Grade Michael B. Palys, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 7th Armored Division, in action in Holland, on 1 October 1944. Technician Fifth Grade Palys' gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order No 65, Headquarters 7th Armored Division, 19 October 1944
Home of Record: New York

PARKER, ROBERT
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 10th Infantry, 5th Infantry Division
Date of Action: WW II
Unconfirmed - Citation Needed:
Private First Class Robert Parker, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 5th Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private First Class Parker’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order No 59, Headquarters, 5th Infantry Division, 1945

PARKS, CLIFFORD W.
Technician Third Grade, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division
Date of Action: World War II
Unconfirmed – Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Technician Third Grade Clifford W. Parks, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Technician Third Grade Parks’ extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 105, Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, 1944

PASCHAL, WILLIAM D.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
E Company, 397th Regiment, 100th Infantry Division
Date of Action: WW II (citation needed)
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class William D. Paschal, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Medical Detachment, 397th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, in action at Rimling, France, during World War II. Private First Class Paschal's gallant actions and selfless devotion to duty, without regard for his own safety, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, 100th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 242 (1945)

PASCUCCI, MICHAEL C.
Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 2nd Infantry, 5th Infantry Division
Date of Action: WW II
Unconfirmed - Citation Needed:
Technician Fifth Grade Michael C. Pascucci, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 5th Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Technician Fifth Grade Pascucci’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order No 38, Headquarters, 5th Infantry Division, 1945

PATTERSON, FRED G.
Major, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 30th Infantry Division
Date of Action: 17 July 1944
Citation:
Under the provisions of AR 600-45, 22 September 1943, and pursuant to authority contained in paragraph 4, Section I, Circular 66, Headquarters First United States Army, 18 May 1944, the Silver Star is awarded to Major Fred G. Patterson, Medical Corps, United States Army, for gallantry in action on 17 July 1944, in France. Major Patterson was assigned to duty as surgeon for an infantry organization. During a bitter engagement with a fiercely resisting enemy force, and at great personal risk to himself, Major Patterson visited forward aid stations and personally assisted in treating the wounded and supervising evacuations, although exposed to heavy enemy artillery and mortar fire for many hours during this period. His calmness under fire, his superior performance of duty, and his courageous leadership brought prompt relief to many of the wounded. His close supervision of all the activities of his men, regardless of the risks involved, contributed much to the effective medical service rendered.
General Order: General Order number 66, Headquarters, 30th Infantry Division, 1 October 1944
Home of Record: North Carolina

PAVLIK, MIKE J.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 242d Infantry Regiment, 42d Infantry Division
Action Date: March 15 - 16, 1945
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class Mike J. Pavlik, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Medical Detachment, 242d Infantry Regiment, 42d Infantry Division, in action on 15 - 16 March 1945, near Althorn, France. When the leading company to which Private Pavlik was attached as aid man was caught in an enemy mine field by heavy enemy fire, numerous casualties occurred. Private Pavlik immediately organized litter squads to evacuate the wounded, and administered first aid. Despite the danger from mines and shells, he remained calm during the evacuation, personally removing six wounded. After a severe enemy counterattack the following day, Private Pavlik conducted the evacuation of five walking wounded and one litter patient through an area known to contain enemy mines to the rear aid station four miles away. His courageous and intelligent actions undoubtedly saved many lives.
General Orders: Headquarters, 42d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 5 (January 7, 1946)
Home of record: Youngstown, Ohio

PAYSON, BENJAMIN A.
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
634th Medical Clearing Company
Date of Action: 6 June 1944
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, and pursuant to authority contained in AR 600-45, the Silver Star Medal is awarded to Captain Benjamin Payson, Medical Corps, United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy in France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Despite intense enemy rifle, machine-gun, mortar, and artillery fire, and without regard for his personal safety, he attended the wounded on the beach and sheltered them in fox-holes until they could be evacuated. The personal bravery and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Payson reflect credit on himself and the military service.
General Orders: General Order number 43, Headquarters, 1st Army, 1944; “Courage And Devotion Beyond The Call Of Duty” Second Preliminary Edition July, 1946
Home of Record: New York City, New York

PECKHAM, GEORGE M.
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
Date of Action: July 1943
Synopsis: Citation Needed
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Captain George M. Peckham, Medical Corps, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Medical Detachment, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division in Sicily on August 1943. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Captain Peckham’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 47, Headquarters, 3rd Infantry Division, 1943, and History of the 3d Infantry Division in World War II (Donald G. Taggart - Editor)
* 3rd Infantry Division Roster indicates 2 awards of the Silver Star

