Roosevelt, Theodore, Jr.


Rank Brigadier General
Organization: U.S. Army, 4th Infantry Division.
Place and Date: Normandy Invasion, 6 June 1944.
Entered Service At: Oyster Bay, New York
Born: Oyster Bay, New York
G.O. # 77, 28 September 1944


Citation: For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, in France. After 2 verbal requests to accompany the leading assault elements in the Normandy invasion had been denied, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt's written request for this mission was approved and he landed with he first wave of the forces assaulting the enemy held beaches. He repeatedly led groups from the beach, over the sea wall and established them inland. His valor, courage, and presence in the very front of the attack and his complete unconcern at being under heavy fire inspired the troops to heights of enthusiasm and self sacrifice. Although the enemy had the beach under constant direct fire, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt moved from one locality to another, rallying men around him, directed and personally led them against the enemy. Under his seasoned, precise, calm, and unfaltering leadership, assault troops reduced beach strong points an drapidly moved inland with minimum casualties. He thus contributed substantially to the successful establishment of the beachhead in France.