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Gilbert N. Van Every
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Born (1921-09-22)September 22, 1921
Died July 2, 1987(1987-07-02) (aged 65)
Place of birth Burley, Idaho
Place of death Atomic City, Idaho
Place of burial Riverside Thomas Cemetery, Blackfoot, Idaho
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1942-1945
Rank Private First Class
Service number 39831209
Unit Company D, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Bronze Star Medal

Gilbert N. Van Every (22 September 1921 in Burley, Idaho - 2 July 1987 in Atomic City, Idaho) was a American Private First Class in the United States Army during World War II. He also was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross which was awarded for having distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy in circumstances which do not justify the award of the Medal of Honor. He was discharged from the Army on 2 October 1945.[1]

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Distinguished Service Cross citationEdit

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 Private First Class Gilbert Van Every (ASN: 39831209), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 2d Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 December 1944. On that date, during fierce action near Bastogne, Belgium, Private First Class Van Every's platoon of the 506th Parachute Infantry was pinned down by strong enemy forces. Courageously moving his light machine-gun to a position in front of his platoon, Private First Class Van Every delivered a deadly stream of fire which disorganized the enemy attack and permitted his companions to establish firing positions. Then, against repeated counterattacks and although the focus for concentrated fire, he held his exposed position and with skillful, deadly fire inflicted tremendous losses upon the enemy. The fearless determination Private First Class Van Every displayed and his courageous, heroic devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military service.

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