PEDERSON, JAMES R.
Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division
Action Date: 7 June 1944
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Technician Fourth Grade [then Technician Fifth Grade] James R. Pederson (ASN: 19099770), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action on 7 June 1944, at ****, France. Technician Fourth Grade Pederson obtained a jeep to remove litter patients from one Aid Station to another a mile distant. With complete disregard for his own life and personal safety, he made six trips over the only open route, a stretch of road under direct enemy observation and small arms and mortar fire. In the course of these trips, the vehicle was hit many times with small arms fire and several boxes of 57-mm. shells on the hood were completely riddled. Due to this act of conspicuous gallantry all of the patients were removed from immediate danger to a place of moderate safety without the loss of one life. Technician Fourth Grade Pederson's actions reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
General Orders: General Order number 64, Headquarters, 82d Airborne Division, 13 December 1944
Home of Record: California

PELLETIER, CHARLES J.
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 6th Infantry Division
Date of Action: 1944
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, and pursuant to authority contained in AR 600-45, the Silver Star Medal is awarded to Captain Charles J. Pelletier, Medical Corps, United States Army, for gallantry in action in 1944. Captain Pelletier displayed gallantry in action under extremely dangerous conditions. His tireless devotion to duty and total disregard for his own safety and great courage in the face of the enemy reflect great credit upon himself, the Army Medical Department and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 28, Headquarters, 6th Infantry Division, 1944; “Courage And Devotion Beyond The Call Of Duty” Second Preliminary Edition July, 1946
Home of Record: Detroit, Michigan

*PERDUE, HERMAN M.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment,
Date of Action: Unknown
Synopsis: Citation Needed
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Private Herman M. Perdue, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving in WW II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private Perdue’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Order: The Bulletin of the US Army Medical Department, April 1946

PEREZ, RODRIGO
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division
Date of Action: World War II
Unconfirmed – Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class Rodrigo Perez, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private First Class Perez’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 99, Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, 1944

PERILLO, SALVATORE
Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division
Date of Action: 3 January 1945
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Technician Fifth Grade [then Private First Class] Salvatore Perillo (ASN: 33777463), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action on 3 January 1945, at ****, Belgium. Technician Fifth Grade Perillo, Medical Aidman, administered aid to fifteen men wounded during an intense barrage with complete disregard for his own safety. Though wounded in this action, Technician Fifth Grade Perillo accompanied the attack on the town, personally set up an aid station and operated it single-handedly, being at that time the only medical personnel available. Securing transportation, he evacuated twenty of his wounded. This done, he continued with his company in the assault action, and served in a superior manner throughout the mission. His devotion to duty, efficiency, and gallantry were an inspiration to the men he served, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Airborne Forces of the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 116, Headquarters, 82d Airborne Division, 25 August 1945
Home of Record: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

PETERMAN, ROBERT A.
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 1st Infantry Division
Date of Action: 1943
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, and pursuant to authority contained in AR 600-45, the Silver Star Medal is awarded to Captain Robert A. Peterman, Medical Corps, United States Army, for gallantry in action in 1943. Captain Peterman displayed gallantry in action under extremely dangerous conditions. His tireless devotion to duty and total disregard for his own safety and great courage in the face of the enemy reflect great credit upon himself, the Army Medical Department and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 29, Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, 1943; “Courage And Devotion Beyond The Call Of Duty” Second Preliminary Edition July, 1946
Home of Record: Hicksville, Long Island, New York

PETRICH, THOMAS G.
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 5th Ranger Battalion
Date of Action: Unknown
Synopsis: Citation Needed
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Thomas G. Petrich, Medical Corps, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 5th Ranger Battalion. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Captain Petrich’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 49, Headquarters, First Army, 1944

