Robert T. Waugh

Robert T. Waugh

Robert T. Waugh

First Lieutenant Robert T. Waugh was commissioned an Infantry Offlcer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School Class 114-42, 1 December 1942. His was assigned as a Rifle Platoon Leader, G Company, 339th Infantry, 85th Infantry Division. | Lieutenant Waugh was awarded the Medal of Honor for action near Tremensucli, Italy between 11-14 May 1944, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life and above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy. In the course of an attack upon an enemy-held hill on 11 May, Lieutenant Waugh personally reconnoitered a heavily mined area before entering it with his platoon. Directing his men to deliver fire on six bunkers guarding this hill, Lieutenant Waugh advanced alone against them, reached the first bunker, threw phosphorus grenades into it and as the defenders emerged, killed them with a burst from his Tommy gun. He repeated this process on the five remaining bunkers, killing or capturing the occupants. On the morning of 14 May, Lieutenant Waugh ordered his platoon to lay a base of fire on two enemy pillboxes located on a knoll which commanded the only trail up the hill. He then ran to the first pillbox, threw several grenades into it, drove the defenders into the open, and killed them. The second pillbox was next taken by this intrepid officer by similar methods. The fearless actions of Lieutenant Waugh broke the Gustav Line at that point, neutralizing six bunkers and two pillboxes and he was personally responsible for the death of 30 of the enemy soldiers and the capture of 25 others. He was later killed in action at Itri, Italy, while leading his platoon in an attack.

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  • Rank

    First Lieutenant

  • Graduated From

    Fort Benning, Georgia

  • Highest Award

    Medal of Honor

  • Year Inducted

    1997

  • Branch Of Service

    Infantry

  • HF ID #

    HF_01895

  • MH ID#

    MH_00019