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First Name: Edwin

Last Name: Sayre

Birthplace: USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Breckenridge, TX
Middle Name: B.

Date of Birth:

Rank: Captain

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Edwin B. Sayre

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Edwin B. Sayre

Captain, U. S. Army

Distinguished Service Cross

Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 80 (August 19, 1943)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Captain (Infantry) Edwin B. Sayre (ASN: 0-407157), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Company A, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 July 1943, south of Niscemi, Sicily.
On that date, Captain Sayre landed by parachute, gathered together 45 men, and vigorously attacked and captured an Italian garrison, killing 15 and capturing 40 prisoners, personally leading the several assaults against the enemy strong-point. In the final assault, Captain Sayre approached the hostile position in the face of heavy rifle and machine gun fire in daylight and grenaded it prior to entry. When forced by superior numbers to withdraw, Captain Sayre led his small force to friendly lines, attached it to the 16th Infantry and during the two days following, participated in their advance, always in the forefront of every movement. His conduct throughout the action was characterized by utter disregard for his own safety and by initiative and aggressiveness that inspired his fellow soldiers to emulate his deeds. Captain Sayre's gallant leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.

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Texas WWII Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 315817   Created by: drjones46




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