Monday, June 21, 2010

Medal of Honor Monday: Silvestre S. Herrera

"He advanced with a platoon along a wooded road until stopped by heavy enemy machine gun fire.  As the rest of the unit took cover, he made a 1-man frontal assault on a strong point and captured 8 enemy soldiers.  When the platoon resumed its advance and was subjected to fire from a second emplacement beyond an extensive minefield, Pvt. Herrera again moved forward, disregarding the danger of exploding mines, to attack the position.  He stepped on a mine and had both feet severed but, despite intense pain and unchecked loss of blood, he pinned down the enemy with accurate rifle fire while a friendly squad captured the enemy gun by skirting the minefield and rushing in from the flank.  The magnificent courage, extraordinary heroism, and willing self-sacrifice displayed by Pvt. Herrera resulted in the capture of 2 enemy strong points and the taking of 8 prisoners." 

From Pvt. Herrera's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on August 23, 1945.
May you be at peace,
United States Army Reserve Center in Mesa, AZ

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