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b. 19/12/1919 Geyser, Montana. d. 29/05/1944 Villa Crocetta, Italy.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 29/05/1944 Villa Crocetta, Italy.

 

Galt was a native of Geyser, in Judith Basin County, Montana. He joined the Army from Stanford, Montana, and by May 29, 1944 was serving as a captain and operations officer (S3) of the 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division. On that day, at Villa Crocetta, Italy, he personally commanded an attack against German positions. He manned a machine gun on a tank destroyer at the front of the assault force, staying at his post in the vehicle's turret and continuing to lead his men despite intense hostile fire. He was killed while still manning his machine gun and, on February 1, 1945, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Galt, aged 24 at his death, was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Great Falls, Montana.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. Galt, Battalion S3, at a particularly critical period following 2 unsuccessful attacks by his battalion, of his own volition went forward and ascertained just how critical the situation was. He volunteered, at the risk of his life, personally to lead the battalion against the objective. When the lone remaining tank destroyer refused to go forward, Capt. Galt jumped on the tank destroyer and ordered it to precede the attack. As the tank destroyer moved forward, followed by a company of riflemen, Capt. Galt manned the .30-caliber machinegun in the turret of the tank destroyer, located and directed fire on an enemy 77mm. anti-tank gun, and destroyed it. Nearing the enemy positions, Capt. Galt stood fully exposed in the turret, ceaselessly firing his machinegun and tossing hand grenades into the enemy zigzag series of trenches despite the hail of sniper and machinegun bullets ricocheting off the tank destroyer. As the tank destroyer moved, Capt. Galt so maneuvered it that 40 of the enemy were trapped in one trench. When they refused to surrender, Capt. Galt pressed the trigger of the machinegun and dispatched every one of them. A few minutes later an 88mm shell struck the tank destroyer and Capt. Galt fell mortally wounded across his machinegun. He had personally killed 40 Germans and wounded many more.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: MOUNT OLIVET CEMETERY, GREAT FALLS, MONTANA.

Plot: Section B, Sub Section 8, Lot 126, Grave 3

William Wylie Galt

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