Robert D. Farmer

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 Hamich, Germany, 18 November 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 53 (1945)

Citation: Staff Sergeant Robert D. Farmer, 37279649, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 18 November 1944, in Germany. Although severely wounded during an enemy attack, Staff Sergeant Farmer drove the foe back from his position with his rifle fire, and crawled to a machine gun emplacement. Opening fire, he forced the enemy to disperse and seek cover. When his ammunition was exhausted, he crawled through heavy hostile fire to a second machine gun. Despite artillery and mortar fire falling upon his position, he held his ground in the face of a second enemy assault and poured withering fire into the hostile ranks. His machine gun ammunition expended, he once more fired his rifle until his position was overrun and he, himself, was killed by enemy fire. Entered military service from Minnesota.

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