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Richard D. White

Date of death: January 5, 1945
Home of record: Cedar Falls Iowa
Status: KIA


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private Richard D. White (ASN: 37696793), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company B, 232d Infantry Regiment, 42d Infantry Division. On 5 January 1945, at Stattmatten, France, Private White accompanied Second Lieutenant Champion on a mission to blow up a bridge which was a direct approach to his company's position. Advancing under heavy fire and in full view of the enemy with utter disregard for his personal safety, Private White assisted Lieutenant Champion in setting the explosives in place. When the first attempt did not succeed in blowing up the bridge, Private White again went forward and under heavy enemy fire assisted Lieutenant Champion in replacing the explosives which blew up the bridge. Later that day Private White was mortally wounded while courageously fighting with his platoon to disperse an enemy assault on Stattmatten.

General Orders: Headquarters, 42d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 4 (1945)

Action Date: 5-Jan-45

Service: Army

Rank: Private

Company: Company B

Regiment: 232d Infantry Regiment

Division: 42d Infantry Division