RANGERS Prince, Robert W.

John Robertson

Staff member
Robert W.
  • UNIT
6 Ranger Bn (C Company)
  • RANK
Distinguished Service Cross
Philippines 1945
from Seattle,Washington
husband of Barbara Prince
educated Stanford
living in Kirkland,Washington 2001


Distinguished Service Cross : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Captain (Infantry) Robert W. Prince, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Company C, 6th Ranger Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 30 January 1945, during the rescue of Allied Prisoners of War from the Cabanatuan Prison Camp in the Philippine Islands. Captain Prince commanded a Ranger Company which with a group of scouts and guerrillas was ordered to rescue several hundred Americans held prisoner by the enemy near Cabanatuan. On 28 January, he led his company from camp as advance guards for the rescue team, secured guides and joined the scouts. On his arrival, he located that about three thousand enemy troops, with tanks, were in the stockade area. He attacked at dark on 30 January, and within five minutes his Rangers were inside the camp and had killed the enemy guards. Three minutes later all prisoners were out of the camp, and were being taken to carts previously assembled. En route form the stockade, our troops encountered a force of about eight hundred enemy, attacked and killed three hundred. Eight enemy tanks then attacked the convoy, but were held off by a quickly established road block. The convoy then proceeded through the enemy-held are and completed the evacuation of the released prisoners. Captain Prince's gallant leadership, professional ability and outstanding personal courage contributed greatly to the rescue of American imprisoned by the enemy.


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