VERNON J. First Lieutenant General
Order: Citation: For extraordinary heroism in action on 5 and 6
April 1945, near Viareggio, Italy. Then Second Lieutenant Baker
demonstrated outstanding courage and leadership in destroying enemy
installations, personnel and equipment during his company's attack
against a strongly entrenched enemy in mountainous terrain.
When his company was stopped by
the concentration of fire from several machine gun emplacements,
he crawled to one position and destroyed it, killing three Germans.
Continuing forward, he attacked and enemy observation post and killed
two occupants. With the aid of one of his men, Lieutenant Baker
attacked two more machine gun nests, killing or wounding the four
enemy soldiers occupying these positions. He then covered the evacuation
of the wounded personnel of his company by occupying an exposed
position and drawing the enemy's fire.
On the following night Lieutenant
Baker voluntarily led a battalion advance through enemy mine fields
and heavy fire toward the division objective. Second Lieutenant
Baker's fighting spirit and daring leadership were an inspiration
to his men and exemplify the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.
EDWARD A. JR. Staff Sergeant General Order: Citation:
For extraordinary heroism in action on 23 March 1945, near Speyer,
Germany. When the tank on which he was riding received heavy bazooka
and small arms fire, Sergeant Carter voluntarily attempted to lead
a three-man group across an open field. Within a short time, two
of his men were killed and the third seriously wounded. Continuing
on alone, he was wounded five times and finally forced to take cover.
As eight enemy riflemen attempted
to capture him, Sergeant Carter killed six of them and captured
the remaining two. He then crossed the field using as a shield his
two prisoners from which he obtained valuable information concerning
the disposition of enemy troops. Staff Sergeant Carter's extraordinary
heroism was an inspiration to the officers and men of the Seventh
Army Infantry Company Number 1 (Provisional) and exemplify the highest
traditions of the Armed Forces.