Private First Class,
U.S. Army, Company E, 142d Infantry, 36th Infantry Division.
and date: Near
Mertzwiller, France, 15 March 1945.
service at: Phoenix,
5 September 1945.
He advanced with a platoon along a wooded road until stopped by
heavy enemy machinegun fire. As the rest of the unit tookcover,
he made a 1-man frontal assault on a
strongpoint and captured 8 enemy soldiers. When the platoon resumed
its advance and was subjected to fire from a second emplacement
beyond an extensive minefield, Pvt. Herrera again moved forward,
disregarding the danger of exploding mines, to attack the position.
He stepped on a mine and had both feet severed but, despite intense
pain and unchecked loss of blood, he pinned down the enemy with
accurate rifle fire while a friendly squad captured the enemy gun
by skirting the minefield and rushing in from the flank. The magnificent
courage, extraordinary heroism, and willing self-sacrifice displayed
by Pvt. Herrera resulted in the capture of 2 enemy strongpoints
and the taking of 8 prisoners.