Paul W. Robey Jr.


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 Hamich, Germany, 18 November 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 1 (1945)

Citation: Staff Sergeant Paul W. Robey, Jr., 11048120, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 18 November 1944, in Germany. Withering cross fire from well-concealed enemy machine guns pinned down an attacking platoon near the outskirts of a German village. Upon observing the location of one of the guns in a building, Staff Sergeant Robey voluntarily and courageously ran across thirty yards of exposed ground to reach the structure. With two well-placed grenades, he annihilated the entire gun crew. Sighting an anti-tank gun, Staff Sergeant Robey charged the position single-handedly with an automatic rifle, killing several Germans and forcing the surrender of eighteen others. Half way through the town, he observed an enemy tank blocking an important road junction. While enemy artillery shells landed nearby, he quickly led several tank destroyers to the scene and effectively directed fire which disabled the hostile tank. As crew members attempted to make a getaway, his poured a hail of automatic rifle fire upon them and killed the entire crew. Staff Sergeant Robey’s outstanding courage and great personal bravery, though wounded by shell fragments during this engagement, resulted in the successful assault upon the town and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Massachusetts.

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