Peden, Forrest E., T/5

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Last Rank
Technician Fifth Grade
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
586-Sound Ranging Observer
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, 586, 10th Field Artillery Battalion /C Battery
Service Years
1943 - 1945

Technician Fifth Grade

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Last Address
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Casualty Date
Feb 03, 1945
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
World War II
Location of Interment
Mount Olive Cemetery - Troy, Kansas
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Not Specified

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French Fourragere

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World War II Fallen
  2004, World War II Fallen [Verified]7

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Basic Training (Camp McCain, MS)
 Unit Assignments
3rd Infantry Division10th Field Artillery Battalion
  1943-1945, 586, 3rd Infantry Division
  1943-1945, 586, 10th Field Artillery Battalion /C Battery
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
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Forrest E. Peden (died February 3, 1945) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration‚??the Medal of Honor‚??for his actions in World War II.

Biography. Peden joined the Army from Wathena, Kansas, and by February 3, 1945 was serving as a technician fifth grade in Battery C, 10th Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division. On that day, near Biesheim, France, his unit was ambushed by a larger enemy force. After giving medical aid to two wounded soldiers, Peden ran for help despite intense enemy fire. He found a friendly tank and guided it to the ambush site, but was killed when the tank was hit by hostile fire. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor a year later, on February 13, 1946.



The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Technician Fifth Grade Forrest E. Peden (ASN: 37503529), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty on 3 February 1945, while serving with Battery C, 10th Field Artillery Battalion, 3d Infantry Division, in action at Biesheim, France. Technician Fifth Grade Peden was a forward artillery observer when the group of about 45 infantrymen with whom he was advancing was ambushed in the uncertain light of a waning moon. Enemy forces outnumbering the Americans by four-to-one poured withering artillery, mortar, machinegun, and small-arms fire into the stricken unit from the flanks, forcing our men to seek the cover of a ditch which they found already occupied by enemy foot troops. As the opposing infantrymen struggled in hand-to-hand combat, Technician Peden courageously went to the assistance of two wounded soldiers and rendered first aid under heavy fire. With radio communications inoperative, he realized that the unit would be wiped out unless help could be secured from the rear. On his own initiative, he ran 800 yards to the battalion command post through a hail of bullets which pierced his jacket and there secured two light tanks to go to the relief of his hard-pressed comrades. Knowing the terrible risk involved, he climbed upon the hull of the lead tank and guided it into battle. Through a murderous concentration of fire the tank lumbered onward, bullets and shell fragments ricocheting from its steel armor within inches of the completely exposed rider, until it reached the ditch. As it was about to go into action it was turned into a flaming pyre by a direct hit which killed Technician Peden. However, his intrepidity and gallant sacrifice was not in vain. Attracted by the light from the burning tank, reinforcements found the beleaguered Americans and drove off the enemy.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 18 (February 13, 1946)

Action Date: 3-Feb-45

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