Edmund F. Driscoll

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 Niscemi, Sicily, 11 July 1943
  • G.O. No.: HQ, NATOUSA, General Orders No. 28 (1944)

Citation: Edmund F. Driscoll, O-24512, Major, Infantry, for extraordinary heroism in action on 11 July 1943 at Niscemi, Sicily. Assuming command of a battalion disorganized through the loss of its former leader and pinned down by intense enemy infantry fire and fire from tanks which had overrun its position, Major Driscoll, having no communications between companies, completely ignored his own safety by going to each company, contacting its officer to develop a plan of counterattack. Reorganized and inspired by his calmness and compelling leadership, the battalion launched a counterattack, and in a bitter hand to hand struggle successfully accomplished the mission ad went on to take the regimental objective. The superior tactical skill and exceptional heroism displayed by Major Driscoll at a time when defeat was imminent, enabled the unit to develop an offensive that repelled the enemy with severe losses. Entered service from Malverne, New York.

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