Bottcher, Herman John F.

Date of birth:
July 1909 (Landsberg/Province of Saxony, German Empire)
Date of death:
December 31st, 1944 (island of Leyte, Philippines)
Buried on:
American Cemetery and Memorial Manila
Plot: L. Row: 4. Grave: 134.
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
Company G, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division "Red Arrow", U.S. Army
Awarded on:
December 28th, 1942
Action:
"Fr extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 5 to 11 December 1942, in the vicinity of Buna, New Guinea. During an attack on enemy positions, Captain Bottcher led a unit which cut off communications between Japanese garrisons at Buna and Buna Mission's government station. Later, during a simultaneous attack by both enemy garrisons, Captain Bottcher calmly stood up and threw hand grenades at the advancing troops. Although wounded in this action, he stayed with his unit until relieved. His outstanding leadership and personal heroism repeatedly inspired his men and was primarily responsible for the success of their defense, and exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army."
Details:
Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 64
Staff Sergeant Bottcher ontving een veldpromotie naar Captain en zijn eerste DSC.
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Action:
For action performed on 20 December 1942 in Buna/Oro Province, Papua New Guinea.
Details:
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 36 (1943).
This award was obtained in the form of an Oak Leave to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.
Details:
Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 1 (Posthumously awarded.)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division "Red Arrow", U.S. Army
Details:
This award was obtained in the form of an Oak Leave to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.
Purple Heart
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division "Red Arrow", U.S. Army
Details:
This award was obtained in the form of an second Oak Leave to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.
Purple Heart
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division "Red Arrow", U.S. Army
Details:
This award was obtained in the form of an third Oak Leave to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.
Purple Heart

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