r iSL .iieutenant W i l1 i a m F.
"Buck" Dawson, '39-'42
Oak Leaf Cluster to Bronze Star Medal
"For heroic conduct from 1900 hours on
28 January 1945 to 1600 hours on 29
January 1945 near HERRESBACH, BEL-
GIUM. First Lieutenant (then Second
Second Lieutenant WILLIAM DAwSON, '39-
'42, is on detached duty at the Infantry
School, Fort Benning, Georgia, where he is
attending the officers' communication course.
He has served with the ski-troops at Camp
Hale, Colorado, and was c n siojd at
Fort Benning, July 5, 1943. f#
First Lieutenant William Dawson,;
Bronze Star Medal
For heroic conduct in night patrol action;
during the Bulge campaign.
First Lieutenant WmLiA i F. "BucK"
DAwsN, '39-'42, whose war citations have
appeared in The Alumnus, is on occupation
duty with the world-famed Airborne "All'
Americans" In addition to his two Bronze
Stars; Dawson has been awarded the'
Netherlands highest decoration, the Military
Order of William; the Belgian Fourragere to
the Croix de Guerre; the Presidential Cita-
tion; Infantry Combat Badge; European
Theatre Ribbon with five campaign stars;
Bronze Invasion Arrowhead; Glider Badge
with combat star; and the recently au-
thorized American Theatre Ribbon; Post-
Pearl Harbor Ribbon; Victory Ribbon and
the German Occupation Ribbon. Lieutenant'
Dawson went overseas in June, 1944, after
serving for a year in the Ski Troops at
Camp Hale, Colorado. He joined the Africa,
Sicily and Italy veteran 2d Div'i w ere
he has served ever since.
LIEUTENANT W. F. DAWSON
Lieutenant) Dawson voluntarily offered
his services to accompany elements of
the Division Reconnaissance Patrol on
the latter's first foot patrol in deep snow.
During the entire twenty-one hours, his
skill and knowledge of snow patrolling
guided the platoon through the dangerous
and hazardous routes. Acting as lead
scout, First Lieutenant Dawson and his
second scout succeeded in surprising an
enemy road block, killing one of the en-
emy and taking several prisoners. The
patrol continued and, through his skill,
flushed several more of the enemy and
forced the withdrawal of the numerically
superior enemy force under intense fire.
First Lieutenant Dawson's aggressive ac-
tion, courage and skill instilled great con-
fidence in the men and enabled the pla-
toon to successfully accomplish its mis-
sion." ON M I Y y
Lieutenant WILLIAM;_ (BUCK) DAwSON
'39-'42, recently sent to The Alumnus office
an interesting paper which he edited to
publicize his airborne divisibn's activities.
The newspaper is entitled "The All-Ameri-
can Paraglide", and was printed at Nijme-
gen, Holland. It contains articles about the
division invading Holland and a "Message
to America", all written by Dawson and
others in the division. Lieutenant Dawson
captured a German mercedes Benz, $3,000
staff car at Nijmegen, September 19, and
has been riding in style ever since. He was
in the first jeep to cross the Dutch-German
border September 18. Among other things,
Dawson has been sent to Paris to make a
few broadcasts for N.B.C. and O.W.I., and
one time, he had dinne with Marlene Die-
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