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Bruno Oribiletti

Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: Wisconsin, Nenosha
Home of record: Milwaukee Wisconsin
Status: KIA


Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Bruno Oribiletti (MCSN: 329513), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as a member of a Rocket Launcher Team serving with Company B, First Battalion, First Battalion, Fourth Marines (Reinforced), First Provisional Marine Brigade, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Guam, Marianas Islands, 22 July 1944. Upon hearing enemy tanks rumbling down the road toward his company's position, Private First Class Oribiletti, with his rocket launcher loader, immediately knelt in the ditch alongside the road and, as the hostile infantry got off the tanks and laid down a withering protecting fire for the vehicles, calmly waited until the first tank was within fifteen yards of his position before he opened fire and stopped it. After directing another accurate round which struck the second tank and forced one of the occupants out, he was preparing to fire again when a hit by the tank's cannon killed him instantly. Private First Class Oribiletti's splendid initiative, inspiring valor and tenacious devotion to duty under extremely perilous conditions contributed materially to the successful repulsion of the enemy attack and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 004071 (December 26, 1944)

Action Date: 22-Jul-44

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private First Class

Company: Company B

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 4th Marines (Rein.), 1st Provisional Marine Brigade