Hyman Goldberg

Capt. Hyman M Goldberg was assigned to the 301st BG 352nd Squadron.
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Bombardier.


Distinguished Service Cross

Major General Carl Spaatz wrote this summary of the action which earned Lt. Hyman Goldberg a Distinguished Service Cross:

"On April 6, 1943, 2nd Lt. Hyman Goldberg,while engaging in high altitude bombardment mission against enemy shipping, distinguished himself above and beyond the call of duty.

"Just prior to beginning the bombing run on the target, Lt. Goldberg's B-17 was attacked by enemy fighters. During this attack, a 20mm cannon struck and exploded in Lt. Goldberg's back, blowing his parachute and inflicting critical wounds with such violence as to throw him from his bombardiers' seat to the floor of the aircraft. One hole four inches in diameter was ripped from the right lumbar region of his back, with two smaller wounds two inches in diameter adjacent. In addition, shell fragments pierced and lodged in the peritoneal cavity.

"Because of lacerated muscles, he was unable to move, but despite his acute pain, loss of vast quantities of blood, and the high altitude, Lt. Goldberg refused first aid offered by Lt. B. Aikens, a British officer who was present in the bombardiers compartment as an observer. Lt. Goldberg demanded to be lifted back to his bombsight, at the same time appealing to Lt. Aikens to man the nose machine guns. Mindful only of his responsibility as lead bombardier for his element, he proceeded to synchronize his sights on the target, drop his bombs, report "Bombs Away," and close the bomb bay doors. Throughout this time, he had to be held upright in his seat.

"His actions were not futile, since these and other bombs of the flight caused immense damage to the target. Furthermore, upon return to the base, the wounds had become so intensely painful that medical officers were unable to remove him from his seat at the bomb sight and had to administer an intravenous anesthetic before they could remove him to the ambulance.

"Through the whole of his action, Lt. Goldberg thought and acted with supreme devotion to his duty and responsibility and with no regard whatsoever for his own perilous position. He carried out a difficult task under extreme hazards in a manner of extraordinary heroism, which through his gallantry, endurance, courage and absolute devotion to duty, reflects the highest credit to himself and to the military."

At the time, Rommel was dead in the water in N. Africa, out of ammo and fuel. The target convoy was his resupply shipment, and Lt. Goldberg's direct hit arguably helped put the North African Theater to the Allies.


General Spaatz promoted him to Captain

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Date Order Award Ribbon & Device Document Originator Rank Status


General Order (GO)* : 9004

AM Air Medal

Air Medal (AM)

Issuing Authority: 12th Air Force

Current Rank: 2LT


General Order (GO)* : 64

DSC Distinquished Service Cross

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)

Issuing Authority: 12th Air Force

Current Rank: 2LT


General Order (GO)* : 83

AM/1OLC Air Medal Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Issuing Authority: 12th Air Force

Current Rank: 2LT

* Documents are of the type/classification of "General Order" for most award documents. The listed documents are GO, General Order unless otherwise stated. For example. Special Orders.

The Issuing Authority is the Command and author of the document.

4/6/1943 WIA Presidential Unit Citation
5/24/1943 AM
4/6/1943 Presidential Unit Citation

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