Otto W. Clemens

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Gela, Sicily, 11 July 1943
  • G.O. No.: HQ, NATOUSA, General Orders No. 28 (1944)

Citation: Otto W. Clemens, O1300761, First Lieutenant, Infantry, for extraordinary heroism in action on 11 July 1943 near Gela, Sicily. Observing an abandoned anti-tank gun in an exposed position, Lieutenant Clemens, refusing to order a subordinate to almost certain death, raced across two hundred yards of shell swept ground, seized the gun, swung it into position, and proceeded to open destructive fire upon the Enemy. Lieutenant Clemens fired and reloaded in the face of concentrated enemy artillery and machine gun attack, and stopped at one time only long enough to field strip the block of his weapon when it jammed. In the face of determined enemy attempts to silence him, his efforts proved to be an important factor in enabling the battalion to repel the enemy attack. Entered service from El Monte, California.

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