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29TH DIVISION - WWII STORIES

 

L. M. ARMSTRONG

Technical Sergeant

29th Infantry Division

116th Infantry Regiment

L Company

Distinguished Service Cross citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to L. M. Armstrong (20365625), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. Technical Sergeant Armstrong came in on the initial wave of infantry that waded ashore from landing craft in the face of extremely heavy enemy fire. Despite severe casualties, he fearlessly stepped to the head of his men and, with complete disregard for his own safety, set an example and shouted encouragement to the others to follow him. Technical Sergeant Armstrong's gallant 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 29th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.


Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 29 (June 29, 1944)