Thomas N. Merendino


Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Captain, 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. 31 (1944)

Citation: Captain Thomas N. Merendino, O-412675, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. Captain Merendino disembarked from the landing craft in the initial assault wave and, with complete disregard of his own safety, hastily organized the men who were struggling in the water and led them through the intense enemy fire to the shore. Upon reaching the shore, he refused to take cover and again organized an assault group for further advance. Fully exposed to sweeping fire from enemy pillboxes and machine gun nests and a constant target for the snipers on the hill, he personally led the charge up the slope. The personal bravery and the inspired leadership exhibited by Captain Merendino reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from New Jersey.

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