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Robert T. Waugh-Nettuno, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 41° 27.996 E 012° 39.474
33T E 304414 N 4593204
Quick Description: World War II Medal of Honor Recipient for action at Tremensuoli, Italy on May 11-14, 1944. He was KIA. He is buried in Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Lazio, Italy in Plot H, Row 13, Grave 37.
Location: Lazio, Italy
Date Posted: 8/25/2019 3:29:23 PM
Waymark Code: WM116MN
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Long Description:
He was born on January 16, 1919 in Ashton, RI and he was killed in action on May 19, 1944 in Itri, Lazio, Italy. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: ROBERT T. WAUGH
Rank: First Lieutenant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company:
Division: 339th Infantry, 85th Infantry Division
Born: Ashton, R.I.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Augusta, Maine
G.O. Number: 79
Date of Issue: 10/04/1944
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Tremensuoli, Italy, 11-14 May 1944
Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy. In the course of an attack upon an enemy-held hill on 11 May, 1st Lt. Waugh personally reconnoitered a heavily mined area before entering it with his platoon. Directing his men to deliver fire on 6 bunkers guarding this hill, 1st Lt. Waugh advanced alone against them, reached the first bunker, threw phosphorus grenades into it and as the defenders emerged, killed them with a burst from his tommygun. He repeated this process on the 5 remaining bunkers, killing or capturing the occupants. On the morning of 14 May, 1st Lt. Waugh ordered his platoon to lay a base of fire on 2 enemy pillboxes located on a knoll which commanded the only trail up the hill. He then ran to the first pillbox, threw several grenades into it, drove the defenders into the open, and killed them. The second pillbox was next taken by this intrepid officer by similar methods. The fearless actions of 1st Lt. Waugh broke the Gustav Line at that point, neutralizing 6 bunkers and 2 pillboxes and he was personally responsible for the death of 30 of the enemy and the capture of 25 others. He was later killed in action in Itri, Italy, while leading his platoon in an attack.

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Armed Service: Army

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