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Psaki, Nicholas George, Jr.

Date of birth:
April 11th, 1919 (Manhattan/New York, United States)
Date of death:
March 14th, 2009 (Altoona/Pennsylvania, United States)
Service number:
O-1015163
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
2nd Lieutenant
Unit:
Company E, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division "All American", U.S. Army
Awarded on:
December 13th, 1944
Awarded for:
Operation Market Garden
"For gallantry in action on 20 September 1944, at ****, Holland. First Lieutenant Psaki, Platoon Leader, Company E, 2d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, led his platoon in the assault on the approaches to the **** Bridge. Approximately one platoon of German SS Troops were entrenched on the objective. With two British tanks as support, First Lieutenant Psaki led the attack himself, demonstrating high personal courage. The approaches to the position were screened by barbed wire. Gammon grenades were used to blast gaps through which the platoon passed. First Lieutenant Psaki accounted for two Germans himself with hand grenades during the fierce hand-to-hand fighting. Upon taking and consolidating the position the platoon was subjected to intense heavy artillery concentrations all night, but First Lieutenant Psaki proved an inspiration to his men and they held fast. His actions contributed to the outstanding success of the attack and capture of the **** Bridge. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army."
Silver Star Medal (SSM)

Royal Decree no.31 of 8 October 1945.
Period:
Vietnam War (1955-1975)
Rank:
Colonel
Awarded on:
February 28th, 1968

General Orders Number 910, Headquarters, United States Army Vietnam
Legion of Merit - US Military
Period:
Vietnam War (1955-1975)
Rank:
Colonel
Awarded on:
July 31st, 1968
"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility, during the period from September 1966 through April 1968."

Department of the Army, General Orders No. 38

This award supersedes award of the Legion of Merit for meritorious service from September 1966 to February 1968, as announced in General Orders Number 910, Headquarters, United States Army Vietnam, dated 28 February 1968
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)
Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)
Period:
Vietnam War (1955-1975)

21 OLC's
Air Medal (AM)
National Defense Service Medal (NDSM)
Period:
Vietnam War (1955-1975)

With palm
Anh Dung Boi Tinh
Period:
Korean War (1950-1953)

2nd award
Combat Infantryman Badge

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