Sergeant John D. Hawk, USA (August 20, 1944)

Lamictal buy cheap John Druse Hawk, known as “Bud” to friends and family, was born in San Francisco, California on May 30, 1924. He grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and it was from that area that he joined the United States Army in 1943.

buy dapoxetine sweden Hawk was an infantryman with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 359th Infantry Regiment. The regiment was part of the 90th Infantry Division, formed in 1942, and whose first action was in France when the first elements of the division landed on Utah Beach on D-Day.

As the Allied armies began their breakout from Normandy, a large number of our Nazi German enemies were encircled in what was known as the Falaise Pocket. When the enemy counter-attacked and tried to escape, Bud Hawk selflessly and courageously exposed himself to their fury and thanks to his valor, the forces of liberty carried the day.

For his actions on August 20, 1944, Sergeant Hawk later received the Medal of Honor.

From Medal of Honor Citations for World War II (G-L):

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Photo: Military Times’ Hall of Valor

HAWK, JOHN D.

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company E, 359th Infantry, 90th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Chambois, France, 20 August 1944. Entered service at: Bremerton, Wash. G.O. No.: 55, 13 July 1945

Citation: He manned a light machinegun on 20 August 1944, near Chambois, France, a key point in the encirclement which created the Falaise Pocket. During an enemy counterattack, his position was menaced by a strong force of tanks and infantry. His fire forced the infantry to withdraw, but an artillery shell knocked out his gun and wounded him in the right thigh. Securing a bazooka, he and another man stalked the tanks and forced them to retire to a wooded section. In the lull which followed, Sgt. Hawk reorganized 2 machinegun squads and, in the face of intense enemy fire, directed the assembly of 1 workable weapon from 2 damaged guns. When another enemy assault developed, he was forced to pull back from the pressure of spearheading armor. Two of our tank destroyers were brought up. Their shots were ineffective because of the terrain until Sgt. Hawk, despite his wound, boldly climbed to an exposed position on a knoll where, unmoved by fusillades from the enemy, he became a human aiming stake for the destroyers. Realizing that his shouted fire directions could not be heard above the noise of battle, he ran back to the destroyers through a concentration of bullets and shrapnel to correct the range. He returned to his exposed position, repeating this performance until 2 of the tanks were knocked out and a third driven off. Still at great risk, he continued to direct the destroyers’ fire into the Germans’ wooded position until the enemy came out and surrendered. Sgt. Hawk’s fearless initiative and heroic conduct, even while suffering from a painful wound, was in large measure responsible for crushing 2 desperate attempts of the enemy to escape from the Falaise Pocket and for taking more than 500 prisoners.

Bud Hawk survived the war, later graduated from the University of Washington, and spent thirty years as an educator (teacher and principal) in the Kitsap, Washington public schools.

We lost this American hero last year – November 4, 2013 – at age 89. He today rests in peace in the Miller-Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bremerton, Washington.

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