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CMOHS.org - Technical Sergeant MEAGHER, JOHN, U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

MEAGHER, JOHN

Rank: Technical Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company E
Division: 305th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division
Born: Jersey City, N.J.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Jersey City, N.J.
G.O. Number: 60
Date of Issue: 06/26/1946
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Ozato, Okinawa, 19 June 1945
 
 


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Citation

He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. In the heat of the fight, he mounted an assault tank, and, with bullets splattering about him, designated targets to the gunner. Seeing an enemy soldier carrying an explosive charge dash for the tank treads, he shouted fire orders to the gunner, leaped from the tank, and bayoneted the charging soldier. Knocked unconscious and his rifle destroyed, he regained consciousness, secured a machinegun from the tank, and began a furious 1-man assault on the enemy. Firing from his hip, moving through vicious crossfire that ripped through his clothing, he charged the nearest pillbox, killing 6. Going on amid the hail of bullets and grenades, he dashed for a second enemy gun, running out of ammunition just as he reached the position. He grasped his empty gun by the barrel and in a violent onslaught killed the crew. By his fearless assaults T/Sgt. Meagher single-handedly broke the enemy resistance, enabling his platoon to take its objective and continue the advance.