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Technical Sergeant Robert J. Drake Class of 2007

					Distinguished Flying Cross

United States Army

Silver Star

Robert J. Drake, 35002823, Technical Sergeant, Infantry, 358th Infantry, United States Army. For gallantry in action on 25 November 1944 in the vicinity of Tettingen, Germany. When the platoon’s advance on the town was impeded by six rows of dragon’s teeth and two enemy pillboxes, Technical Sergeant Drake, Platoon Leader, led the troops through the enemy obstacle to within 300 yards of the pillbox on the flank. Despite heavy enemy anti-tank and machinegun fire, Technical Sergeant Drake , at the risk of his life, made his way alone to the blind side of the pillbox and threw in a hand grenade. This act enabled the platoon to capture the pillbox and its nine occupants. With the aid of companions, he placed and detonated a demolition charge on the second pillbox, seized it and eight prisoners. He then led the platoon through the town and captured 33 more of the enemy. His gallantry was in accordance with high military tradition. Entered Military Service from Ohio.

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