Leeward W. Stockwell


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 Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 42 (1944)

Citation: Staff Sergeant Leeward W. Stockwell, 12005027, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. A small reconnaissance patrol, led by Staff Sergeant Stockwell, penetrated deep into enemy held territory. When well within the enemy lines, the patrol was suddenly brought under the fire of a deeply entrenched German mortar company. Despite the lack of cover and concealment from the intense enemy fire, Staff Sergeant Stockwell, accompanied by another man, moved forward to close with the enemy. He worked his way to within 20 yards of the enemy position, at which point he threw hand grenades into the enemy dugouts causing heavy casualties. Without hesitation he and his comrade immediately charged into the enemy emplacements and fearlessly closed with the enemy forces. In this attack several of the enemy were killed and 12 prisoners were taken. The personal bravery, aggressiveness and courage displayed by Staff Sergeant Stockwell 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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