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World War II - U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

Frank Peter Witek

Details
  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    1st Battalion, 9th Marines,
    3d Marine Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 3, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Finegayen, Guam, Mariana Islands
Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division, during the battle of Finegayen at Guam, Marianas, on 3 August 1944. When his rifle platoon was halted by heavy surprise fire from well-camouflaged enemy positions, Pfc. Witek daringly remained standing to fire a full magazine from his automatic at point-blank range into a depression housing Japanese troops, killing eight of the enemy and enabling the greater part of his platoon to take cover. During his platoon's withdrawal for consolidation of lines, he remained to safeguard a severely wounded comrade, courageously returning the enemy's fire until the arrival of stretcher bearers and then covering the evacuation by sustained fire as he moved backward toward his own lines. With his platoon again pinned down by a hostile machine gun, Pfc. Witek, on his own initiative, moved forward boldly to the reinforcing tanks and infantry, alternately throwing hand grenades and firing as he advanced to within 5 to 10 yards of the enemy position, and destroying the hostile machine-gun emplacement and an additional eight Japanese before he himself was struck down by an enemy rifleman. His valiant and inspiring action effectively reduced the enemy's firepower, thereby enabling his platoon to attain its objective, and reflects the highest credit upon Pfc. Witek and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Medal of Honor Recipient Frank P. Witek
Medal of Honor Recipient Frank P. Witek
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Illinois
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: December 10, 1921, Derby, New Haven County, CT, United States
  • Died: August 3, 1944, Guam
  • Buried: Rock Island National Cemetery (MH) (E-72), Rock Island, IL, United States
 

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