John R. Armellino

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 Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (1944)

Citation: Captain John R. Armellino, O-442775, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. Upon landing initially on the coast of France in the face of heavy enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire, Captain Armellino quickly moved his men behind the slight cover afforded by a three-foot shelf of shale. However, the constant and accurate fire from the cliff pinned his company down. Captain Armellino then exposed himself to this heavy enemy fire and moved up the beach to a group of four tanks, he placed himself before them and from this fire-swept position directed their fire on the enemy strongpoints. For forty-five minutes he continued to move from his company to the tanks coordinating their action. On one of the trips back to his company, he was severely wounded by enemy fire. Despite serious wounds he directed his men in their successful assault upon the enemy emplacement. The valor and superior leadership of Captain Armellino reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from New Jersey.

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