Woodbury County

Lt. William D. Langford




Lt. William Langford Decorated For Heroic Service

First Lt. William D. Langford, a son of W. M. Langford, 2401 Wall street, was awarded a bronze star medal in recognition for “heroic service” in connection with military operations against the enemy at Tabontabon, Leyte, October 26, 1944.

When members of First Lt. (then second lieutenant) Langford’s platoon were forced to fall back at a critical moment during the attack on the enemy stronghold, he remained in a forward position and directed a steady stream of fire on the enemy until his platoon could reorganize and resume the attack.

“Later,” the citation continued, “the same day, with exemplary coolness in the face of intense fire, he directed removal of vital parts from one of our howitzers which was in danger of falling into enemy hands.

“The high courage and leadership displayed by First Lt. Langford reflect great credit on himself and on the military service.”

He entered the service in October of 1942 at Fort Des Moines. He received his basic training at Camp White, Ore. He became a staff sergeant at Fort Ranning in June of 1943, and was commissioned September 11, 19453. He went overseas in August of 1944.

The address of his wife, Anna Mae, is listed as 2008 Iowa street. The award was made by the commanding general of an infantry division.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, January 23, 1945 (photo included)