Raymond F. Strojny

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 Raymond F. Strojny, 31069497, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. When his company was pinned down by the heavy and intense enemy fire, Staff Sergeant Strojny, with complete disregard for his own safety, picked up a Bazooka from a wounded soldier who had been pierced by shrapnel. He then crossed the fire-swept beach and took up a position in a minefield within 250 yards of an enemy machine gun pillbox. He put the pillbox under his fire until his ammunition was exhausted. Braving the small arms fire that was being directed at him, he moved back across the beach to find more ammunition. Securing the ammunition, he again took up the same position and fired until he knocked out the pillbox. The personal bravery and determined devotion do duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Strojny 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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