George J. Heil

Army Commendation Medal
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  • Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Germany, 1 January 1946 – 1 August 1946
  • G.O. No.: HQ, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 61 (1946)

Citation: George J. Heil, O39109, Major, 16th Infantry. For meritorious service in connection with operations in the Army of Occupation in Germany from 1 January 1946 to 1 August 1946. Assuming command of the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry when the organization was preparing for a long move to an occupational area where its duties were to be entirely new, Major Heil efficiently transferred his battalion to the new location where it was scattered over several hundred square miles and controlled three international borders, the Czechoslovakian, the Russian control-led Austrian, and the USFA controlled Austrian. Faced with problems of liaison, supply, and transportation, he directed his battalion to a successful solution of all its difficulties. These handicaps were greatly increased as redeployment sapped the strength of all units, yet Major Heil’s cheerful acceptance of all inadequacies of personnel, supplies, transportation, and equipment, spurred his subordinates on to efforts that in large measure counteracted these deficiencies. His organization successfully handled the large numbers of Displaced Persons who infested the area, and was responsible for the eventual smashing of the gigantic Danube River Black Market. Later, it safeguarded the large fleet of river ships seized in operation “Grab Bag”. At the end of this cycle of intense activity, Major Heil contracted his battalion in Landshut early in July where it entered a period of intensive training to repair the damages caused by over-long periods of guard duty and separation from company and battalion supervision. During the entire period of his command, Major Heil’s refusal to be daunted by the difficulties which he encountered contributed materially to the success of the operations carried out by his unit, and reflects only the highest credit upon himself. Major Heil is hereby authorized to wear the Army Commendation Ribbon by direction of the Secretary of War. Residence at appointment: Baltimore, Maryland.

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