Herbert C. Hicks

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, 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: Lieutenant Colonel Herbert C. Hicks, O-360592, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. Lieutenant Colonel Hicks, commanding one of the initial assault battalions, landed at the initial stage of the battle in the face of heavy enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire. Finding parts of the battalion leaderless and pinned down by the heavy and intense enemy fire, Lieutenant Colonel Hicks with complete disregard for his own safety moved up to the foremost elements of his unit and reorganized them for an assault on the enemy strongholds. Courageously, he led a small combat group through a breach in the wire over a thickly strewn mine field and gained the cliffsides directly under the enemy guns. Lieutenant Colonel Hicks personally assaulted and destroyed an enemy pillbox and two (2) machine gun nests with hand grenades. Having placed the men along the cliff, Lieutenant Colonel Hicks then returned to the beach, organized the remainder of his battalion and led them off the fire-swept beach to the cliff heights. From this point, he led a successful assault which gained the battalion’s objective. The superior leadership and personal bravery of Lieutenant Colonel Hicks reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from South Carolina.

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