July 13, 1943 — Messina Sicily
From the General Order 62 9th AF 1943
Daniel J Kreutzer Staff Sergeant , 343rd Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bombardment Group. For gallantry in action while participating in aerial combat on June 9, 1943. On this date Sergeant Kreutzer was waist gunner on a heavy bombardment aircraft. After successfully completing the mission against a vitally important enemy target, his aircraft was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire disabling one of the engines, causing the airplane to fall out of formation. Simultaneously, the plane was attacked by enemy fighter craft. Sergeant Kreutzer, although seriously wounded by enemy fire, remained at his guns and so skillfully directed his fire in coordination with the other gunners that they successfully repelled twenty enemy aircraft.
The entire crew was awarded the Silver Star which included Pilot Lt. Clarence W. Gooden, Co-pilot Lt Donald G Johnson, Navigator Lt Ralph F Perkins Jr. Bombadier, Lt William H, McNeil, AE T/SGT Oscar W Hauser, Radio T/Sgt Theodore C. Beaudry, Gunner S/S Roland B. Cox, Gunner S/Sgt Alexander M Cochrane Gunner S/Sgt Daniel J Kreutzer and Photographer Sterling T Hendricks.