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Private First Class
Dante P. ToneGuzzo
Class of 2000

Distinguished Service Cross

Dante P. ToneGuzzo

Dante P. ToneGuzzo
United States Army



Private First Class Dante P. ToneGuzzo distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 9 April 1945, near Essen, Germany. When his platoon was pinned down by intense machine gunfire from two mutually supporting pillboxes, Private First Class ToneGuzzo arose, on his own initiative and with complete disregard for his personal safety, in the face of heavy automatic weapons' fire, stormed the nearest pillbox. He threw a hand grenade into the emplacement, killing two enemy and causing nine others to surrender. Then, still alone, he unhesitatingly moved against the second pillbox, again exposing himself to intense machine gun and sniper fire. He threw another grenade, which killed one enemy and forced five others to surrender. The extraordinary heroism, personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Private First Class ToneGuzzo were a great inspiration to the men of his platoon, and were materially responsible for their advance to the final objective. Private First Class ToneGuzzo's heroic actions reflect great credit on the service and are in accord with the highest traditions of the service.








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