Henry Berkowitz

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Private First Class, 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. 42 (1944)

Citation: Private First Class Henry Berkowitz, 12006610, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. When the craft upon which Private First Class Berkowitz was coming into shore was hit and sunk by enemy artillery fire, he jumped from the sinking boat with his Signal Corps radio and, under a hail of constant enemy machine gun fire, began making his way ashore through the heavy surf. Though seriously wounded as he approached the shore, Private First Class Berkowitz, nevertheless, retained his hold on the vitally important radio and continued ashore with it. Upon reaching the shore, he refused treatment, dragging himself and the radio along the fire-swept beach and through a minefield until he reached his forward observation party. Despite the painful wound and the intense enemy machine gun fire, Private First Class Berkowitz operated his radio throughout the period his section was on the beach. The courage and complete devotion to duty exhibited by Private First Class Berkowitz reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from New York.

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