Richard J. Gallagher

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Private First Class, 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 First Class Richard J. Gallagher, 32899808, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. While his company was still pinned down by the heavy enemy fire, Private First Class Gallagher left his partially protected position and advanced across a minefield toward the enemy emplacements. Undeterred by the intense enemy fire, he continued up a slope toward a machine gun nest which had been inflicting heavy casualties on his company. Using hand grenades and his rifle, Private First Class Gallagher wiped out the machine gun emplacement. He then returned to the beach and led part of his company through the minefield. Once more he moved up the slope of the hill to the top. Here, he discovered an enemy machine gun in a wooded area. Private First Class Gallagher, not only captured the man who had been firing the machine gun, but also captured an enemy rifleman who was sniping from the cliff. The tenacity of purpose, skill and personal bravery demonstrated by Private First Class Gallagher reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from New York.

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