"For courageous action and wounds received at Tarawa: With utter disregard for his personal safety Siwash, upon reaching the beach, without hesitation engaged the enemy in fierce combat, NAMELY ONE ROOSTER OF JAP ANCESTRY. Although wounded on the head by repeated pecks he routed the opposition. He refused medical aid until all wounded members of his crew had been cared for."
Lt. Col. Presley M. Rixley, C.O. 1st Battalion, 10th Marines
Siwash was with A/1/10 on Tarawa. Picture courtesy of Bob George.
Siwash on Tarawa after his triumphant battle with a Jap rooster.
Siwash on tour with Cpl. Fagan and Sgt. Pearson in New York.
Newspaper clipping with Siwash's citation for bravery.
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