Dirk J. Vlug
|Dirk J. Vlug|
August 20, 1916|
Maple Lake, Minnesota
|Died||June 25, 1996(aged 79)|
|Place of burial||Greenwood Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1941 - 1951|
|Unit||1st Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Dirk John Vlug  (August 20, 1916 – June 25, 1996) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.
Vlug joined the Army from Grand Rapids, Michigan in April 1941, and by December 15, 1944 was serving as a private first class in the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division. On that day, near Limon in the Philippine province of Leyte, Vlug single-handedly destroyed five enemy tanks. For his actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor a year and a half later, on June 26, 1946. He subsequently left the army and joined the Michigan National Guard in May 1949, retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant in January 1951.
Vlug died at age 79 and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
- Hall of Valor
- WWII Army Enlistment Records
- Michigan Department of Military & Veterans Affairs Archived October 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.