DeFranzo, Arthur Frederick, S/Sgt

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1944, 745, A Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1940 - 1944

Staff Sergeant


One Service Stripe



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Saugus, Massachusetts
Last Address
Vaubadon, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France

Casualty Date
Jun 10, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
France
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Riverside Cemetery - Saugus, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
42.4606, -71.0062

 Official Badges 

Belgian Fourragere


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorCongressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor
  1944, World War II Fallen
  1944, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1945, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1945, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment
  1942-1944, 745, A Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Staff Sergeant in the 1st Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Vaubadon, France, on June 10, 1944. 


   
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

*DEFRANZO, ARTHUR F.

Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Vaubadon, France, 10 June 1944. Entered service at: Saugus, Mass. Birth: Saugus, Mass. G.O. No.: 1, 4 January 1945.

Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, on 10 June 1944, near Vaubadon, France. As scouts were advancing across an open field, the enemy suddenly opened fire with several machineguns and hit 1 of the men. S/Sgt. DeFranzo courageously moved out in the open to the aid of the wounded scout and was himself wounded but brought the man to safety. Refusing aid, S/Sgt. DeFranzo reentered the open field and led the advance upon the enemy. There were always at least 2 machineguns bringing unrelenting fire upon him, but S/Sgt. DeFranzo kept going forward, firing into the enemy and 1 by 1 the enemy emplacements became silent. While advancing he was again wounded, but continued on until he was within 100 yards of the enemy position and even as he fell, he kept firing his rifle and waving his men forward. When his company came up behind him, S/Sgt. DeFranzo, despite his many severe wounds, suddenly raised himself and once more moved forward in the lead of his men until he was again hit by enemy fire. In a final gesture of indomitable courage, he threw several grenades at the enemy machinegun position and completely destroyed the gun. In this action, S/Sgt. DeFranzo lost his life, but by bearing the brunt of the enemy fire in leading the attack, he prevented a delay in the assault which would have been of considerable benefit to the foe, and he made possible his company's advance with a minimum of casualties. The extraordinary heroism and magnificent devotion to duty displayed by S/Sgt. DeFranzo was a great inspiration to all about him, and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the armed forces.

   
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