Victor E. Peterson

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. 94 (1944)

Citation: Private First Class Victor E. Peterson, 33117025, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. As Private First Class Peterson’s landing craft touched shore on D-Day, it was subjected to devastating fire from heavy shore emplacements causing numerous casualties to men on board. Voluntarily and with complete disregard for his own personal safety, Private First Class Peterson plunged into the fire-swept water and, assisted by a comrade, carried a heavy piece of vital communications equipment toward shore. When his companion was instantly killed by machine gun fire, Private First Class Peterson courageously and singlehandedly dragged the heavy equipment through the mine-infested water. Midway to the beach, he was mortally wounded. With great determination, he continued forward and safely delivered the equipment upon the beach. Refusing medical attention, he made frequent trips into the water, through heavy artillery, mortar and small arms fire, and rescued wounded comrades until he collapsed upon the beach. The self-sacrificing devotion to duty, personal bravery and fortitude displayed by Private First Class Peterson exemplify the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Pennsylvania.

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