Peter Cavaliere


Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Private, 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. 31 (1944)

Citation: Private Peter Cavaliere, 31070940, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. As Private Cavaliere’s company was about to attack the town of *****, the enemy laid down an intense artillery barrage and started a counterattack. This required that the attack be launched from a different sector. As his company was moving out, Private Cavaliere voluntarily remained behind to cover its movement. He took cover in a building from which he could snipe at the enemy. Though subjected in this position to heavy artillery fore, Private Cavaliere resisted every effort to dislodge him and maintained his accurate fire against the enemy, effectively hampering their attempt to cut off his company. The gallantry, tenacity of purpose and outstanding devotion to duty displayed by Private Cavaliere reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Rhode Island.

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