David N. Radford

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 David N. Radford, 13015814, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. When Staff Sergeant Radford observed the great number of men that were pinned down by the heavy enemy fire on the beach, he armed himself with two Bangalore torpedoes and advanced through thirty yards of open terrain to the aprons of barbed wire. Finding the depth of the wire too great for two Bangalores he returned to the beach, secured another and returned to the barbed wire. He attached the three Bangalores in the most advantageous position and blew a huge gap in the wire. He then led his section through this gap in the wire and across an enemy minefield to the top of a hill from which position flanking fire was directed on the enemy position. The valor and unselfish devotion to duty demonstrated by Staff Sergeant Radford reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Virginia.

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