John G.W. Finke


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 ***, Sicily, *** August 1943
  • G.O. No.: HQ, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (1943)

Citation: John G. W. Finke, O-383636, Captain, 16th Infantry, for extraordinary heroism in action on *** August 1943 near ***, Sicily. When the *** platoon of Captain Finke’s company was flanking an enemy position, the platoon leader was seriously wounded. Seeing this, Captain Finke crawled over 300 yards through constant terrific small arms fire to the platoon and took over command. About halfway to the objective, he was himself wounded in the head, but continued the attack until the platoon had successfully occupied the position. His gallant action was an inspiration to the whole company and materially aided in the eventual taking of the Battalion and Regimental objectives. Entered military service from Saginaw, Michigan.

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