Samuel J. Mazzotti

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Mateur, Tunisia, 25 April 1943
  • G.O. No.: HQ, NATOUSA, General Orders No. 48 (1943)

Citation: Samuel J. Mazzotti, 6977290, Sergeant, Company “M”, 16th Infantry, for extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty on 25 April 1943 in the vicinity of Mateur, Tunisia. Sergeant Mazzotti, while attached to Company “I”, 16th Infantry, voluntarily sought cut and destroyed a particularly effective enemy machine gun nest with a captured anti-tank rifle. Although wounded and under machine gun crossfire, harassing sniper fire, mortar and artillery fire, Sergeant Mazzotti killed or wounded the entire gun crew, thereby silencing a gun which proved to be the key gun of the enemy defense and subsequently allowed the future exploitation and final capture of the hill. This deed not only materially advanced our forces but was an example of extraordinary heroism which inspired our men to greater efforts. Residence at time of enlistment: Witherbee, New York.

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