Medal of Honor
Gino J. Merli and Joseph R. Sarnoski
Medal of Honor, the highest decoration for gallantry in action while serving in the United States Armed Forces. This medal was awarded to these two recipients from Lackawanna County for action during World War II.
Dedicated June 6, 1997
Merli, Gino J.-Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Sars la Bruyere, Belgium, 45 September 1944 •Entered service at: Peckville, Pa. Birth-Scranton PA. G.O. No.: 64, 4 August 1945. Citation: He was serving as a machine gunner in the vicinity of Sars la Bruyere, Belgium, on the night of 45 September 1944, when his company was attacked by a superior German force. Its position was overrun and he was surrounded when our troops were driven back by overwhelming numbers and firepower. Disregarding the fury of the enemy fire concentrated on him he maintained his position, covering the withdrawal of our riflemen and breaking the force of the enemy pressure. His assistant machine gunner was killed and the position captured; the other 8 members of the section were forced to surrender. Pfc. Merli slumped down beside the dead assistant gunner and feigned death. No sooner had the enemy group withdrawn then he was up and firing in all directions. Once more his position was taken and
*Sarnoski, Joseph R. (Air Mission)Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps, 43rd Bomber Group. Place and date: Over Buka Area, Solomon Islands, 16 June 1943. Entered service at: Simpson, Pa. Born: 30 January 1915. G.O. No.: 85, 17 December 1943 Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty. On 16 June 1943, 2d Lt. Sarnoski volunteered as bombardier of a crew on an important photographic mapping mission covering the heavily defended Buka area, Solomon Islands. When the mission was nearly completed, about 20 enemy fighters intercepted. At the nose guns, 2d Lt. Sarnoski fought off the first attackers, making it possible for the pilot to finish the plotted course. When a coordinated frontal attack by the enemy extensively damaged his bomber, and seriously injured 5 of the crew,
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 41° 24.486′ N, 75° 39.786′ W. Marker is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker is on North Washington Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Lackawanna County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Scranton PA 18503, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Medal of Honor (here, next to this marker); Lackawanna County (within shouting distance of this marker); First Rite Aid Corporation Drugstore (within shouting distance of this marker); Pearl Harbor Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Piazza dell' Arte (within shouting distance of this marker); General Thaddeus Kosciuszko (within shouting distance of this marker); John Mitchell (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scranton.
Categories. • War, World II •
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