Monday, January 13, 2014

Medal of Honor Monday: Pedro Cano (Mexico)


"For acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company C, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Schevenhutte, Germany on 2 and 3 December 1944.  On the afternoon of the 2nd, American infantrymen launched an attack against German emplacements but were repulsed by enemy machine gun fire.  Armed with a rocket launcher, Private Cano crawled through a densely mined area under heavy enemy fire and successfully reached a point within ten yards of the nearest emplacement.   He quickly fired a rocket into the position, killing the two gunners and five supporting riflemen.  Without hesitating, he fired into a second position, killing two more gunners and proceeded to assault the position with hand grenades, killing several others and dispersing the rest.  Then, when an adjacent company encountered heavy fire, Private Cano crossed his company front, crept to within fifteen yards of the nearest enemy emplacement and killed the two machine gunners with a rocket.  With another round he killed two more gunners and destroyed a second gun.  On the following day, his company renewed the attack and again encountered heavy machine gun fire. Private Cano, armed with his rocket launcher, again moved across fire-swept terrain and destroyed three enemy machine guns in succession, killing the six gunners.   Private Cano’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

From Pvt. Cano's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on April 26, 1946.

Although denied the honor you should have received at first, the nation finally acknowledged your heroism as it should have.  May you be at peace,
Brian

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