Richard L. Harris

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Mateur, Tunisia, 30 April 1943
  • G.O. No.: HQ, NATOUSA, General Orders No. 48 (1943)

Citation: Richard L. Harris, O-408051, 1st Lieutenant, Company “D”, 16th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in action on 30 April 1943 in the vicinity of Mateur, Tunisia. When the Commanding Officer and the main force of the 1st Battalion were captured during an attack on Hill 523, and communication with Regimental Headquarters was disrupted, 1st Lieutenant Harris organized the remaining confused, apprehensive men in a defensive position. The enemy immediately attacked with small arms, machine gun, grenades, and mortar and artillery fire. 1st Lieutenant Harris with complete disregard for personal safety crawled from one foxhole to another calming the men and urging them to hold at all cost. He so inspired them that though numerically outnumbered they repulsed the enemy with heavy losses. The courageous actions of 1st Lieutenant Harris exemplify the highest traditions of the military service. Home address: Dogwood Lane, Rye, New York.

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