Robert A. Canfield’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 Squad Leader serving with a company of the Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces near Nary Village, New Britain, on March 8 1944. Braving bitter hostile opposition, Sergeant Canfield fearlessly lead his squad to an advantageous point to protect an exposed position of his company’s left flank. Seriously wounded while advancing through an intense hail of enemy fire to report the situation to his platoon leader, he immediately returned to his squad after receiving first aid and valiantly continued to direct the operations throughout the fierce battle. Sergeant Canfield’s daring aggressiveness, inspiring leadership and loyal devotion to duty in the face of grave peril contributed materially to the success of our forces in that area and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

For the President,
/s/ James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy

Born: 23 July 1921 in Detroit, Mich…. Home of record: Oakland, Calif…. Also awarded a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts… Later became a military chaplain for the Navy, serving during the Korean and Vietnam Wars… Retired at the rank of Commander… Passed: 3 August 2009

Author: Real American Heroes

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