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World War II - U.S. Army

Robert E Roeder

Details
  • Rank: Captain
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company G, 350th Infantry,
    88th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 27 - 28, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Mount Battaglia, Italy
Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. Roeder commanded his company in defense of the strategic Mount Battaglia. Shortly after the company had occupied the hill, the Germans launched the first of a series of determined counterattacks to regain this dominating height. Completely exposed to ceaseless enemy artillery and small-arms fire, Capt. Roeder constantly circulated among his men, encouraging them and directing their defense against the persistent enemy. During the sixth counterattack, the enemy, by using flamethrowers and taking advantage of the fog, succeeded in overrunning the position. Capt. Roeder led his men in a fierce battle at close quarters to repulse the attack with heavy losses to the Germans. The following morning, while the company was engaged in repulsing an enemy counterattack in force, Capt. Roeder was seriously wounded and rendered unconscious by shell fragments. He was carried to the company command post, where he regained consciousness. Refusing medical treatment, he insisted on rejoining his men. Although in a weakened condition, Capt. Roeder dragged himself to the door of the command post and, picking up a rifle, braced himself in a sitting position. He began firing his weapon, shouted words of encouragement, and issued orders to his men. He personally killed two Germans before he himself was killed instantly by an exploding shell. Through Capt. Roeder's able and intrepid leadership his men held Mount Battaglia against the aggressive and fanatical enemy attempts to retake this important and strategic height. His valorous performance is exemplary of the fighting spirit of the U.S. Army.
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert E. Roeder
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert E. Roeder
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Summit Station, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: July 25, 1917, Summit Station, Schuylkill County, PA, United States
  • Died: September 28, 1944, Italy
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (12-6116), Arlington, VA, United States
 

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