BLOGGER’S NOTE: This post will be shorter than the normal celebration of a Medal of Honor recipient. I am in an area with even less connectivity than I anticipated, and had to keep this to the citation and not much else. The post will be enhanced upon my return to civilization sometime on Wednesday, June 19.
Robert Howard McCard was born on November 25, 1918 in Syracuse, New York. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during 1939, and landed with the 4th Marine Division at the outset of the Battle of Saipan on June 15, 1944. The action for which he was decorated took place the following day on June 16th.
*McCARD, ROBERT HOWARD
Rank and organization: Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as platoon sergeant of Company A, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, during the battle for enemy Japanese-held Saipan, Marianas Islands, on 16 June 1944. Cut off from the other units of his platoon when his tank was put out of action by a battery of enemy 77mm. guns, G/Sgt. McCard carried on resolutely, bringing all the tank’s weapons to bear on the enemy, until the severity of hostile fire caused him to order his crew out of the escape hatch while he courageously exposed himself to enemy guns by hurling hand grenades, in order to cover the evacuation of his men. Seriously wounded during this action and with his supply of grenades exhausted, G/Sgt. McCard then dismantled one of the tank’s machine guns and faced the Japanese for the second time to deliver vigorous fire into their positions, destroying 16 of the enemy but sacrificing himself to insure the safety of his crew. His valiant fighting spirit and supreme loyalty in the face of almost certain death reflect the highest credit upon G/Sgt. McCard and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Gunnery Sergeant Card rests in peace in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.