*PETZOLD, ALFRED C.
Technician 5th Grade, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 2nd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Date of Action: 11 November 1943
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Technician Fifth Grade Alfred C. Petzold, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, on the night of 11 November 1943, near Venafro, Italy. During the assault of enemy positions on Mount Groce, two soldiers became wounded and were in need of immediate medical treatment. His medical kit exhausted, Technician Fifth Grade Petzold voluntarily assisted the wounded men under heavy artillery and mortar fire through an enemy mine field to the battalion aid station. Having accomplished his perilous mission, Technician Fifth Grade Petzold tripped an enemy mine and received fatal wounds as he was returning to his position. His courage under fire and consideration for his fellow soldiers exemplify the finest traditions of the military service.
General Orders: Headquarters, 5th Army, General Orders No. 72 (1944)
Home of Record: Baltimore, Maryland

PHELAN, RALPH S.
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 36th Infantry Division
Date of Action: 22 November 1943
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Ralph S. Phelan, Medical Corps, United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy in the Mediterranean Theater. On 22 November 1943 in the Mediterranean Theater he was battalion surgeon of an infantry battalion which was occupying a defensive position on a mountaintop. Enemy artillery caused many casualties and the rugged terrain made evacuation almost impossible. He went up the side of the mountain and administered first aid to the wounded in the battle area. His action under fire was credited with saving many lives. His courage under fire and consideration for his fellow soldiers exemplify the finest traditions of the military service.
General Orders: General Order number 82, Headquarters, 36th Infantry Division, 1944
Home of Record: Waurika, OK

PHELPS, FRANCIS F.
Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division
Action Date: 6 April 1945
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Technician Fifth Grade Francis F. Phelps (ASN: 33447288), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action on 6 April 1945, at ********, Germany. With complete disregard for his own safety, Technician Fifth Grade Phelps, a medic, immediately went into an exposed area and rendered first aid to a wounded man in spite of the hail of fire falling about him, and then carried the wounded man back to cover and safety. During a counterattack, Technician Fifth Grade Phelps was captured, seriously wounded, by the Germans and left for dead. Though in great pain, he managed to get back to safety and was evacuated. Technician Fifth Grade Phelps' devotion to duty and personal courage were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, 82d Airborne Division, General Orders No. 68 (May 16, 1945)
Home of record: Washington, D.C.

PHELPS, WOODROW W.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
8th Armored Division
Action Date: 29 March 1945
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class Woodrow W. Phelps, United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 29 March 1945. Private Phelps served as first aid man with an infantry unit. Although wounded, he refused evacuation until he had rendered all possible aid to the wounded tank crews. His devotion to duty reflects great credit on himself and the Armed Forces.
General Orders: General Order 48, Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, 11 June 1945
Home of Record: Alabama

PHILIPS, JOHN D.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division
Date of Action: World War II
Unconfirmed – Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Corporal John D. Philips, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Corporal Philips’ extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 56, Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, 1944

PHILLIPS, JACOB R.
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 80th Infantry Division
Action Date: March 16, 1945
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant Jacob R. Phillips, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 80th Infantry Division in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States on 16 March 1945 in Germany. During an attack on Wieskirchen, Germany, on 16 March 1945, medical evacuation had been impossible due to direct observation and fire from the enemy. Knowing that seriously wounded men were in need of medical care Staff Sergeant Phillips voluntarily entered the town and, in spite of street fighting still in progress and often under cover of friendly small arms, supervised the treatment and evacuation of over sixty casualties. The outstanding courage and sincere devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Phillips was in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, 80th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 116 (May 1, 1945)
Home of record: Ohio

PICARD, ROLAND H.
Technician Fifth Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division
Date of Action: World War II
Unconfirmed – Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Technician Fifth Grade Roland H. Picard, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Technician Fifth Class Picard’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 73, Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, 1944

PIPER, RAYMOND H.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
Date of Action: July 1943
Synopsis: Citation Needed
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Private Raymond H. Piper, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Medical Detachment, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division in Sicily on July 1943. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private Piper’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 53, Headquarters, 3rd Infantry Division, 1943, and History of the 3d Infantry Division in World War II (Donald G. Taggart - Editor)

PLATT, SAMUEL S. JR.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 2nd Infantry, 5th Infantry Division
Date of Action: WW II
Unconfirmed, Citation Needed:
Second Lieutenant Samuel S. Platt, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 5th Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Second Lieutenant Platt’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order No 55, Headquarters, 5th Infantry Division, 1945

