Logan, James Marion

Date of birth:
December 19th, 1920 (McNeil/Texas, United States)
Date of death:
October 9th, 1999 (Austin/Texas, United States)
Buried on:
Texas State Cemetery
Plot: Hilltop 4. Row: C. Grave: 11.
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sergeant
Unit:
Company I, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division "Arrowhead", U.S. Army
Awarded on:
September 15th, 1944
"For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 June 1944, at Velletri Italy. Sergeant Logan's unit came under a fanatic counterattack by a German SS unit. Sergeant Logan took up a Browning Automatic Rifle and attacked the enemy. He hit by a shell fragment as he was helping to carry a badly wounded soldier to a medical aid station. Sergeant Logan's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army."

Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 77 (September 15, 1944)
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action involving actual conflict on 9 September 1943 in the vicinity of Salerno, Italy. As a rifleman of an infantry company, Sgt. Logan landed with the first wave of the assault echelon on the beaches of the Gulf of Salerno, and after his company had advanced 800 yards inland and taken positions along the forward bank of an irrigation canal, the enemy began a serious counterattack from positions along a rock wall which ran parallel with the canal about 200 yards further inland. Voluntarily exposing himself to the fire of a machinegun located along the rock wall, which sprayed the ground so close to him that he was splattered with dirt and rock splinters from the impact of the bullets, Sgt. Logan killed the first 3 Germans as they came through a gap in the wall. He then attacked the machinegun. As he dashed across the 200 yards of exposed terrain a withering stream of fire followed his advance. Reaching the wall, he crawled along the base, within easy reach of the enemy crouched along the opposite side, until he reached the gun. Jumping up, he shot the 2 gunners down, hurdled the wall, and seized the gun. Swinging it around, he immediately opened fire on the enemy with the remaining ammunition, raking their flight and inflicting further casualties on them as they fled. After smashing the machinegun over the rocks, Sgt. Logan captured an enemy officer and private who were attempting to sneak away. Later in the morning, Sgt. Logan went after a sniper hidden in a house about 150 yards from the company. Again the intrepid Sgt. ran a gauntlet of fire to reach his objective. Shooting the lock off the door, Sgt. Logan kicked it in and shot the sniper who had just reached the bottom of the stairs. The conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity which characterized Sgt. Logan's exploits proved a constant inspiration to all the men of his company, and aided materially in insuring the success of the beachhead at Salerno."
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 30th, 1997
Texas Legislative Medal of Honor
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
w/ bronze star
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

Sources

  • Photo: Home of Heroes
  • - Jordan, Kenneth N., Yesterday’s Heroes – 433 men of World War II awarded the Medal of Honor 1941-1945, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., USA, 1996
    - Huff, R.A. (editor), The Fighting 36th – A Pictorial History of the 36th "Texas" Infantry Division, Turner Publishing Company, Paducah, Kentucky, USA, 1995 (reprint)

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