Joseph W. Pilck

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Aachen, Germany, 16 September 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, ETOUSA, General Orders No. 100 (1945)

Citation: Staff Sergeant Joseph W. Pilck (Army Serial No 35520669), Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, as a squad leader, Company “G”, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, on 16 September 1944. Sergeant Pilck, when his squad fell back after exhausting its ammunition during an enemy attack, single-handedly engaged a force which had taken positions on his exposed flank, killing two men manning an automatic weapon and accounting for twelve more Germans who attempted to set the weapon in operation. Making a frontal attack upon the enemy force with the men of his squad, he fought furiously, using all available weapons, including the enemy machine gun, to prevent the enemy from stabilizing their positions. Through refusing to withdraw or take cover, and through his spirit of self-sacrifice and devotion to duty, Sergeant Pilck, prevented the capture or destruction of his squad and refused the enemy access to a vital terrain feature. Entered military service from Ohio.

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