New York (Jun. 21)
Brig. Gen. Isadore Ravdin, 49, of the Army Medical Corps, has received the Legion of Merit for meritorious service in India it was reported today by the National Jewish Welfare Board. His work resulted in a reduction of the nortality rate from typhoid fever among the troops in the China-Burma-India theater.
Lt. Leonard Moriber, 28, of Brooklyn, N. Y., who is an infantryman wounded in action four times in France, and whose outfit made more amphibious landings (six) than eny other outfit in Europe, holds the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and Oakleaf Cluster, a Presidential Citation and two Oakleaf Clusters, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and three Oakleaf Clusters, and the French awards Fourragere and Croix de Guerre, the J. W. B. report said.
Moriber served in Italy and France. He received the Silver Star for capturing a machine gun nest. For leading his company to the capture of sixty Germans in a quarry, somewhere in Italy, he received the Bronze Star. The following day he and three others were on reconnaissance duty when he decided that there might be more Germans where the sixty had come from. They set out to find them.
“I was leading the patrol,” Moriber reported, ” when we came across four Germans. We had a skirmish and killed the four. But my pistol ws hit by gunfire and rendered useless. Others in the patrol had little or no ammunition. We continued on to the stone quarry and I ordered the Germans to come out, telling them they were surrcunded by U. S. troops. Eight came out with their hands up and dropped their guns. The others inside opened fire. When the going got tough I was able to get my hands on a gun that would shoot. We killed eight Germans in the skirmish. After that the Germens remaining in the quarry obeyed and surrendered. They were marched back to camp. There were 100 in all.”
For his part in capturing those 100 Germans, Moriber was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.