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World War II - U.S. Army

Lloyd C Hawks

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Medical Detachment, Company G, 30th Infantry,
    3d Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: January 30, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Carano, Italy
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On 30 January 1944, at 3 P.M., near Carano, Italy, Pfc. Hawks braved an enemy counterattack in order to rescue two wounded men who, unable to move, were lying in an exposed position within 30 yards of the enemy. Two riflemen, attempting the rescue, had been forced to return to their fighting holes by extremely severe enemy machine-gun fire, after crawling only 10 yards toward the casualties. An aidman, whom the enemy could plainly identify as such, had been critically wounded in a similar attempt. Pfc. Hawks, nevertheless, crawled 50 yards through a veritable hail of machine-gun bullets and flying mortar fragments to a small ditch, administered first aid to his fellow aidman who had sought cover therein, and continued toward the two wounded men 50 yards distant. An enemy machine-gun bullet penetrated his helmet, knocking it from his head, momentarily stunning him. Thirteen bullets passed through his helmet as it lay on the ground within six inches of his body. Pfc. Hawks crawled to the casualties, administered first aid to the more seriously wounded man, and dragged him to a covered position 25 yards distant. Despite continuous automatic fire from positions only 30 yards away and shells which exploded within 25 yards, Pfc. Hawks returned to the second man and administered first aid to him. As he raised himself to obtain bandages from his medical kit his right hip was shattered by a burst of machine-gun fire and a second burst splintered his left forearm. Displaying dogged determination and extreme self-control, Pfc. Hawks, despite severe pain and his dangling left arm, completed the task of bandaging the remaining casualty and with superhuman effort dragged him to the same depression to which he had brought the first man. Finding insufficient cover for three men at this point, Pfc. Hawks crawled 75 yards in an effort to regain his company, reaching the ditch in which his fellow aidman was lying.
Medal of Honor Recipient Lloyd C. Hawks
Medal of Honor Recipient Lloyd C. Hawks
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Park Rapids, Hubbard County, Minnesota
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: January 13, 1911, Becker, Sherburne County, MN, United States
  • Died: October 26, 1953
  • Buried: Greenwood Cemetery (54-3), Park Rapids, MN, United States

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