Joseph Occhino


Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near ***, Tunisia, *** March 1943
  • G.O. No.: HQ, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 24 (1943)

Citation: Joseph Occhino, 6979734, Private, Company I, 16th Infantry, for extraordinary heroism in action on *** March 1943 near ***, Tunisia. While his company was making a particularly spirited attack on an enemy strong point, Private Occhino saw a wounded soldier lying entirely exposed to the fire of several enemy machine guns. Knowing that the soldier would be killed if he were not immediately removed, Private Occhino, with utter disregard for his own life and safety, deliberately left his place of cover and concealment to go to the aid of the wounded man. Reaching his wounded comrade, he half carried, half dragged him about three hundred yards to a place of safety. During this action Private Occhino was seriously wounded. Private Occhino’s heroic and timely action, performed at the risk of his own life, undoubtedly saved the wounded man’s life. His courage under fire and devotion to his comrades were an inspiration to all, and reflect the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States. Residence at enlistment: Brooklyn, New York.

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