James L. Robinson


Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, 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. 78 (1944)

Citation: First Lieutenant James L. Robinson, O1296583, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. On D-Day, First Lieutenant Robinson assumed immediate control of his company, after his commanding officer was wounded, and moved up and down the fire-swept beach to reorganize the unit for an attack. Advancing forward, the company was pinned down by heavy machine gun and rifle fire from a concrete pillbox. First Lieutenant Robinson, displaying superb courage, crawled through a dens minefield to a point 100 yards from the emplacement and engaged it singlehandedly with his rifle. Under his diversion, his men approached the hostile position from the flanks. While personally leading his company in an assault upon the pillbox, First Lieutenant Robinson was mortally wounded by sniper fire. The personal bravery, tenacity of purpose and inspiring leadership displayed by First Lieutenant Robinson are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Mississippi.

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