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William Walter Phelps, III





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HEADQUARTERS II CORPS
APO 302        U.S. ARMY

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In the Field
20 September 1943

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AWARD OF SOLDIER'S MEDAL



     Under the provisions of Army Regulations 600-45, as amended, a Soldier's Medal is awarded to the following-named individual:

     WILLIAM W. PHELPS, Jr., First Lieutenant, 045206, 53 Signal Battalion. For heroism on 11 September 1943, near Termini Imerese, Sicily. While Lieutenant Phelps was attending an open air theater, a gasoline fire broke out in the midst of the audience. In spite of the great confusion and frantic movements of soldiers attempting to escape, Lieutenant Phelps forced his way to the fire and removed from the vicinity Gasoline cans, some of which were ablaze and in imminent danger of explode- ing. He then extinguished the fires, thereby preventing a panic and averting an explosion which would have seriously endangered the lives of a large group of soldiers. Home address: Brookline, Mass. Medal No. 5320.

By command of Major General KEYES:

JOHN M. WILLEMS,
Colonel, G.S.C.
Chief of Staff

OFFICIAL:
F.W. Zites,
Lt. Col.., A.G.D.,
Adjutant General


DISTRIBUTION:
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1 individual concerned.

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