Monday, December 12, 2011

Medal of Honor Monday: Arthur F. DeFranzo

 
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, on June 10, 1944, near Vaubadon, France.  As scouts were advancing across an open field, the enemy suddenly opened fire with several machine guns and hit 1 of the men.  S/Sgt. DeFranzo courageously moved out in the open to the aid of the wounded scout and was himself wounded but brought the man to safety.  Refusing aid, S/Sgt. DeFranzo reentered the open field and led the advance upon the enemy.  There were always at least 2 machine guns bringing unrelenting fire upon him, but S/Sgt. DeFranzo kept going forward, firing into the enemy and 1 by 1 the enemy emplacements became silent.  While advancing he was again wounded, but continued on until he was within 100 yards of the enemy position and even as he fell, he kept firing his rifle and waving his men forward.  When his company came up behind him, S/Sgt. DeFranzo, despite his many severe wounds, suddenly raised himself and once more moved forward in the lead of his men until he was again hit by enemy fire.  In a final gesture of indomitable courage, he threw several grenades at the enemy machine gun position and completely destroyed the gun.  In this action, S/Sgt. DeFranzo lost his life, but by bearing the brunt of the enemy fire in leading the attack, he prevented a delay in the assault which would have been of considerable benefit to the foe, and he made possible his company's advance with a minimum of casualties.  The extraordinary heroism and magnificent devotion to duty displayed by S/Sgt. DeFranzo was a great inspiration to all about him, and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the armed forces." 

From S/Sgt. DeFranzo's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on January 4, 1945.
 
Thank you for your service and may you be at peace,
Brian 

DeFranzo memorial in Sagus MA.  It reads...
""He stands in the unbroken line of
patriots who have dared to die that freedom might
live, and grow, and increase its blessings,
freedom lives, and through it, he lives - in a way that
humbles the undertakings of most men." -Franklin D. Roosevel
"

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