General Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
served in both World War I and World War II, earning the Congressional Medal of
Honor for his bravery and valor during
World War II.
Like his illustrious father, Ted Jr. also served as both a New York State Assemblyman and Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He also made a bid for the Governorship of New York in 1924, losing to
Ted Jr. also served as Governor of Puerto Rico from 1929 to 1932, and was Governor General of the Philippines from 1932 to 1933. A prolific writer like his father, he penned eight books and was appointed Vice President of Doubleday publishing.
Rank and organization: brigadier general, U.S. Army. Place and date: Normandy invasion, 6 June 1944. Entered service at: Oyster Bay, N.Y. Birth: Oyster Bay, N.Y. G.O. No.: 77, 28 September 1944. Citation: for gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, in France. After 2 verbal requests to accompany the leading assault elements in the Normandy invasion had been denied, Brig. Gen.
Roosevelt's written request for this mission was approved and he landed with the first wave of the forces assaulting the enemy-held beaches. He repeatedly led groups from the beach, over the seawall and established them inland. His valor, courage, and presence in the very front of the attack and his complete unconcern at being under heavy fire inspired the troops to heights of enthusiasm and self-sacrifice. Although the enemy had the beach under constant direct fire, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt moved from one locality to another, rallying men around him, directed and personally led them against the enemy.
Under his seasoned, precise, calm, and unfaltering leadership, assault troops reduced beach strong points and rapidly moved inland with minimum casualties. He thus contributed substantially to the successful establishment of the beachhead in France .