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Second Lieutenant
Clinton S. McLaughlin
Class of 2002

Distinguished Service Cross
Unites States Army


For extraordinary heroism in battle at Hill 700 at Bougainville, Solomon Islands, from 9 to 13 March 1944. Lieutenant McLaughlin commanded a platoon, which under his courageous leadership, defended a key sector of the American perimeter against repeated mass enemy attacks. Aware of the critical tactical situation which would develop if the Japanese extended their limited penetration of the lines, he moved from pillbox to pillbox under the direct observation and fire of the enemy, skillfully posting reinforcements for maximum resistance of enemy pressure and shifting fields of fire which blocked hostile routes of approach. Two days later, the Japanese worked their way to within a few feet of his forward positions under the cover of darkness. Offsetting the surprise element of the assault by his calmness, and alert tactical skill, Lieutenant McLaughlin directed the fierce action of his men with complete disregard for personal danger and stemmed the attack. By this same aggressive leadership and a determined fighting spirit, which he inspired in his men by personal example of bravery, the Japanese again were repulsed in their third and final assault on his sector.
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