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Delmer C. Deckard

Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: Kentucky, Red Boiling Springs
Home of record: Auburn Kentucky
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 Delmer C. Deckard (MCSN: 390131), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as an automatic rifleman serving with the Twenty-Second Marines (Reinforced), during the landing attack on Japanese-held Engebi Island, Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands, 18 February 1944. Acting on his own initiative and unaided, Private First Class Deckard assaulted a hostile strong point in the face of heavy enemy fire and, after two daring attacks, retired to nearby cover, continuing his efforts to neutralize the position until he was killed by hostile fire. Private First Class Deckard's self-sacrificing bravery and unswerving devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 2540 (May 31, 1944)

Action Date: 18-Feb-44

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private First Class

Regiment: 22d Marines (Rein.), 1st Provisional Marine Brigade

Division: V Amphibious Corps