John H. Mathews

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near ***, Sicily, *** July 1943
  • G.O. No.: HQ, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 32 (1943)

Citation: John H. Mathews, O-18626, Lieutenant Colonel, 16th Infantry, for extraordinary heroism in action on *** July 1943, in the vicinity of ***, Sicily. Lieutenant Colonel Mathews, the Regiment Executive Officer, assumed command of the *** Battalion after the commanding officer was wounded. Learning of a concerted drive by six Mark *** tanks against a viral crossroads, Lieutenant Colonel Mathews braved violent strafing and bombing attacks to locate seven nearby *** tanks, which were just moving inland. In an unprotected quarter-ton car, Lieutenant Colonel Mathews led our tanks to within 200 yards of the oncoming enemy tanks, under the direct fire of the enemy armor. He remained at his exposed position without the least concern for his own safety, directing the fire of the supporting tanks, and organizing his own troops, until the enemy threat was beaten off. His courage, bravery, and heroic leadership inspired the men of his command to such determined aggressiveness as to result in the fall of the highly strategic town. Residence at appointment: c/o The Adjutant General, Washington D.C.

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