Monday, November 14, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: John W. Dutko

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, on 23 May 1944, near Ponte Rotto, Italy. Pfc. Dutko left the cover of an abandoned enemy trench at the height of an artillery concentration in a single-handed attack upon 3 machine guns and an 88mm mobile gun.  Despite the intense fire of these 4 weapons which were aimed directly at him, Pfc. Dutko ran 100 yards through the impact area, paused momentarily in a shell crater, and then continued his l-man assault.  Although machine gun bullets kicked up the dirt at his heels, and 88mm shells exploded within 30 yards of him, Pfc. Dutko nevertheless made his way to a point within 30 yards of the first enemy machine gun and killed both gunners with a hand grenade.  Although the second machine gun wounded him, knocking him to the ground, Pfc. Dutko regained his feet and advanced on the 88mm gun, firing his Browning automatic rifle from the hip.  When he came within 10 yards of this weapon he killed its 5-man crew with 1 long burst of fire.  Wheeling on the machine gun which had wounded him, Pfc. Dutko killed the gunner and his assistant.  The third German machine gun fired on Pfc. Dutko from a position 20 yards distant wounding him a second time as he proceeded toward the enemy weapon in a half run.  He killed both members of its crew with a single burst from his Browning automatic rifle, continued toward the gun and died, his body falling across the dead German crew." 

From PFC Dutko's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on October 5, 1944.

A true ass kicker in ever possible way!

The Ultimate Soldier memorial PFC. Dutko doll.

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