Robert J. Kemp

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near La Sauvagère, France, 14 and 15 August 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 71 (1944)

Citation: First Lieutenant Robert J. Kemp, O2055195, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 14 and 15 August 1944, in France. As First Lieutenant Kemp was leading his platoon in an assault on a town he came into contact with two enemy tanks firing from well dug-in positions. The tanks were supported by approximately twenty men, with machine guns, lighter automatic weapons and small arms, in a row of houses. For four hours, First Lieutenant Kemp engaged the enemy in a bitter battle, undeterred by their superior fire power and position. His personal bravery served as an inspiration for his men to continue the engagement, and finally he led his men in a charge which resulted in taking the position. While leading the final assault, he was wounded in both legs but, despite his painful wounds, he continued on until the enemy was driven out. The courage and outstanding leadership displayed by First Lieutenant Kemp in the face of numerically superior force reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Pennsylvania.

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