Paul R. Shorter

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. 39 (1944)

Citation: Staff Sergeant Paul R. Shorter, 33092164, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. When his section reached the beach with the initial assault wave in the attack on the European continent, Staff Sergeant Shorter was the only non-commissioned officer left. He immediately, with complete disregard for his own safety, exposed himself to the sweeping enemy machine gun and sniper fire in moving about and reorganizing his men. He then led his section through uncharted minefields and into the face of the enemy fire to assault and destroy several machine gun and sniper nests. As the fighting progressed inland, Staff Sergeant Shorter, on his own initiative, organized and led patrols to wipe out nests of snipers and machine guns firing on the flank of his unit. On at least five different occasions when organized resistance threatened to stop the advance of his organization, he moved out ahead of his unit and despite constant enemy fire proceeded to lead the assault on the enemy. Staff Sergeant Shorter’s personal bravery and repeated aggressiveness in engaging superior enemy forces without the slightest regard for his personal safety reflects the highest credit on himself and on the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Virginia.

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