Honor Roll - 270th Engineer Combat Battalion

Medal Listings

All Bronze Stars
italics: posthumous award

Hqs/270

Maj. Pete Murphy source: General Order 57
MSG David R Horn source: General Order 116 

Company A/270 

T/5 Lloyd Porter - source: General Order No. 33
Pfc. Deno A. Gaffi - source: General Order No. 17
Sgt. Edwin G Evans - source: General Order No. 17
Pvt. Everett W Arndt - source: General Order No. 22
Sgt. Owen C Fike - source: General Order No. 22
Pvt. Albert C Hutton - source: General Order No. 22
Pfc. William E Powell, Jr. - source: General Order No. 22
Pfc. Richard D. Beasley source: General Order No. 53
Sgt. Harold Black source: General Order No. 103
T/5 James W. Denham source: General Order No. 103

Company B/270

Cpl. John L. Bailey - source: General Order No. 18
Cpl. Oliver A Brown - source: General Order No. 18
T/5 Martin J. Schwerthoeffer, Jr. - source: General Order 18

Company C/270

Capt. Kermit A Siegrist - source: General Order No. 29
Lt. David Pearson source: General Order No. 29
Cpl. Claude E Bartholomew - source: General Order No. 15
Sgt. Dean W Clark - source: General Order No. 23
T/4 Wagner D Howard source: General Order No. 23
Cpl. Alfred J Dinco - source: General Order No. 25
T/4 Donald B. Quinton - source: General Order No. 25
Pvt. Vernon R Williams, Sr. - source: General Order No. 25
(posthumously)

Company Unknown

SSG Arnold E. Evenson source: General Order 113

Write-Ups:

Company A/270

T/5 Lloyd Porter - source: General Order No. 33 dated 29 April 1945 Bronze Star, (deceased): for heroic achievement in action 18 February 1945. When heavy artillery fire pinned down the infantry in Etzling, France, Technician Porter and a comrade left cover to clear enemy mines from the path of friendly tanks. His courageous action in breaching the minefields enabled the armor to move forward and successfully support the infantry in the accomplishment of its mission.

Company B/270

None

Company C/270

Capt. Kermit A Siegrist - source: 270th AAR dated 30 April 1945 and GO#29, 70th Division, dated 16 April 1945 and 1st Lt. John D Pearson - source: GO#29, 70th Division, dated 16 April 1945...Bronze Star. For heroic achievement in action on 19 February 1945. While attacking the city of Forbach, France, the advance of an infantry battalion was halted by heavy automatic weapons fire from a blockhouse and supporting stone buildings. Since swampy ground and a ten foot wall, two feet thick, prevented the use of tanks, the combat engineers were directed to breach a path through the wall for the tanks. Tunneling fifteen feet to the base of the wall under direct fire from 88mm, 75mm, mortar and heavy machine guns, Captain Siegrist and Lieutenant Pearson personally supervised the blasting of an entrance in this obstacle in less than 90 minutes. This courageous achievement in the face of the enemy enable tanks and infantry to advance, reduce the hostile strong point, and, subsequently, to capture the city of Forbach.

Sgt. Dean W Clark - source: 270th AAR dated 31 March 1945 Bronze Star, 39 918 549, Sergeant, Corps of Engineers, Company C, 270th Engineer Combat Battalion, for heroic achievement in action on 24 February 1945. With enemy snipers active, Sergeant Clark, with a comrade, courageously removed five 100 pound enemy demolition bombs and 12 anti-tank mines from focal positions in Forbach, France and, at great personal risk, carried them three miles to a place where they would no endanger the lives of others. His heroic actions prevented these missiles from causing devastation which might have impeded the capture of the city. Entered military service from Boise, Idaho. (Above Citation: General Order #23, Hq. 70th Inf. Div., dated 28 Mar 45)(deceased)

T/4 Wagner D Howard - General Order No. 23 dated 28 March 1945 Bronze Star, 38 541 492, Technician Fourth Grade, Corps of Engineers, Company C, 270th Engineer Combat Battalion, for heroic achievement in action on 24 February 1945. With enemy snipers active, Sergeant Clark, with a comrade, courageously removed five 100 pound enemy demolition bombs and 12 anti-tank mines from focal positions in Forbach, France and, at great personal risk, carried them three miles to a place where they would no endanger the lives of others. His heroic actions prevented these missiles from causing devastation which might have impeded the capture of the city. Entered military service from Beaumont, Texas. (Above Citation: General Order #23, Hq. 70th Inf. Div., dated 28 Mar 45)(deceased)

Cpl. Alfred J Dinco - source: 270th AAR dated 31 March 1945, Bronze Star, T/4 Donald B. Quinton - source: 270th AAR dated 31 March 1945, Bronze Star, Pvt. Vernon R Williams - source: 270th AAR dated 31 March 1945, Bronze Star (posthumously)

(Citation for Dinco, Quinton and Williams: Source General Order 25, dated 29 March, 1945 - For heroic achievement in action on 24 February 1945. With enemy snipers active, these men courageously removed 26 155mm artillery shell duds and 12 anti-tank mines from a sewer in Forbach, France, where they had been placed by the enemy, and, at great personal risk, carried the explosives three miles to a place where they would not endanger the lives of others. Their heroic actions prevented these missiles from creating devastation which would have seriously hampered operations and delayed the capture of the city.

CLAUDE E BARTHOLOMEW, 6 263 004, Corporal, Corps of Engineers, Company C, 270th Engineer (C) Battalion, for heroic achievement in action of 17 February 1945, near Forbach, France. While engaged in mine-detecting. reconnaissance with a patrol, Corporal Bartholomew heard the cries for assistance of two infantrymen who had been severely wounded by an enemy anti-personnel mine located near a concertina obstacle. Although live enemy mines were scattered throughout the area and enemy snipers were known to be in the immediate vicinity, Corporal Bartholomew, on his own initiative, immediately cleared a path through the minefield and aided medical men in the evacuation of the wounded. Entered military service from Denver, Colorado. (Source: GO #15, 70th Infantry Division, dated 7 March, 1945)

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