EDWARD R. CROWSON, 0 553 665, First
Lieutenant, Infantry, Company "K" 274th Infantry
Regiment, for extraordinary heroism in action. On 4 March 1945, during the
attack on Stiring-Wendel, France, Lieutenant Crowson assumed
command of Company "K" when his Company Commander was wounded. Under
heavy enemy artillery and mortar fire he moved erect among his men shouting and
encouraging them to follow him in a charge against enemy-held houses.
Inspired by his leadership, the men charged and overwhelmed the enemy positions.
Lieutenant Crowson was wounded by an enemy sniper, but he continued to lead
the attack until late in the evening. Ordered to be evacuated, he
refused, staying with his company until he had it reorganized and ready to
continue the attack. Entered military service from Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Source: GO 318 Seventh Army 16 July 1945.
RICE E. CRAIN, 39 468 456, Sergeant,
Infantry, Company "K", 275th Infantry Regiment, for extraordinary heroism in
action on 22-23 February 1945, in the Pfaffenwald Forest, France. During an
attack, his company was pinned down by a heavy enemy
artillery barrage and small arms fire. When two
approaching enemy tanks seriously threatened the company's right flank, Sergeant
Crain, under direct enemy fare, moved to a vantage point from which he
fearlessly fired two well placed bazooka shells and forced the tanks to
withdraw. On the following day, when his company was harassed by sniper fire, he
heroically exposed himself to observe enemy fire and personally eliminated
eleven snipers. When he had almost completely wiped out the harassing element,
Sergeant Crain was mortally wounded by the fire of one of. the few survivors of
his heroic attach. Next of kin: Mr. Richard M Crain
(Father), Box 213, Salmon, Idaho.
Source: GO 362 Seventh Army 3 August 1945. Posthumous
RAYMOND E. ADAMS, 18 200 396, Staff
Sergeant (then Sergeant), Infantry, Company "F", 274th Infantry Regiment, for
extraordinary heroism in action on 25 February 1945, at Spicheren Heights,
France. After taking strategic high ground, Sergeant
Adams' squad, occupying the platoon's forward position, was subjected to machine
gun fire which supported a two-company enemy counterattack. Sergeant Adams
immediately crossed fifty yards of open terrain, firing and maneuvering as he
advanced. Throwing a hand grenade into the machine gun position, he charged with
fixed bayonet, killing the three-man crew. Quickly turning the captured gun on
the advancing troops, he inflicted many casualties and disorganized the attack,
After expending all ammunition, he destroyed the gun and led his squad against
the enemy. His courageous action enabled his platoon to break the counterattack
and hold its vital objective. Entered military service from Rock Springs, Texas.
Source: GO 438 Seventh Army 25 August 1945.
GERALD E. SOPER,
37 550 610, Private First Class, Infantry, Company "F", 274th
Infantry Regiment, for extraordinary heroism in action on 7 January 1945, at
Wingen, France. During a daylight attack on the town, intense sniper fire and
automatic weapons activity halted the advance of Private First Class Soperís
platoon. Disregarding the danger, he voluntarily crawled to a basement window
from which the enemy was firing and hurled a grenade inside. Moving away from
the window he was wounded. He then crawled back and tossed another grenade
through the opening. He was firing his rifle into the basement when hit the
second time and died shortly afterwards. Private First Class Soperís gallant
actions and ability enabled his platoon to resume the attack and aid in the
capture of the town. Next of kin: William H. Soper (brother), 4613 Encinea
Drive, Canada, California.
Source: GO 445, Seventh Army, 27 Aug 1945.
JOHN W. CATHEY, 20 832 098, Staff
Sergeant, Infantry, Company "L", 274th Infantry Regiment, for
extraordinary heroism in action on 6 March 1945, near Styring Wendel, France.
During an attack on a heavily fortified emplacement Sergeant Cathey voluntarily
rode the back of a tank into battle. He directed fire and pointed out targets
until a seven-foot wall halted the advance of the company. Repeatedly exposing
himself, he brought rifle fire on the enemy, knocking out a machine gun nest,
wounding several of the enemy and killing four. He then moved through a shell
hole in a wall and rushed the enemy positions, calling for his squad to follow.
After advancing thirty feet, he was severely wounded by rocket fire. His
intrepid action and courage under fire led to the success of the attacking
troops. Entered military service from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Source: GO 480, Seventh Army, 7 September 1945.
RONDALL H. GLAZE, 44 036 390, Private,
Infantry, Company "A" 275th Infantry Regiment, for extraordinary heroism in
action on 17 February 1945, near Lixing, France. During a company attack,
murderous enemy machine gun fire halted the advance. Realizing the extreme
gravity of the situation, Private Glaze voluntarily assumed the task of knocking
out the hostile weapon. He crept across open terrain, while exposed to heavy
enemy mortar, artillery, and rifle fire, and hurled a grenade .at the machine
gun crew, killing them instantly. Though fatally wounded, his courageous action
enabled his company to continue its advance and gain its objective. His valiant
service reflects the finest traditions of the armed forces. Next of Kin: Nezzie
H. Glaze (Mother) Route 1,
Cleveland, Georgia. Click here for more.
Source GO 452, Seventh Army, 29 August 1945.
SAMUEL G. CONLEY,
015 707, Colonel, Infantry, 274th Infantry Regiment, for extraordinary
heroism in action on 19 February 1945, near Saarbrucken, Germany.
During a bitter battle for the Siegfried Line defenses, atop the
strategically Important Kreutzberg Ridge, Colonel Conley maneuvered
under intense artillery barrages to within thirty
yards of enemy entrenchments. Miraculously eluding
hostile machine-gun and mortar fire for a sustained period, he dashed across the
front lines, recruiting a tank and twenty-two infantrymen for an assault
on the enemy. He then led a charge over barbed-wire entanglements into
the German-held trenches, capturing the position and
twenty-six prisoners. Colonel Conley's courageous action and superb leadership
were in keeping with the highest ideals of the infantry and reflect great credit
upon himself and the armed forces. Entered United States Military Academy from
Van Vert, Ohio.
Source: GO 496 Seventh Army, 10 Sept 1945.
HOWARD L. ARNEST, 0 455 092, First
Lieutenant, Infantry, 276th Infantry Regiment, for extraordinary heroism in
action on 11 January 1945, near Obermunthal, France. With the mission of taking
a hill held by a bitterly resisting enemy, Lieutenant
Arnest led a day-light attack and seized the enemy's forward defensive
positions. Continuing the attack despite heavy casualties, he inspired
his men as they closed with the enemy in hand to hand combat.
Seriously wounded when the enemy brought artillery fire on the positions,
Lieutenant Arnest ordered a withdrawal, but refused to
withdraw himself. He remained behind to cover his men until taken prisoner.
Entered military service from Cottage Grove, Oregon.
Source: GO 579, Seventh Army,
4 October 1945