View Full Version : OT:WW2's Decorated Heroes

03-15-2006, 03:42 AM
It would be interesting to hear how many in the "community",have ancestors that earned(or were honored yourselves) with citations/medals for valor/sacrifice in combat,especially WW2,since that's what IL2 deals with.

My example was my great-uncle Beryl R. Newman-U.S. Army.Citation follows:

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 133d Infantry, 34th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Cisterna, Italy, 26 May 1944. Entered service at: Baraboo, Wis. Birth: Baraboo, Wis. G.O. No.: 5, 15 January 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty on 26 May 1944. Attacking the strongly held German Anzio-Nettuno defense line near Cisterna, Italy, 1st Lt. Newman, in the lead of his platoon, was suddenly fired upon by 2 enemy machineguns located on the crest of a hill about 100 yards to his front. The 4 scouts with him immediately hit the ground, but 1st Lt. Newman remained standing in order to see the enemy positions and his platoon then about 100 yards behind. Locating the enemy nests, 1st Lt. Newman called back to his platoon and ordered 1 squad to advance to him and the other to flank the enemy to the right. Then, still standing upright in the face of the enemy machinegun fire, 1st Lt. Newman opened up with his tommygun on the enemy nests. From this range, his fire was not effective in covering the advance of his squads, and 1 squad was pinned down by the enemy fire. Seeing that his squad was unable to advance, 1st Lt. Newman, in full view of the enemy gunners and in the face of their continuous fire, advanced alone on the enemy nests. He returned their fire with his tommygun and succeeded in wounding a German in each of the nests. The remaining 2 Germans fled from the position into a nearby house. Three more enemy soldiers then came out of the house and ran toward a third machinegun. 1st Lt. Newman, still relentlessly advancing toward them, killed 1 before he reached the gun, the second before he could fire it. The third fled for his life back into the house. Covering his assault by firing into the doors and windows of the house, 1st Lt. Newman, boldly attacking by himself, called for the occupants to surrender to him. Gaining the house, he kicked in the door and went inside. Although armed with rifles and machine pistols, the 11 Germans there, apparently intimidated, surrendered to the lieutenant without further resistance, 1st Lt. Newman, single-handed, had silenced 3 enemy machineguns, wounded 2 Germans, killed 2 more, and took 11 prisoners. This demonstration of sheer courage, bravery, and willingness to close with the enemy even in the face of such heavy odds, instilled into these green troops the confidence of veterans and reflects the highest traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces."

It could be interesting to hear other player's(or their relative's)accounts,given the international appeal of IL-2.I'd enjoy hearing stories of heroism/bravery-especially from other nations.

"If you are going through hell, keep going."
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

03-15-2006, 07:04 AM
Silver Star, Bronze Star with V, you don't mention that.

03-15-2006, 08:04 AM
Which medal was he awarded? Please tell us. As far as my family is concerned both of my grandfathers fought for the US during WW2 and my father was in the Army during Vietnam. My maternal grandfather was in the Army Air Corps as a gunner(waist and tail) in B29s for the 20th Air Force out of Guam and my other was in the 5th Marine Division on Iwo Jima. He recieved a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his service there. Since I have not fully come out of my shell as far as my military service is concerned I will not yet talk about my awards and decorations here at this time. Maybe in the future I will be ready for that. I guess I just don't want to feel like I am bragging about it even though I am very proud of my military service.

03-15-2006, 03:09 PM
Choctaw-The citation above is for the Congressional Medal of Honor,he also received the Silver Star,Bronze Star w/V,and a Purple Heart.
It sounds like your family has a history of honorable service-congrats.

03-15-2006, 10:36 PM

03-16-2006, 05:16 AM
All my relatives got was their names on a war memorial in a small English village churchyard.No medals,but heroes to me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

03-16-2006, 06:17 AM
Originally posted by Esel1964:
Choctaw-The citation above is for the Congressional Medal of Honor,he also received the Silver Star,Bronze Star w/V,and a Purple Heart.
It sounds like your family has a history of honorable service-congrats.

That is really very impressive!