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World War II - U.S. Marine Corps

Robert Howard McCard

  • Rank: Gunnery Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company A, 4th Tank Battalion,
    4th Marine Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 16, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Saipan, Marianas Islands
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as platoon sergeant of Company A, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, during the battle for enemy Japanese-held Saipan, Marianas Islands on 16 June 1944. Cut off from the other units of his platoon when his tank was put out of action by a battery of enemy 77-mm guns, G/Sgt. McCard carried on resolutely, bringing all the tank's weapons to bear on the enemy, until the severity of the hostile fire caused him to order his crew out of the escape hatch while he courageously exposed himself to enemy guns by hurling hand grenades in order to cover the evacuation of his men. Seriously wounded during this action and with his supply of grenades exhausted, G/Sgt. McCard then dismantled one of the tank's machine guns and faced the Japanese for the second time to deliver vigorous fire into their positions, destroying 16 of the enemy but sacrificing himself to insure the safety of his crew. His valiant fighting spirit and supreme loyalty in the face of almost certain death reflect the highest credit upon G/Sgt. McCard and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert H. McCard
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert H. McCard
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 10, 1945
    Centralia, IL, presented by Rear Adm. Arthur S. Carpender, Commandant, 9th Naval District, tohis widow, Lizette McCard
  • Born: November 25, 1918, Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY, United States
  • Died: June 16, 1944, Saipan, Mariana Islands
  • Buried: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) (MH) (B-1024), Honolulu, HI, United States

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