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FRENCH CROIX DE GUERRE WITH PALM

The President of the Provisional Government of the French Republic Cites to the Order of the Army:
508th Parachute Infantry Regiment

   A magnificent unit, reputed for the heroism and spirit of sacrifice of its combatants and which has made proof of the greatest military qualities during the battle of Normandy.
   It was part of the 82d Airborne Division which, after having occupied roadnets and waterways commanding access to the Cotentin landing places, sacrificed itself on the banks of the Merderet and the Douve, at Saint Sauveur-le-Vicomte and at Etienneville from 6-20 June 1944 in order to restrain at all cost the German reinforcements infinitely superior in strength and fire power, forced them to revert to the defensive and thus permitted the arrival of the bulk of the Allied Forces.
   This citation includes the award of the Croix de Guerre with Palm.

PARIS, 6 April 1946

Signed: FELIX GOUIN

RESOLUTION NO. 161
SURNAME GIVEN RANK COMPANY YEAR AUTH G.O.
Lindquist Roy E. Col. Hq Hq 1945 82nd 48
Mendez Louis G. , Jr. L/Col. Hq 3rd. 1945 82d 73
Shanley Thomas J. B. L/Col. Hq 2nd 1945 82d 76
Warren Shields, Jr. L/Col. Hq 1st 1945 82d 83
             
             
             
             
             
 

CROIX DE GUERRE AWARDED SIX IN 508th REGIMENT

Croix de Guerre with Palms, Order of the Army, has been awarded four officers and Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star has been awarded two non-commissioned officers of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, citation orders disclose today.

The officers receiving the highest order of Croix de Guerre in recognition of their roles played in the liberation of France are:

Colonel Roy E. Lindquist, commanding the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas J. B. Shanley, executive officer, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

Lieutenant   Colonel Louis G. Mendez, Jr., commanding Third Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

Lieutenant Colonel Shields Warren, Jr., commanding First Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

Non-commissioned officers given the Croix de Guerre, order of the company, are:

Sergeant Robert J. Bennett, Company I.

Staff Sergeant Robert W. VanHorssen.

Previous awards to the four officers and two non-coms were made by the U.S. government :

Colonel Lindquist wears the Silver Star. Bronze Star: Lt. Col. Shanley the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart: Lt. Col. Mendez the Distinguished Service Cross and Bronze Star: Lt. Col Warren the Silver Star and Purple Heart: Sgt. Bennett the Purple Heart and SSgt. VanHorssen the Silver Star.
 

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