Robert D Booker

Robert D Booker

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Robert was born on the 11th of July, 1920 in Callaway, Nebraska which is where he would also enlist in the US Army in June of 1942. Almost a year later, Robert was a Private in the 133rdInfantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division in Fondouk, Tunisia. It was here that his actions earned him the Medal of Honor. The citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action. On 9 April 1943 in the vicinity of Fondouk, Tunisia, Pvt. Booker, while engaged in action against the enemy, carried a light machinegun and a box of ammunition over 200 yards of open ground. He continued to advance despite the fact that 2 enemy machineguns and several mortars were using him as an individual target. Although enemy artillery also began to register on him, upon reaching his objective he immediately commenced firing. After being wounded he silenced 1 enemy machinegun and was beginning to fire at the other when he received a second mortal wound. With his last remaining strength he encouraged the members of his squad and directed their fire. Pvt. Booker acted without regard for his own safety. His initiative and courage against insurmountable odds are an example of the highest standard of self-sacrifice and fidelity to duty.

About one year after this actions, Robert was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Robert D Booker was 22 years old and is buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in his home town of Callaway, Nebraska.

Medal of Honor Day 2019

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