*PLUMMER, LEE V.
Technician Fifth Grade, Medical Department U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 35th Infantry Division
Date of Action: 27 December 1944 and 12 January 1945
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, and pursuant to authority contained in AR 600-45, dated 22 September 1943, as amended, and Memorandum 34, Headquarters Ninth United States Army, 8 September 1944, a Silver Star Medal is awarded posthumously to Technician Fifth Grade Lee V. Plummer, Medical Department, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 35th Infantry Division in action Luxembourg and Belgium, on 27 December 1944 and 12 January 1945. In the attack against ****, Luxembourg, when a member of a patrol was seriously wounded, Technician Plummer, an Aid Man, crossed open terrain under intense enemy fire in order to dress the man's wounds and carry him to a place of safety, thereby saving the wounded man's life. On 12 January 1945, near ****, Belgium, when advance elements were pinned down by enemy machine gun and mortar fire, two men of the leading platoon were wounded in the first burst of mortar fire. Technician Plummer left the comparative safety of his foxhole, made his way under heavy enemy mortar fire, reached the wounded men and was calmly administering first aid to them, when another mortar shell landed in the midst of the three men, killing them all. The calm courage displayed by Technician Plummer, his loyalty to wounded comrades, and his disregard for personal safety, spell much gallantry in actions as to be in accord with the military traditions of the United States.
General Orders: General Order number 14, Headquarters, 35th Infantry Division, 26 February 1945
Home of Record: Pennsylvania

POGENSKY, BERNARD A.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Department, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division
Action Date: 24 March 1945
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class Bernard A. Pogensky, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, on 24 March 1945, in Germany. On that date, intense enemy fire seriously wounded a man as he was advancing in an attack. Noticing the man fully exposed to enemy view, Private Pogensky moved through the extreme fire for one hundred and fifty yards to the casualty and carried him unassisted to a position where he could be evacuated. Private Pogensky's heroism aided in saving the life of his comrade.
General Orders: Headquarters, 30th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 137 (June 1, 1945)
Home of record: New York

POGOREL, BERNARD S.
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
Medical Corps, 30th Infantry Division
Date of Action: 9 – 11 August 1944
Citation:
Under the provisions of AR 600-45, 22 September 1943, and pursuant to authority contained in paragraph 4, Section I, circular 66, Headquarters First United States Army, 18 May 1944, the Silver Star is awarded to Captain Bernard S. Pogorel, Medical Corps, United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy from 8 August 1944 to 11 August 1944, in France. While the infantry battalion which Captain Pogorel’s aid station was serving was attacking a town, they were subjected to an intense mortar and artillery barrage which caused numerous casualties. In order to better care for the casualties, Captian Pogorel moved his battalion aid station forward to the attacking elements, even though the position was in plain view of the enemy and under observed fire. Shortly afterward the enemy cut all routes to the rear and the aid station became the only source of medical help for his own battalion and elements of attached units. Captain Pogorel calmly worked from positions less than 200 yards from the enemy lines. He performed surgery in several cases under the most adverse conditions and at great risk of his life. Without rest or relief, he worked courageously providing inestimable aid and relief to the wounded. The personal bravery and loyalty to his fallen comrades reflect the highest credit on Captain Pogorel.
General Orders: General Order number 55, Headquarters, 30th Infantry Division, 13 September 1944
Home of Record: California

POHOWSKY, ALEX, JR.
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 53rd Armored Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division
Date of Action: July 1944
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, and pursuant to authority contained in AR 600-45, the Silver Star Medal is awarded to Captain Alex Pohowsky Jr., Medical Corps, United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy in France July 1944. Captain Pohowsky, assistant battalion surgeon of the 53rd Armored Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division, helped set up the battalion aid station in the vicinity of Raids France to the rear of the front line troops in order to be reasonably near enough to the troops to effect immediate treatment and evacuation of casualties. This position received sporadic enemy shelling during the night and next days, but Captain Pohowsky kept his position. At various other times he personally made trips to the front line positions to aid and supervise the evacuation of casualties and went about his duties ceaselessly and tirelessly, on one occasion refusing to take any rest or stop to eat for a period of two days and nights. Captain Pohowsky, without regard for his own personal safety, assisted in giving first aid and evacuating casualties, even though exposed to the enemy firing, until hit in the left eye by a piece of shrapnel. He was finally evacuated. His aggressiveness, determination to evacuate casualties and his coolness under fire were a great inspiration to all those around him.
General Orders: General Order number 31, Headquarters, 4th Armored Division, 1944; “Courage And Devotion Beyond The Call Of Duty” Second Preliminary Edition July, 1946
Home of Record: Hackensack, New Jersey

