Monday, September 5, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: James H. Diamond

"As a member of the machine gun section, he displayed extreme gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty .  When a Japanese sniper rose from his foxhole to throw a grenade into their midst, this valiant soldier charged and killed the enemy with a burst from his sub-machine gun; then, by delivering sustained fire from his personal arm and simultaneously directing the fire of 105mm and .50 caliber weapons upon the enemy pillboxes immobilizing this and another machine gun section, he enabled them to put their guns into action.  When 2 infantry companies established a bridgehead, he voluntarily assisted in evacuating the wounded under heavy fire; and then, securing an abandoned vehicle, transported casualties to the rear through mortar and artillery fire so intense as to render the vehicle inoperative and despite the fact he was suffering from a painful wound.  The following day he again volunteered, this time for the hazardous job of repairing a bridge under heavy enemy fire.  On 14 May 1945, when leading a patrol to evacuate casualties from his battalion, which was cut off, he ran through a virtual hail of Japanese fire to secure an abandoned machine gun.  Though mortally wounded as he reached the gun, he succeeded in drawing sufficient fire upon himself so that the remaining members of the patrol could reach safety.  Pfc. Diamond's indomitable spirit, constant disregard of danger, and eagerness to assist his comrades, will ever remain a symbol of selflessness and heroic sacrifice to those for whom he gave his life." 

From PFC Diamond's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on March 6, 1946.
Thank you for your service and may you be at peace,

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