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 - pub- is in Tcin- to a Father to Get Honor Medal...
pub- is in Tcin- to a Father to Get Honor Medal of Hero Son A Chicagoan who gave his life for a fellow soldier after knocking out two machine gun nests on Okinawa and killing at least 30 Japanese has been awarded the congressional medal of honor. The award will be given to his father. The hero was Pvt. Edward John Moskala, 23, whose father, Al Fvt. Edward, J. ' Moskala bert Pvt. resides at 3120 W. 38th st. Moskala was an automatic rifleman attached to Company G, 383d regiment of the 96th division, which was commanded to attack Ka-kazu Ka-kazu Ka-kazu ridge on Okinawa before dawn April 9, 1945. Moskala was well in the van. The Japanese answered the attack with heavy mortar and machine machine gun fire. Slays,as Hear Guard Staff Sgt. Paul H. Lemons, May- May- nard, Ark., a survivor of the attack, said that when the machine gun fire forced the Yanks to drop to the ground Moskala crawled from behind behind a rock, threw a couple of grenades grenades towara the machinegun nests, then leaped to his feet and ran forward, forward, firing as lie went. The guns were silenced. However, the enemy began a heavy counter-attack, counter-attack, counter-attack, and the Americans were forced to withdraw. Moskala was one of nine men who volunteered volunteered to remain behind as a rear guard. During this action, survivors said, he killed 25 or 30 enemy sol diers. At last the withdrawal was accomplished and Moskala and the others reached safely, only to learn that a wounded man was left be hind Moskala ail once returned and brought his comrade to safety, then again remained behind with him and other wounded as a guard. Killed on Third Trip While waiting he killed several other Japanese. Then word came that two other wounded Americans were still up on the ridge. Moskala brought one down, then went back for the other. On this trip he was mortally wounded. The citation for the medal says: " With gallant initiative, unfaltering unfaltering courage and heroic determina-lion determina-lion determina-lion to destroy the enemy, Pvt. Mos kala gave his life in his complete devotion to his company's mission and his comrades' well-being. well-being. well-being. His intrepid conduct provided a lasting inspiration for those with whom he I served." 4.fVH I A

Clipped from Chicago Tribune04 Mar 1946, MonPage 1

Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois)04 Mar 1946, MonPage 1
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