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Dallas-J mil Nov 1945

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Mary S Taylor

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Pacific Grove Tribune, CA Nov. 30, 1945
Cok, Jack Dallas, former Grove Athlete Posthumously Awarded Silver Star and Oak Leaf Cluster for Gallantry
Mrs. Jack Dallas received a Silver Star medal and an Oak Leaf cluster, posthumously awarded her husband, Corporal Jack Dallas in a formal ceremony held at the Presidio of San Francisco. Brigadier General William H. Wilbur, chief of staff of the Western Defense Command, was there to present th awards to the widow of the parachute infantryman. Awarded for gallantry in action, the Silver Star was merited by Cpl. Dallas’ part in a reconnaissance patrol skirmish at Les Arcs, France, August 16, 1944. He was a member of a four-man patrol which sighted and disposed of twelve of an enemy force before withdrawing in the face of enemy replacements. Cpl. Dallas covered the retreat of his comrades during the withdrawal. Later, when stronger enemy forces moved in, Dallas ignored danger to himself and dashed up a street alone to engage an enemy group, killing or wound the entire group. Also for gallantry in action near Zerkall, Germany, February 3, 1945, his widow was presented an Oak Leaf cluster. After the lead scouts of an attacking force accidentally tripped enemy flares, they were immediately subjected to intense enemy gun and mortar fire. Cpl. Dallas, leading his machine gun section forward, opened counter fire. Cpl. Dallas started immediately through intense fire to an unmanned gun when one of the positions was knocked out. He reached the weapon, although he was severely wounded in the legs, and back, and opened fire, keeping the enemy immobilized. Although the company was ordered to withdraw and Cpl. Dallas was again wounded, he stayed in position, covering the evacuation of the wounded. Dallas, who was graduated from Pacific Grove High School with the class of 1939, was well known on the Peninsula as a football star and student leader. He was the son of Mrs. Eva Connett, now a resident of San Francisco, who made her home for some years in Carmel.
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