Joseph P. Parke


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 Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 7 (1946)

Citation: Private Joseph P. Parke, 12022214, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. As Company “H”, 16th Infantry, was about to attack a small town, the enemy laid down an extremely heavy artillery barrage and launched an attack. This forced Company “H” to move back and start their attack in another direction. Despite the fact that his entire unit was moving out, Private Parke voluntarily remained behind. From a position of cover in a building he poured an extremely accurate hail of fire on the hostile force. For over four hours he engaged the enemy forces and disorganized their attack by his effective fire. During this time over 300 artillery shells exploded in the vicinity of the building in which Private Parke was situated. Despite this fact, he resisted every effort to dislodge him and was still in this position when Company “H” finally took the town. The personal bravery, determination and devotion to duty of Private Parke reflects great credit on himself and on the Armed Forces. Entered military service from New York.

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