First Seageant Richard E Rider - DSC Recipient

7 September 1944

By direction of the President, under the provisions of AR 600-45, 22 September 1943, as amended, the Distinguished-Service Cross is awarded to:

1/Sgt Richard E Rider First Sergeant Richard E. Rider (then Staff Sergeant) (Army Serial No. 35500015),Coast Artillery Corps, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in combat on 13 June 1944, near Baupte, Normandy, while accompanying a combat patrol of parachute infantry regiment. With utter disregard for his own personal safety, First Sergeant Rider exposed himself fearlessly to enemy machine-gun and cannon fire in order to direct accurately the fire of his antitank guns. When one gun was attacked by five enemy tanks, First Sergeant Rider personally took over from the gunner and directed fire against the approaching enemy. The first tank was destroyed immediately, as were the second and third in rapid succession. The other two tanks retreated to a position in less dangerous territory. First Sergeant Rider followed, placing his gun in a location from which he could deliver destructive fire. From this position he destroyed both remaning tanks, and the German crew were destroyed by our infantry.

By his fearless attention to the mission he was able to destroy completely a serious enemy tank threat, and his determination and enthusiasm supported him to pursue and destroy the retreating tanks. His courage and force before the entire patrol were of high standards and reflect the highest credit upon the armed forces of the United States. Entered military service from Ohio."

(Picture and citation courtesy of The Outpost - 80th AA Battalion Assoc)