"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above
and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of Company C, First
Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action
against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the
Volcano Islands, on 20 and 21 February 1945. Defying uninterrupted
blasts of Japanese artillery, mortar, rifle and machine-gun
fire, Captain Dunlap led his troops in a determined advance from low
ground uphill toward the steep cliffs from which the enemy poured a
devastating rain of shrapnel and bullets, steadily inching forward until
the tremendous volume of enemy fire from the caves located high to his
front temporarily halted his progress. Determined not to yield, he
crawled alone approximately 200 yards forward of his front lines, took
observation at the base of the cliff 50 yards from Japanese lines,
located the enemy gun position and returned to his own lines where he
relayed the vital information to supporting artillery and naval gunfire
units. Persistently disregarding his own personal safety, he placed
himself in an exposed vantage point to direct more accurately the
supporting fire and, working without respite for two days and two nights
under constant enemy fire, skillfully directed a smashing bombardment
against the almost impregnable Japanese positions despite numerous
obstacles and heavy Marine casualties. A brilliant leader, Captain
Dunlap inspired his men to heroic efforts during this critical phase of
the battle and by his cool decision, indomitable fighting spirit and
daring tactics in the face of fanatic opposition great accelerated the
final decisive defeat of Japanese countermeasures in his sector and
materially furthered the continued advance of his company. His great
personal valor and gallant spirit of self-sacrifice throughout the
bitter hostilities reflect the highest credit upon Captain Dunlap and
the United States Naval Service."
From Capt. Dunlap's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on December 18, 1945.
Thank you for your service and may you be at peace,
Just wanted to let you all know about the excellent WWII stuff provided by 1st. Corps. This biz has all the major belligerents with numerous vehicles. The minis are closer to true 28mm so they should mesh well with Warlord and Perry but a bit to small for line like Victory Force. So if your looking for a new army or minis line, swing by 1st Corps to see what they got.
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and
beyond the call of duty, on 23 May 1944, near Ponte Rotto, Italy. Pfc.
Dutko left the cover of an abandoned enemy trench at the height of an
artillery concentration in a single-handed attack upon 3 machine guns and
an 88mm mobile gun. Despite the intense fire of these 4 weapons which
were aimed directly at him, Pfc. Dutko ran 100 yards through the impact
area, paused momentarily in a shell crater, and then continued his
l-man assault. Although machine gun bullets kicked up the dirt at his
heels, and 88mm shells exploded within 30 yards of him, Pfc. Dutko
nevertheless made his way to a point within 30 yards of the first enemy
machine gun and killed both gunners with a hand grenade.
Although the second machine gun wounded him, knocking him to the ground,
Pfc. Dutko regained his feet and advanced on the 88mm gun, firing his Browning automatic rifle
from the hip. When he came within 10 yards of this weapon he killed its
5-man crew with 1 long burst of fire. Wheeling on the machine gun which
had wounded him, Pfc. Dutko killed the gunner and his assistant. The
third German machine gun fired on Pfc. Dutko from a position 20 yards
distant wounding him a second time as he proceeded toward the enemy
weapon in a half run. He killed both members of its crew with a single
burst from his Browning automatic rifle, continued toward the gun and
died, his body falling across the dead German crew."
If anyone is around the Austin, TX area this weekend be sure to swing by on Friday and Saturday where I will be hosting a couple Battleground Weird WWII games. Swing by here and get the skinny on where, when and how.
Look forward to seeing ya,
Well Millennium is over for me and boy was it a fantastic time! Caught up with some old pals and made some great new ones. Hosted two epic Weird WWII battles that saw all sorts of heroics and good times. Thanks for all the players who took part!
Until next year,
Airfield raid board.
A Nazi counterattack!
The SS panzergrenadiers dismount from their walker transports.
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and
beyond the call of duty. At about 1430 hours on 8 January 1945, during
an attack on Hill 616, near Kayserberg, France, T/Sgt. Dunham
single-handedly assaulted 3 enemy machine guns. Wearing a white robe
made of a mattress cover, carrying 12 carbine magazines and with a dozen
hand grenades snagged in his belt, suspenders, and buttonholes, T/Sgt.
Dunham advanced in the attack up a snow-covered hill under fire from 2
machine guns and supporting riflemen. His platoon 35 yards behind him,
T/Sgt. Dunham crawled 75 yards under heavy direct fire toward the
timbered emplacement shielding the left machine gun. As he jumped to his
feet 10 yards from the gun and charged forward, machine gun fire tore
through his camouflage robe and a rifle bullet seared a 10-inch gash
across his back sending him spinning 15 yards down hill into the snow.
When the indomitable sergeant sprang to his feet to renew his 1-man
assault, a German egg grenade landed beside him. He kicked it aside, and
as it exploded 5 yards away, shot and killed the German machine gunner
and assistant gunner. His carbine empty, he jumped into the emplacement
and hauled out the third member of the gun crew by the collar. Although
his back wound was causing him excruciating pain and blood was seeping
through his white coat, T/Sgt. Dunham proceeded 50 yards through a storm
of automatic and rifle fire to attack the second machine gun.
Twenty-five yards from the emplacement he hurled 2 grenades, destroying
the gun and its crew; then fired down into the supporting foxholes with
his carbine dispatching and dispersing the enemy riflemen. Although his
coat was so thoroughly blood-soaked that he was a conspicuous target
against the white landscape, T/Sgt. Dunham again advanced ahead of his
platoon in an assault on enemy positions farther up the hill. Coming
under machine gun fire from 65 yards to his front, while rifle grenades
exploded 10 yards from his position, he hit the ground and crawled
forward. At 15 yards range, he jumped to his feet, staggered a few paces
toward the timbered machine gun emplacement and killed the crew with
hand grenades. An enemy rifleman fired at pointblank range, but missed
him. After killing the rifleman, T/Sgt. Dunham drove others from their
foxholes with grenades and carbine fire. Killing 9 Germans—wounding 7
and capturing 2—firing about 175 rounds of carbine ammunition, and
expending 11 grenades, T/Sgt. Dunham, despite a painful wound,
spearheaded a spectacular and successful diversionary attack."
"For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond
the call of duty in action with the enemy at Bougainville, Solomon Islands, 30 January 1944. S/Sgt. Drowley, a squad leader in a platoon
whose mission during an attack was to remain under cover while holding
the perimeter defense and acting as a reserve for assaulting echelon,
saw 3 members of the assault company fall badly wounded. When intense
hostile fire prevented aid from reaching the casualties, he fearlessly
rushed forward to carry the wounded to cover. After rescuing 2 men,
S/Sgt. Drowley discovered an enemy pillbox undetected by assaulting
tanks that was inflicting heavy casualties upon the attacking force and
was a chief obstacle to the success of the advance. Delegating the
rescue of the third man to an assistant, he ran across open terrain to 1
of the tanks. Signaling to the crew, he climbed to the turret,
exchanged his weapon for a submachine gun and voluntarily rode the deck of the tank directing it toward the pillbox by tracer fire.
The tank, under constant heavy enemy fire, continued to within 20 feet
of the pillbox where S/Sgt. Drowley received a severe bullet wound in
the chest. Refusing to return for medical treatment, he remained on the
tank and continued to direct its progress until the enemy box was
definitely located by the crew. At this point he again was wounded by
small arms fire, losing his left eye and falling to the ground. He
remained alongside the tank until the pillbox had been completely
demolished and another directly behind the first destroyed. S/Sgt.
Drowley, his voluntary mission successfully accomplished, returned alone
for medical treatment."