Distinguished Service Cross, D.S.C., the Philippines, December 1941
"At the very outset of the struggle" --
F.D.R. in his "Colin Kelly" letter.
D.S.C. awarded to these 14 men for showing
extraordinary bravery, often against superior Japanese odds.
Name:  Last, First; Rank; Country
(USA unless stated Philippines)
Hometown or note
From clipping saved
by Grant Mahony's mother
From the book "New Hero Tales"
Dale, Jack K.D., 2d Lieutenant Willoughby, Ohio
Yes
No
Endres, Robert J., Private Faribault, Minnesota
Yes
No
Gies, Carl P.; 2d Lieutenant Salem, Oregon
Yes
Yes
Gozar, Joseph; Third Lieutenant; Philippine Army Air Corps Philippines
Yes, but clipping simply refers to him as one of two Filipinos --no name.
Yes
Holub, Anthony; Technical Sergeant Coronado, California
Yes
Yes
Keator, Randall; 2d Lieutenant Campti, Louisiana
Yes
Yes
Kelly, Colin P. III, Captain
Posthumous Award
Madison, Florida
Yes
Yes
Mahony, Grant; First Lieutenant
Vallejo, California
Mahony is misspelled in both the clipping and the book as "Mahoney"
Yes
Yes
Marett, Samuel H.; First Lieutenant
Posthumous Award
Atlanta, Georgia
No
Yes
McElroy, Joseph G.; Private First Class Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Clipping gives middle initial, book does not.
Yes
Yes
Moore, Joseph; First Lieutenant Spartansburg, South Carolina
Yes
Yes
Villamor, Jesus; Captain; Philippine Army Air Corps Philippines
Awarded first D.S.C. on December 10th, 2d on December 12th
Yes, but clipping simply refers to him as one of two Filipinos --no name.
Yes
Wagner, Boyd; First Lieutenant Hometown not listed.
Yes, but clipping says "is to be cited", "- -there has been some delay in obtaining the exact facts."
No
Williams, Greeley B.; Private First Class
Posthumous Award
Iowa City, Iowa
Clipping spells the first name Graley. Book spells it Greeley.
Yes
Yes
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Link:  Grant Mahony  HOME PAGE OF GRANT MAHONY
Link:  Grant Mahony   Portrait and photo.  First soldier of WWII admitted to Legion of Valor.
Link:  Grant Mahony   A clipping saved by his mother.  Grant among first to receive D.S.C. (Distinguished Service Cross --the nation's second highest award for heroism in combat). Clipping lists names of Army Air Heroes in Philippines awarded D.S.C. at the start of the war.
Link:  Legion of Valor official web site,  http://www.legionofvalor.com/  honoring its members.
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