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Roy F. Zinser

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Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Major (Infantry) Roy F. Zinser, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces pm 16 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign, near Buna, New Guinea. Lieutenant Colonel Zinser, Executive Officer of his battalion, which had suffered heavy casualties during a month of combat, voluntarily led one flank of an attack on the heavily defended enemy position at Coconut Grove, Girua Gardens. The situation in this section was critical, and the enemy's position was a most difficult one to storm. In the face of withering small arms and mortar fire, he led his troops in an assault against determined opposition until he was seriously wounded. Lieutenant Colonel Zinser's courageous leadership in this attack inspired his troops to a magnificent effort. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 2 (1944)

Action Date: 16-Dec-42

Service: Army

Rank: Major

Regiment: 128th Infantry Regiment

Division: 32d Infantry Division