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Former Lebanon Hi Netter Awarded Silver Star Medal

S/Sgt. Paul T. Crowdus, son of W.J. Crowdus, of Lebanon, has been awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action in Germany, February 26, 1945.

According to the citation, Sgt. Crowdus, advancing alone, reconnoitered enemy positions around a strongly defended town. Returning, he conveyed vital information as to strength, disposition, and location of enemy positions. Then, despite intense enemy fire, he led his section forward and directed the fire of his weapons on the enemy positions with such skill and accuracy that the enemy was denied the use of these positions, and the company was able to advance and capture the objective without loss.

The cool courage, skill and intense devotion to duty displayed by Sgt. Crowdus exemplify finest traditions of the American combat leader and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.

He is a former Lebanon High basketball player...

(S/Sgt. Crowdus was born in Marion County; he died in November, 2002, 13 days past his 80th birthday.)




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