John W. Baumgardner


Army Commendation Medal
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  • Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Germany, 1 February 1946 – 20 August 1946
  • G.O. No.: HQ, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 61 (1946)

Citation: John W. Baumgardner, O1330896, First Lieutenant, 16th Infantry. For meritorious service in connection with operations in the Army of Occupation in Germany from 1 February 1946 to 20 August 1946. During this period, as S-2 and S-3 Officer, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry, Lieutenant Baumgardner planned and executed a system of patrolling, checking, and reporting of activities along the borders of Czechoslovakia and Austria, employing a minimum of personnel with a maximum of efficiency. The system virtually closed the border to all illegal crossing and lead to the detection of numerous black market and smuggling operations along these borders. Lieutenant Baumgardner, working on his own time, by tenacity of purpose and devotion to duty, wrote, edited and supervised the publication of the Unit History of the 16th Infantry Regiment, Lieutenant Baumgardner is hereby authorized to wear the Army Commendation Ribbon by direction of the Secretary of War. Residence at appointment: Chicago, Illinois.

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