Rank and organization:   Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, Company C, 1st Battalion,
1st Marines, 1st Marine Division.
Place and date:   Peleliu Island, Palau
group, 19-20 September 1944.
Entered service at:   Massachusetts.
July 1919, Milton, Mass.
Citation:   For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity
at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving
as commanding officer of Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine
Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu Island,
Palau group, on 19-20 September 1944. Subjected to pointblank cannon fire
which caused heavy casualties and badly disorganized his company while
assaulting a steep coral hill, Capt. Pope rallied his men and gallantly
led them to the summit in the face of machinegun, mortar, and sniper fire.
Forced by widespread hostile attack to deploy the remnants of his company
thinly in order to hold the ground won, and with his machineguns out of
order and insufficient water and ammunition, he remained on the exposed
hill with 12 men and 1 wounded officer determined to hold through the night.
Attacked continuously with grenades, machineguns, and rifles from 3 sides,
he and his valiant men fiercely beat back or destroyed the enemy, resorting
to hand-to-hand combat as the supply of ammunition dwindled, and still
maintaining his lines with his 8 remaining riflemen when daylight brought
more deadly fire and he was ordered to withdraw. His valiant leadership
against devastating odds while protecting the units below from heavy Japanese
attack reflects the highest credit upon Capt. Pope and the U.S. Naval Service
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)