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James Daniel Slaton
Birth: Apr. 2, 1912
Death: Feb. 25, 1961
Laurel
Jones County
Mississippi, USA

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. His Citation reads: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy in the vicinity of Oliveto, Italy, on 23 September 1943. Cpl. Slaton was lead scout of an infantry squad which had been committed to a flank to knock out enemy resistance which had succeeded in pinning 2 attacking platoons to the ground. Working ahead of his squad, Cpl. Slaton crept upon an enemy machinegun nest and, assaulting it with his bayonet, succeeded in killing the gunner. When his bayonet stuck, he detached it from the rifle and killed another gunner with rifle fire. At that time he was fired upon by a machinegun to his immediate left. Cpl. Slaton then moved over open ground under constant fire to within throwing distance, and on his second try scored a direct hit on the second enemy machinegun nest, killing 2 enemy gunners. At that time a third machinegun fired on him 100 yards to his front, and Cpl. Slaton killed both of these enemy gunners with rifle fire. As a result of Cpl. Slaton's heroic action in immobilizing 3 enemy machinegun nests with bayonet, grenade, and rifle fire, the 2 rifle platoons which were receiving heavy casualties from enemy fire were enabled to withdraw to covered positions and again take the initiative. Cpl. Slaton withdrew under mortar fire on order of his platoon leader at dusk that evening. The heroic actions of Cpl. Slaton were far above and beyond the call of duty and are worthy of emulation. 
 
Inscription:
MEDAL OF HONOR CPL US ARMY 157TH INF 45TH INF DIV. WORLD WAR II
 
Note: earned Medal of Honor for heroism near Oliveto Italy 9/23/1943
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Laurel
Jones County
Mississippi, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 06, 2003
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 Added: Feb. 25, 2015

- James Snow
 Added: Feb. 25, 2015
Thank you for your most valued service to your country. May you rest in peace.
- Robert Saulino, Sr.
 Added: Apr. 2, 2014
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