Bianchi, Willibald Charles, 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
1942-1945, 1542, Philippine Division/45th Infantry Regiment (PS)
Service Years
1940 - 1945

Infantry

First Lieutenant



Five Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1915
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Ulm, Minnesota
Last Address
Bagac, Philippines

Casualty Date
Jan 09, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Philippines
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section MA, Grave 39

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 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of HonorThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorWorld War II Fallen
  1942, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1942, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1942, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1942, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1945, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Rifle
Recoilless Rifle
Auto Rifle

 
 Unit Assignments
Philippine Division/45th Infantry Regiment (PS)
  1942-1945, 1542, Philippine Division/45th Infantry Regiment (PS)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Bataan
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Bataan Death March
 Colleges Attended 
South Dakota State University
  1935-1939, South Dakota State University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served as a First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 45th Infantry, Philippine Scouts. On February 3, 1942, near Bagac, Province of Bataan, Philippine Islands he led his platoon forward against two enemy machinegun nests. When wounded early in the action he did not stop for aid but discarded his rifle and began firing a pistol. He located the first machinegun nest and personally silenced it with grenades. When wounded the second time by machinegun fire to the chest, he climbed to the top of an American tank, manned its machinegun and fired into the second enemy position. A third wound knocked him completely off the tank but his actions succeeded in the Japanese position to be captured by infantrymen with minimal effort. He was captured with the main forces in the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942 and was in many prisoner of war camps in the years to follow. On January 9, 1945 aboard a Japanese unmarked prison ship he was killed by an American plane, unaware the target was filled with American prisoners.


   
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

 

*BIANCHI, WILLIBALD C.

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 45th Infantry, Philippine Scouts. Place and date: Near Bagac, Bataan Province, Philippine Islands, 3 February 1942. Entered service at: New Ulm, Minn. Birth: New Ulm, Minn. G.O. No.: 11, 5 March 1942.

Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy on 3 February 1942, near Bagac, Province of Bataan, Philippine Islands. When the rifle platoon of another company was ordered to wipe out 2 strong enemy machinegun nests, 1st Lt. Bianchi voluntarily and of his own initiative, advanced with the platoon leading part of the men. When wounded early in the action by 2 bullets through the left hand, he did not stop for first aid but discarded his rifle and began firing a pistol. He located a machinegun nest and personally silenced it with grenades. When wounded the second time by 2 machinegun bullets through the chest muscles, 1st Lt. Bianchi climbed to the top of an American tank, manned its antiaircraft machinegun, and fired into strongly held enemy position until knocked completely off the tank by a third severe wound.

   
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