Raymond Zebulon Geran
Aged: 47.9 years
114th Medical Battalion, 44th Infantry Division. Raymond served as a Medic and was wounded in battle on 4 DEC 1944 at Volksberg, France. He lost his right arm and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart. (The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest military award that can be given to a member of the United States Army).
The full text for his DSC Adward (E) should be Z:
GERAN, RAYMOND E.
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Raymond E. Geran, Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 114th Infantry Regiment, 44th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 December 1944, at Voksberg, France. When the company to which he was attached was subjected to heavy mortar and point blank 20 millimeter cannon fire, which inflicted numerous casualties, Technician Fifth Grade Geran, a medical aid man, observing a soldier whose leg had been blown off, lying helpless in plain view of the enemy, left his protected position and rushed to his aid. While administering first aid to the wounded man Technician Fifth Grade Geran was hit by a 20 millimeter shell which blew off his arm. His spirit of self sacrifice and courageous solicitude for the welfare of a fellow soldier exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 44th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 93 (1945)