The nation's highest decoration for bravery by a member of the armed forces.

Awarded posthumously to Sandy Nininger of Fort Lauderdale, Jan. 29, 1942, by President Franklin Roosevelt.


Alexander R. Nininger, Jr., Second Lieutenant, Fifty Seventh Infanty (Philippine Scouts,) United States Army.

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy near Abucay, Bataan, Philippine Islands, on January 12, 1942. This officer, although assigned to another company not then engaged in combat, voluntarily attached himself to Company K same regiment, while that unit was being attacked by enemy forces superior in fire power.

Enemy snipers in trees and foxholes had stopped counter attack to regain part of position. In hand-to-hand fighting which followed, Lieutenant Nininger repeatedly forced his way to and into the hostile position. Though exposed to heavy enemy fire, he continued to attack with rifle and hand grenades and succeeded in destroying several enemy groups in foxholes and enemy snipers.

Although wounded three times, he continued his attacks until he was killed after pushing along far within the enemy position. When his body was found after recapture of the position one enemy officer and two enemy soldiers lay dead around him.

The Military Academy is justly proud that the first award in this war of the Nation's highest honor should be to one of its most recent graduates. All those who knew him will remember him as a man who added lustre to the finest traditions of West Point and of the United States Army. By his supreme sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty he exemplified his devotion to the ideals to which he here dedicated himself.


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