PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Darby, William Orlando
Date of birth: February 9th, 1911 (Fort Smith, Arkansas, U.S.A.)
Date of death:  April 30th, 1945 (Po river valley, Italy)
Nationality:  American
     
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS (DSC)
Rank: Lieutenant-colonel
Unit: 1st Ranger Battalion
Action: Citation:
“Lt. Col. Darby struck with his force with complete surprise at dawn in the rear of a strongly fortified enemy position. Always conspicuously at the head of his troops, he personally led assaults against the enemy line in the face of heavy machine gun and artillery fire, establishing the fury of the Ranger attack by his skillful employment of hand grenades in close quarter fighting. On March 22, Lt. Col. Darby directed his battalion in advance on Bon Hamean, capturing prisoners and destroying a battery of self propelled artillery.”
 
     
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS (DSC)
Rank: Lieutenant-colonel
Unit: 1st Ranger Battalion
Action: Citation:
“Lt. Col. Darby, with the use of one 37mm gun, which he personally manned, managed not only to repulse an enemy attack, but succeeded with this weapon in destroying one tank, while two others were accounted for by well directed hand grenade fire.”
Details: Received this second DSC as his first Oak Leaf Cluster to be worn on the ribbon of the first.
 
     
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL - ARMY (DSM)
 
     
SILVER STAR
 
     
LEGION OF MERIT - US MILITARY
 
     
BRONZE STAR (BSM)
 
     
PURPLE HEART
 
     
PURPLE HEART
 
     
PURPLE HEART
 
     
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER (DSO)
 
     
ORDEN KUTUZOVA 3
 
     
CROIX DE GUERRE (1939-1945)
 
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