Paul F. Mansfield

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 Paul F. Mansfield, 12014911, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. Staff Sergeant Mansfield, leading a combat patrol, came upon a heavily wooded area known to contain snipers. His only approach lay across an open field. Staff Sergeant Mansfield, with complete disregard for his own safety, moved across the open field. Though immediately subjected to intense enemy sniper and machine gun fire, he fearlessly continued and located one of the machine guns. In the face of heavy enemy fire from this position, he destroyed the emplacement. He located other enemy positions by exposing himself to draw their fire, then signaled their location by the use of tracer bullets, enabling his platoon leader to direct accurate machine gun and mortar fire upon them. The personal bravery, aggressiveness and courage exhibited by Staff Sergeant Mansfield 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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