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First Name: Alvin

Last Name: Wise

Birthplace: USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Dallas, TX
Middle Name: R. D.

Date of Birth: 02 February 1921

Date of Death: 06 June 1987

Rank: Sergeant

Years Served: 1942-1945
Alvin Ross Dee Wise

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Alvin Ross Dee Wise

Sergeant, U. S. Army

Distinguished Service Cross

GENERAL ORDERS: Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 35 (1945)

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 Sergeant Alvin R. Wise (ASN: 6954631), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Infantry Company of the 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 and 14 October 1944, in Germany. When enemy fire immobilized and set ablaze two tanks supporting his squad, Sergeant Wise, disregarding the heavy fire, successfully evacuated the wounded crew members. Noting that one of the tanks might be recovered, he returned to the tank under intense hostile fire, manned its machine gun and fired at the openings in the buildings housing the enemy. Under this covering fire, two of his squad members joined him and emptied the tank of burning equipment. When his machine gun ammunition was exhausted, Sergeant Wise moved forward with a submachine gun and from this completely exposed position continued to neutralize the enemy fire, permitting his squad members to move the tank to cover. Later, while en route to obtain reinforcements, Sergeant Wise was ambushed by three German soldiers. Despite painful wounds, he single-handedly killed his attackers. He then obtained the reinforcements, guided them to his squad's position, and directed them in the successful defense of the sector. Sergeant Wise's intrepid actions, 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 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

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Honoree ID: 315841   Created by: drjones46




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