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Jereme and Dorien
Transcript of Jereme and Dorien
When his company was stopped in its effort to drive through the Mortagne Forest to reopen the supply line to the isolated third battalion, S/Sgt. Adams braved the concentrated fire of machine guns in a lone assault on a force of German troops. Although his company had progressed less than 10 yards and had lost 3 killed and 6 wounded, S/Sgt. Adams charged forward dodging from tree to tree firing a borrowed BAR from the hip. Despite intense machine gun fire which the enemy directed at him and rifle grenades which struck the trees over his head showering him with broken twigs and branches S/Sgt. Adams made his way to within 10 yards of the closest machine gun and killed the gunner with a hand grenade. An enemy soldier threw hand grenades at him from a position only 10 yards distant; however, S/Sgt. Adams dispatched him with a single burst of BAR fire. Charging into the vortex of the enemy fire, he killed another machine gunner at 15 yards range with a hand grenade and forced the surrender of 2 supporting infantrymen. Although the remainder of the German group concentrated the full force of its automatic weapons fire in a desperate effort to knock him out, he proceeded through the woods to find and exterminate 5 more of the enemy. Finally, when the third German machine gun opened up on him at a range of 20 yards, S/Sgt. Adams killed the gunner with BAR fire. In the course of the action, he personally killed 9 Germans, eliminated 3 enemy machine guns, vanquished a specialized force which was armed with automatic weapons and grenade launchers, cleared the woods of hostile elements, and reopened the severed supply lines to the assault companies of his battalion. He was a world War two recipient of the Medal of Honor his name is Lucian Adam's. Those are there names and what they did to deserve the Medal of Honor. There names of these men and what they did will always be remembered do to there bravery and gallantry in the line of duty.
Our opinion is that all solders that fought and gave their lives for their county showed honor, courage, patriotism and valor but these solder performed more outstanding in there fields as they went above and beyond the call of duty to serve their country.
50 yards away was an enemy machine gun and it had made it impossible for his platoon to advance. But with swift action he rushed across the 50 yards of open ground directly into the face of the hostile machinegun kicked the gun from the parapet into the enemy trench, and at the point of the bayonet captured the 3 men manning the gun. He was a world War one recipient of the Medal of Honor his name is Joseph Adkinson.
Sgt. Thomas A. Baker
At 9.14.32 Am Thomas Baker personally shot 12 Japanese soldiers manning a machine gun behind his lines on Saipan. This was several days after he ran ahead of his men into the open fire of a pillbox, and fired a bazooka into it. Right after he killed those 12 men, he ran farther back to occupy a rearguard position for his men as they advanced across open terrain. He surprised a group of 6 enemy soldiers concealed and waiting to ambush the next group of Americans to pass. He shot all 6 dead. Almost 3 weeks later, as the Battle of Saipan was drawing to an end, the Japanese staged a last-ditch banzai attack, the largest of the war, at night, and Baker’s perimeter was beset on 3 sides by at least 3,000 drunken, screaming soldiers. There may have been 5,000. He dug into a foxhole and shot down scores of them until his ammunition was exhausted, by which time he had been shot in the abdomen. He then destroyed his rifle by using it as a baseball bat against a dozen more. Another marine ran to rescue him and carry him back. He had gotten about 50 yards when a Japanese soldier shot the rescuer dead. Baker shot the Japanese dead with the rescuer’s rifle. A second marine arrived to help him, but Baker shoved him away, shouting, “Get away from me! I’ve caused enough problems! Gimme your .45!”The marine handed it to him and propped him against a tree and fled. A third marine passed some time later and offered to help him, but Baker refused. When they found him the next morning, he lay dead against the tree in a pool of blood, his pistol empty, and 8 dead Japanese soldiers around him.
The Medal of Honor is the highest honor you can receive as an american. It is usually awarded to solder that perform exceptionally well in combat or at their duty.
Jereme and Dorien
Lt. William D. Hawkins
Hawkins William Hawkins waged one of the most furious one-man army assaults on enemy positions in the history of modern warfare. When the marines went ashore on Tarawa atoll, Betio Island, Hawkins was slightly wounded by shrapnel during the first wave, but he wasn’t too keen on getting evacuated. He led his platoon into the forest of coconut palms. During a day and a half he personally cleaned out six machine gun nests, sometimes standing on top of a track and firing point blank at four or five men who fired back at him from behind blockhouses. Lieutenant Hawkins was wounded a second time, but he still refused to retire. These machine gun nests were pyramidal huts about the size of a large trash can, made of 6 inch-thick steel, up into which a soldier could pop from underground and man the heavy or light machine gun through a 4 inch slit. They were everywhere on the island, and the preparatory bombardment had missed most of them. While most of the marines dug in and kept their heads down, Hawkins stood up in full view not more than 5 yards from these pillboxes and fired his M-1 at them, killing the soldier and allowing his men to move forward to the next one. He refused to keep his head down, and when he ran out of ammunition, he ran up to their mouths and threw in grenades and satchel charges. He destroyed 7 pillboxes and one blockhouse by himself, despite being wounded early in the engagement. Later in the day, one of the pillboxes caught him in the chest and he was helped back to a medic, who bandaged him and demanded he get on a first aid boat and leave. He refused, so the medic radioed Col. David Shoup and Shoup asked Hawkins to leave to which the answer was no. Shoup relented and the medic complied. Hawkins destroyed three more pillboxes by the end of the day. He was throwing his fourth grenade at another one when the gunner inside shot him dead. He was 29. Sherrod said later, “To say that his conduct was worthy of the highest traditions of the Marine Corps is like saying the Empire State Building is moderately high.”
Medal of honor
Adkinson, Joseph B.
Thomas showed honor by giving his life for his comrades with no intended reward.
William Hawkins showed courage by taking on a large amount of gunner nests injured by him self, sometimes without a gun, and gave his life for his country.
Joesph showed patriotism by representing his country in combat by capturing, not killing, three enemy solders while in combat.
Adams showed valor by, against all odds, killing off all enemy gunners and their backup, reopening the supply line that ran through that area.