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Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. in his Jeep 'Rough Rider' near the front lines in Normandy, Jun 1944.

Caption   Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. in his Jeep 'Rough Rider' near the front lines in Normandy, Jun 1944. ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Library of Congress
Identification Code   LC-USZ62-99501
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Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 18 Jun 1944
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 10 Jan 2018



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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
10 Jan 2015 09:48:52 PM

Soon after D-Day, just as Gen Roosevelt was about to be promoted to Major General and given command of the 90th Infantry Division, he died of a heart attack on Jul 12, 1944. For his actions on D-Day, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The citation read: For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, in France. After 2 verbal requests to accompany the leading assault elements in the Normandy invasion had been denied, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt's written request for this mission was approved and he landed with the first wave of the forces assaulting the enemy-held beaches. He repeatedly led groups from the beach, over the seawall and established them inland. His valor, courage, and presence in the very front of the attack and his complete unconcern at being under heavy fire inspired the troops to heights of enthusiasm and self-sacrifice. Although the enemy had the beach under constant direct fire, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt moved from one locality to another, rallying men around him, directed and personally led them against the enemy. Under his seasoned, precise, calm, and unfaltering leadership, assault troops reduced beach strong points and rapidly moved inland with minimum casualties. He thus contributed substantially to the successful establishment of the beachhead in France.

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