AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS OF THE 509TH PIB

VENTOTENE AMPHIBIOUS OPERATION

9 Sep 1943 - 19 Oct 1943

 

HQ FIFTH ARMY, GENERAL ORDER NUMBER 31, DATED : 28 Feb 1944

 

Pvt. Leonard A. Armstrong

Pfc. David W. Ayres

Cpl. Clarence E. Babbitt

Pfc. Charles M. Cann

Cpl. James Cunningham

Pfc. Myles W. Darling

Cpl. Cecil P. Dawson

Sgt. Francis A. Dean

Pfc. Amos H. Dunlap

Pvt. Lewie H. Edkard

Capt. Alwyn A. Engleman

Pfc. Amarante Garcia

Pfc. John S. Gerk

Pvt. Lloyd E. Graber

Pfc. Ralph H. Hall

T/4 George L. Houston

Cpl. Robert L. Howard

T/5 Earl F. Judd

Pvt. Joseph Kubic

Pfc. Robert J. Maille

Pvt. John G. Manifis

Sgt. Tony J. Manzella

Pfc. John H. Matthews

Cpl. Milton E. McCaig

1st Lt. Wilbur B. McClintock

Pfc. Marion A. McGee

Pfc. FloydL. Moody

Pfc. Robert S. Moran

1st Sgt. Mike O'Brien

Sgt. Andrew P. Omasta

Pfc. Stanley E. Palaha

Pvt. Albert Paparella

Pfc. Alfred L. Paul

Sgt. Frank Pflugler

Sgt. Edwin Platt

SSgt. Harold D. Ramey

Pfc. Rudolph C. Rich

Pfc. John C. Robinson

Sgt. Carl E. Salisbury

Pfc. Phillip E. Scott

Pfc. Phenis C. Settlemyre

1st Lt. Kenneth R. Shaker

SSgt. Jesse A. Silva

Pfc. Robert B. Stapleton

Pfc. Tom W. Stevens

Pfc. William A. Tippins

Pvt. Dolphus R. Walker (Doc)

T/4 Robert A. Warner

Pfc. Samuel Waters Jr.

Cpl. Henry E. Wilbur

Sgt. Curtis E. Zimmerman

CITATION:

The three officers and forty-eight enlisted men, named above, of the Parachute Scout Company, *** (2nd) Battalion, *** (509th) Parachute Infantry Regiment are commended for outstanding services performed against the enemy during the period 9 September 1943 to 19 October 1943.  On *** September this group was given the mission of occupying the island of ****, approximately eighteen miles from the Italian mainland.  Landing on the island's beaches, the small force learned through native intelligence that ninety-five German soldiers occupied strongly fortified positions on the island.  By clever deception they led the Germans to believe the island was occupied by six hundred Americans, and then made a daring capture of the entire enemy contingent.  Sometimes together, and at other times acting in small, scattered groups, this force subsequently occupied three more islands in an equally daring and skillfull manner.  During these actions, this group captured 113 German soldiers and three officers, and suffered only one slight casualty.  The notable results obtained by this unit are testimony of the skill, daring and resourcefulness of each individual soldier who participated in these actions.

         By command of Lieutenant General CLARK:

 

 

                                                                                                               A. M. GRUENTHER

                                                                                                              Major General, G. S. C.,

                                                                                                              Chief of Staff.


 


6615 RANGER TASK FORCE - OPERATION SHINGLE - ANZIO BEACHHEAD

22 Jan 1944

 

 

 

 

 

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