WIDOW OF GEN. THEODORE ROOSEVELT GIVEN HIS MEDAL OF HONOR

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WIDOW OF GEN. THEODORE ROOSEVELT GIVEN HIS MEDAL OF HONOR



General theodore roosevelt jr.

Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. in Normandy. General Roosevelt was the Assistant Commander of the 4th Infantry Division. He led the division ashore on Utah Beach on D-Day. Roosevelt had previously served as Assistant Commander of the 1st Infantry Division in North Africa and Sicily.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 1944—Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr., eldest, son of the late President, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously yesterday for gallantry in risking his life above and beyond the call of duty.

Roosevelt died of a heart attack July 12 after participating in the invasion of Normandy.

Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson presented the medal to the general’s widow. The citation read in part:

“He landed with the first wave of forces assaulting the enemy-held beaches, repeatedly led groups from the beach over the sea wall, and established them inland. His valor, courage and presence in the very front of the attack, and his complete unconcern at being under heavy fire, inspired his troops to heights of enthusiasm and self-sacrifice.”

Roosevelt had been decorated 11 times in World War I.



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