James Collins

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 ***, Tunisia, *** April 1943
  • G.O. No.: HQ, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 23 (1943)

Citation: James Collins, 13022149, Private First Class, Company F, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy in the vicinity of ***, Tunisia. On April ***, 1943, Company F of the 16th Infantry attacked at dawn an extremely steep and rocky hill which afforded the attackers little cover and the enemy excellent observation, and after very hard fighting reached it objective on the crest of the hill. During this action, Private First Class Collins, with absolute disregard for his personal safety, voluntarily crawled to an enemy machine gun position and, though painfully wounded in the face, put it out of action with a hand grenade. Later, when a counter attack by superior enemy numbers forced Company F to withdraw, Private First Class Collins, his wounds still unattended, took up a position to protect the rear of his unit and covered the retreat until his ammunition was exhausted. He was last seen by his comrades to crawl to a nearby machine gun to continue his protective fire against the advancing enemy. His extraordinary heroism, supreme devotion to duty and self-sacrificing efforts on behalf of his comrades, brought about a successful withdrawal and reflect the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States. Residence at enlistment: Barnesboro, Pennsylvania. Next of kin: Helena Collins, 309 Campbell Avenue, Barnesboro, Pennsylvania.

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