Joseph F. Berry


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

Citation: Captain Joseph F. Berry, O-365491, Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 11 July 1943, in Sicily. When the enemy hurled an attack of 30 or 40 tanks against the recently established beachhead, Captain Berry, together with several other officers and men, became separated from his organization. He then fearlessly left a 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. Captain Berry engaged the enemy armor at almost point blank range and continued to fire even after the tanks had encircled his position. Captain Berry remained at this position engaging the enemy until he was mortally wounded. Captain Berry’s courage and heroism, resulting in the loss of his life, materially contributed to the eventual defeat of the enemy and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Army. Entered military service from Massachusetts.

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