John Druse Hawk-Bremerton, WA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 47° 34.350 W 122° 41.376
10T E 523345 N 5268833
Quick Description: World War II Medal of Honor Recipient for action at Chambois, France on August 20, 1944. He is buried in Miller-Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bremerton, WA in Meditation Section, Lot 570, Space 1.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 8/20/2019 2:36:28 PM
Waymark Code: WM115TR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
Views: 6

Long Description:
He was born on May 30, 1924 in San Francisco, CA and died on November 4, 2013 in Bremerton, WA. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: JOHN DRUSE HAWK
Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company E
Division: 359th Infantry, 90th Infantry Division
Born: May 30, 1924, San Francisco, Calif.
Departed: Yes (11/04/2013)
Entered Service At: Bremerton, Wash.
G.O. Number: 55
Date of Issue: 06/24/1945
Accredited To: Bremerton, WA
Place / Date: Near Chambois, France, 20 August 1944

Citation
He manned a light machine gun on 20 August 1944, near Chambois, France, a key point in the encirclement which created the Falaise Pocket. During an enemy counterattack, his position was menaced by a strong force of tanks and infantry. His fire forced the infantry to withdraw, but an artillery shell knocked out his gun and wounded him in the right thigh. Securing a bazooka, he and another man stalked the tanks and forced them to retire to a wooded section. In the lull which followed, Sgt. Hawk reorganized 2 machine gun squads and, in the face of intense enemy fire, directed the assembly of 1 workable weapon from 2 damaged guns. When another enemy assault developed, he was forced to pull back from the pressure of spearheading armor. Two of our tank destroyers were brought up. Their shots were ineffective because of the terrain until Sgt. Hawk, despite his wound, boldly climbed to an exposed position on a knoll where, unmoved by fusillades from the enemy, he became a human aiming stake for the destroyers. Realizing that his shouted fire directions could not be heard above the noise of battle, he ran back to the destroyers through a concentration of bullets and shrapnel to correct the range. He returned to his exposed position, repeating this performance until 2 of the tanks were knocked out and a third driven off. Still at great risk, he continued to direct the destroyers' fire into the Germans' wooded position until the enemy came out and surrendered. Sgt. Hawk's fearless initiative and heroic conduct, even while suffering from a painful wound, was in large measure responsible for crushing 2 desperate attempts of the enemy to escape from the Falaise Pocket and for taking more than 500 prisoners.

Photo taken by NIK and posted on findagrave.

*SPECIAL EXCEPTION WAYMARK* This category made the decision to approve this waymark based on the research and partnerships between the submitter, Don.Morfe, and individuals who gave permission for their photos of Medal of Honor resting places to be used in this community. Although the vision and philosophy of the Waymarking body is to promote in-person visits and photo documentation, special circumstances can be made on a case-by-case basis such as this submission. We appreciate the fact that Don.Morfe spent over 20 years visiting more than 2,900 Medal of Honor resting places and has documented them in this category with personal photos the past 18 months. He recently took it upon himself to document many more Medal of Honor resting places around the world that he could not visit in person. He reached out to individuals on FindaGrave.com and elsewhere and received permission to use their photos, created write-ups and submitted them here for approval. A compromise was made to allow his submissions here in order to gain a sense of appreciation to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Thank you, Don, for your tireless efforts and contributions to this category and to the Waymarking community!

Armed Service: Army

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