The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the SILVER STAR MEDAL posthumously to
SERGEANT NORMAN R. SCHANTZENBACH, USMC
for service as set forth in the following
“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with the First Marine Division during combat with enemy Japanese forces on Cape Gloucester, New Britain Island, on January 3 to 9, 1944.Courageously leading his squad across a stream while subjected to withering hostile machine-gun fire, Sergeant Schantzenbach succeeded in reaching an advantageous point for firing upon enemy gun emplacements. By his cool and aggressive leadership throughout the ensuing violent engagement, his squad was able to force desperately fighting hostile units to abandon their positions. Later while fearlessly defending a ridge against a night counterattack, he was fatally injured. Sergeant Schantzenbach’s heroic initiative and selfless devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.”
For the President,
/s/ James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy
Born: 6 March 1921 in Emmaus, Pa…. Assigned to K Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division… Home of record: Maguncie, Pa.