85th Infantry Division in World War II
The 85th Infantry Division in World War II

339th Infantry Unit Awards and Citations

 

The 339th Infantry Regiment received a high amount of recognition during its service as a combat element of the 85th Infantry Division, including battle streamers for the Rome-Arno Campaign, North Apeninnes Campaign, and the Po Valley Campaign.


The French Croix De Guerre with Palm was awarded to the 339th Infantry and 910th Field Artillery in 1945:

"Awarded under Decision No. 843, 21 June 1945 by the President of the Provisional Government of the French Republic- A magnificent unit, inspired by a wonderful spirit in combat. In the battle of Garigliano and during the greater part of the offensive which led the Allied Armies to the Tuscan Apennines, in spite of heavy losses, it maintained close contact with the units of the left flank of the French Expeditionary Corps. It contributed immeasurably to the brilliant series of successes which will remain the common heritage of the American and French Armies." (Department of the Army General Order 43-50)


On 15 December 1944, Company G, 339th Infantry received a Distinguished Unit Citation for combat action at Hill 79 near Tremensuoli, Italy on 11-14 May, 1944:

General Orders No. 59, Headquarters Fifth Army, 10 September 1944 (War Department General Order 81-44): "Company G, 339th Infantry regiment is cited for outstanding performance of duty in action from 11 to 14 May, 1944, near Tremensuoli, Italy. Company G was assigned the mission of wresting from a determined enemy a hill (Hill 79) which was the key terrain feature of the left flank of the German Gustav Line. The two assault platoons, closing rapidly before he could recover, killed sixty and captured forty of the defenders, demolished eight bunkers, reduced seven pill boxes and captured twenty-five automatic weapons. The company suffered heavy casualties and because of its isolated position, went without food and water for over 36 hours. For heroic determination, the infantrymen of this company held every inch of the ground gained."


There were countless individual awards to officers and enlisted men in the 339th Infantry including the Medal of Honor to 1st Lieutenant Robert T. Waugh of G Company. A number of Legions of Merit, Silver and Bronze Stars were also awarded.

Lts Moss & Gundrum, 339 INF
Lt. Walter Moss & Lt. Jerry Gundrum.
Both received the Silver Star for gallantry in the Gustav Line assault.

(85th Infantry Division in WW2)
Awards ceremony
The 339th Infantry in parade formation is addressed by General Clark prior to the Gothic Line attack, September, 1944.
(85th Infantry Division in WW2)

 

Major Thompson Major Richard Thompson from St. Augustine, Florida, receives the Legion of Merit from General Lucien Truscott, Commanding General of Fifth Army on 7 April 1945. Major Thompson, the commanding officer of the 339th Medical Detachment, received the award for exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of his duties as chief medical officer for the 1st Battalion and regiment while in North Africa and Italy.
(National Archives)

 


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