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First Name: Omar

Last Name: Billett

Birthplace: USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Morris County, KS
Middle Name: R.

Date of Birth:

Date of Death: 05 April 1945

Rank: Captain

Years Served:
Omar R. Billett

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Omar R. Billett
Captain, U.S. Army

On 5 March 1945, Captain Omar R. Billett was serving with Company B, 20th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division, Seventh U.S. Army.

On that day, CPT Billett's Company B was in action against German forces in the Rhineland Region of Germany in the European Theater of Operations. CPT Billett's courageous actions and extraordinary heroism that day earned him the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

On 5 April 1945, CPT Billett died of his wounds.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal (Merit)
Purple Heart with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars
World War II Victory Medal
Combat Infantryman Badge

Distinguished Service Cross Citation (Synopsis)

Captain (Infantry) Omar R. Billett (ASN: 0-1287464), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 20th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 March 1945. Captain Billett's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous 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 10th Armored Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 392 (1945)


Captain Omar R. Billett is buried at the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France in Plot D, Row 31, Grave 27.


Honoree ID: 105840   Created by: MHOH




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