, Jr. 39909931. US Army #KIA #MOH
. He was born #August9
1924 in #Grace
the son of Pauline Jensine Pedersen & Nathan K. Van Noy Sr. He was a member of the #ChurchofJesusChristofLatterdaySaints
. He enlisted in the US Army on February 17, 1943 in #Pocatello
Idaho Franklin county, Idaho, at the age of 18. He trained at #FortDouglas
Utah. He served in the Headquarters Company, Shore Battalion, 532d Engineer Boat & Shore Regiment. On #September20
, 1943, he was #wounded
in action, and was #killedinAction
, 1943 at the age of 19, at #FishHaven
. He was awarded the #CongressionalMedalofHonor
, two Purple Heart Medals, The Good Conduct Medal, The Asiatic Pacific Theater of operations, The American Theater of operations, and The World War Two Victory Medal.
he was gunner in charge of a machinegun post five yards from the water's edge when the alarm was given that three enemy barges loaded with troops were approaching the beach in the early morning darkness. One landing barge was sunk by Allied fire, but the other two beached ten yards from Private Van Noy's emplacement. Despite his exposed position, he poured a withering hail of fire into the debarking enemy troops. His loader was wounded by a grenade and evacuated. Private Van Noy, also grievously wounded, remained at his post, ignoring calls of nearby soldiers urging him to withdraw, and continued to fire with deadly accuracy. He expended every round and was found, covered with wounds, dead beside his gun. In this action Private Van Noy killed at least half of the 39 enemy taking part in the landing. His heroic tenacity at the price of his life not only saved the lives of many of his comrades.
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