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2nd Lt Alexander Cameron

2nd Lt Alexander Cameron

134th Infantry Regiment - Company D

2nd Lt Alexander Cameron was a Platoon Commander, First Platoon, Company D, 134th Infantry Regiment. He as Killed in Action near St Lo, France on July 15, 1944 and was awarded a Silver Star Medal for his actions during that battle.

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Silver Star Medal (posthumous) Citation

2nd Lieutenant Alexander Cameron, O1323910, Infantry, United States Army, for gallantry in action in the St Lo sector, Normandy, France, 15 July 1944. Lieutenant Cameron led the First Machine Gun Platoon, Company D, 134th Infantry, supporting the attack of Company A, 134th Infantry, in the operation against St Lo. When the supported unit was pinned down by enemy machine gun fire, Lieutenant Cameron ordered his platoon to remain in its position and continue its fire at the enemy gun, while he went forward, armed with his carbine and a hand grenade, in an attempt to destroy the emplacement. Crawling to within grenade-throwing distance, Lieutenant Cameron was discovered by the enemy machine gun crew, who directed their fire at him. Springing to his feet, Lieutenant Cameron ran forward and threw his grenade, but at the time it destroyed the enemy gun, he was killed by the enemy machine gun fire. The intrepid actions of Lieutenant Cameron in placing the success of his mission at hand above that of his own life, constitutes such gallantry in action as to reflect the highest credit upon his character as an officer and upon the military service. Entered military service from New York.

General Orders No. 38, Headquarters 35th Infantry Division, 29 September 1944

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