Monday, January 11, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Jose C. Calugas (Philippine Islands)


"The action for which the award was made took place near Culis, Bataan Province, Philippine Islands, on 16 January 1942.  A battery gun position was bombed and shelled by the enemy until 1 gun was put out of commission and all the cannoneers were killed or wounded.  Sgt. Calugas, a mess sergeant of another battery, voluntarily and without orders ran 1,000 yards across the shell-swept area to the gun position.  There he organized a volunteer squad which placed the gun back in commission and fired effectively against the enemy, although the position remained under constant and heavy Japanese artillery fire."

From Sgt. Calugas' Medal of Honor citation, awarded in 1945.

Thank you for your service and may you be at peace,
Brian

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