|Victory in Europe|
On June 6, 1944 150,000 Allied troops invaded occupied France to free the country from the tyranny of the Nazi regime. Many years of planning brought a successful, but costly invasion. Among the thousands landing on the shores of Normandy were several Medal of Honor recipients.
Technician Fifth Grade, John J. Pinder, Jr., US Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
Technician Pinder landed several yards offshore under enemy fire which resulted in severe casualties among those on the landing craft. Pinder was carrying important communication equipment and waded through waist-deep water to bring the radio to shore. He was hit by enemy fire and severely wounded.
The soldier never stopped, rather he continued toward shore fighting waves and loss of blood to get the vitally needed equipment set up. Three more times he went into the waves to salvage parts washed ashore when the soldiers landed. Refusing medical attention, Pinder set up the equipment and was hit again my machine gun fire. He was killed after the third hit. His courage and bravery inspired the other soldiers who served with him.
US Army Private Carolton W. Barrett, 18th Infantry, 1st Division
Private Barrett landed on the shore near St. Laurent-sur-Mer, wading through neck-deep water. Seeing fellow soldiers struggling in the surf, he returned time and again to save them from drowning. Under intense enemy fire, Private Barrett carried many casualties to an
evacuation boat. He also carried dispatches throughout the beaches and assisted the wounded. His courage and leadership inspired his fellow soldiers to keep fighting and not give up.
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First Lieutenant Jimmie W. Monteith, Jr., US army 16th Infantry
1st Lt. Monteith moved up and down the beach after landing under intense enemy fire reorganizing the men for direction who were already onshore. Leading an assault across open terrain to the position of two tanks blinded by artillery fire, 1st Lt. Monteith led the tanks through a minefield and into firing position. They subsequently destroyed several enemy positions. He then rejoined his company and led his men to capture an enemy position on a hill. After being surrounded by the enemy, Lt. Monteith was killed.
These men are in the distinguished company of many other heroes who gave their all in the face of danger. Thousands will remain unnamed to all but their families and friends, but the sacrifice of our brave men in uniform ensured the defeat of the Third Reich and brought freedom to Europe.
May we never forget.