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PROJECT : To list the 503d PRCT recipients of the major gallantry awards.

In these days of  pandering politicians,  a selfish and all-pervading misuse of media,  and legions of venal bureaucrats,  it is almost impossible to conceive of the manner in which fighting men routinely confront great dangers and personal risk.  What more if you were one of a thousand men who were each and all willing to accept the risk that, at someone else's throw of the dice, all would be lost? How would you spend today if you knew that you would be shot at tomorrow morning? That's the ordinary, everyday bravery of the Soldier.  

These medals are awarded not on the basis of what we, in our soft and comfortable lives, think of today as bravery, gallantry or valor, but for conduct  recognised by soldiers themselves in the midst of a battlefield understand of those qualities - for acts which, to them,  are regarded as being highly conspicuous - and worthy to be permanently recorded for merit.

The system isn't perfect. Some awards were politic, some should have been greater, some were more likely to be awarded to Regular Army, and at least one appears to have been self-awarded. But controversy aside, in almost every instance, they were well deserved.

Before he died, Colonel Jones admitted that perhaps he had not approved awards to the extent that other commanders had, or that truly merited them. He had, for instance, opposed the granting of the CMH to Pvt. McCarter, because he considered McCarter to be of a personality that didn't  justify such recognition. (Shorter words were used.)

This is a continuing project and will be added to when we come across additional information. For that, we seek any assistance which you can render.  As always, write us with suggestions and corrections.

 

 

The Silver Star is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Army, is cited for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force. The required gallantry, while of a lesser degree than that required for the Distinguished Service Cross, must nevertheless have been performed with marked distinction.


 

(Click on the parachute device to see the individual entry. "P" indicates a Posthumous Award)

The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Army of the United States after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy; or while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The required gallantry is of a lesser degree than that required for the award of the Legion of Merit, but must nevertheless have been meritorious and accomplished with distinction.
We do not have all the General Orders making awards to the 503d or to the units comprising the Rock Force, so do not know all the men and officers who received individual awards for valor. These we know:
 
Serial No. Last Name First Name, Initial Rank Company CMH DSC SS BS P
                   
14818965 Allen Lloyd S. T5         *
  ASHTON William E. T-5 2d. Bn. Hqd. Medical     *    
15089889 BAUER Donald G. Pvt. Hq. Co., 503 Inf.       *  
0888703 BITALA Joseph A. 1st. Lt. Hq.Co.2d Bn, 503d Inf.       *  
11018378 Bowers John T4          
35609719 BOWMAN Charles Pfc. Reg't Hq. Co., 503d Inf       *  
  BOYLE John T-Sgt "C" Co., 503d Inf        
0348272 BRADFORD Charles H. Capt. 2d. Bn. Hqd. Medical     *    
01299678 BROCK Sydney F.T. 1st. Lt. "H" Co.     *    
01284094 BROWNE Laurence S. 1st.Lt. Hq.Co.2d Bn, 503d Inf.       *  
01298821 Calhoun William T. 1st Lt. "F" Company, 503d Inf        
11013558 CHARTIER Joseph J. Pvt. "C" Co., 161st AB Engr Bn.       *  
01301388 CORDER Roscoe 1st.Lt. "E" Company, 503d Inf.       *  
38077010 CORNETT James A.   Reg't Hq. Co., 503d Inf       *  
20744236 CRAWFORD Stanley C. Pfc. "I" Company, 503d Inf.       *
14009068 CUBBAGE Joseph M. Pfc. "E" Company, 503d Inf.       *  
  DEBRUYCKER Ernest J. S/Sgt "I" Company, 503d Inf.        
0400784 EPPLEMAN Herbert O. Capt. DC Med Det, 503d Inf       *  
  EUBANKS Ray E. Sgt. "D" Company, 503d Inf.       *
  FLASH Edward T. 1st Lt. "F" Company, 503d Inf.       *  
02036054 GIFFORD James P. Jr. 1st. Lt. CO, "D" Company, 503d Inf     *    
  GOUVIN Joseph S/Sgt "D" Company, 503d Inf     *    
37276019 GULSVICK Edward S/Sgt "E" Company, 503d Inf.       *
1108424 HANDY Robert A. S/Sgt. Hq.Co.2d Bn, 503d Inf.       *  
  HEYER Robert T/Sgt "B" Company, 503d Inf.       *
0379623 HILL Hudson C. 1st. Lt. "E" Company, 503d Inf.     *    
  Howard Nelson H. S/Sgt          
  JANDRO Howard Pfc. "D" Company, 503d Inf     *   *
  KAMBAKUMIS Angelos Pfc. "F" Company, 503d Inf.       *  
36737199 KELLER Frank B. Pfc "D" Company, 503d Inf     *    
01821733 LEE Daniel A. 1st Lt. "F" Company, 503d Inf.       *  
  LOPEZ Anthony D. Pfc. "F" Company, 503d Inf.       *  
01305117 MACKENZIE Clifford 2d Lt. Hq. Co. 2d Bn, 503d Inf.       *
4291922 MAXWELL Arvle C. Pfc "G" Company, 503d Inf        
026417 McAFEE George D. Capt.          
39561967 McBRIDE George G. Pfc. 2d. Bn. Hqd. Medical Det     *    
  McCABE Peter C Pfc. Medical Det 462d PFABn        
  McCARTER Lloyd G. Pvt. "F" Company, 503d Inf.        
7032312 MICKEL George J. Pvt. "F" Company, 503d Inf.       *
  MOURITSEN Holger S. Capt. 462d PFA Bn        
  O'CONNELL Robert Pfc. "F" Company, 503d Inf.       *  
18040835 OWNBY Bryan S/Sgt Hq.Co.2d Bn, 503d Inf.        
7023908 PARSONS Delbert L. Cpl. "F" Company, 503d Inf.     *    
  PINTER Lester R. T-5 Medical Det, 503d Inf        
01289135 PRESTON Charles M. 1st Lt. "D" Company, 503d Inf       *  
  PUCKETT Clifton L. Pfc. "D" Company, 503d Inf     *   *
39260422 SANCHEZ Arthur E. Pfc.            
37187958 SCHILLI Benedict J. Pvt. "F" Company, 503d Inf.        
  SCHMIDDLE Howard W. S/Sgt "D" Company, 503d Inf     *    
0418702 SPICER Emmett R. Capt.          
  TAMAROFF Morris Pfc. "E" Company, 503d Inf.          
33268901 TAYLOR Richard M. Cpl. Hq.Co.2d Bn, 503d Inf.       *  
19063140 THOMPSON Robert L. S/Sgt. "F" Company, 503d Inf.     *    
020826 TOLSON John J.III Lt. Col.          
  TURINSKY Joseph A. 1st Lt. "D" Company, 503d Inf     *   *
  VALDEZ Fernando B Pfc "I" Company, 503d Inf.        
02036716 WADDLE Samuel E. 2d. Lt. Hq.Co.2d Bn, 503d Inf.       *  
39116126 WHITE Donald E. S/Sgt "F" Company, 503d Inf.       *
  WHITSON Joe M. 1st. Lt. "E" Company, 503d Inf.        
39565583 WILSON James P. Pfc "F" Company, 503d Inf.        
37414151 WINTER Kenneth E. Pvt.         *
                   
                   
                   

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WHITSON, JOSEPH M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph M. Whitson, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 19 February 1945. First Lieutenant Whitson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 117 (1945)

*GULSVICK, EDWARD (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Edward Gulsvick (37276019), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 16 February 1945. Staff Sergeant Gulsvick's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 96 (1945)
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