Originally Posted by Starbuck
- Date of birth: December 16, 1900
- Date of death: March 24, 1975
- Place of Birth: La Junta, Colorado
- Home of record: Golden, Colorado
Wendell W. Fertig
For service as set forth in the following:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Colonel (Corps of Engineers) Wendell W. Fertig (ASN: 0-254976), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while Commanding the Mindanao-Visayan Force (Philippine Guerillas), in action against enemy forces from 8 May 1943 to 6 August 1943, in the Philippine Islands. Refusing to surrender when the major defense forces were overcome, Colonel Fertig assumed command of scattered forces continuing resistance on the island of Mindanao. He effectively organized many dispersed elements throughout the island, held much strong enemy forces continuously at bay, and denied to them some of the resources of their country. He improvised tactics for effective warfare with limited means, and ingenious methods for supplying his men and their families. He persisted in this enterprise, although a large price was set on his head, and he was of necessity in constant proximity to the enemy. His courage and resourcefulness enabled him to avoid capture, to inspire in the people of Mindanao a will to resist, and to furnish the United States Command with information of great military value.
Isolated in the Philippine Islands after the American surrender, Wendell Fertig "promoted himself" to Brigadier General and assumed command of the scattered and disorganized guerilla forces. He worked closely with Naval Commander Charles "Chick" Parsons, who supplied the guerillas via submarine, to maintain an organized resistance in direct communication with General MacArthur. After the war he served as Special Forces Plans Officer in the Office of the Chief of Psychological Warfare with Headquarters U.S. Army in Washington, D.C., from July 1951 to June 1952. He next served as Deputy Chief of Psychological Warfare from June 1952 to August 1953, and during this time helped establish the Army's Psychological Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, which later became the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. The Wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendell_Fertig)gives the details, but Fertig was far more of a badass than LT Onoda. Holding out is one thing, but marshalling tens of thousands of guerillas and defeating the enemy from behind the lines is an order of magnitude harder. Ultimately, victory is the proof of badassery.