b. 20/08/1916 Maple Lake, Minnesota. d. 25/06/1996 Grand Rapids, Michigan.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 15/12/1944 Limon Leyte, Philippines.
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Private First Class in the 126th Infantry, 32nd Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery on December 15, 1944 near Limon Leyte, Philippine Islands. He was awarded his Medal on June 26, 1946.
When an American roadblock on the Ormoc Road was attacked by a group of enemy tanks, Private First Class Vlug left his covered position, and with a rocket launcher and six rounds of ammunition, advanced alone under intense machinegun and 37-mm fire. Loading single-handedly, he destroyed the first tank, killing its occupants with a single round. As the crew of the second tank started to dismount and attack him, he killed one of the foe with his pistol, forcing the survivors to return to their vehicle, which he then destroyed with a second round. Three more hostile tanks moved up the road, so he flanked the first and eliminated it, and then, despite a hail of enemy fire, pressed forward again to destroy another. With his last round of ammunition he struck the remaining vehicle, causing it to crash down a steep embankment. Through his sustained heroism in the face of superior forces, Private First Class Vlug alone destroyed five enemy tanks and greatly facilitated successful accomplishment of his battalion's mission.
BURIAL LOCATION: GREENWOOD CEMETERY, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN.
Block X, Lot 203 Space 1.
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