James A. Krucas

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  • Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Verlautenheide, Germany, 15 October 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 265 (1945)

Citation: First Lieutenant James A. Krucas, O1321782, Infantry, Company G, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, United States Army. For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in Germany. On 15 October 1944, during a fierce enemy counterattack near Verlautenheide, Germany, Lieutenant Krucas skillfully deployed his outnumbered platoon in defensive positions and courageously advancing alone, using hand grenades, forced the enemy to withdraw. In the ensuing bitter action this gallant officer personally repulsed four separate hostile attacks, inflicting heavy casualties upon them. After charging to the assistance of a surrounded mortar section, he audaciously rallied his depleted force and counterattacked the numerically superior enemy, clearing them from the area. Lieutenant Krucas’ heroic, inspiring leadership and dauntless actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service.

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