John E. Capito’s Silver Star citation

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the SILVER STAR MEDAL to


for service as set forth in the following


“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Operator of a Bulldozer while serving with the First Marine Division during action at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, on January 3, 1944. The first to arrive at a stream crossing which had stopped a pltoon of tanks supporting the advance of our troops, Corporal Capito braved heavy Japanese machine-gun fire from pillboxes less than fifty yards away as he maneuvered the bulldozer down the bank of the stream. Wounded during this operation, he was assisted to a nearby defilade for first-aid treatment and, promptly returning, rendered further service by aiding the relief bulldozer operators and remaining in action until the advance of our tanks and troops was assured. Corporal Capito’s courageous devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

For the President,
/s/ James Forrestal

Born: 25 March 1920 in Bethlehem, Ky…. Home of record: Bradford, Ky… Passed: 8 July 1994… Interred: Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Bowling Green, Ky.

Author: Real American Heroes

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