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William F. Carberry
Born (1922-10-03)October 3, 1922
Died January 10, 1945(1945-01-10) (aged 22)
Place of birth New York
Place of death Belgium
Place of burial St. Ann's Parish Cemetery, Freeland, Pennsylvania
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service -1945
Rank Sergeant
Service number 12095812
Unit Company E, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Cross

William F. Carberry (3 October 1922 in New York - Died of wounds 10 January 1945 in Belgium) was a American Sergeant 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 Sergeant William F. Carberry (ASN: 12095812), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces in Belgium, on 3 January 1945. On that date, in the vicinity of Longchakes, Belgium, elements of the 502d Parachute Infantry were attacked by strong enemy tank and infantry forces. Sergeant Carberry, a rifle squad leader, voluntarily acted as a forward artillery observer, and although the fire was so intense that his clothes were torn by the blasts and men were blown from their fox holes beside him, he calmly moved from one exposed position to another directing fire. As the men continued to advance, Sergeant Carberry deliberately decreased the range of the artillery until it was falling on his own position, and under these perilous conditions he continued to adjust fire for thirty-six hours. Through his gallant action the attack was repulsed, six enemy tanks were destroyed and tremendous losses in men were inflicted upon the enemy. Sergeant Carberry's fearless determination and courageous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, 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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