Soldiers Take A Break On Biak

Frank Gehrmann (Left) and two other soldiers take a break during the savage fighting on Biak. Gehrman, a medic, would receive the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for his actions on Biak. The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Staff Sergeant Frank R. Gehrman, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 162d Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 June 1944, at Biak Island, Dutch New guinea. After a battalion had dug in for the night, the enemy launched an attack, subjecting our perimeter to intense knee mortar, machine gun and sniper fire causing many casualties. Staff Sergeant Gehrman left his foxhole and exposed to enemy fire began caring for the wounded. Although the area around the perimeter was infested with enemy patrols, he volunteered to accompany litter cases to a place of safety. On seven different occasions, without regard for his personal safety he removed wounded men from areas of heavy enemy mortar, artillery and machine gun fire. By his exceptional courage on this occasion, Staff Sergeant Gehrman contributed to saving many lives. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 41st Infantry Division, and the United States Army. General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 88 (1944)