John M. Spaulding

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Second 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. 31 (1944)

Citation: Second Lieutenant John M. Spaulding, O1317433, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. Upon reaching the beach in the initial landing of the coast of France, Second Lieutenant Spaulding, completely disregarding his own safety, led his men up the beach to the slight cover of a shale shelf. Having suffered numerous casualties, he hesitated only long enough to reorganize his unit. He then led his men over an embankment, through barbed wire and across a thickly sown minefield. Second Lieutenant Spaulding led his men in the attack on a series of enemy strongpoints and successfully destroyed them. Constantly ignoring heavy enemy fire, he at all times continued in the advance and personally destroyed an antitank gun which had been firing on beach targets with deadly effect. The personal bravery an superior leadership demonstrated by Second Lieutenant Spaulding reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Kentucky.

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