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Willibald Charles Bianchi

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served as a First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 45th Infantry, Philippine Scouts. On February 3, 1942, near Bagac, Province of Bataan, Philippine Islands he led his platoon forward against two enemy machinegun nests. When wounded early in the action he did not stop for aid but discarded his rifle and began firing a pistol. He located the first machinegun nest and personally silenced it with grenades. When wounded the second time by machinegun fire to the chest, he climbed to the top of an American tank, manned its machinegun and fired into the second enemy position. A third wound knocked him completely off the tank but his actions succeeded in the Japanese position to be captured by infantrymen with minimal effort. He was captured with the main forces in the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942 and was in many prisoner of war camps in the years to follow. On January 9, 1945 aboard a Japanese unmarked prison ship he was killed by an American plane, unaware the target was filled with American prisoners of war.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 7751194
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Willibald Charles Bianchi (12 Mar 1915–9 Jan 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7751194, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .