Twice during the night Sergeant McFadyen left the building, exposing himself to enemy sniper and machine gun fire, to personally assure the safety of his companions. For two days and nights he went without rest in carrying out his missions. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 50 (June 21, 1945) Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 3 (February 15, 1945) Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 24 (May 3, 1945) The nickname of the 8th Armored Division, the "Thundering Herd", was coined before the division went to Europe in late 1944. Although dazed he continued to perform evacuation of the wounded in an exemplary manner. Home of Record: Georgia, *WILLOUGHBY, SAMPSON C. BURR, Herbert H. Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 41st Tank Battalion, 11th Armored Division. Unsuccessful, he continued to the rear on foot, carrying the wounded. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Daniel C. Diven (33668219), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 April 1945. Citation: The 83d Infantry Division arrived in England on 16 April 1944. Awards are arranged by year and then by order number. Home of Record: Hennepin County, Minnesota, *RIGHINI, CHARLES J. Citation: There, despite exploding ammunition, he succeeded in removing two seriously wounded men and moving them to safety. Home of Record: New York, ARTIS, CLYDE, JR. After a base of fire was established, he led his section in an aggressive assault on the strong-point. Note: This alphabetical index to the Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States is based on a paper version with the same title compiled in 1995. While administering first aid he was again subjected to artillery fire, wounding an officer who was assisting in rendering aid. Ignoring the intense machine gun and small arms fire, he directed his rifle fire on two positions. While so engaged he was fatally wounded. Home of Record: Oklahoma, PERREAULT, ALBERT V. Citation: Remaining at his position, he opened fire with his carbine, firing two clips at the enemy, enabling the platoon to complete its withdrawal without casualties. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John B. Nadzam (0-383829), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 6 April 1945. He again halted to rescue a wounded soldier. He then accomplished the evacuation of wounded. The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to George W. Potticary (17080531), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 22 January 1945. Home of Record: Maryland, *PAZ, HENRY J. Citation: Although his vehicle was hit three times by artillery fire he continued to evacuate wounded men until his vehicle was completely knocked out. Home of Record: Highland Park, Michigan, WALL, JACK M. Determining that the enemy was massing for a counterattack, he relayed this vital information to his platoon. The index does not reflect updates to the Guide. While administering first aid to the wounded driver, Lieutenant Stukey was seriously wounded. Home of Record: Lockport, Illinois, *RYAN, JOHN F. Home of Record: Johnstown, New York, *KING, WILLIAM R. The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Earl F. Love (33536064), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 58th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Holland on 26 February 1945. With the aid of the platoon leader he removed hot mortar and rocket shells from the roadway so his tank could safely tow the stalled vehicle. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 76 (July 27, 1945) Although wounded by enemy rifle fire, he insisted on continuing with his mission, being evacuated only on direct order from his superior officer. Home of Record: Aspers, Pennsylvania, ST. JOHN, BILL J. Throughout the action Sergeant Diven's aggressive leadership, initiative and personal bravery were inspiring and his actions reflect the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States. Home of Record: New York, *SMITH, CLARENCE E. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Louis G. Chapas (32871587), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Troop A, 88th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 28 March 1945. The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Alvin W. Pagel (0-1016871), First Lieutenant (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Troop A, 88th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 28 March 1945. - William Shakespeare, Henry V Valor Above and Beyond The Call Of Duty Navy Cross recipients, Distinguished Service Cross recipients, and Medal of Honor recipients from the Navy Mobile Riverine Force and Army 9th Infantry Division The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Walter F. Stone, Jr. (01173473), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 2 April 1945. He administered first aid until relieved by medical aid men. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 76 (July 27, 1945) Captain Hermann with a portion of his company succeeded in obtaining this objective. Home of Record: Brooklyn, New York, SHAPIRO, ROBERT A. He then made his way across open terrain under extremely heavy artillery, mortar and small arms fire and led medical aid men back to the wounded man. Home of Record: Pelahatchie, Mississippi, HOLLEN, KERMIT C. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Timothy J. Burke (31303666), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company B, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion, in Germany on 11 April 1945. Citation: His courage and devotion beyond the call of duty resulted in his platoon's success with minimum casualties. Home of Record: Greene County, Ohio, OVERBY, PAUL IVAN Citation: Later the same day the second platoon leader's tank became seriously damaged. His heroic action, with disregard for his own safety, reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 79 (August 2, 1945) Citation: The 7th Armored Division was activated on March 1 1942 at Camp Polk, Louisiana and moved on September 15 to the IV Corps Louisiana Maneuvers. Home of Record: Mountain view, Missouri, CASPERS, GEORGE H. Sergeant Schmidt assumed command of a platoon in the absence of the platoon leader. Citation: Copyright © Since 1988 Contact The American War Library | War Library Home The information on this website is in the public domain. Later in the action when members of his platoon were cut off, they barricaded themselves in a building. Citation: Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 12 (March 22, 1945) Citation: They secured Coutances, Nantes and … The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald S. Wood (36738425), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 16 February 1945 and 29 March 1945. Private Phelps served as first aid man with an infantry unit. Despite the continued shelling, he carried the injured man to a house and rendered first aid. He led his patrol across an obstacle-strewn river, through armed outpost guards, and to an occupied town. Citation: His courage, initiative and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. Later he volunteered to guard the vehicle to which he was assigned while the remainder of the squad took cover from sniper fire in a nearby house. The division played an important role during World War II in the invasions of North Africa and Sicily and the liberation of France, Belgium, and the Netherlands and the invasion of Germany. During the attack on an enemy-held city, Colonel Roseborough, commander of a task force, continually exposed himself to small arms, machine gun and 88-mm. Citation: The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kermit C. Hollen (35750919), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 36th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 March 1945. Corporal Bishop's courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed forces of the United States. Private Douglas, assistant gunner in a machine gun platoon, carried a radii under heavy enemy fire to a forward command post, thereby providing vital communication with supporting elements. When his platoon leader was killed he assumed full command of the platoon and held off strong counterattacks. His actions reflect great credit on himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States. When he had exhausted all ammunition he removed a machine gun from the vehicle, secured ammunition from another disabled tank, and set up a defensive position which he held against intense enemy fire. When the tank was knocked out he covered evacuation of the wounded tank commander and the wounded of his squad. