Robert R. Cutler

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 Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 48 (1944)

Citation: First Lieutenant Robert R. Cutler, O-384995, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. Upon landing on the coast of France, First Lieutenant Cutler found that his Company Commander had been wounded. He immediately assumed command and reorganized the men on the fire-swept beach. When he observed friendly thanks not firing at the enemy, he, completely disregarding his own safety, made his way over to them and despite the heavy enemy fire directed at the tanks, remained beside them until such time as he was able to get their fire directed effectively at the enemy. Returning to his company, he led them through the first available breach in the wire to assault an enemy emplacement and reached the high ground behind the beach. Despite intense enemy fire directed at him, First Lieutenant Cutler fearlessly led the assaults on the enemy strongpoints in his company’s successful drive to its objective. The personal bravery and courageous leadership displayed by First Lieutenant Cutler reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Missouri.

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