April 14, 1945 — Torre Iussi, Italy
Raymond J. Cychosz member of the 10th Mountain Division, Campany A, 87th Infantry
Younger brother Francis Cychosz is still on-board the USS Arizona.
Raymond was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for heroic achievement in action on 14 April 1945, in Northern Italy. Raymond was wounded and permanently paralyzed from the waist down, but continued to fight until the German machine gun had been silenced.
The citation reads as follows:
Headquarters, 10th Mountain Division, U. S. Army
3 July 1945
CITATION: Raymond J. Cychosz, 36985369, Private First Class, Infantry, 87th Mountain Infantry, United States Army. For heroic achievement in action on 14 April 1945, near Torre Iussi, Italy. During an approach march preparatory to engaging the enemy, a group of mountain infantrymen were suddenly pinned down by sharp hostile machine gun fire. The platoon was unable to advance further when Private First Class CYCOSZ, without regard for his own personal safety, picked up his automatic weapon and advanced upon an enemy position which he had been able to detect. Maneuvering to get a clear field of fire he was wounded seriously. Although in great pain he proceeded to give his weapon to his assistant gunner and instructed him in the fields of fire for the targets he had selected, remaining all the while calm and composed before medical aid men reached him to offer him treatment and have him evacuated. His heroic conduct under intense and dangerous enemy fire and his great concern for closing with the enemy without faltering commendably upholds the highest traditions of the United States Army. Entered the military service from Bessemer, Michigan.
BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL HAYS