Lara, Salvador, S/Sgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1945, 745, 7th Army
Service Years
1942 - 1945

Staff Sergeant


One Service Stripe



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Riverside
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Sep 01, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Italy
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Lorraine, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot F, Row 17, Grave 33

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team 7th Army




 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenCongressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1945, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  1945, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
45th Infantry Division3rd Battalion, 180th Infantry RegimentII Corps7th Army
  1942-1945, 745, 45th Infantry Division
  1942-1945, 745, 3rd Battalion, 180th Infantry Regiment
  1942-1945, 745, II Corps
  1942-1945, 745, 7th Army
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Medal of Honor



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 Private First Class Salvador J. Lara (ASN: 39529348), United States Army, for acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as the Squad Leader of a rifle squad with 2d Platoon, Company L, 180th Infantry, 45th Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Aprilia, Italy on 27 and 28 May 1944. On the afternoon of the 27th, Private First Class Lara aggressively led his rifle squad in neutralizing multiple enemy strongpoints and in inflicting large numbers of casualties on the enemy. Having taken his initial objective, Private First Class Lara noticed that the unit to his right was meeting stiff resistance from a large, well-entrenched enemy force in a deep ditch. Private First Class Lara quickly gathered three men and attacked a wide section of the enemy position, killing four, forcing fifteen others to surrender and causing two enemy mortar crews to abandon their weapons. His fearless and efficient performance enabled both his own unit and the unit to his right to continue to their objective. The next morning, as his company resumed the attack, Private First Class Lara sustained a severe leg wound, but did not stop to receive first aid. His company suffered heavy casualties as a result of withering machinegun fire coming from an enemy strongpoint on the right flank. After requesting permission to destroy the enemy machineguns armed only with a Browning Automatic Rifle, Private First Class Lara crawled alone toward the nearest machinegun. Despite his painful wound and the extreme danger of the task, he rose and fearlessly charged the nest, killing the crew members. Another machinegun opened fire on him, but he quickly neutralized this weapon with accurate fire from his Browning, killing three more of the enemy. His aggressive attack forced two other machinegun crews to flee their weapons. After rejoining his company, Private First Class Lara continued his exemplary performance until he captured his objective. Private First Class Lara's extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 69 (1944)

Action Date: May 27 & 28, 1944

Service: Army

Rank: Private First Class

Company: Company L

Regiment: 180th Infantry Regiment

Division: 45th Infantry Division
   
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