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General Bernard Montgomery pins the British Military Medal on the uniform on T/Sgt Philip Streczyk of the US First Division for extraordinary gallantry on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, on D-Day.  Award presented Jul 7 1944.

Caption   General Bernard Montgomery pins the British Military Medal on the uniform on T/Sgt Philip Streczyk of the US First Division for extraordinary gallantry on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, on D-Day. Award presented Jul 7 1944. ww2dbase
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Photos on Same Day 7 Jul 1944
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 22 Apr 2013

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
22 Apr 2014 09:16:13 PM

Sgt Streczyk’s Military Medal Citation: "For gallantry in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944 near Colleville-sur-Mer, France. T/Sgt. Streczyk was one of the first men to enter the maze of trenches and dugouts in an enemy stronghold. In desperate hand to hand fighting, Sgt. Streczyk cleared out compartment after compartment. In this fighting he captured an officer and 20 enemy soldiers. He then, with complete disregard for his own safety and without assistance, assaulted and destroyed an enemy machine gun nest. The heroic and courageous actions of T/Sgt. Streczyk were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States." Sgt Streczyk also received the US Army’s Distinguished Service Cross for his actions on D-Day plus the Silver Star four times. His company commander, Capt Ed Wozenski, described him as "the greatest unsung hero of World War II."
2. Bill says:
15 Dec 2014 03:03:38 PM

YOU TELL'EM SARGE: In January 1942 NCO group were designated as specialist who were similar to command NCO ranks. Later it was changed to Technician and wore the same rank insignia as command NCOs, but with an added letter "T" below the lowest chevron. Phillip Streczyk's US Army rank is Technical Sergeant 2nd Grade or NCO Grade 1, with three chevrons inverted over three arcs. This rank came between a Staff Sergeant and a Master Sergeant. His Division patch looks like the "Big Red One", the First Infantry Division. In the post war years, 1948 the US Army dropped the letter "T" and that rank would become Sergeant First Class that rank still carried a lot of juice. I THANK THE EDITOR/WW2DB FOR ALLOWING ME TO LEAVE MY KNOWLEDGE OF WWII

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