US PARAS Gandara, Joe

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Gandara
  • FORENAME
Joe
  • UNIT
507 Parachute Infantry Regiment (Company D)
  • RANK
Private
  • NUMBER
39561681
  • AWARD
Medal of Honor,Distinguished Service Cross
  • PLACE
Normandy 1944
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
KIA - see Roll of Honour
Medal of Honor awarded 2014
 

ROLL OF HONOUR:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/gandara-joe.21208/

CITATION:

Medal Of Honor : The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private Joe Gandara (ASN: 39561681), United States Army, for acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company D, 2d Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Amfreville, France on 9 June 1944. On that day, Private Gandara's detachment came under devastating enemy fire from a strong German force, pinning the men to the ground for a period of four hours. Private Gandara voluntarily advanced alone toward the enemy position. Firing his machinegun from his hip as he moved forward, he destroyed three hostile machineguns before he was fatally wounded. Private Gandara's extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/22140

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/126680106/joe-gandara
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