John R. Mantville

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Weilerswist, Germany, 5 March 1945
  • G.O. No.: HQ, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 129 (1945)

Citation: Sergeant John R. Mantville, 31091711, Company I, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, United States Army. For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in Germany. On 5 March 1945, Sergeant Mantville’s company attacked to seize high ground east of Weilerswist, Germany. The enemy counterattacked in force, pinning down the company with intense automatic fire, threatening both flanks. Against this fire, completely disregarding his own safety, Sergeant Mantville crawled forward towards the enemy positions, armed with a submachinegun and hand grenades. He killed the two Germans in the first position with a hand grenade, then fearlessly charged a second machinegun, firing as he advanced. He destroyed the gun and killed the three defenders but was himself fatally wounded by an exploding mine. Even then this courageous soldier would not permit his comrades to expose themselves to come to his aid. The heroic determination and supreme devotion to duty Sergeant Mantville displayed exemplify the highest traditions of the military service.

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