Theodore T. Wilk

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. 81 (1944)

Citation: Private First Class Theodore T. Wilk, 31272097, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. On D-Day, Private First Class Wilk voluntarily left his position of safety and advanced boldly to a position from which he placed well-aimed fire upon an enemy pillbox. With utter disregard for his safety, he crawled closer through intense automatic weapons and small arms fire and, while delivering accurate fire which silenced the enemy, he was seriously wounded by sniper fire. Despite his wounds, he refused medical aid and pushed inland with his comrades. When his unit was halted by direct fire of a well dug-in machine gun, Private First Class Wilk courageously moved through a hail of fire to get within hand grenade range of the weapon. En route to the gun position, he was caught in a heavy artillery barrage which blinded him and inflicted additional wounds. By his unflinching devotion to duty, his spartan effort and his personal bravery, Private First Class Wilk exemplified the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Connecticut.

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