Paige, Mitchell

Date of birth:
August 31st, 1918 (Charleroi/Pennsylvania, United States)
Date of death:
November 15th, 2003
Buried on:
Riverside National Cemetery
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Platoon Sergeant (Colour Sergeant)
Unit:
2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division "The Old Breed", U.S. Marine Corps
Awarded on:
1942
Citation:
"For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty while serving with a company of marines in combat against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands on 26 October 1942. When the enemy broke through the line directly in front of his position, P/Sgt. Paige, commanding a machinegun section with fearless determination, continued to direct the fire of his gunners until all his men were either killed or wounded. Alone, against the deadly hail of Japanese shells, he fought with his gun and when it was destroyed, took over another, moving from gun to gun, never ceasing his withering fire against the advancing hordes until reinforcements finally arrived. Then, forming a new line, he dauntlessly and aggressively led a bayonet charge, driving the enemy back and preventing a breakthrough in our lines. His great personal valor and unyielding devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service."
Medal of Honor - Navy/Marine Corps (MoH)
China Service Medal - Navy and Marine Corps
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
w/ 1 service star
American Defence Service Medal
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
w/ 2 campaign stars
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
National Defense Service Medal (NDSM)
Period:
Korean War (1950-1953)
w/ 1 service star
United Nations Service Medal for Korea

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wilco Vermeer
  • - Jordan, K. N., Yesterday’s Heroes, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., USA, 1996

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