Shelton C. Picard
Inducted on August 18, 2007
As commander of a Genera! Sherman Tank he was part of a force ordered to take the Objective of Marburg, Germany. Since the tracks of the new tank was too wide to cross on a pontoon bridge, he was instructed to travel on an alternate route and rejoin the Task Force. Finding a 500 pound bomb wired for detonation, he bypassed it and continued to meet the Task Force, which had been stalled and was actually behind him. After six hours of travel be arrived at the outskirts of Marburg. He entered the town and nothing was moving, Germans were in the town. He moved his tank go the middle of town and called Colonel Lovelady who was surprised to know he was in Marburg. Following his commanders instructions he followed the designated route as he moved forward. Meeting a roadblock with an Anti-Tank gun with gunners, he quickly destroyed them with High Explosive rounds, Continuing on he destroyed three other road blocks and finally cleared all the Anti-Tank guns and met up with the Task Force.
In another action in Germany encountering another roadblock manned by Germans with Bazookas, he attempted to reduce the roadblock with machine gunfire and 75mm high explosive rounds. Seeing this was unsuccessful he bailed out of the tank and took off for the foxhole be struck one gunner with his bare hands and knocked him into the foxhole. Assisted by his driver he was able to capture both gunners. He had broken his hand. He also received a Battlefield commission.
Awards: Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, with 3 bronze Star attachments, WWII Victory Medal, Expert Badge & Pistol Bar Marksman Badge & Submachine Gun Bar.