Hudson County Resident World War II Veteran Citations
This database contains names of soldiers resident of Hudson County who received military citations for service during World War II. It is not a complete listing.
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Received the Purple Heart after being wounded in France on Sept. 19, 1944. In addition to the Purple Heart, he also received the Army Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with three campaign stars, WWII Victory Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation and the French Croix de Guerre (Fourth Armored Division)
CIB Awarded by Maj. Gen Manton S. Eddy for actions during the campaign to clear the Cherbourg Peninsula, Summer 1944
GREGG, Stephen R.
Montelimar, France, on 27 August 1944. As his platoon advanced upon the enemy positions, the leading scout was fired upon and T/Sgt. Gregg, Platoon Sergeant. immediatly put his machine gun ito action to cover the advance of the riflemen. The Germans who were at close range, threw hand grenades at the rifleman, killing some and wounding seven. Each time the medical aid man attempted to reach the wounded, the Germans fired on him Realizing the seriousness of the situation, T/Sgt. Gregg took one of the [light] 30 caliber machine guns, and firing from the hip, started boldly up the hill while the medical aid man followed him. Although the enemy was throwing hand grenades at him, T/Sgt. Gregg remained and fired into the enemy positions while the medical aid man removed the seven wounded men to safety. In so doing T/Sgt. Gregg expanded all of his ammunition and the enemy observing it, challenged him. He was covered by four Germans, who ordered him to surrender. Due to the fact the attention of most of the Germans had been diverted by watching this action, friendly riflemen were able to maneuver to firing positions. One seeing T/Sgt. Greggs situation, opened fire on the sergeants captors. The four Germans hit the ground and there upon T/Sgt. Gregg removed a machine pistol from one of the Germans and managed to escape to his other machine gun positions. He manned the gun firing at his captors, killed one of them and wounded the others. This action so disorganized the Germans that his platoon was able to continue its advance up the hill to achieve its objective. The following morning, just prior to day break, the Germans launched a strong attack supported by tanks in an attempt to drive Company L from the hill. As enemy tanks moved along the valley and their foot troops advanced up the hill, T/Sgt Gregg immediatly ordered his mortars into action. During the day by careful observation he was able to direct effective fire on the enemy, inflicting heavy casualties. By late afternoon he had directed 600 rounds when his communication to the mortars was knocked out. Without hesitation, he started checking his wire although the area was under heavy enemy small arms and artillery fire. When he was within 100 yards of his mortar position, one of the mortar men informed him that the mortar section had been captured and the Germans were using the mortars to fire on the company. T/Sgt. Gregg with this man and another nearby rifleman started for the gun position where he could see five Germans firing his mortars. He ordered the two men to cover him, crawled up, threw a hand grenade into the position and then charged it. The hand grenade killed one, injured two; T/Sgt. Gregg took the other two as prisoners. and put his mortar back into action.
KOSIOROWSKI, Charles E
When enemy aircraft, strafing and bombing, approached his position at Bastogne, Belgium, December 29, 1944, Sergt. Charles E Kosiorowski, in utter disregard for his own personal safety and in the face of enemy fire, mounted his howitzwer piece and commenced to fire the .50 calibre machine gun at the enemy planes. He continued firing at the enemy until the Germans dropped a bomb near his piece which killed him instantly.
OCKENE, Bernard A
Bernard was killed during the invasion of Sicily when he and a group of other soldiers were struck by enemy tank fire while advancing up a hill. He was awarded a citation for outstanding valor posthumously. b. April 24,1922, Bayonne, NJ-d. August 11, 1943, Sicily, Italy. Attended Lincoln High School, Jersey City, NJ; Entered Rutgers September 1941, attended one year. Entered Service June 11, 1942, U.S. Army, Private.
Entered service at: Bayonne, N.J. Birth: Bayonne, N.J. G.O. No.: 95, 30 October 1945. in an attack against strong enemy positions. Deadly automatic fire from the flanks pinned down his unit. Realizing that a machinegun in a nearby bunker must be eliminated, he swiftly worked ahead alone, braving bullets which struck about him, until close enough to throw a grenade into the German position. He rushed the bunker and, with pointblank rifle fire, killed all the hostile occupants who survived the grenade blast. Another machinegun opened up on him, knocking him down and seriously wounding him in the hip. Refusing to withdraw from the battle, he placed himself at the head of his platoon to continue the assault. As withering machinegun and rifle fire swept the area, he struck out alone in advance of his men to a second bunker. With a grenade, he crippled the dug-in machinegun defending this position and then wiped out the troops manning it with his rifle, completing his second self-imposed, 1-man attack. Although weak from loss of blood, he refused to be evacuated until assured the mission was successfully accomplished. Through quick thinking, indomitable courage, and unswerving devotion to the attack in the face of bitter resistance and while wounded, M /Sgt. Oresko killed 12 Germans, prevented a delay in the assault, and made it possible for Company C to obtain its objective with minimum casualties.