Mitchell Paige part 02

 World War II Victory Medal ribbon  American Campaign Medal ribbon  Paige M

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Medal of Honor citation

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to



for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, in combat against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area on October 26, 1942. When the enemy broke through the line directly in front of his position, Platoon Sergeant Paige, commanding a machine-gun section with fearless determination, continued to direct the fire of his gunners until all his men were either killed or wounded. Alone, against the deadly hail of Japanese shells, he manned his gun, and when it was destroyed, took over another, moving from gun to gun, never ceasing his withering fire against the advancing hordes until reinforcements finally arrived. Then, forming a new line, he dauntlessly and aggressively led a bayonet charge, driving the enemy back and preventing a break through in our lines. His great personal valor and unyielding devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


Civilian honors

In 1998, Paige served as the model for a G.I. Joe action figure. His was the Marine Corps figure in a series honoring Medal of Honor recipients from each branch of the U.S. military.

A Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was dedicated to Paige in 1999, recognizing him as one of five Medal of Honor recipients from the Southern California desert area.

A museum at the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base is dedicated to him.

Paige was presented with the Eagle Scout award by the Boy Scouts of America on March 24, 2003, which he had earned in 1936, his last year in high school, but had never received because he had left home to join the Marine Corps. (He is one of nine known Eagle Scouts who have received the Medal of Honor.) Paige is also a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

On May 2, 2006, the Desert Sands Unified School District honored Paige by naming its newest school the Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle School. The school opened in the Fall of 2006 in La Quinta, California.

The Eldred World War II Museum in Eldred, Pennsylvania, holds an exhibit dedicated to him, named "Mitchell Paige Hall". Paige donated his entire collection of military memorabilia to the Eldred facility, including his Medal of Honor.

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