BEAUFORT, SC – This afternoon, Representative Mark Sanford presented Bluffton constituent United States Army Corporal Ronald Quadt with the Bronze Star Medal. He received this medal for his exemplary performance of duty in active ground combat on July 15, 1944.
The fourth-highest award for military combat bravery, the Bronze Star Medal is awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, and meritorious service in a combat zone.
Rep. Sanford released the following statement:
“A hero who insists he was just doing his job, Corporal Ronald Quadt is a reminder to all of us of just how great the Greatest Generation is. His patriotic service was marked by a sense of humility and humanity, which is a humbling reminder of the courage, strength, and perseverance of those Americans who served during World War II.
“It was President Reagan who said, ‘These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.’ Corporal Quadt joined the army as a young man and certainly left as a hero. Recognizing him for his service to our country is long overdue, and I’m honored to present him with this distinction.”
Ninety-three year old Ronald Quadt enlisted to serve in the U.S. Army in August 1943 at the age of 19 and was assigned to the 359th Infantry Regiment, which was a part of the 90th Division, known as the “Tough Ombres.” While in World War II, he stormed the beaches of Normandy, met Patton, helped liberate a concentration camp, and was part of the liberation of Paris.