Naval History and Heritage Command

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NH 105856 Corporal Anthony P. Damato, USMC

Photo #: NH 105856  Corporal Anthony P. Damato, USMC
Description: Halftone reproduction of a photograph, copied from the official publication Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy, page 171. Anthony P. Damato was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with the Second Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, Fifth Amphibious Corps during battle against the Japanese on Engebi Island, Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands on 19-20 February 1944. When an undetected enemy approached his foxhole and threw in a grenade, Damato covered it with his body and absorbed the blast, sacrificing himself to save his comrades. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
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