The following excerpts from the official commendations illustrate a few of the many acts of courage
that were so consistently demonstrated by the officers and men of the
752nd. Hundreds, if not thousands, of other acts of gallantry, heroism,
and bravery went unreported on a daily basis.
Excerpts from the official commendations:
"Three tanks of another platoon were knocked
out. ...at the risk of his
life, [he] exposed himself to fire from enemy machine guns and snipers
in order to locate the enemy. After the threatening guns and vehicles
had been spotted, [he] returned to his platoon and directed fire
against them until they had been destroyed."
"The tank ...received a direct hit from the gun of a German Mark VI
tank. The assistant gunner was killed instantly, the platoon leader was
seriously wounded and died shortly thereafter, and [he] was seriously
wounded. With utter disregard for his own safety, although seriously
wounded, [he] exposed himself to small arms fire and automatic weapons
fire in an attempt to remove the wounded officer from the tank and
secure necessary medical attention."
"His tank became stuck in a ditch about 800 yards to the left
of a German Mark IV tank... At the time, [he] was 300 yards to the
front and 400 yards to the left flank of friendly infantry. Unable to
get help, ...[he] left his tank and made his way back on foot ...[and]
was fired on by several enemy snipers. After obtaining assistance and
having his tank removed from the ditch, [he] directed the destruction
of the Mark IV tank and the crippling of a self-propelled gun. By his
utter disregard for his personal safety in exposing himself to enemy
fire and obtaining assistance for the stranded tank, [he] accomplished
the removal of a grave threat..."
"...the tank in which [he] was gunner moved out ahead of
friendly elements, going about 1000 yards into enemy territory under
heavy machine gun and sniper fire. Two wounded American infantrymen
were sighted and the tank was halted. ...[he], with utter disregard for
his personal safety, dismounted from the tank, lifted the wounded men
to the rear of the vehicle and then held them there until the tank had
made its way back through heavy machine gun and sniper fire to an Aid
"Observing that the enemy positions could not be fired upon
directly without great risk of life and tanks, [he] ordered all but his
own tank to a defiladed position and attacked alone to the enemy's
flank. Upon engaging the enemy, [he] raised himself in the turret of
the tank, fully exposed to intense fire, and threw hand grenades into
the positions. As a result of this deed, [he] destroyed two machine gun
nests, captured twelve prisoners, saved many lives among the infantry
and enabled them to advance more rapidly."
"...his tank was hit and partially disabled by fire from a
Mark IV tank. However, he continued to lead the advance, penetrating to
a depth of six miles in enemy territory. ...[his] tank again was hit,
and began burning. After ordering his crew into other tanks, [he]
reorganized the remainder of his company... The daring leadership
displayed by him in the performance of this deed exemplified the
highest traditions of the military service."
"...went out on foot to make a reconnaissance of the
positions... Despite heavy small arms and sniper fire, he completed his
reconnaissance, returned to his tank, and moved forward under direct
artillery fire... Under the heavy enemy barrage he guided his tank over
one emplacement after another until the entire area was cleared... His
determination to destroy the enemy force and his cool and skillful
leadership greatly aided the infantry..."
"...encountered a stretch of road which was mined. ...[he]
dismounted from his tank and advanced ahead of the column on foot.
Almost simultaneously, the enemy delivered an intense artillery,
anti-tank, and mortar barrage, knocking out two vehicles and wounding
him... After supervising the evacuation of the wounded, [he] again
moved ahead of his column on foot through the heavy barrage, locating
and neutralizing mines to enable his vehicles to advance. ...exposed to
enemy fire, he directed fire upon the Germans, forcing them to
"When [his] tank was hit and set fire by enemy shelling, he
dismounted and ordered the crew to take cover. Noticing that the driver
remained in the tank, [he], although wounded himself, returned through
intense shelling to the burning tank and rescued him."
"...his platoon was subjected to intense enemy artillery fire.
One tank of the platoon was hit and the crew, with the exception of the
tank commander, evacuated the vehicle. Not knowing the fate of the tank
commander, [he] returned on foot to the area being shelled. [He] led
the way again on foot, through several hundred yards under heavy
shelling to a place of comparative safety."
"An enlisted man suffered an abdominal wound from the strafing
and, not being conscious of his own actions wandered aimlessly around,
exposing himself to the continued strafings. ...seeing the man's
action, [he] left his covered position, and at the risk of his life,
went to the aid of the wounded man. He pulled the wounded man down and
shielded him with his own body"
"[His] tank was hit, with the concussion throwing him out of
the turret. While under direct fire from enemy machine guns, anti-tank
guns, and Tiger tanks [he] immediately returned to his tank and helped
his crew get out of the burning vehicle... He then supervised the
movement of another tank, also under fire, to another area not visible
to the enemy... [He] took command of another tank which was short a
crew member and re-entered the battle."
"After everyone had dismounted it was discovered that one
member of the crew was missing... With utter disregard for his safety,
[he] went to the assistance of the wounded comrade, but was unable to
take the soldier from the tank because of the heavy enemy fire. He then
mounted the tank, started it and moved it of necessity slowly,
approximately one and a half miles under heavy enemy artillery fire
until the tank could no longer run."
"...encountered an enemy mine field. Ordering his tanks to a
defiladed position, [he] dismounted under an intense enemy barrage and
cleared a path through the mined area. His tanks continued up the steep
incline but were again halted ...when one of the leading vehicles was
knocked out by enemy artillery and the trail blocked. [He] again
dismounted, hooked a cable to the disabled vehicle, directed its
removal from the road, and continued the attack."
"The first and third tanks in the column were disabled and the
platoon leader and the platoon sergeant were both wounded, leaving
[him] in charge. The gravity of the situation called for immediate
withdrawal, but [he] held firmly to his position and covered the
withdrawal of the crews from the disabled tanks. The enemy launched a
strong attack from both flanks... When the enemy closed in on the
vehicle, so close that the 75mm gun could not be lowered sufficiently
to be effective, [he] rose in the turret and sprayed the oncoming
Germans with his sub-machinegun. His courage and resourcefulness was an
inspiration to all who witnessed the action..."
"...the Germans launched a strong counter attack at [his]
platoon, using six Mark VI tanks and approximately 100 infantrymen.
After placing the remainder of his tanks in strategic positions, [he]
took his own tank to meet the oncoming enemy armor. Waiting until the
lead tank was within 75 yards of his position, [he] fired two rounds,
both of which failed to penetrate... Determined to stop the assault,
[he] took his tank through a side street... Moving to a point within 50
yards of the leading vehicles, he opened fire and knocked two of the
Mark VI tanks out of action. ...breaking up the enemy attack and
forcing the Germans to retreat in disorder."
"[He] turned his tank to meet the approaching force. In the
face of intense bazooka fire, he engaged the enemy in a fierce
firefight. Beating off all opposition, though sustaining severe wounds,
[he] halted the attack, disorganized it, and forced the enemy to
retreat in his immediate sector by laying down a withering fire...
Despite severe wounds, [he] refused to be evacuated until he had aided
his men from the tank and guided them to safety."
"After helping to extinguish the flames on their clothing, he turned
his attention to the vehicle, fully combat loaded with 120 rounds of
105mm ammunition, which was then enveloped in flames. The heat by this
time had become so intense that the casings around the shells had
melted and the ammunition threatened to explode... Fully aware of the
danger involved and with utter disregard for his personal safety, [he]
with another Sergeant, climbed into the vehicle and smothered the