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World War II - U.S. Army

George Benjamin Jr.

Details
  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company A, 306th Infantry,
    77th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: December 21, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Leyte, Philippine Islands
Citation
He was a radio operator, advancing in the rear of his company as it engaged a well-defended Japanese strongpoint holding up the progress of the entire battalion. When a rifle platoon supporting a light tank hesitated in its advance, he voluntarily and with utter disregard for personal safety left his comparatively secure position and ran across bullet-whipped terrain to the tank, waving and shouting to the men of the platoon to follow. Carrying his bulky radio and armed only with a pistol, he fearlessly penetrated intense machine-gun and rifle fire to the enemy position, where he killed one of the enemy in a foxhole and moved to annihilate the crew of a light machine gun. Heedless of the terrific fire now concentrated on him, he continued to spearhead the assault, killing two more of the enemy and exhorting the other men to advance, until he fell mortally wounded. After being evacuated to an aid station, his first thought was still of the American advance. Overcoming great pain he called for the battalion operations officer to report the location of enemy weapons and valuable tactical information he had secured in his heroic charge. The unwavering courage, the unswerving devotion to the task at hand, the aggressive leadership of Pfc. Benjamin were a source of great and lasting inspiration to his comrades and were to a great extent responsible for the success of the battalion's mission.
Medal of Honor Recipient George Benjamin Jr.
Medal of Honor Recipient George Benjamin Jr.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Carney's Point, Salem County, New Jersey
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: Presented by Brig. Gen. Ralph K. Robertson to his Widow
  • Born: April 24, 1919, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA, United States
  • Died: December 21, 1944, Philippine Islands
  • Buried: A.B.M.C. Manila Cemetery (MH) (B-7-156), Manila, Philippine Islands
 

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