Lawrence Fitzsimmons


Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: First 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: First Sergeant Lawrence Fitzsimmons, 6719936, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. First Sergeant Fitzsimmons landed with the assault wave of troops. He exposed himself to the direct enemy fire when he forcefully opened a defective landing ramp. He then led his men to the protection of a small shale shelf. On at least three occasions, with complete disregard of his own safety, he dashed back into the surf to aid wounded and struggling men to reach the shore. He continually moved up and down the beach under the heavy enemy fire to locate the platoons of his company in its reorganization. The courage and leadership in battle displayed by First Sergeant Fitzsimmons reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from New York.

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