Will, Walter J., 1LT

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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
1944-1945, HHC, 3rd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1940 - 1945

Infantry

First Lieutenant



Three Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pittsburg
Last Address
West Winfield, New York

Casualty Date
Oct 17, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Netherlands, Netherlands
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Rifle

 
 Unit Assignments
3rd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment
  1944-1945, HHC, 3rd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1940-1945 World War II
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
1st Lt. Walter Will enlisted as a Private in the Army on 14 December 1940 from Utica, New York.

In the ETO, he served with K Company, 3rd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry DIvision. He was killed in action near Elsern, Germany




Medal of Honor Citation

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Walter J. Will, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry during an attack on powerful enemy positions on 30 March 1945, while serving with Company K, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action at Eisern, Germany.

First Lieutenant Will courageously exposed himself to withering hostile fire to rescue two wounded men and then, although painfully wounded himself, made a third trip to carry another soldier to safety from an open area. Ignoring the profuse bleeding of his wound, he gallantly led men of his platoon forward until they were pinned down by murderous flanking fire from two enemy machineguns. He fearlessly crawled alone to within 30 feet of the first enemy position, killed the crew of four and silenced the gun with accurate grenade fire.

He continued to crawl through intense enemy fire to within 20 feet of the second position where he leaped to his feet, made a lone, ferocious charge and captured the gun and its nine-man crew. Observing another platoon pinned down by two more German machineguns, he led a squad on a flanking approach and, rising to his knees in the face of direct fire, coolly and deliberately lobbed three grenades at the Germans, silencing one gun and killing its crew. With tenacious aggressiveness, he ran toward the other gun and knocked it out with grenade fire. He then returned to his platoon and led it in a fierce, inspired charge, forcing the enemy to fall back in confusion.

First Lieutenant Will was mortally wounded in this last action, but his heroic leadership, indomitable courage, and unflinching devotion to duty live on as a perpetual inspiration to all those who witnessed his deeds.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 88, October 17, 1945
Action Date: 30-Mar-45
Service: Army
Rank: First Lieutenant
Company: Company K
Regiment: 18th Infantry Regiment
Division: 1st Infantry Division
   
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http://firstdivisionmuseum.org/history/medalofhonor/wwii/artifacts/will.aspx http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10248490 http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=3088
http://www.americandday.org/D-Day/1st_Infantry_Division-Order_of_battle.html
   
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