John G. Shelby


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  • Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Gela, Sicily, 11 July 1943
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 16 (1944)

Citation: First Lieutenant John G. Shelby (then 2nd Lt.), O-885777, Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action. On 11 July 1943, in Sicily, in the course of a savage counterattack by some thirty enemy tanks and infantry to drive through, First Lieutenant Shelby with complete disregard for his personal safety moved to an observation post in advance of his battalion. Though subjected to intense artillery and small arms fire in his vulnerable position, he laid the fire of his mortar platoon on the enemy infantry with such devastating effect that their attack was disorganized. Though subjected to fierce tank fire he continued to call for his own fire until the shells form his own guns were falling within one hundred and fifty yards of his position. He remained at this forward position until it was physically overrun by the enemy armor. Escaping injury, he returned to his own unit and continued the fight until the enemy withdrew with heavy losses. The inspired courage and heroism of Lieutenant Shelby reflect great credit upon himself and the service. Entered military service from Texas.


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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. 45 (1944)

Citation: First Lieutenant John D. Shelby, O885777, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. First Lieutenant Shelby landed with the initial assault waves on the coast of France. He immediately organized five (5) men into an assault team and, completely disregarding his own safety, led them in a 200-yard dash through devastating enemy fire and across a minefield to attack an anti-tank gun. He alone assaulted the gun position and engaged the enemy crew in a hand-to-hand battle, killing one man and taking six prisoners. Leaving the defense of the gun an position to his men, he then took command of a group of troops who were advancing leaderless up the hill and personally led them, despite heavy sniper fire, in an attack upon a nearby town. The personal bravery, initiative and courageous leadership displayed by First Lieutenant Shelby reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Texas.

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