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Ross, Archie C.

Date of birth:
January 2nd, 1919 (Pecatonica/Illinois, United States)
Date of death:
April 12th, 2005 (Williams Bay/Wisconsin, United States)
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Staff Sergeant
Unit:
Company B, 745th Tank Battalion, 1st Infantry Division "The Big Red One", U.S. Army
Awarded on:
November 7th, 1944
Archie C. Ross, 36381735, Staff Sergeant (then Sergeant), Company B, 745th Tank Battalion. For gallantry in action in the vicinity of Haaren, Germany, 17 October 1944. Although his tank was disabled while attacking an enemy pillbox, Sergeant Ross, courageously remaining with the armored vehicle in the face of almost certain destruction, fired upon the pillbox, compelled the occupants to surrender. Sergeant Ross' indomitable spirit and gallant action devotion to duty reflect great credit upon the Armed Forces of the United States. Residence at enlistment: Elgin, Illinois.

Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 117 (7 November 1944).
Silver Star Medal (SSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Staff Sergeant
Unit:
Company B, 745th Tank Battalion, 1st Infantry Division "The Big Red One", U.S. Army
Awarded on:
August 13th, 1945
Silver Star Medal (SSM)
Archie C. Ross, 36381735, Staff Sergeant, Company B, 745th Tank Battalion. For gallantry in action in the vicinity of Heistern, Germany, 25 November 1944. When his tank was set a fire and members of the crew were wounded, Sergeant Ross, despite an intense direct fire and smallarms barrage, courageously removed the injured men from the burning vehicle and carried them to a position of safety. Then, moving across perilous terrain to the tank, he skillfully extinguished the blaze. Sergeant Ross' galant actions and dauntless initiative merit the highest praise. Residence at enlistment: Elgin, Illinois.

Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 153 (13 August 1945).
This award was obtained in the form of an Oak Leaf to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.

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