First Lieutenant Thomas F. Collingwood, near Oberkassel, Germany on the night of 2 April 1945, Lieutenant Collingwood fearlessly led a reconnaissance patrol across the Rhine River, in Germany, in the face of heavily defended enemy positions. With his progress being constantly harassed by enemy flares and searchlights, Lieutenant Collingwood landed on the enemy shore and obtained valuable information as to the enemy dispositions. Returning to his unit, the patrol was brought under heavy enemy fire. Lieutenant Collingwood, demonstrating courage and leadership brought his men back without casualties. Entered military service from California.