Photo shows Lt. Larry Dalton receiving Silver Star from General Macon, commander 83rd Division. Also shown are Col. York, commander 331st Infantry and Maj. Laliberte. The Silver Star was awarded for gallantry in action on 1 March 1945, in Germany. In the attack against the town of Loveling, the 2nd Platoon/F Company was attacking the right flank of the enemy. The forward progress of the platoon was halted by heavy machine gun fire and small arms fire from a well-entrenched enemy position. Sgt. Dalton and Sgt. Oliver (who also received the Silver Star for this action) courageously charged the position in spite of the heavy fire, hurling hand grenades and firing their rifles. Their aggressive attack overwhelmed the position and accounted for a considerable number of the enemy.
This photograph was taken by Tony Vaccaro, and is used here with his kind permission. Tony, a veteran of the 331st Infantry, is considered by many to be the outstanding photographer of WWII. His photos are are both haunting and unforgettable. Tony's new book, "Entering Germany," is highly recommended. It is available from Amazon.com.