Philip C. Clark


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. 31 (1944)

Citation: Staff Sergeant Philip C. Clark, 35011921, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. Staff Sergeant Clark landed with the Battalion Headquarters but voluntarily joined a rifle company to aid in the assault. Leaving the slight cover of a shale shelf, he crept under heavy enemy machine gun fire to the barbed wire entanglements and forced a breach. He then led his group of men across a minefield to the foot of the heavily defended cliffs. Here, his men were pinned down by the intense machine gun fire. Staff Sergeant Clark then charged the machine gun position killing three of the crew in hand to hand combat and taking two prisoners. The personal bravery, skill and disregard of his own safety displayed by Staff Sergeant Clark reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Ohio.

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