David E. Milotta


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 Gela, Sicily, 11 July 1943
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 16 (1944)

Citation: First Lieutenant David E. Milotta, O-460579, Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action on 11 July 1943, in Sicily. When the enemy hurled an attack of 30 to 40 tanks against the recently established beachhead, Lieutenant Milotta, together with several other officers and men, became separated from his organization. He then fearlessly left a concealed position, and made his way over hundreds of yards of heavily shelled terrain in the path of the approaching tanks to reach an abandoned anti-tank gun. Lieutenant Milotta engaged the enemy armor at almost point blank range and continued to fire even after the tanks had encircled his position. He remained at his position until two of his companions were seriously wounded, and at further risk to his life evacuated these men. Through his extraordinary heroism and high devotion to duty in the face of such great odds Lieutenant Milotta materially contributed to the eventual defeat of the enemy and reflects great credit on himself and the United States Army. Entered military service from Pennsylvania.

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