POLAK, JOSEPH J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
5th Medical Battalion, 5th Infantry Division
Date of Action: WW II
Unconfirmed - Citation Needed:
Sergeant Joseph J. Polak, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 5th Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Sergeant Polak’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order No 47, Headquarters, 5th Infantry Division, 1945

*POMERLEAU, EDWARD E.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 80th Infantry Division
Action Date: January 8, 1945
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Edward E. Pomerleau, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 80th Infantry Division, in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States on 8 January 1945 in Luxembourg. Private First Class Pomerleau, a Medical Aid Man, advanced with a rifle company on 8 January 1945, in an attack on Nocher, Luxembourg, where the company met bitter resistance. During the close combat fire fight he continuously subjected himself to intense fire to administer aid to fallen comrades. With the Red Cross on his helmet as his only protection, he continually defied enemy fire to proceed with his duties. While dashing from house to house to reach a wounded soldier he was fatally wounded by an enemy hand grenade. His bravery, courage, and sincere devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, 80th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 106 (April 18, 1945)
Home of record: Boston, Massachusetts

PONTARELLI, ANTHONY C.
Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
Date of Action: 24 September 1943
Synopsis: Citation Needed
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Technician Fifth Grade Anthony C. Pontarelli, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Medical Detachment, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division in Italy on 24 September 1943. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Technician Fifth Grade Pontarelli’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 85, Headquarters, 3rd Infantry Division, 1943, and History of the 3d Infantry Division in World War II (Donald G. Taggart - Editor)

PONTHIER, HILTON P.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division
Date of Action: World War II
Unconfirmed – Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class Hilton P. Ponthier, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private First Class Ponthier’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 94, Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, 1944

PORRECO, ROCCO
Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division
Date of Action: World War II
Unconfirmed – Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Technician Fourth Grade Rocco Porreco, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Technician Fourth Grade Porreco’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 19, Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, 1946

PORTER, DENNIS D.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 10th Infantry, 5th Infantry Division
Date of Action: WW II
Unconfirmed - Citation Needed:
Private Dennis D. Porter, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 5th Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private Porter’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order No 59, Headquarters, 5th Infantry Division, 1945

POTTER, JACK E.
Technician Third Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 104th Infantry Division
Date of Action: 4 April 1945
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
Technician Third Class Jack E. Potter, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 104th Infantry Division during World War II. The citation is said to include the following: Technician Third Class Jack E. Potter, Medical Detachment, on 4 April 1945 advanced across open fire swept terrain to retrieve a wounded comrade, and to administer first aid under fire to three other comrades, working tirelessly throughout the day to save many lives. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Technician Third Class Potter’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Order: General Order no 130, 6 May 1945, Headquarters, 104th Infantry Division

*POWELL, RICHARD T.
Technician Third Grade, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 63rd Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division
Date of Action: World War II
Synopsis: Citation Needed
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Technician Third Grade Richard T. Powell, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 11th Armored Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Technician Third Grade Powell’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 9, Headquarters, 11th Armored Division, 1945

PRATHER, WILLIAM M.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 31st Infantry Division
Date of Action: 1944
Synopsis: Citation Needed
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class William M. Prather, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 31st Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private First Class Prather’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 72, Headquarters, 31st Infantry Division, 1944
Home of Record: Dumas, Mississippi

PRATT, EDWARD L.
Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 254th Infantry Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division
Date of Action: 17 March 1945
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Technician Fifth Grade Edward L. Pratt, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 254th Infantry Regiment, 63d Infantry Division, in action on 17 March 1945, in the vicinity of Ensheim, Germany. Technician Fifth Grade Pratt, a Medical Aid Man, accompanied Company E in the attack on the Siegfried Line. When the company was forced to withdraw, Technician Fifth Grade Pratt elected to remain in the captured pillbox aid station with the wounded men. The next morning, he made his way through enemy lines to summon assistance. The magnificent courage and outstanding gallantry under fire of Technician Fifth Grade Pratt reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping with the finest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.
General Orders: Headquarters, 63d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 133 (May 4, 1945)
Home of Record: Rensselaer, New York

PRIBAM, JOHN G.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 254th Infantry Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division
Date of Action: 24 January 1945
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class John G. Pribam, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 254th Infantry Regiment, 63d Infantry Division, in action on 24 January 1945, in the vicinity of Bennwihr, France. With utter disregard for his personal safety, Private First Class Pribam entered a known schu-mine field, rendering aid to wounded men. Exhibiting great courage and bravery and acting under heavy rifle, machine pistol, machine gun, mortar and artillery fire, he continued to render aid to the wounded until he sustained the loss of a foot due to a Schu-mine explosion.
General Orders: Headquarters, 63d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 24 (March 2, 1945)
Home of Record: Washington, D.C.

