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USMC Medal Group w/photos
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Thanks for sharing it!
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This excerpt mentions my father's (Capt. Ditta's) wound. I've included a photo of Paige as a Sgt., pre-war 1941 at (I think) Parris Island, taken by my father. I have several other images of Sgt. Paige, also taken by my father with the negatives as well.
"It was a really strange sort of quietness. As I sat down soaked with perspiration and steam still rising from my hot gun, Captain Louis Ditta, another wonderful officer who had joined the riflemen in the skirmish line and had earlier been firing his 60mm mortars to help me, slapped me on the back and as he handed me his canteen of water he kept saying, 'tremendous, tremendous!' He then looked down at his legs. We could see blood coming through his dungarees. He had a neat bullet hole in his right leg.
There were hundreds of enemy dead in the grass, on the ridge, in the draw, and in the edge of the jungle. We dragged as many as we could into the jungle, out of the sun. We buried many and even blasted some of the ridge over them to prevent the smell that only a dead body can expel in heat. A corpsman sent by Capt. Ditta smeared my whole left arm with a tube of salve of some kind."
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Haven't found the original recommendation which would be in greater detail, but here's the official award letter.
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