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ORVILLE SCHUETTE GETS BRONZE STAR
Unity Soldier is Now Fighting with Gen. Patton’s Third Army
Orville D. Schuette, technician fifth grade, now fighting in Germany with Gen. Patton’s Third Army, has been awarded the Bronze Star medal and the Combat Infantryman badge.
The citation with the Bronze Star read as follows: "Orville D. Schuette, while a member of the armed forces of the United States, distinguished himself by heroic achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States."
"During the critical period in the crossing of the Sauer River in February, in the vicinity of Luxembourg, communication lines were disrupted between command posts by a concentration of heavy enemy mortar and 88 mm gun fire. With utter disregard for his own personal safety, Schuette repaired the lines, laid additional lines, and restored the critically needed wire communication." "Throughout the engagement, he continued to service and repair communication lines, heedless of the enemy fire, thus affording constant communications. His conspicuous courage in the face of danger and loyal devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the armed forces of the United States."
He was awarded the Combat Infantryman badge on Feb. 6, 1945, for "satisfactory performance of severe combat duty."
Schuette entered the Army Jan. 25, 1943, and arrived overseas Dec. 1, 1944. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo H. Schuette, Unity.
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