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509th PIB WW II
Medal of Honor Recipient

Cpl Paul B Huff

Distinguished Service Cross Recipients
Capt Carlos Alden
Sgt Mike Baranek
Capt Roy E Baze
T/Sgt Carl R Clegg
Cpl Boggs G Collins
Pfc Leslie B Davis
Pvt Edwin C Hicks
Capt William P Moir
1/Lt Henry F Rouse
Capt Harry J Stone

Silver Star Recipients
Capt Carlos Alden
Pvt Harold E Austin
Sgt Kelly C Bath
Pvt Hubert I Beatty
T/4 Eugene C Beckner
Pvt George Bell
Pfc Joseph R Blackwood
Pfc William R Bowers
Pfc Ralph L Burrell Jr
Cpl Elmer T Cardwell
Cpl Ray Carr
Pvt Loren E Chambers
Cpl Russell E Cook
Pvt Harry R Crane
Pvt Manley L Crumley
1/Lt Jack Darden
Sgt Francis A Dean
T/4 Theodore J Fina
Pvt Richard D Fisco
Sgt Abel N Flores
S/Sgt George G Fontanesi
T/Sgt John V Forni
Pvt Armarante C Garcia
Pvt Wesley E Gonderson
1/Lt Richard Grabow
T/Sgt Everett J Hall
Pvt Joseph Hoben
Cpl William J Holtz
Pvt Guy W Jeanes
1/Lt William G Kautz
1/Sgt William H King
Pvt Henry D Klisiewicz
Sgt Robert E League
Cpl Joseph W Lee
2/Lt Hoyt R Livingston
Pvt Joseph T Martin
S/Sgt Wilbur D Martin
Pvt Don L Maxson
1/Lt Justin T McCarthy
Sgt Walter L McCook
1/Lt Charles H McKinney
2/Lt Wayne A McMaster
T/5 Victor A Osburn
Cpl Milo P Peck
Pvt Hyman M Perlo
T/5 Alfred C Petzold
Sgt Frank Pfluger
T/Sgt Walter C Pope
Sgt John E Pumphrey
1/Lt Harry W Pritchett Jr
Cpl Travis J Russell
Pfc Charles W Robert
Capt Herbert Rose
Cpl Travis J Russell
2/Lt Robert L Sammons
1/Lt Kenneth R Shaker
Pvt Wilson Simons
T/4 James F Singleton
Cpl Frank M Speer
Sgt Gerald K Tilney
Pvt Alvin L Trumbull
T/Sgt John S Webster
T/4 Paul V Wilson
Sgt Dillard T Winkler
Capt William P Yarborough


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The 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion
Unit Citations

Presidential Unit Citation

APO #464 US Army

5 June 1944



Under the provision of Section IV, Circular Number 333, War Department 1943, the following named organizations are cited for outstanding performance of duty in action, and are awarded citation streamers therefore. Individuals assigned or attached to these units are entitled to wear the Distinguished Unit Badge to identify citation:

The 509th PARACHUTE INFANTRY BATTALION is cited for outstanding performance of duty in action on 29 February 1944, near ***,Italy. This battalion, depleted in strength after many days of continuous combat, received a terrific enemy barrage during early morning hours. An enemy attack was imminent, and at dawn a German assault advanced toward the paratrooper's positions. Being consideably outnumbered, the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion held its fire until the last possible moment; then every weapon opened fire, cutting hugh gaps in the first attacking wave. The enemy faltered in his advanced; then surged relentlessly ahead from the sheer pressure of large numbers of troops in the rear. The soldiers of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion fought desperately, disdaining retreat, engaging the overwhelming and constantly increasing German force with rifle butts and even fists. Late in the afternoon the German attack was halted. The badly battered but determined paratroopers immediately reorganized in preparation for counterattacks. Outnumbering the paratroopers more than three to one, the enemy had overrun the frontline, but was latter held to a standstill, suffering immense loses in men and equipment. The courageous and determined stand made by officers and men of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion resulted in the retention of a vital sector of the beachhead and prevented a dangerous German wedge between two infantry divisions.

COMPANY C, 509th PARACHUTE INFANTRY BATTALION is cited for outstanding performance of duty in action, on 15 and 16 March 1944, near ***, Italy. Company C was given the mission of securingtwo heavily fortified houses vitally needed for use as a line as a line of departure for a large-scale attack. These buildings were organized into a strongpoint, well wired in, heavily mined, and with mutually supporting machine gun fire. The attack took place under a full moon, across open, flat marshy land. The leading platoons of Company C approached to a point within two hundred yards of the objective before contacting the enemy. At this point the attacking force encountered withering fire from ten enemy machine guns, in addition to heavy rifle fire. The fire momentarily halted the company and intense artillery and mortar fire fell on its position. Company C continued to pus forward. About seventy-five yards from the houses, the drew still more intense machine gun fire and encountered wire and mine fields. In spite of heavy casualties, this small group of men moved forward across the obstacles and rushed the houses to engage the enemy in close-in fighting with hand grenades. All but four machine guns were finally eliminated, but the opposition provided by these weapons and continual rifle and hand grenade assaultsmade the positions almost untenable. The area around the house was subjected to heavy mortat barrage, and the enemy launched a fierce counter-attack with an estimated strength of two platoons, but the attack was halted by artillery, and small arms fire from Company C forced the enemy to withdraw. The objective was finally consolidated at daybreak, and throughout the day under heavy periodic artillery fire the position was held. Members of Company C continued to snipe at the enemy, adjusted artillery fire on enemy targets to the front, and surprised an enemy patrol, inflicting heavy casualties and capturing four prisoners. The courage and determination displayed by members of Company C against overwhelming odds reflect the finest traditions of the Armed Forces.

By command of Lieutenant General Clark:

Officials:                                   A.M. GRUENTHER
Major General, G.S.
Chief of Staff

Colonel, A.G.D.;
Adjutant General

APO 109, US Army

20 March 1945


UNIT CITATION .......................................................................................SECTION II

Under the provision of Section IV, Circular Number 333, War Department, 22 December 1943, and Second Indorsement, First United States Army to letter, Headquarters 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion, subject: "Unit Citation", dated 7 January 1945, the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion (disbanded 1 March 1945) is cited for outstanding performance of duty in armed combat against the enemy.

During the period 22 - 30 December 1944, the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion was given the mission of assisting in the slowing down of the enemy thrust toward Liege, Belgium. By its aggressiveness, the Battalion destroyed leading elements of the enemy south of Manhay and permittted other units to reorganize along the Grandmenil-Manhay axis. Opposing the finest enemy troops, the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion contributed materially to the destruction of elements of the 25th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment and kept the enemy from cutting the Grandmenil-Erezee road. The aggressiveness and extraordinary heroism displayed by the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion were in keeping with the highest traditions of the service and contributed materially to the blunting of the enemy spearhead thrust toward Liege.

By command of Major General RIDGEWAY:

Officials:                                   R.P. EATON
Brig. General, GSC
Chief of Staff

Colonel, A.G.D.;
Adjutant General

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