- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Private 1st Class
- Company H, 415th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division "Timberwolf", U.S. Army
- Awarded on:
- June 5th, 1945
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class James J. Aiello, Jr., United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company H, 415th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division, in action in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. Private First Class Aiello distinguished himself by setting up his machine gun in a completely exposed position to neutralize devastating enemy machine gun fire. He continued his fire, forcing one enemy machine gun crew to surrender and enabled his company to secure the objective. Private First Class Aiello's gallant actions and selfless devotion to duty, without regard for his own safety, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army."
Headquarters, 104th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 161