Luis F. Castro

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Luis F. Castro
BornOrocovis, Puerto Rico
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Service/branchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
RankUS Army WWII PFC.svg
Private First Class
Unit9th Infantry Division 47th Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsDistinguished Service Cross

Private First Class Luis F. Castro born in Orocovis, Puerto Rico was assigned to the 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division in the U.S. Army. PFC. Luis L. Castro was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in World War II.

World War II[edit]

Castro's platoon was about to be overrun by enemy German forces, when he decided to stay in the rear flank and cover his men's retreat by providing firepower killing 15 of the enemy in the process.

Distinguished Service Cross Citation[edit]

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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Luis F. Castro (32873352), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 December 1944, in Germany. Private First Class Castro occupied a position alone on the right flank of an intricate enemy trench system captured by his company. As two platoons of Germans advanced along the trench toward him, Private First Class Castro, fully aware of his small supply of ammunition, withheld his fire. When enemy troops jammed the trench a short distance away, he poured point-blank fire upon them until his ammunition was expended. Ignoring intense small arms fire, he repelled a second attack with hand grenades. As the enemy withdrew, 15 dead were found within 20 feet of his position. Private First Class Castro'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 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army. Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 27 (February 15, 1945)[1]

See also[edit]

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Other articles of the topics Biography AND United States Army : George Johnson (supercentenarian), Robert Burr Smith, Eugene Roe, Denver Randleman, Charles E. Grant, Edwin Pepping, Harry Welsh

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  • List of Puerto Ricans
  • List of Puerto Rican military personnel
  • Puerto Rican recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross

Awards and decorations[edit]

Among PFC Luis F. Castro's awards and decorations are the following:

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1 Combat Infantryman Badge
2 Distinguished Service Cross World War II Victory Medal
3 Presidential Unit Citation American Defense Service Medal American Campaign Medal


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