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Dirk J. Vlug
Birth: Aug. 20, 1916
Maple Lake
Wright County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Jun. 24, 1996
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Served as a Private First Class in the 126th Infantry, 32nd Infantry Division, U.S. Army. On December 15, 1944 near Limon Leyte, Philippine Islands, his unit was attacked by a group of Japanese tanks. He left his covered position with a rocket launcher and advanced alone under intense machinegun and 37-mm. fire. He destroyed the first tank, killing its occupants with a single round. As one of the crew of the second tank started to dismount and attack him, he killed him with his pistol then destroyed the tank. Three more tanks moved up the road, so he flanked the first eliminating it and despite the enemy fire, pressed forward again to destroy another. With his last round of ammunition he struck the remaining vehicle, causing it to crash down a steep embankment. He single handedly destroyed 5 enemy tanks and facilitated the success of his battalion's mission.  (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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  Angie Vlug (1922 - 2013)*
 
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Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA
Plot: BLOCK X Lot :203 Space :1
 
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Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Oct 08, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7959901
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