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 John W. Dutko

John W. Dutko

Birth
Dilltown, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 23 May 1944 (aged 27)
Ponte, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial Beverly, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Distinguished Service Section, Grave 1
Memorial ID 19518 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Private First Class in Company A, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Ponte Rotto, Italy, on May 23, 1944. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, on 23 May 1944, near Ponte Rotto, Italy. Pfc. Dutko left the cover of an abandoned enemy trench at the height of an artillery concentration in a single-handed attack upon 3 machineguns and an 88mm. mobile gun. Despite the intense fire of these 4 weapons which were aimed directly at him, Pfc. Dutko ran 10.0 yards through the impact area, paused momentarily in a shell crater, and then continued his l-man assault. Although machinegun bullets kicked up the dirt at his heels, and 88mm. shells exploded within 30 yards of him, Pfc. Dutko nevertheless made his way to a point within 30 yards of the first enemy machinegun and killed both gunners with a hand grenade. Although the second machinegun wounded him, knocking him to the ground, Pfc. Dutko regained his feet and advanced on the 88mm. gun, firing his Browning automatic rifle from the hip. When he came within 10 yards of this weapon he killed its 5-man crew with 1 long burst of fire. Wheeling on the machinegun which had wounded him, Pfc. Dutko killed the gunner and his assistant. The third German machinegun fired on Pfc. Dutko from a position 20 yards distant wounding him a second time as he proceeded toward the enemy weapon in a half run. He killed both members of its crew with a single burst from his Browning automatic rifle, continued toward the gun and died, his body falling across the dead German crew". His Medal was posthumously awarded on October 5, 1944.

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JOHN W
DUTKO

MEDAL OF HONOR
1st Sgt
US Army
World War II
Oct 14 1916
May 23 1944


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  • Added: 15 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19518
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John W. Dutko (24 Oct 1916–23 May 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19518, citing Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .