Carl K. Giles Jr.


Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, 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. 31 (1944)

Citation: First Lieutenant Carl K. Giles, Jr., O1286113, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. When the landing craft containing First Lieutenant Giles and his assault section was hit by enemy fire, it quickly sank. First Lieutenant Giles remained in the water, constantly under fierce machine gun and unceasing artillery fire, until he had directed and aided his entire section through to the beach. While on the beach he observed three severely wounded soldiers lying near the water’s edge slowly being covered by the rising tide. Without a moment’s hesitation, he left his position of cover and moved across the exposed beach and carried the stricken men to safety. When he found out that all the officers in the company had become casualties, he quickly assumed command, reorganized the company and led them through a mine field under fierce enemy machine gun and sniper fire up the Cliffside to outflank an enemy pillbox. He personally took part in the assault that destroyed this enemy strongpoint. The disregard for personal safety and leadership displayed by First Lieutenant Giles in battle reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Kentucky.

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