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Floyd P. Marquart
Born 1912
Died January 13, 1945 (aged 32-33)
Place of birth Texas
Place of death Michamps, Belgium
Place of burial Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service -1945
Rank Private First Class
Service number 38207751
Unit Company C, 1st Battalion, 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star Medal

Floyd P. Marquart (1912 in Texas - Killed in action 13 January 1945 near Michamps, Belgium) was a American Private First Class in the United States Army during World War II. He also was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross which was awarded for having distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy in circumstances which do not justify the award of the Medal of Honor.

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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Floyd P. Marquart (ASN: 38207751), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces in Belgium, on 29 December 1944. On that date, near Longchamps, Belgium, an attacking soldier of the 502d Parachute Infantry was struck in the throat by a shell fragment and was near death from suffocation. Without hesitation, Private First Class Marquart made his way through intense enemy fire to where the wounded soldier lay and there under fire, in a few critical seconds, calmly performed a delicate surgical operation, cutting the man's throat with his belt knife and ingeniously inserting a piece of his thermometer case in the opening to permit breathing. Then, still under fire he dragged the wounded man seventy-five yards across an open field to a position from which he could be evacuated. Private First Class Marquart was killed in later action while giving aid to another wounded soldier on the battlefield but his heroism lives on as a constant inspiration to his comrades. Private First Class Marquart's skill and courageous and supreme devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.

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