- Second World War (1939-1945)
- 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles", U.S. Army (502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles", U.S. Army)
- Awarded on:
- January 14th, 1945
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Steve A. Chappuis (0-20899), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 December 1944, in Belgium. During the siege of Bastogne by overwhelming enemy forces, Colonel Chappius commanded a regiment of the defending 101st Airborne Division. When the enemy launched a fierce attack with strong infantry and armored forces in a supreme effort to seize the town, Colonel Chappius mustered all available cooks, drivers and orderlies to augment his depleted, widely deployed troops and skillfully maneuvered his forces to meet the attack. Under his courageous, inspiring leadership his men held, repulsing every attempt by the enemy to penetrate the lines. He repeatedly exposed himself to intense enemy fire in order to direct his troops effectively and personally reconnoitered enemy infested territory, completely disregarding his own safety. The heroic, inspiring leadership of Colonel Chappius, and his personal courage and supreme devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 3rd U.S. Army, G. O. No. 14 (January 14th, 1945).