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Bazata, Douglas DeWitt

Date of birth:
Date of death:
August 1999
American (1776 - present, Republic)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
Special Operations, Office of Strategic Services (OSS), U.S. Government
Awarded on:
Awarded for:
Operation Jedburgh
"For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy as an organizer and Director of Resistance forces serving with the Office of Strategic Services, in action against enemy forces from 27 August 1944 to 6 October 1944. Captain Bazata, after having been parachuted into the Haute Saone Department of France, organized and armed Resistance Forces, numbering 7,000; planned and executed acts of sabotage against rail and highway markers in order to divert German convoys onto secondary routes, leading them into well prepared ambushes and causing them to lose many men and motor vehicles. All of these tasks were performed in civilian clothing. Captain Bazata's services reflect great credit upon him and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the armed forces of the United States."

Headquarters, U.S. Forces-European Theater, General Orders No. 37
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)