Edward F. Tatara


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 Aachen, Germany, 16 September 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, ETOUSA, General Orders No. 97 (1945)

Citation: Staff Sergeant Edward F. Tatara (Army Serial No 33272072), Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, as a squad leader, Company “G”, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, on 16 September 1944. Sergeant Tatara, during a powerful enemy attack, moved across fire-swept terrain and engaged an enemy machine gun with his rifle, killing twenty-three of the enemy. Assembling five men, he assaulted the hostile position and killed the twelve remaining soldiers therein. When ammunition was needed for his squad, Sergeant Tatara braved four machine guns and a company of hostile riflemen to obtain it, and, in doing so, enabled his squad to repel two more desperate enemy attacks. Sergeant Tatara’s uncompromising devotion to duty was almost single-handedly responsible for transforming an impending tragic defeat into a glorious and complete victory. Entered military service from Pennsylvania.

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