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US Army Ranger Sergeant Franklin Koons posing for photographers immediately following being presented with Great Britainís Military Medal by Vice Admiral Louis Mountbatten, Casablanca, French Morocco, 18 Jan 1943

Caption   US Army Ranger Sergeant Franklin Koons posing for photographers immediately following being presented with Great Britainís Military Medal by Vice Admiral Louis Mountbatten, Casablanca, French Morocco, 18 Jan 1943 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Army Signal Corps
Identification Code   Library of Congress 2009632306
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Attack on Dieppe   Main article  Photos  
Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 18 Jan 1943
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 1 Jan 2006

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Licensing  Public Domain. According to the United States copyright law (United States Code, Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105), in part, "[c]opyright protection under this title is not available for any work of the United States Government".



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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
10 Sep 2015 05:06:23 PM

The medal was awarded for Sgt Koonsí courageous actions as one of 50 US Rangers who participated in the Attack on Dieppe, France in Aug 1942
2. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
3 Feb 2016 08:06:30 AM

Only half a dozen US Rangers got ashore at Quiberville beach. Two sergeants and Corporal F. Koons gained entry to houses and climbed on to rooftops overlooking the Hess battery. However things did not quite go as they planned. Hampered by enemy Fw.190s some RAF cannon fighter blasted the Rangers off their rooftops with near misses and before they knew what had happened the two Sergeants and Cpl Koons found themselves uninjured but back on the ground. The Corporal was the first recover and, roused to a high pitch of inspiration by this event, the three Americans regained the roof where they began to pour fire into the heart of the battery. It is thought that Corporal Koons then became the first US soldier to kill a German soldier in World War II when one of his shots toppled a gunner attempting to man one of the 15cm coastal guns.

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Lat/Long 33.5569, -7.6606
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