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    25 Sept 2022 Garand Picture of the Day - 43rd INF Div



    During its four years and eight months of active duty the Division suffered the following casualties:

    Killed in Action: 1,561
    Wounded in Action: 6,049

    and was awarded the following decorations:

    Congressional Medal of Honor: 2
    Distinguished Service Cross: 71
    Distinguished Service Medal: 1
    Silver Star: 987
    Legion of Merit: 90
    Bronze Star: 2947
    Purple Heart: 7610
    Soldier’s Medal: 63
    Air Medal: 31




    For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty near Munda Airstrip, New Georgia, Solomon Islands on 29 July 1943. After 27 days of bitter fighting, the enemy held a hilltop salient which commanded the approach to Munda Airstrip. Our troops were exhausted from prolonged battle and heavy casualties, but Lt. Scott advanced with the leading platoon of his company to attack the enemy position, urging his men forward in the face of enemy rifle and enemy machine-gun fire. He had pushed forward alone to a point midway across the barren hilltop within 75 yards of the enemy when the enemy launched a desperate counterattack, which if successful would have gained undisputed possession of the hill. Enemy riflemen charged out on the plateau, firing and throwing grenades as they moved to engage our troops. The company withdrew, but Lt. Scott, with only a blasted tree stump for cover, stood his ground against the wild enemy assault. By firing his carbine and throwing the grenades in his possession he momentarily stopped the enemy advance, using the brief respite to obtain more grenades. Disregarding small-arms fire and exploding grenades aimed at him, suffering a bullet wound in the left hand and a painful shrapnel wound in the head after his carbine had been shot from his hand, he threw grenade after grenade with devastating accuracy until the beaten enemy withdrew. Our troops, inspired to renewed effort by Lt. Scott's intrepid stand and incomparable courage, swept across the plateau to capture the hill, and from this strategic position four days later captured Munda Airstrip.

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    I'm proud to have served in the 41st IBCT, a remnant of the 41st Division. And knew more than one person that served in the Pacific Theater. with that unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eb in oregon View Post
    I'm proud to have served in the 41st IBCT, a remnant of the 41st Division. And knew more than one person that served in the Pacific Theater. with that unit.
    Thank you for your service sir!
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