- Second World War (1939-1945)
- 2nd Lieutenant
- Company I, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division "Old Hickory" (Company I, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division "Old Hickory" U.S.Army)
- Awarded on:
- June 1st, 1945
For gallantry in action while serving with the 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, on 25 February 1945, in Germany. Lieutenant Whittaker was leading an assault when he noticed a vehicle loaded with enemy soldiers approaching him. After signaling for all to take a prone position, he waited until the vehicle was thirty yards from him and then gallantly leaped into the middle of the road and fired his sub-machine gun, killing two of the enemy and forcing the others to seek shelter in a nearby barn. Displaying great heroism, Lieutenant Whittaker hurled his empty gun into the group of enemy and then used his pistol. The enemy were so demoralized by his aggressive actions that they quickly surrendered.
Headquarters, 30th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 137 (1 June 1945).
This award was obtained in the form of an Oak Leaf to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.