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William Winfield Colgan
Birth: Feb. 3, 1924
Death: Oct. 4, 1944
Peleliu, Palau

Navy Cross Recipient

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to William Winfield Colgan, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman with the Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Peleliu, Palau Islands, on 4 October 1944. Realizing that many wounded men were pinned down by intense enemy machine-gun, rifle and mortar fire, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Colgan unhesitatingly proceeded far in front of his own lines in order to administer first aid to the casualties. When our troops were forced to withdraw from untenable positions, he courageously exposed himself to a withering barrage from Japanese guns and directed the men to take cover until a protective smoke screen could be lowered, then skillfully supervised evacuation of the wounded until he was fatally struck down by Japanese fire. Pharmacist's Mate Colgan's daring initiative and great personal valor in the face of grave peril were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 339 (June 1945)

Thanks to contributor Jessi-Schnittchen (#47529821)
for the following:

Father: 103422553
Mother: 103423370

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Surviving besides his parents are six sistsrs, Audrey, Vivian, Doris, Shirley, Wilma, Edith, and two brothers, Walter and Elwood.

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  William B Colgan (1894 - 1960)
  Amelia M Pavelsky Colgan (1897 - 1957)
  William Winfield Colgan (1924 - 1944)
  Walter J Colgan (1926 - 1999)**
*Calculated relationship
Clover Leaf Memorial Park
Middlesex County
New Jersey, USA
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Record added: Apr 15, 2012
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A simple but sincere Thank You
- Susan
 Added: Jun. 2, 2014
The noble life & heroic war-time actions of my cousin, William, live on in our memories. Your are not forgotten. RIP William.
 Added: Jul. 16, 2013
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