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CMOHS.org - Private GANDARA, JOE, U.S. Army

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GANDARA, JOE

Rank: Private
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company D, 2d Battalion
Division: 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Born: April 25, 1924, Santa Monica, CA
Departed: Yes (06/09/1944)
Entered Service At: Los Angeles, CA
G.O. Number:
Date of Issue: 03/18/2014
Accredited To:
Place / Date: June 9, 1944, Amfreville, France
 
 


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Citation

Private Joe Gandara distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company D, 2d Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Amfreville, France on June 9, 1944. On that day, Private Gandara's detachment came under devastating enemy fire from a strong German force, pinning the men to the ground for a period of four hours. Private Gandara voluntarily advanced alone toward the enemy position. Firing his machinegun from his hip as he moved forward, he destroyed three hostile machineguns before he was fatally wounded. Private Gandara's extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, 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.