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Hero Fiance is on Way Home to Her

Homer Wise PortraitSTAMFORD ADVOCATE November 29, 1944.
The most excited family in Stamford today was that of Madolyn DiSesa, whose finance, Sgt. Homer L. Wise, just received the Medal of Honor "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity."

His achievement was in battle June14, at Magliano, Italy, in which he fired everything at the enemy from a machine gun to a gun mounted on a tank.

Wise, 27, was decorated by Lieut. Gen. Alexander M. Patch in the presence of five general officers.

"Gentlemen, let's give this man a salute," Patch directed the other generals.

" I wish we had an Army full of soldiers like you, " Patch told the sergeant.

Wise, who holds the Silver Star, Bronze Medal, Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters for three wounds in action since June 22, is entitled to a trip home now.

Fiancee Excited

This is the thing the tall blonde Stamford girl is most excited about. " now H.L. will be coming home."

She hadn't had a letter in three weeks and the first news this morning was that there would be a Medal of Honor in the family.

"I've been waiting for him for almost two years and I guess praying really pays off," she said.

Ms. DiSesa met Sgt. Wise during a vacation near Cape Cod, MA over three years ago. "Oh, he's very good looking, over six feet tall, with chestnut hair and very blue eyes. He's the kind of person who wants to do his job and the only thing he would write is, 'Darling I'm in the hospital again, or I'm out again.' He was the first man on Salerno after serving in North Africa, and then sent to France. Just two months ago, a bullet went through his right shoulder, but he said he was lucky because it was a clean wound."

Now near Strasbourg

Sgt Wise is serving in the same division of the Seventh Army with his uncle and most recently around Strasbourg. He has two or three brothers, Ms. DiSesa is not quite sure how many, and a "wonderful grandmother" in Baton Rouge, LA who writes to me all the time and tells me about him. I guess she knows about this and is just as excited as I am."

But H.L. who prefers this to his given name of Homer, is probably more nervous than excited, according to Ms. DiSesa, who should know how he would react.

"He'll probably be more nervous when we finally meet than he was during all those campaigns," she said. "He's very modest and he'd give up his uniform for civvies in a minute, but he never gripes about the Army in his letters. He just figures it's something that has to be done and he's doing his best in a big job."

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Historical Articles

"The Story of an Infantryman"

Homer Wise Portrait As the battle tested veterans of Company L, 142 Infantry, and 36th Division probed the outskirts of Magliano, Italy on the morning of June 14, 1944 they knew that the German soldiers facing them were strongly entrenched. The men of the 36th had met this enemy before, in Africa, on the bloody beaches of Salerno and in all the bitter battles in Italy.

Leading one of the platoons was a slim Tech Sergeant known to his men as "Blackie" was Homer L. Wise and he had served with the 36th Division since its inception.

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Reals Honor Roll Call

statue Master Sergeant Homer L. Wise, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, fell into a crowded foxhole and roared, "Don't give me any crap about signed orders! Just gimme an M-1 and a batch of anti-tank grenades so I can get us to hell outa this mess!"

Wise was a ragged scarecrow in bullet-stitched uniform, drenched in the blood of his comrades. The captain, who happened to be sharing the shallow pit at the moment, took these matters into consideration when he handed over the rifle and the grenades.

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Captain Eric Anderson fighting in Italy 1944

statue March 19, 1944. I joined the 142d Infantry when it came back from the Rapido River. We camped at the base of Mount Vesuvius, which blew its top that night. We had about a foot of ashes on us the next morning. We had to move to a new area.

Two days later, we had a parade, and Gen. Clark gave Charles Kelly the Congressional Medal of Honor. The sergeant standing next to me said, "I'm going to get one of those on the next trip up. He was awarded it just north of Rome. His name was Sergeant Homer Wise.

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Hero Fiance is on Way Home to Her

Homer Wise PortraitSTAMFORD ADVOCATE November 29, 1944.
The most excited family in Stamford today was that of Madolyn DiSesa, whose finance, Sgt. Homer L. Wise, just received the Medal of Honor "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity."

His achievement was in battle June14, at Magliano, Italy, in which he fired everything at the enemy from a machine gun to a gun mounted on a tank. Wise, 27, was decorated by Lieut. Gen. Alexander M. Patch in the presence of five general officers.

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Major Everett S. Simpson and Homer L. Wise

Homer Wise PortraitThe following is quote of Major (later Major General) Everett S. Simpson describing the action, published in T-Patch to Victory, 36th Infantry Division France-Germany-Austria, by Colonel Vincent M. Lockhart, published in 1981.
"The regiment was attacking the mountainous area near the town of Tendon, and we were assigned Hill 827 as our objective.The Tendon-LeTholy road was our line of departure. We assumed we were in safe territory, but I did have the sense enough to send out patrols to the flank and front.

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The Stars and Stripes December 7th, 1944

Homer Wise PortraitA rare article about Sgt. Homer L. Wise in Stars and Stripes by staff writer Dan Regan on December 7th, 1944.

When Lt. Gen. Alexander M. Patch, commander of the Seventh Army, pinned the Congressional Medal of Honor on T/Sgt. Homer L. ("Blackie") Wise and turned to five other general officers and said, "Gentleman, let's give this man a salute," one of the great stories of individual heroism on World War II came to light.

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