Forwarded by the the Adjutant General's office of the War Department on 27 April 1945 and under the signature of , Major General J. A. Ulio, who wrote:
"I have the honor to forward to you the Military Cross awarded by His Majesty, The King of England to your husband , the late First Lieutenant Lloyd L. Polette.
May I again offer to you my deepest sympathy to you in your bereavement.".
Lloyd G. POLETEE [sic] (O-1309822) 1st Lieutenant, Infantry, US Army.
For gallantry in action on 15 September 1944, southwest of NIJMEGEN,
HOLLAND. Lt Polette, commanding a platoon of only 20 men and one LMG
section, moved against a bridge spanning the MAAS - WAAL canal. Within 300
yards of the objective the platoon was stopped by heavy machine gun fire.
He dispersed his men and directed fire and re-disposition with utter
disregard for the perils of such exposure. Lt POLETTE persevered in
this attack for two hours against .88 mm artillery and depressed .20mm
flak-gun fire, then withdrew his men, rested them, and returned to the
assault with .81 mm mortars. He led his squad in a charge that forced
the bridge defenses and then held out until relief was available.
Through his courage, skill and cool, resourceful leadership. a crossing over
the MASS - WAAL canal was secured to make a clean route available to the
north for the SECOND ARMY.
accomplishment of a mission normally assigned a larger force, reflects great
credit on Lt POLETTE and the United States Army.