PRICE, FREDERICK F.
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
80th Infantry Division
Action Date: September 26, 1944
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain (Medical Corps) Frederick F. Price, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Medical Officer with the 80th Infantry Division in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States on 26 September 1944 in France. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Captain Price’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, 80th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 55 (October 13, 1944)
Home of record: Ohio

PRITCHETT, T.H.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 11th Infantry, 5th Infantry Division
Date of Action: WW II
Unconfirmed, Citation Needed:
First Lieutenant T. H. Pritchett, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 5th Infantry Division during World War II. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by First Lieutenant Pritchett’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order No 9, Headquarters, 5th Infantry Division, 1945

PRITTS, ARDEN E.
Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division
Date of Action: 10 June 1944
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Technician Fifth Grade [then Private First Class] Arden E. Pritts, United States Army, for gallantry in action in northern France while serving with the Medical Detachment, 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division. On 10 June 1944 when his battalion launched an attack over very difficult terrain, his company commander received a severe wound. While the area was still under very heavy artillery and small arms fire, Technician Fifth Grade Pritts, disregarding his own personal safety and being warned that he ran great risk of becoming a casualty himself, set out with two companions and worked his way 150 yards into the shelled area where the enemy had excellent observation. Reaching the wounded Captain, he removed him from the shelled area and enabled him to receive timely treatment for his wounds. This gallant action on the part of Technician Fifth Grade Pritts is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and an inspiration to all who witnessed his actions.
General Orders: General Order number 38, Headquarters, 90th Infantry Division, 16 August 1944
Home of Record: Pennsylvania

*PROL, CORNELIUS
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 80th Infantry Division
Action Date: September 5 & 7, 1944
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Cornelius Prol, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 80th Infantry Division in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States on 5 and 7 September 1944 in France. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private First Class Prol’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, 80th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 41 (September 22, 1944)
Home of record: Passaic County, New Jersey

PROLA, GUERRINA J.
Technician Fourth Grade, Army Medical Department, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division
Date of Action: 15 January 1945
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Technician Fourth Grade Guerrina J. Prola, Army Medical Department, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division on 15 January 1945 in Belgium. Although subjected to a heavy direct enemy fire, Technician Fourth Grade Prola made his way 100 yards to a seriously wounded soldier, and after administering aid, evacuated him. Returning with a combat patrol, Technician Fourth Grade Prola sighted a wounded soldier lying in a mine field. Unhesitantly he went into the mine field, treated and carried the wounded soldier out of danger. His unwavering devotion to duty and his repeated heroism reflects credit to himself and to the Armed Forces.
General Order: General Order number 21, Headquarters, 99th Infantry Division, 28 March 1945

PRUDHOMME, THOMAS H.
Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army
Action Date: September 12, 1943
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
Technician Fourth Grade Thomas H. Prudhomme, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force. On 12 September 1943 at Mount Chinuza, Italy, he served as a litter bearer, carrying wounded to the battalion aid station making numerous trips under intense enemy fire. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Technician Fourth Grade Prudhomme’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, 5th Army, General Orders No. 50 (1944)
Home of record: Natchez, Louisiana

PRUITT, BILLY H.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 303d Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division
Action Date: 30-Apr-45
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class [then Private] Billy H. Pruitt, United States Army, for gallantry in action in connection with a military operation against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the Medical Detachment, 303d Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. On 30 April 1945, Near Barnau, Germany, Private Pruitt unhesitatingly went to the side of a wounded officer in the face of heavy enemy fire and administered aid. He then crawled to the side of another wounded man and administered aid until the casualty he was attending was again hit by enemy fire and died. Only when it was determined that further aid was useless dir Private Pruitt withdraw to a place of safety. His disregard for his own safety and his gallantry on this occasion reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces.
General Orders: Headquarters, 97th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (June 11, 1945)
Home of record: Indiana

