John Lycas


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 Gela, Sicily, 11 July 1943
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 16 (1944)

Citation: First Lieutenant John Lycas, O-446927, Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action on 11 July 1943, in Sicily. When the enemy hurled an attack of 30 to 40 tanks against the recently established beachhead, Lieutenant Lycas, together with several other officers and men, became separated by this attack. Lieutenant Lycas then left his concealed position and made his way over hundreds of yards of heavily shelled terrain in the path of the approaching tanks to reach an abandoned anti-tank gun. Lieutenant Lycas engaged the enemy at close range and continued to fire even after the tanks had encircled his position. He remained at this position until his ammunition ran out and then made his way back over the shell swept terrain to his unit and materially assisted in their reorganization and led them in a victorious attack. Lieutenant Lycas’ heroic courage, initiative and aggressiveness in the face of great danger is worthy of the highest traditions of the Army. Entered military service from Indiana.

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