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Distinguished Service Cross Award
Dikstinguished Service Cross
The Distinguished Service Cross
Established by order of The President, 2 January 1918.  Awarded to members of the US Army serving after 6 April 1917, who
distinguished themselves by "Extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force."


Captain Robert S. Young, A Company, 255th Infantry Regiment

By direction of the President the Distinguished Service Cross is awarded posthumously to ROBERT S. YOUNG, 01 312 101,
Captain, Company A, 255th Infantry Regiment for extraordinary heroism in action on 14 April 1945, near Waldenburg,
Germany.  When his unit was held up by fire from the strategically located enemy, Captain Young advanced on a machine gun
position under covering fire from his scouts and was wounded by a sniper.  Undeterred, he continued throwing grenades and
eliminated three gunners.  He then assaulted a second emplacement which he neutralized, in spite of raking fire.  There at the third
nest, he crawled into a ditch within 15 yards of the spot from which he threw the final grenade to complete removal of the enemy
threat.  Captain Young's act of supreme courage opened the way to attainment of the battalion objective and is representative of
the finest in heroic achievement.  Entered military service from New Mexico (GO 242, Hq US Forces European Theater, 19
September 1945) (Webmaster's Note:  Captain Young was mortally wounded while eliminating the third machine-gun nest.
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