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An army officer who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in WWII.

Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Captain 1
Birth:
19 Dec 1919 2
Geyser, Montana 3
Death:
29 May 1944 3
Villa Crocetta, Italy 3
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Person:
William Wylie Galt 3
William W. Galt 1
Home Town: Stanford, Montana 1
Birth:
19 Dec 1919 3
Geyser, Montana 3
Death:
29 May 1944 3
Villa Crocetta, Italy 3
Cause: KIA 2
Burial:
Mount Olivet Cemetery, Great Falls, Montana 3
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Birth:
Mother: Florence E. Galt 4
Father: Errol R. Galt 4
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 2
Rank:
Captain 2
Service Start Date:
1942 5
Service End Date:
1944 5
Unit:
1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division 2
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Education:
Institution: Montana State University 5
Place: Bozeman, Montana 5
To: 1942 5
Notes:
Medal of Honor recipient 1

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Medal of Honor citation

Villa Crocetta, Italy

Place / Date: At Villa Crocetta, Italy, 29 May 1944
Date of Issue: 02/01/1945

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. Galt, Battalion S3, at a particularly critical period following 2 unsuccessful attacks by his battalion, of his own volition went forward and ascertained just how critical the situation was. He volunteered, at the risk of his life, personally to lead the battalion against the objective. When the lone remaining tank destroyer refused to go forward, Capt. Galt jumped on the tank destroyer and ordered it to precede the attack. As the tank destroyer moved forward, followed by a company of riflemen, Capt. Galt manned the .30-caliber machinegun in the turret of the tank destroyer, located and directed fire on an enemy 77mm. anti-tank gun, and destroyed it. Nearing the enemy positions, Capt. Galt stood fully exposed in the turret, ceaselessly firing his machinegun and tossing hand grenades into the enemy zigzag series of trenches despite the hail of sniper and machinegun bullets ricocheting off the tank destroyer. As the tank destroyer moved, Capt. Galt so maneuvered it that 40 of the enemy were trapped in one trench. When they refused to surrender, Capt. Galt pressed the trigger of the machinegun and dispatched every one of them. A few minutes later an 88mm shell struck the tank destroyer and Capt. Galt fell mortally wounded across his machinegun. He had personally killed 40 Germans and wounded many more. Capt. Galt pitted his judgment and superb courage against overwhelming odds, exemplifying the highest measure of devotion to his country and the finest traditions of the U.S. Army.

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