Calvin L. Ellis


Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 81 (1944)

Citation: Technical Sergeant Calvin L. Ellis, 6892887, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. Voluntarily assuming command after his platoon leader had been seriously wounded on D-Day, Technical Sergeant Ellis, while under heavy fire, waded far out into the fire-swept surf on numerous occasions to rescue wounded comrades. Although Technical Sergeant Ellis was himself severely wounded, he courageously led his men across the beach and through a barbed wire fence to join a section of his company which had made an initial break-through. Reaching the company’s right flank, his section was pinned down by well-aimed sniper fire from concealed positions. Undaunted and with an indomitable fighting spirit, Technical Sergeant Ellis personally assaulted and killed three dug-in Germans and repeatedly led his section in successfully attacking groups of infiltrating enemy. By his outstanding leadership and heroic effort, Technical Sergeant Ellis acted in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Pennsylvania.

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