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First Name: Robert

Last Name: Waugh

Birthplace: Ashton, RI, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Augusta, ME
Middle Name: T.

Date of Birth:

Date of Death: 19 May 1944

Rank: First Lieutenant

Years Served:
Robert T. Waugh

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Robert T. Waugh

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Medal of Honor Recipient

World War II

First Lieutenant Robert T. Waugh (died 19 May 1944) was a U.S. Army officer who was awarded the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during the Battle of Monte Cassino in World War II.

Robert T. Waugh joined the Army from Augusta, ME. On 11 May 1944, he was serving as a First Lieutenant in the 339th Infantry Regiment, 85th Infantry Division. During an attack on a hill near Tremensucli, Italy, that day, Waugh single-handedly captured six enemy bunkers. Three days later, as the battle for the hill continued, he captured two more enemy emplacements. He was killed in action the next week and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 339th Infantry, 85th Infantry Division.

Place and date: Near Tremensuoli, Italy, 11-14 May 1944.

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy. In the course of an attack upon an enemy-held hill on 11 May, 1st Lt. Waugh personally reconnoitered a heavily mined area before entering it with his platoon. Directing his men to deliver fire on 6 bunkers guarding this hill, 1st Lt. Waugh advanced alone against them, reached the first bunker, threw phosphorus grenades into it and as the defenders emerged, killed them with a burst from his tommygun. He repeated this process on the 5 remaining bunkers, killing or capturing the occupants. On the morning of 14 May, 1st Lt. Waugh ordered his platoon to lay a base of fire on 2 enemy pillboxes located on a knoll which commanded the only trail up the hill. He then ran to the first pillbox, threw several grenades into it, drove the defenders into the open, and killed them. The second pillbox was next taken by this intrepid officer by similar methods. The fearless actions of 1st Lt. Waugh broke the Gustav Line at that point, neutralizing 6 bunkers and 2 pillboxes and he was personally responsible for the death of 30 of the enemy and the capture of 25 others. He was later killed in action in Itri, Italy, while leading his platoon in an attack.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Purple Heart

Death and Burial

First Lieutenant Robert T. Waugh was killed in action on 19 May 1944. He is buried at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial in Nettuno, Lazio, Italy, in Plot H, Row 13, Grave 37.

Honoree ID: 1704   Created by: MHOH




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