Charles E. Tegtmeyer


Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Major, 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: Major Charles E. Tegtmeyer, O-335197, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. When Major Tegtmeyer landed with his Medical Section, the assaulting troops were still pinned down on a narrow beachhead. Due to the devastating fire of the enemy, numerous casualties had been sustained. With complete disregard of his own safety, Major Tegtmeyer covered the length of the beach, administering aid to the wounded lying all along the shore. Time and again, he went into mine-strewn waters and pulled the wounded in to comparative safety behind a shale barrier. Major Tegtmeyer, heedless of the heavy fire, worked unceasingly in rendering aid to the wounded under the most hazardous conditions. The fortitude and unhesitating devotion to duty of Major Tegtmeyer reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from New York.

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