Deleau, Emile, Jr., Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, 745, 1st Battalion, 142nd Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1943 - 1945

Sergeant



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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lansing, Ohio
Last Address
Oberhoffen, France

Casualty Date
Feb 02, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
France
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Linwood Cemetery - Blaine, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section D

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Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyWorld War II FallenMedal of HonorThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1945, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1945, World War II Fallen
  1945, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 142nd Infantry Regiment
  1943-1945, 745, 1st Battalion, 142nd Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
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Last Known Activity

Sgt. Deleau entered the Army on 1 September 1943 at Columbus, Ohio.

He served in Company A, 142d Infantry, 36th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on February 1-2 1945 at Oberhoffen-sur-Moder, France.

 

   
Comments/Citation

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The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
to

*DELEAU, EMILE, JR.

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 142d Infantry, 36th Infantry Division. Place and date: Oberhoffen, France, 12 February 1945. Entered service at: Blaine, Ohio. Birth: Lansing, Ohio. G.O. No.: 60, 25 July 1945.

Citation
He led a squad in the night attack on Oberhoffen, France, where fierce house-to-house fighting took place. After clearing 1 building of opposition, he moved his men toward a second house from which heavy machinegun fire came. He courageously exposed himself to hostile bullets and, firing his submachine gun as he went, advanced steadily toward the enemy position until close enough to hurl grenades through a window, killing 3 Germans and wrecking their gun. His progress was stopped by heavy rifle and machinegun fire from another house. Sgt. Deleau dashed through the door with his gun blazing. Within, he captured 10 Germans. The squad then took up a position for the night and awaited daylight to resume the attack. At dawn of 2 February Sgt. Deleau pressed forward with his unit, killing 2 snipers as he advanced to a point where machinegun fire from a house barred the way. Despite vicious small-arms fire, Sgt. Deleau ran across an open area to reach the rear of the building, where he destroyed 1 machinegun and killed its 2 operators with a grenade. He worked to the front of the structure and located a second machinegun. Finding it impossible to toss a grenade into the house from his protected position, he fearlessly moved away from the building and was about to hurl his explosive when he was instantly killed by a burst from the gun he sought to knock out. With magnificent courage and daring aggressiveness, Sgt. Deleau cleared 4 well-defended houses of Germans, inflicted severe losses on the enemy and at the sacrifice of his own life aided his battalion to reach its objective with a minimum of casualties.

   
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