Devil's Brigade
By Robert H. Adleman, George Walton
Robert Dunlap (grave)
John Robertson

Robert Dunlap (grave)

Robert Hugo Dunlap
born 19.10.1920 Abingdon,Knox County,Illinois
graduated high school 1938
graduated Monmouth College,Illinois May 1942 (B.A.)
student in civilian life
entered service 5.3.1942
PFC
commissioned 2Lt 17.7.1942
Reserve of Officers Class,Quantico
3 Marine Parachute Bn December 1942
1st Lieutenant April 1943
1 Marine Parachute Regiment 1943-44
26th Marine Regiment (Company C,1 Bn) 1944-45 (Captain)
WIA 26.2.1945 Iwo Jima
award Medal of Honor (Iwo Jima)
retired 1.12.1946 (Major)
died 24.3.2000
Warren County Memorial Park,Monmouth,Warren County,Illinois
Citation
Medal of Honor : The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Captain Robert Hugo Dunlap, United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, on 20 and 21 February, 1945. Defying uninterrupted blasts of Japanese artillery. mortar, rifle and machinegun fire, Captain Dunlap led his troops in a determined advance from low ground uphill toward the steep cliffs from which the enemy poured a devastating rain of shrapnel and bullets, steadily inching forward until the tremendous volume of enemy fire from the caves located high to his front temporarily halted his progress. Determined not to yield, he crawled alone approximately 200 yards forward of his front lines, took observation at the base of the cliff 50 yards from Japanese lines, located the enemy gun positions and returned to his own lines where he relayed the vital information to supporting artillery and naval gunfire units. Persistently disregarding his own personal safety, he then placed himself in an exposed vantage point to direct more accurately the supporting fire and, working without respite for two days and two nights under constant enemy fire, skillfully directed a smashing bombardment against the almost impregnable Japanese positions despite numerous obstacles and heavy Marine casualties. A brilliant leader, Captain Dunlap inspired his men to heroic efforts during this critical phase of the battle and by his cool decision, indomitable fighting spirit, and daring tactics in the face of fanatic opposition greatly accelerated the final decisive defeat of Japanese countermeasures in his sector and materially furthered the continued advance of his company. His great personal valor and gallant spirit of self-sacrifice throughout the bitter hostilities reflect the highest credit upon Captain Dunlap and the United States Naval Service.

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