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HERRERA, SILVESTRE S.

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company E, 142d Infantry, 36th Infantry Division.

Place and date: Near Mertzwiller, France, 15 March 1945.

Entered service at: Phoenix, Ariz.

Birth: El Paso, Tex.

G.O. No.: 75, 5 September 1945.

Citation:
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
Medal of Honor - Army Recipienta 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.


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