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World War II - U.S. Army

Robert D Booker

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company B, 133d Infantry,
    34th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 9, 1943
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Fondouk, Tunisia
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action. On 9 April 1943 in the vicinity of Fondouk, Tunisia, Pvt. Booker, while engaged in action against the enemy, carried a light machine gun and a box of ammunition over 200 yards of open ground. He continued to advance despite the fact that two enemy machine guns and several mortars were using him as an individual target. Although enemy artillery also began to register on him, upon reaching his objective he immediately commenced firing. After being wounded he silenced one enemy machine gun and was begining to fire at the other when he received a second mortal wound. With his last remaining strength he encouraged the members of his squad and directed their fire. Pvt. Booker acted without regard for his own safety. His initiative and courage against insurmountable odds are an example of the highest standard of self-sacrifice and fidelity to duty.
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert D. Booker
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert D. Booker
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Callaway, Custer County, Nebraska
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: July 11, 1920, Callaway, Custer County, NE, United States
  • Died: April 9, 1943, Tunisia
  • Buried: Rose Hill Cemetery (MH) (D-2), Callaway, NE, United States

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