Dutko, John W, 1st Sgt

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Last Rank
First Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 745, 30th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1943 - 1944

First Sergeant



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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Dilltown, Pennsylvania
Last Address
Ponte, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy

Casualty Date
May 23, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Italy
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Beverly National Cemetery - Beverly, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Distinguished Service Section, Grave 1

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenCongressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor
  1944, World War II Fallen
  1944, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1944, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
30th Infantry Regiment
  1943-1944, 745, 30th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
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Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Private First Class in Company A, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Ponte Rotto, Italy, on May 23, 1944. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, on 23 May 1944, near Ponte Rotto, Italy. Pfc. Dutko left the cover of an abandoned enemy trench at the height of an artillery concentration in a single-handed attack upon 3 machineguns and an 88mm. mobile gun. Despite the intense fire of these 4 weapons which were aimed directly at him, Pfc. Dutko ran 10.0 yards through the impact area, paused momentarily in a shell crater, and then continued his l-man assault. Although machinegun bullets kicked up the dirt at his heels, and 88mm. shells exploded within 30 yards of him, Pfc. Dutko nevertheless made his way to a point within 30 yards of the first enemy machinegun and killed both gunners with a hand grenade. Although the second machinegun wounded him, knocking him to the ground, Pfc. Dutko regained his feet and advanced on the 88mm. gun, firing his Browning automatic rifle from the hip. When he came within 10 yards of this weapon he killed its 5-man crew with 1 long burst of fire. Wheeling on the machinegun which had wounded him, Pfc. Dutko killed the gunner and his assistant. The third German machinegun fired on Pfc. Dutko from a position 20 yards distant wounding him a second time as he proceeded toward the enemy weapon in a half run. He killed both members of its crew with a single burst from his Browning automatic rifle, continued toward the gun and died, his body falling across the dead German crew". His Medal was posthumously awarded on October 5, 1944.

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