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First Name: Gilbert

Last Name: Menzel

Birthplace: USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Rockdale, TX
Middle Name: O.

Date of Birth: 24 September 1920

Date of Death: 10 August 1943

Rank: Private First Class

Years Served:
Gilbert O. Menzel

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Gilbert O. Menzel

Private 1st Class, U. S. Army

Silver Star

Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 83 (September 27, 1943)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Gilbert O. Menzel (ASN: 38111660), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division.
On 11 August 1943, in the vicinity of *****, Sicily, following the explosion of a number of anti-personnel mines which killed one officer and several enlisted men, Private First Class Menzel, with complete disregard for his personal safety, made his way through tall grass which was heavily mined to command the situation and administer first aid to the injured.
While treating the casualties another anti-personnel mine was set off and Private First Class Menzel was killed. His personal bravery and coolness under fire were an inspiration to all who witnessed his actions and aided in saving the lives of several of his comrades before his life was taken.

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Texas WWII Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 316144   Created by: drjones46




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