James L. Pence

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Captain, 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: Captain James L. Pence, O1286176, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. Captain Pence, although severely wounded upon debarking from his craft in the invasion, ignored his painful wounds and immediately set about in reorganizing his men. In this effort, he constantly exposed himself to intense machine gun and artillery fire. Refusing all efforts to get him under cover and to dress his wounds, he continued in his movements up and down the fire-swept beach spending every effort toward getting the attack under way again until he collapsed from the effects of his wounds. The courage and outstanding devotion to duty displayed by Captain Pence reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Kansas.

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