Corporal Orville E. W. Broeker
Serial Number - 397881
Cpl. Broeker was awarded the Navy Cross for the following action on 23 November 43:
"Cpl. Broeker's squad was in the assault. After advancing several hundred yards, the assault was held up by heavy enemy flanking fire coming from a concrete machinegun emplacement. Showing bold initiative and quickness of thought, Broeker withdrew his men to a covered position. In the face of heavy enemy machinegun fire, he began to work his way to the emplacement. Midway to his objective, he was hit in the face by fragments of an enenmy grenade. Wounded and partially blinded, he continued to advance and finally, gaining the top pf the emplacement, he dropped a thermite grenade through an air vent and completely destroyed the enenmy resistance, allowing the front lines to continue the advance."
Cpl. Broeker was also wounded in action.
copyright 2001 Wheaton, Illinois
Created 30 June 2001