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134th Infantry Regiment

"All Hell Can't Stop Us"

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T/Sgt Buster E Brown

Company L

Buster E Brown awarded DSC

LTC Warren C. Wood of Gering, Nebraska, Commanding Officer, Third Battalion, 134TH Infantry Regiment, 35TH Division, congratulates PFC Buster E. Brown of Omaha, Nebraska, on receiving the DSC for Heroic Action at St. Lo, France. PFC Buster E. Brown silenced two German machine gun nests single-handedly though wounded in the knee and shoulder. Together with the presentation of the DSC, PFC Brown was elevated to T/Sgt

Photo Credit: US Army Signal Corps
Photographer: Arthur H. Herz of 166th Signal Corps attached to 35th Div.
Photo Date 16 JAN 1945

Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Cross

Private First Class BUSTER E. BROWN, 37034212, Co. L, 134th Inf., 35th Inf. Div., United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy. On 16 July 1944 in the vicinity of ST. LO, NORMANDY, FRANCE, Private BROWN, engaged in action with his platoon which was being subjected to effective fire from an enemy machine gun nest, advanced alone against the enemy position and silenced it single-handedly. On 17 July 1944, Private BROWN again distinguished himself above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against the enemy with his platoon. While his entire company was under a heavy concentration of mortar, artillery and machine gun fire, Pvt. BROWN, armed with a BAR, courageously advanced alone to silence a disturbing machine gun nest. He was struck by a bullet while still 150 yards from the enemy position but, disregarding his wound, continued his lone advance firing steadily into the machine gun nest until he was once again wounded. His effective firing wiped out the enemy position. The cool-headed, calculated actions of Pvt. BROWN in the face of enemy fire; his complete disregard for his own safety, persistence against seemingly insurmountable obstacles and dogged determination resulted in facilitating the advance of his company and the saving of numerous of his comrades' lives. His courage and inspirational devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Thanks to Ann Gaule, 654th TD Bn, Researcher and Author for this photograph.  She is the niece of 1st Lt. Maurice P. Alger Jr. who served in the 654th TD Bn.

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