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World War II - U.S. Army

Theodore Roosevelt Jr.

  • Rank: Brigadier General
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    4th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 6, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Normandy Invasion, France

For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, in France. After two verbal requests to accompany the leading assault elements in the Normandy invasion had been denied, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt's written request for this mission was approved and he landed with the first wave of the forces assaulting the enemy-held beaches. He repeatedly led groups from the beach, over the seawall, and established them inland. His valor, courage, and presence in the very front of the attack and his complete unconcern at being under heavy fire inspired the troops to heights of enthusiasm and self-sacrifice. Although the enemy had the beach under constant direct fire, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt moved from one locality to another, rallying men around him, directed, and personally led them against the enemy. Under his seasoned, precise, calm, and unfaltering leadership, assault troops reduced beach strongpoints and rapidly moved inland with minimum casualties. He thus contributed substantially to the successful establishment of the beachhead in France.

Medal of Honor Recipient Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
Medal of Honor Recipient Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Oyster Bay, Nassau County, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: September 21, 1944

    The Pentagon, presented by Sec. of War Henry L. Stimson to his Widow

  • Born: September 13, 1887, Oyster Bay, Nassau County, NY, United States
  • Died: July 12, 1944, Normandy, France
  • Buried: A.B.M.C. Normandy Cemetery (MH) (D-28-45), St Laurent-sur-Mer, France
  • Location of Medal: Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Cove Neck, NY

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