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Forrest ZANTOW

First Lieutenant

29th Infantry Division

116th Infantry Regiment

Medical Detachment

Distingushed Service Cross citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Forrest Zantow (0-474270), First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Officer of the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, at Normandy, France. In the initial landings on the coast of France, Captain Zantow landed early in the assault as part of the Regimental Medical Detachment. Undaunted by the heavy and intense enemy fire, Captain Zantow attended the wounded on the beach. With complete disregard for his own safety, he moved about the beach rendering aid to the numerous casualties caused by the enemy fire. By his personal bravery under such hazardous conditions, he was instrumental in the saving of many lives. First Lieutenant Zantow's 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 29th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

Headquarters, First U.S.Army, General Orders No. 29 (June 29, 1944)