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World War II - U.S. Army

Robert Turner Waugh

  • Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company G, 339th Infantry,
    85th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 11 - 14, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Hill 79 near Tremensucli, Italy
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy. In the course of an attack upon an enemy-held hill on 11 May, 1st Lt. Waugh personally reconnoitered a heavily mined area before entering it with his platoon. Directing his men to deliver fire on six bunkers guarding this hill, 1st Lt. Waugh advanced alone against them, reached the first bunker, threw phosphorus grenades into it, and, as the defenders emerged, killed them with a burst from his tommy gun. He repeated this process on the five remaining bunkers, killing or capturing the occupants. On the morning of 14 May, 1st Lt. Waugh ordered his platoon to lay a base of fire on two enemy pillboxes located on a knoll which commanded the only trail up the hill. He then ran to the first pillbox, threw several grenades into it, drove the defenders into the open, and killed them. The second pillbox was next taken by this intrepid officer by similar methods. The fearless actions of 1st Lt. Waugh broke the Gustav Line at that point, neutralizing six bunkers and two pillboxes, and he was personally responsible for the death of 30 of the enemy and the capture of 25 others. He was later killed in action in Itri, Italy, while leading his platoon in an attack.
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert T. Waugh
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert T. Waugh
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: October 1944
    Fort Dupont, Delaware, presented by Maj. Gen. Henry Terrell Jr. to his widow
  • Born: January 16, 1919, Ashton, Providence County, RI, United States
  • Died: May 19, 1944, Italy
  • Buried: A.B.M.C. Sicily-Rome Cemetery (H-13-37), Nettuno, Italy

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