Medal Of Honor Recipient PFC Robert L. Wilson

Carl | August 13, 2012 

(Part of a continuing series of articles spotlighting United States Marines who have been recipients of America’s highest military award, the Congressional Medal of Honor.)

From the Presidential Citation:

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS ROBERT L. WILSON
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the Second Battalion, Sixth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Tinian Island, Marianas Group, on August 3, 1944.
As one of a group of Marines advancing through heavy underbrush to neutralize isolated points of resistance, Private First Class Wilson daringly preceded his companions toward a pile of rocks where Japanese troops were supposed to be hiding. Fully aware of the danger involved, he was moving forward while the remainder of the squad armed with automatic rifles closed together in the rear, when an enemy grenade landed in the midst of the group. Quick to act, Private First Class Wilson cried a warning to the men and unhesitatingly threw himself on the grenade, heroically sacrificing his own life so that the others might live and fulfill their mission.
His exceptional valor, courageous loyalty and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave peril reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Wilson and the United States Naval Service.
He gallantly gave his life for his country.

HARRY S. TRUMAN


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