Christian, Herbert F., Pvt

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Last Rank
Private
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1944, 745, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry
Service Years
1942 - 1944

Private



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1912
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Byesville, Ohio
Last Address
Valmontone, Italy

Casualty Date
Jun 03, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Italy
Conflict
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
Location of Interment
Greenwood Cemetery - Byesville, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Unknown

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

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry
  1942-1944, 745, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was killed in action. He served as a Private in the United States Army in Company E, 15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on June 2-3, 1944 near Valmontone, Italy. His citation reads in part "Although his right leg was severed above the knee by cannon fire, Pvt. Christian advanced on his left knee and the bloody sump of his right thigh, firing his submachine gun. Despite excruciating pain, Pvt. Christian continued on his self-assigned mission. He succeeded in distracting the enemy and enabled his 12 comrades to escape. He killed three enemy soldiers almost at once. Leaving a trail of blood behind him, he made his way forward 20 yards, halted at a point within 10 yards of the enemy, and despite intense fire killed a machine-pistol man. Reloading his weapon, he fired directly into the enemy position. The enemy appeared enraged at the success of his ruse, concentrated 20-mm machine-gun, machine-pistol and rifle fire on him, yet he refused to seek cover. Maintaining his erect position, Pvt. Christian fired his weapon to the very last. Just as he emptied his submachine gun, the enemy bullets found their mark and Pvt. Christian slumped forward dead."

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