Davila, Rudolph B., 1LT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, 1542, 7th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1941 - 1945

Infantry

First Lieutenant



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1916
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Davila, Rudolph B. (MOH), 1LT.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
El Paso, Texas
Last Address
Vista, California

Date of Passing
Jan 26, 2002
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 67, Lot 3458

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor
  2000, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  2000, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He received the Medal of Honor 56 years after he prevented a 130-man American rife company from being slaughtered in a German ambush in Italy during World War II. His citation reads "Staff Sergeant Rudolph B. Davila distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action, on 28 May 1944, near Artena, Italy. During the offensive which broke through the German mountain strongholds surrounding the Anzio beachhead, Staff Sergeant Davila risked death to provide heavy weapons support for a beleaguered rifle company. Caught on an exposed hillside by heavy, grazing fire from a well-entrenched German force, his machine gunners were reluctant to risk putting their guns into action. Crawling fifty yards to the nearest machine gun, Staff Sergeant Davila set it up alone and opened fire on the enemy. In order to observe the effect of his fire, Sergeant Davila fired from the kneeling position, ignoring the enemy fire that struck the tripod and passed between his legs. Ordering a gunner to take over, he crawled forward to a vantage point and directed the firefight with hand and arm signals until both hostile machine guns were silenced. Bringing his three remaining machine guns into action, he drove the enemy to a reserve position two hundred yards to the rear. When he received a painful wound in the leg, he dashed to a burned tank and, despite the crash of bullets on the hull, engaged a second enemy force from the tank's turret. Dismounting, he advanced 130 yards in short rushes, crawled 20 yards and charged into an enemy-held house to eliminate the defending force of five with a hand grenade and rifle fire. Climbing to the attic, he straddled a large shell hole in the wall and opened fire on the enemy. Although the walls of the house were crumbling, he continued to fire until he had destroyed two more machine guns. His intrepid actions brought desperately needed heavy weapons support to a hard-pressed rifle company and silenced four machine gunners, which forced the enemy to abandon their prepared positions. Staff Sergeant Davila's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army".

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
7th Infantry Regiment
  1943-1945, 1542, 7th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
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