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To: Private WILLIAM E. STEM, 39564723, Medical Detachment, 63d Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division, APO 261, U. S. Army.
Section III, General Orders Number 9, this headquarters, 23 January, 1945, awards you the Silver Star, Citation is as follows:
Private WILLIAM E. STEM, 39564723, Medical Detachment, 63rd Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division, United States Army. For gallantry in action in connection with military operations against an armed enemy near RECHRIVAL, BELGIUM, on 31 December 1944. Private STEM, while serving as an aid man with Company A, 63rd Armored Infanry Battalion, was called upon continuously to render medical aid to the wounded. He moved among the wounded affording first aid and assisting in their removal to evacuation vehicles. By his complete devotion to duty and disregard to personal safety, under intense mortar and artillery fire, he rendered aid to the wounded, thereby saving lives which might have been lost. His conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army. Private STEM entered the military service from California.
By command of Brigadier General Kilburn