Curtis Colwell

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

Citation: Staff Sergeant Curtis Colwell, 6662084, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. Under the heavy enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire of the enemy, Staff Sergeant Colwell fearlessly cut a gap in the wire. He then led his section through this gap in the wire and through the minefield beyond the wire. As his section approached its objective it came under fierce enemy machine gun fire. Completely ignoring his own safety, Staff Sergeant Colwell led his section in a successful assault upon the machine gun position. The personal bravery and determined leadership exhibited by Staff Sergeant Colwell 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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