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Technical Sergeant Llewellyn M. Chilson Class of 2006


					Distinguished Flying Cross




United States Army

Distinguished Service Cross
Citation

Technical Sergeant Llewellyn M. Chilson, 35 112 223, Infantry, Army of the United States, for extraordinary heroism in action, as Platoon Sergeant, Company G, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, on 26 March 1945. During the crossing of the Rhine River near Garnsheim, Germany, Technical Sergeant Chilson distinguished himself by his coolness, bravery and aggressiveness. When the leader of the Second Platoon, the assault platoon of the company, was wounded, he, by his own initiative, assumed command and quickly organized the platoon into a compact, efficient assault force and with vigor and keen judgment led his force along the river bank. Despite heavy and intense enemy fire of all types and calibers, he, because of his exceptional self-sacrifice and disregard of his personal safety, performed outstandingly intrepid actions, resulting in the death of 11 enemy soldiers and in the capture of a total of two hundred and twenty-five prisoners. In addition, Technical Sergeant Chilson personally destroyed an ammunition vehicle and two heavy machine guns and made possible the capture of two other heavy machine guns and the destruction of three enemy flak vehicles. The brilliant and exemplary leadership and superior devotion to duty which characterized his accomplishments, contributed directly to the company’s success and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States. Entered military service from Ohio.

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