Bloch, Orville Emil, COL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11A-Infantry Officer
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 85th Infantry Division
Service Years
1942 - 1970



Four Overseas Service Bars

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Bloch, Orville Emil (MOH), COL USA(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
Big Falls, Wisconsin
Last Address
Manson, Washington

Date of Passing
May 28, 1983
Location of Interment
Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park - Seattle, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section W, Lot 0215, Grave 1

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor Recipients
  1944, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society [Verified]
  1944, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served as a First Lieutenant in the 338th Infantry, 85th Infantry Division. As a platoon leader, he was conspicuous in leading his command in the assaults on the city of Firenzuola, Italy. It was near there on September 22, 1944, that he took the matter of enemy German resistance into his own hands. Gathering three volunteers from his platoon, the patrol made their way to a big rock, behind a group of three buildings where five machine gun nests were located. Putting his men in position to cover, he single-handed captured nineteen prisoners, wounding six of them and eliminating a total of five enemy machine gun nests. His actions saved his company many casualties and permitted them to continue the attack with success. After the war he remained in the Army and retired as a full Colonel.

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
85th Infantry Division
  1944-1945, 85th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
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