Sanford Rosen


Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Private First Class, 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. 39 (1944)

Citation: Private First Class Sanford Rosen, 12021989, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. Private First Class Rosen disembarked from his landing craft amidst bursts of artillery fire and, with another man, started for the shore carrying a heavy drum of wire. At the first move his comrade was hit and instantly killed. With complete disregard for his own safety, he rescued the heavy drum from the surf and struggled with it under heavy enemy fire through the shoulder-deep water to the beach. Seconds later another burst of artillery fire shot away his left arm at the elbow. Unable to lift the drum with his one good arm, he valiantly dragged it the remaining distance, bleeding profusely but never hesitating despite his terrible wound and the intense enemy fire. This drum of wire so gallantly brought ashore was one of the very first initially landed and was urgently needed. In so distinguishing himself through his display of personal courage, dauntlessness and devotion to duty, Private First Class Rosen reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from New York.

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