Kenneth F. Peterson

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 Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (1944)

Citation: Sergeant Kenneth F. Peterson, 32569088, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. Sergeant Peterson, armed with a Bazooka, exhibited utter disregard for his own safety by constantly exposing himself to enemy fire while leading assaults on enemy emplacements. He, alone, charged and destroyed the emplaced enemy in at least two pillboxes. He continued in the advance of the assault in the face of intense enemy fire until he reached the top of a hill. From his exposed position on the hill he covered the advance of his company. The determination, personal bravery and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Peterson reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from New Jersey.

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