Robert D. Hopes


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 Eilendorf, Germany, 17 October 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 53 (1945)

Citation: Staff Sergeant Robert B. Hopes, 13012657, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 17 October 1944, in Germany. When the first light of dawn revealed five German tanks and forty infantrymen preparing to attack his positions, Staff Sergeant Hopes, despite intense machine gun, rifle, and tank fire, unhesitatingly opened fire with his machine gun upon the hostile group, killing or wounding all the foot troops and forcing the tanks to withdraw. In the face of heavy fire, he then made his way across open fire-swept ground to a house from which enemy snipers were firing. Fearlessly rising to his feet in full view of the foe, he fired several rifle grenades into the house, killing the hostile riflemen. Entered military service from Pennsylvania.

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