Petri Introduces Legislation Requesting Medal Of Honor For James “Maggie” Megellas
Congressman Tom Petri yesterday introduced legislation to request that the President award the Medal of Honor to Fond du Lac WW II hero James ‘Maggie’ Megellas for his heroic actions during the Battle of the Bulge. On January 28, 1945, as American forces proceeded towards Herresbach, Belgium, 1st Lieutentant Megellas led his platoon in a surprise and devastating attack on a much larger advancing enemy force that succeeded in killing or capturing 200 enemy soldiers. When a German Mark V tank turned to attack his platoon, Megellas single-handedly attacked and destroyed the tank with two hand-held grenades. Without sustaining a single casualty, Megellas then led his men of the 82nd Airborne in clearing and seizing the town of Herresbach. Megellas is currently the most decorated soldier from the 82nd Airborne. He received the Distinguished Service Cross and the Silver Star following the Battle of the Bulge. “These actions merit our nation’s highest award for combat valor,” said Petri. “’Maggie’ is an American hero who demonstrated extreme bravery and leadership, and we should honor him with the award he deserves.” Megellas was born and raised in Fond du Lac, WI, graduated from Ripon College, and currently resides in Colleyville, TX. U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced identical legislation in the Senate. In the photo Megellas on right during a gathering at Lambeau Field.