The President of the United States of America awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to PFC HERMAN C. WALLACE United States Army for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 301st Engineer Combat Battalion,
76th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Prumzurley, Germany, 27 February 1945. Entered service at:
Lubbock, Tex. Birth: Marlow, Okla. G.O. No.: 92, 25 October 1945. Citation: He displayed conspicuous
gallantry and intrepidity. While helping clear enemy mines from a road, he stepped on a well-concealed
S-type antipersonnel mine. Hearing the characteristic noise indicating that the mine had been activated
and, if he stepped aside, would be thrown upward to explode above ground and spray the area with
fragments, surely killing 2 comrades directly behind him and endangering other members of his squad,
he deliberately placed his other foot on the mine even though his best chance for survival was to fall prone.
Pvt. Wallace was killed when the charge detonated, but his supreme heroism at the cost of his life confined
the blast to the ground and his own body and saved his fellow soldiers from death or injury.