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Worthing, Wilbur F.

American (1776 - present, Republic)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
1st Lieutenant
Company B, 745th Tank Battalion, 1st Infantry Division "The Big Red One", U.S. Army
Awarded on:
June 25th, 1945
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wilbur F. Worthing (0-1017204), First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 745th Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 2 March 1945, in Germany. During a night attack on Mellerhöfe, Germany, Lieutenant Worthing gallantly directed the operations of his tank platoon in the face of intense enemy anti-tank, artillery and small arms fire. Although two tanks in which he was riding were destroyed by enemy action, he fearlessly mounted a third tank and by his courageous actions inspired his men to press the attack until the enemy positions were reduced. Observing one of his tanks, hit and burning, he exposed himself to withering enemy fire while rescuing its wounded and helpless commander. Lieutenant Worthing's heroic leadership and selfless, unflinching devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 153 (25 June 1945).

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)