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World War II - U.S. Army

Donald Ronald Lobaugh

Details
  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    127th Infantry,
    32d Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 22, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Afua, New Guinea
Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty near Afua, New Guinea, 22 July 1944. While Pvt. Lobaugh's company was withdrawing from its position on 21 July, the enemy attacked and cut off approximately one platoon of our troops. The platoon immediately occupied, organized, and defended a position, which it held throughout the night. Early on 22 July, an attempt was made to effect its withdrawal, but during the preparation therefor, the enemy emplaced a machine gun, protected by the fire of rifles and automatic weapons, which blocked the only route over which the platoon could move. Knowing that it was the key to the enemy position, Pfc. Lobaugh volunteered to attempt to destroy this weapon, even though in order to reach it he would be forced to work his way about 30 yards over ground devoid of cover. When part way across this open space he threw a hand grenade, but exposed himself in the act and was wounded. Heedless of his wound, he boldly rushed the emplacement, firing as he advanced. The enemy concentrated their fire on him, and he was struck repeatedly, but he continued his attack and killed two more before he was himself slain. Pfc. Lobaugh's heroic actions inspired his comrades to press the attack, and to drive the enemy from the position with heavy losses. His fighting determination and intrepidity in battle exemplify the highest traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Medal of Honor Recipient Donald R. Lobaugh
Medal of Honor Recipient Donald R. Lobaugh
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Freeport, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: February 7, 1925, Freeport, Armstrong County, PA, United States
  • Died: July 22, 1944, New Guinea
  • Buried: Rimersburg Cemetery (MH), Rimersburg, PA, United States
 

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