Captain ROBERT B. NETT
Co. E, 305th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division.
Cognon, Leyte, Philippine Islands
14 December 1944.
In command of Co. E Nett led an attack against a reinforced enemy battalion that stalled the American advance. Company E advanced against heavy machinegun and other automatic weapons fire with Lt. Nett spearheading the assault.
During the fierce hand-to-hand encounter which ensued, Nett killed 7 deeply entrenched Japanese with his rifle and bayonet then, although seriously wounded, he gallantly continued to lead his men forward, refusing to relinquish his command.
Again he was severely wounded, but, still unwilling to retire, pressed ahead with his troops to assure the capture of the objective. Wounded once more in the final assault, he calmly made all arrangements for the resumption of the advance, turned over his command to another officer, and then walked unaided to the rear for medical treatment.
By his remarkable courage in continuing forward through sheer determination despite successive wounds, Lt. Nett provided an inspiring example for his men and was instrumental in the capture of a vital strongpoint.