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First Name: William

Last Name: Martin

Birthplace: USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Houston, TX
Middle Name: H.

Date of Birth:

Rank: Colonel

Years Served:
William H. Martin

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


William H. Martin

Colonel, U. S. Army

Silver Star

Headquarters, 36th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 25 (1944)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Colonel (Infantry) William H. Martin (ASN: 0-335128), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 143d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against the enemy on the night of 21 - 22 January 1944, in the vicinity of San Angelo in Teodice, Italy.
After issuing orders for a renewed attack against strongly fortified enemy positions on the west bank of the Rapido River on the afternoon of 21 January 1944, Colonel Martin proceeded from his command post to the river crossing site in order to direct personally the course of the attack. At the crossing site, under direct fire form enemy machine gun, rifle fire, and heavily concentrated mortar and artillery fire, Colonel Martin, displaying outstanding vigor and magnificent courage, without regard for his own life but thinking only of the effectiveness of his command, moved gallantly along the river banks issuing instructions and directing the attack.
Inspired by his heroic actions and display of calm but forceful leadership the men of his regiment crossed the treacherous river successfully. During this period he was shaken by the concussion of mortar and artillery shells bursting about him, yet he continued to speak words of encouragement to the troops and guide groups of men who had become disorganized by the artillery fire. His presence on the front lines inspired confidence and encouraged his troops to the greatest effort. His gallant action reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

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Texas Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 317236   Created by: drjones46




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