PUGH, WILLIAM W., JR. (First Award)
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 83rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Armored Division
Date of Action: World War II
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, and pursuant to authority contained in AR 600-45, the Silver Star Medal is awarded to Captain William W. Pugh Jr., Medical Corps, United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy in the European Theater. Captain Pugh, battalion surgeon for the 83rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Armored Division, received the Silver Star for tending casualties while a heavy barrage continued overhead. His actions and his absolute devotion to duty in the face of danger and under extremely difficult conditions were an inspiration to all who witnessed his deeds.
General Orders: General Order number 44, Headquarters, 3rd Armored Division, 1944; “Courage And Devotion Beyond The Call Of Duty” Second Preliminary Edition July, 1946
Home of Record: Napoleonville, Louisiana

PUGH, WILLIAM W., JR. (Second Award)
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 83rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Armored Division
Date of Action: World War II
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, and pursuant to authority contained in AR 600-45, the Silver Star Medal, first Oak Leaf Cluster, is awarded to Captain William W. Pugh Jr., Medical Corps, United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy in the European Theater. Captain Pugh, battalion surgeon for the 83rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Armored Division, received word that another battalion was without medical aid. Captain Pugh went to help their wounded, travelling in a half-truck over roads that were under fire. He managed to evacuate several casualties before the road became impassable. His steadfast devotion to duty in the face of a determined enemy and his devotion to his wounded patients reflect the highest traditions of the Army Medical Department and the US Army.
General Orders: General Order number 47, Headquarters, 3rd Armored Division, 1944; “Courage And Devotion Beyond The Call Of Duty” Second Preliminary Edition July, 1946
Home of Record: Napoleonville, Louisiana

PUHAR, PETER
Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division
Date of Action: 6 August 1944
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, under the provisions of Army Regulation 600-45 as amended, the Silver Star is awarded to Technician Fifth Grade Peter Puhar, (then Private First Class), Army Medical Service, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division 6 August 1944 in the vicinity of Le Naritiere, France. Subjected to a fierce enemy counterattack, PFC Puhar’s company withdrew temporarily for the purpose of reorganization. With complete disregard for personal safety, PFC Puhar and another man voluntarily moved forward into enemy held territory to take care of the casualties. Although constantly exposed to heavy enemy machine gun and rifle fire, the two men made repeated trips into and through this fire swept area, administering first aid and evacuating the wounded. PFC Puhar’s courageous actions were instrumental in saving the lives of many of the wounded and were a credit to himself and to the Armed Forces of the United States.
General Orders: General Order number 94, Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, 30 October 1944
Home of Record: Ohio

PUTNAM, LYLE B.
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division
Date of Action: 6 June 1944
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, and pursuant to authority contained in AR 600-45, the Silver Star Medal is awarded to Captain Lyle B. Putnam, Medical Corps, United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy in Normandy France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The personal bravery and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Putnam reflect great credit on himself and the military service.
General Orders: General Order number 34, Headquarters, 82d Airborne Division, 14 July 1944; “Courage And Devotion Beyond The Call Of Duty” Second Preliminary Edition July, 1946
Home of Record: Wichita, Kansas

PYE, WARNER W.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
Date of Action: 6 November 1943
Synopsis: Citation Needed
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star to Private Warner W. Pye, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Medical Detachment, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division in Italy on 6 November 1943. The bravery and self-sacrifice displayed by Private Pye’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 92, Headquarters, 3rd Infantry Division, 1943, and History of the 3d Infantry Division in World War II (Donald G. Taggart - Editor)

PYLE, EDWIN R.
First Lieutenant, Medical Administrative Corps, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division
Date of Action: 8 to 10 September 1944
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Medical Administration Corps), [then Second Lieutenant) Edwin R. Pyle (ASN: 0-2049361), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, during the period 8 to 10 September 1944 near Dornot, France. Curing the crossing operations of the Moselle river, Lieutenant Pyle, a medical administrative officer, displayed intrepid courage and leadership in the evacuation of wounded personnel. Utterly disregarding personal safety and braving the intense enemy fire, Lieutenant Pyle exposed himself constantly for a period of sixty hours, while personally supervising the organized large-scale evacuation from the bridgehead to the aid station, often moving in total darkness to check with units to insure that all casualties were evacuated. His unselfish and loyal devotion to duty was highly instrumental in the saving of many lives.
General Orders: Headquarters, 5th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 57 (June 18, 1945)
Home of Record: Maryland