Private First Class Demosthenes V. Katsulis, 2/6
Serial # 834165
Awared the Navy Cross for action at Tarawa:
Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 2008 (May 16, 1944)
"The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Demosthenes V. Katsulis (MCSN: ), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the Second Battalion, Sixth Marines, SECOND Marine Division, during combat against enemy Japanese forces at Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, on 27 November 1943. With his rifle squad pinned down by hostile fire, Private First Class Katsulis unhesitatingly moved forward alone to an exposed area ahead of his position where several men lay wounded. Bravely attempting to silence Japanese snipers as he advanced, Private First Class Katsulis succeeded in rescuing his injured squad leader but, while carrying him back, was himself wounded by enemy fire. In spite of his own serious condition, he steadfastly refused to be evacuated until all the other men had been removed, and subsequently died from loss of blood. His great personal valor and unswerving loyalty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country."
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