The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the NAVY CROSS posthumously to
PRIVATE FIRST CLASS GILBERT GEORGE PROSEK
U.S. MARINE CORPS (RESERVE)
for service as set forth in the following
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Gilbert George Prosek (459282), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the FIRST Marine Division in action against enemy Japanese forces at Cape Gloucester, New Britain Island, on 3 January 1944. In the face of intense fire from heavily fortified enemy positions on the opposite bank of a stream, Private First Class Prosek made three charges across the stream against an enemy machine gun position, putting the gun out of action. He then, from an exposed position, provided covering fire for the crossing of another member of his platoon, during which action he lost his life. Private First Class Prosek’s indomitable fighting spirit, valiant self-sacrifice and unyielding devotion to duty were an inspiration to all members of his unit and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: 1 October 1921 in Chester, Ill…. Home of record: Chester, Ill…. Enlisted in November 1942… Interred: Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Chester, Ill.