Private Elmer E. Fryar, USA (December 8, 1944)

can you buy viagra over the counter in switzerland Elmer E. Fryar was born on February 10, 1914 in Denver, Colorado. His enlistment record isn’t among those preserved in the National Archives, but we do know he in part volunteered for service as he was a United States Army paratrooper.

where to purchase priligy Fryar was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division on December 8, 1944 fighting the Japanese on the island of Leyte in the Philippines.

On that day, he single-handedly disrupted an enemy counterattack and was carrying a wounded comrade to the rear when he placed his own body in front of his platoon leader, absorbing the automatic weapons fire that would have killed him. He was posthumously decorated with the Medal of Honor the following May.

From Medal of Honor Citations for World War II (A-F):

Medal of Honor ribbon (foreground); World War II Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon (background)
Medal of Honor ribbon (foreground); World War II Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon (background)
Photo: Military Times’ Hall of Valor

*FRYAR, ELMER E.

Rank and organization: Private, U .S. Army, Company E, 511th Parachute Infantry, 11th Airborne Division. Place and date: Leyte, Philippine Islands, 8 December 1944. Entered service at: Denver, Colo. G.O. No.: 35, 9 May 1945

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pvt. Fryar’s battalion encountered the enemy strongly entrenched in a position supported by mortars and automatic weapons. The battalion attacked, but in spite of repeated efforts was unable to take the position. Pvt. Fryar’s company was ordered to cover the battalion’s withdrawal to a more suitable point from which to attack, but the enemy launched a strong counterattack which threatened to cut off the company. Seeing an enemy platoon moving to outflank his company, he moved to higher ground and opened heavy and accurate fire. He was hit, and wounded, but continuing his attack he drove the enemy back with a loss of 27 killed. While withdrawing to overtake his squad, he found a seriously wounded comrade, helped him to the rear, and soon overtook his platoon leader, who was assisting another wounded. While these 4 were moving to rejoin their platoon, an enemy sniper appeared and aimed his weapon at the platoon leader. Pvt. Fryar instantly sprang forward, received the full burst of automatic fire in his own body and fell mortally wounded. With his remaining strength he threw a hand grenade and killed the sniper. Pvt. Fryar’s indomitable fighting spirit and extraordinary gallantry above and beyond the call of duty contributed outstandingly to the success of the battalion’s withdrawal and its subsequent attack and defeat of the enemy. His heroic action in unhesitatingly giving his own life for his comrade in arms exemplifies the highest tradition of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Private Fryar’s remains were never recovered. He is listed with 36,284 of his comrades whose resting places are not known on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.

Both the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 11th Airborne Division are no longer constituted units.

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  1. Today I was at the Manila American memorial and saw Pvt Fryar Elmer name inscripted on the marble wall with a medal of honor amongst a few of much higher ranking officers who received the same honor and wondered why. Now I know.

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