Cordes, Herman John, Pvt

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Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 745, RHHC, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) 101st Airborne Division
Service Years
1942 - 1944


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Angeles, California
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jun 12, 1944
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Normandy, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot D Row 2 Grave 31

 Official Badges 

101st Airbone Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Basic Parachutist (1 Combat Jump)

 Unit Assignments
506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
  1944-1944, 745, RHHC, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private Herman J. Cordes, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 June 1944, in France.

A patrol of which Private Cordes was a member, while attempting to determine whether or not forces observed in a nearby town were friendly, was suddenly brought under intense machine gun, mortar and artillery fire. Then, without hesitation and with total disregard for his own safety, Private Cordes moved a light machine gun to an exposed position on the road and opened fire on the enemy. Although the enemy placed their intense fire on Private Cordes, he continued to fire and hold his ground until the patrol had safely withdrawn.

The courage, initiative and determination displayed by Private Cordes in the face of great danger exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)
Action Date: 10-Jun-44
Service: Army
Rank: Private
Company: Company A
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Division: 101st Airborne Division
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