Rank and organization:   Private First Class, U.S. Army, 126th Infantry,
32d Infantry Division.
Place and date:   Near Limon, Leyte, Philippine Islands,
15 December 1944.
Entered service at:   Grand Rapids, Mich.
G.O. No.: 60, 26 June 1946.
Citation:   He displayed conspicuous
gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty when an American
roadblock on the Ormoc Road was attacked by a group of enemy tanks. He
left his covered position, and with a rocket launcher and 6 rounds of ammunition,
advanced alone under intense machinegun and 37-mm. fire. Loading single-handedly,
he destroyed the first tank, killing its occupants with a single round.
As the crew of the second tank started to dismount and attack him, he killed
1 of the foe with his pistol, forcing the survivors to return to their
vehicle, which he then destroyed with a second round. Three more hostile
tanks moved up the road, so he flanked the first and eliminated it, and
then, despite a hail of enemy fire, pressed forward again to destroy another.
With his last round of ammunition he struck the remaining vehicle, causing
it to crash down a steep embankment. Through his sustained heroism in the
face of superior forces, Pfc. Vlug alone destroyed 5 enemy tanks and greatly
facilitated successful accomplishment of his battalion's mission.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)