Dietz, Robert, S/Sgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1945-1945, 745, III Corps (3rd Corps)
Service Years
1941 - 1945

Staff Sergeant

One Service Stripe

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Kingston, New York

Casualty Date
Mar 29, 1945
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 38th Infantry7th Armored Division3rd Army9th Army
First Army (1st Army)V CorpsIII Corps (3rd Corps)
  1942-1945, 745, HHC, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry
  1943-1945, 745, 7th Armored Division
  1944-1944, 745, 3rd Army
  1944-1944, 745, 9th Army
  1944-1945, 745, First Army (1st Army)
  1945-1945, 745, V Corps
  1945-1945, 745, III Corps (3rd Corps)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
  1945-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Advance to the Rhine
  1945-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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DIETZ, ROBERT H. - Medal of Honor Recipient
Rank and organization:   Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 
38th Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division.
Place and date:   Kirchain, Germany, 29 March 1945.
Entered service at:   Kingston, N.Y.

Birth:   Kingston, N.Y.
G.O. No.: 119, 17 December 1945.

Citation:   He was a squad leader when the task force to which his unit
 was attached encountered resistance in its advance on Kirchain, Germany. 
Between the town's outlying buildings 300 yards distant, and the stalled 
armored column were a minefield and 2 bridges defended by German 
rocket-launching teams and riflemen. From the town itself came heavy 
small-arms fire. Moving forward with his men to protect engineers while 
they removed the minefield and the demolition charges attached to the 
bridges, S/Sgt. Dietz came under intense fire. On his own initiative he 
advanced alone, scorning the bullets which struck all around him, until 
he was able to kill the bazooka team defending the first bridge. He 
continued ahead and had killed another bazooka team, bayoneted an 
enemy soldier armed with a panzerfaust and shot 2 Germans when he 
was knocked to the ground by another blast of another panzerfaust. He 
quickly recovered, killed the man who had fired at him and then jumped 
into waist-deep water under the second bridge to disconnect the 
demolition charges. His work was completed; but as he stood up to 
signal that the route was clear, he was killed by another enemy volley 
from the left flank. S/Sgt. Dietz by his intrepidity and valiant effort on his 
self-imposed mission, single-handedly opened the road for the capture 
of Kirchain and left with his comrades an inspiring example of gallantry 
in the face of formidable odds.

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