Victor H. Briggs


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 Victor H. Briggs, O1286079, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. In the initial assault against the coast of France, Captain Briggs, with complete disregard of his own safety, exposed himself to heavy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire while leading his men ashore from the landing craft. He further exposed himself to this heavy fire, when, after reaching the beach, he organized an assault team from the groups of troops pinned down by the merciless fire. He then personally led this assault team through a dense enemy mine field and into a strategic position on the slope of a hill. Though attacked by superior numbers, he successfully defended this position until additional troops were moved forward. The tenacity of purpose and courage displayed by Captain Briggs 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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