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Francis L. Partleton (33565283), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 28 March 1945. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 3 (February 15, 1945) His courage and heroism were beyond the call of duty, and reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. His heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. 8th Infantry Division (Mech) Pathfinder Looking for more information from military/civilian personnel assigned to or associated with the U.S. Army in Germany from 1945 to 1989. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Haskell C. Moore (35653774), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 18th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 11 April 1945. 15, Hq. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward F. Dougher (0-2010977), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 8th Armored Division in Germany on 27 March 1945. Lieutenant Hammerschmidt's personal bravery and inspiring leadership reflect the greatest credit upon himself and the Military Forces of the United States. His outstanding courage and leadership was an inspiration to all and reflects great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. He insisted on returning to the tank with the medical aid men, but his injuries were so severe he himself had to be evacuated immediately. Major MacLachlan, Battalion Operations Officer, was habitually with the advance elements of the task force, coordinating the movement of the combined arms. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 25 (May 4, 1945) Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 57 (June 29, 1945) He personally aided in the evacuation of the wounded. He was forced to fight his way through the town, and was under constant sniper fire. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 15 (March 27, 1945) Ordered to withdraw, he carried a badly wounded officer across open terrain to safety. Citation: Citation: Private Read, though pinned down by small arms and automatic weapons fire, continued to operate his radio, enabling his company commander to control his company. His gallant action was the final factor in making possible an orderly withdrawal and reflects greatest credit on himself and the Military Service of the United States. Citation: Home of Record: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, GURNEY, EDWARD J., JR. Sergeant Avila displayed outstanding leadership as a squad leader. Home of Record: Kansas, FOX, FRANK R. The platoon was pinned down and unable to direct their fire on the enemy position. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John G. Burns (31302908), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the 53d Armored Engineer Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 28 February 1945. Home of Record: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, *ORR, JAMES E. Corporal Turney was riding on the front of the truck, attempting to make the patients comfortable when the vehicle struck a mine. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 50 (June 21, 1945) Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 61 (July 4, 1945) It was also known as the "Iron Snake" late in the war, after a correspondent for Newsweek likened the 8th to a "great ironclad snake" as it crossed the Rhine River in late March 1945. Sergeant Bacher was artillery mechanic in a medium tank company. When a tank destroyer of his command was hit by enemy artillery, Lieutenant Stukey dismounted from his own vehicle. Citation: Home of Record: Cambridge, Nebraska, *BEARD, WARREN E. Home of Record: Cook County, Illinois, *HIGGINS, GILBERT H., JR. Combat Interviews of the 7th Armored Division: The 7th Armored Division Goes Back: St. Vith 20-23 January 1945. His courage and heroism were beyond the call of duty and reflect credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. On another occasion Sergeant Krug was in charge of a patrol charged with the mission of reconnoitering a destroyed bridge. When the vehicle was disabled by a mine, he rendered first aid to the wounded and directed their evacuation. He dragged another man to safety from a position exposed to small arms fire. Colonel Walker personally reconnoitered the field and directed the clearance. During the engagement, Captain Kelly was wounded, but refused evacuation until the objective was taken and his company was reorganized. He gave the medical personnel covering fire. Citation: When two tanks were knocked out by enemy fire, three wounded men were left lying in full view of the enemy, unable to move to safety. Citation: The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Calvin M. Applegate (35122663), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany during the period 24 January to 29 January 1945. Private Thomas immediately moved up to the turret and removed the wounded officer. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stephen H. Mosbacher (35554027), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Combat Command "B", 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 2 April 1945. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jack M. Wall (39284024), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 5 April 1945. Citation: He then returned voluntarily to attempt the rescue of his commanding officer and several men who had been cut off. This action permitted an aid man to evacuate wounded. Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders Number 1 (February 8, 1945) Citation: His action reflects great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. When his vehicle was hit by anti-tank fire, Sergeant Irwin was wounded. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Steve J. Citation: His actions, without regard for his own safety, and his devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. The entire action was carried out against intense fire in the face of an advancing enemy. Sergeant Carr continued his actions until he lost consciousness as a result of his own injuries. He moved a wounded officer to cover. When his company commander was wounded, he gathered together the remnants of his company and carried the attack forward. His actions reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. We have documented 192 recipients and their citations that are of the 8th Armor Division during World War II. Sergeant Crouse, a tank commander, led an assault on an enemy town. When the other members of the patrol dismounted from the half-track, he remained at the machine gun to cover their advance. 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