Dallas, Jack W.

Date of death:
February 8th, 1945 (near Zerkall/Rhine Province, Germany)
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Corporal
Unit:
Company A, 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team, U.S. Army (Company A, 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team, U.S. Army)
Action:
Corporal Jack W. Dallas, 39041302, 517th Parachute Infantry, United States Army, for gallantry in action near Zerkall, Germany, 8 February 1945. When the lead scouts of an attacking force inadvertently tripped enemy flares, they were immediately subjected to intense enemy machine gun and mortar fire. Corporal Dallas promptly led his machine gun section forward and opened counter fire. When one of the gun positions received a direct hit, wounding all of the crew crew members, Corporal Dallas started crawling through the intense fire to the unmanned gun. Although wounded in the legs and back he continued forward. Reaching the weapon, he opened fire and kept the enemy immobilized. After the entire crew of another gun was severely injured by enemy fire, the company was ordered to withdraw. Although wounded again, and bleeding profusely, Corporal Dallas remained in position providing covering fire throughout the slow process of evacuating the wounded. With the full fury of the enemy’s fire concentrated upon him, Corporal Dallas stood steadfastly by his weapon and nobly sacrificed his life so that his comrades might reach safety. Corporal Dallas demonstrated great courage and gallantry in keeping with the finest traditions of military service. Entered the military service from Daly City, California.
Details:
Posthumously awarded.
Headquarters, 13th Airborne Division, General Orders No. 48 (27 July 1945).
This award was obtained in the form of an Oak Leaf to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.
Silver Star Medal (SSM)

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