Richard E. Deland


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 Mateur, Tunisia, 25 April 1943
  • G.O. No.: HQ, NATOUSA, General Orders No. 48 (1943)

Citation: Richard E. Deland, 6144411, Staff Sergeant, Company “I”, 16th Infantry Regiment. For extraordinary heroism in action. On 25 April 1943 in the vicinity of Mateur, Tunisia, North Africa, Sergeant Deland displayed extraordinary heroism and great skill in voluntarily, alone, and armed only with an ’03 rifle, in attacking and silencing a German Machine gun nest. This act was performed under constant sniper a machine gun fire from close range. Sergeant Deland secured valuable information of enemy positions at a high personal risk of life. His act instilled confidence in his fellow soldiers and materially aided our forces.

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