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Floege, Ernest F.

Date of birth:
January 6th, 1898 (Chicago/Illinois, United States)
Date of death:
April 9th, 1996 (King George County/Virginia, United States)
Buried on:
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: 60. Grave: 1953.
American (1776 - present, Republic)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
2nd Lieutenant
Special Operations, Office of Strategic Services (OSS), U.S. Government
Awarded on:
"For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Office of Strategic Services, in action against enemy forces from June 1943 to March 1944, in enemy-occupied territory. During this period Lieutenant Floege organized a resistance network in occupied Europe to carry out "day-to-day" operations against the enemy, and engaged in preparations of plans in support of forth-coming military operations on the Continent. The actions on the part of Lieutenant Floege on this dangerous mission, and his personal bravery and zealous 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, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 38
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Second World War (1939-1945)
Office of Strategic Services (OSS), U.S. Government
Awarded on:
April 11th, 1961
Awarded for:
Operation Jedburgh
Silver Star Medal (SSM)
"For gallantry in action during the period 5 May to 6 October 1944, as a member of the Office of Strategic Services Detachment, European Theater of Operations. Having been parachuted into enemy-occupied territory, Captain Floege's outstanding and heroic feats made an immeasurable contribution which materially facilitated the Allied victory in France. Urgently sought and pursued by the enemy for prior resistance activities, Captain Floege's aggressive accomplishment of the extremely hazardous mission of reorganizing a resistance circuit in an area thoroughly penetrated by enemy forces advanced Allied liberation of that country. Incurring risks to his life of an unusual and extraordinary nature, he organized, armed and directed a large resistance force which effectively immobilized hostile enemy forces. In actual combat with the enemy, Captain Floege continuously displayed fearless and undaunted courage and, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, repeatedly accomplished daring exploits under enemy fire. His personal example of bold heroism, and his dynamic leadership, inspired the complete confidence and support of resistance forces who captured a highly strategic area and successfully held it against all enemy attacks until arrival of Allied Forces. Captain Floege's brave and heroic actions throughout this perilous mission are in the most cherished traditions of the United States Army, and reflect great credit upon himself and the military service."

Department of the Army, General Orders No. 12