During WW2, US soldier Dirk J Vlug single-handedly destroyed 5 Japanese tanks. Not surprisingly, he was awarded the Medal of Honor-the US military’s highest decoration-for his actions in WW2.
Vlug joined the Army from Grand Rapids, Michigan in April 1941 and by 1944, he was serving as a private first class in the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division. One day on the December of that year, near Limon in the Phillippin province of Leyte, Vlug was ambushed by 5 Japanese tanks.
He did what any soldier would do in the same situation; he single-handedly destroyed all 5 of the enemy tanks. According to his official Medal of Honor citation; “he left his covered position and with a rocket launcher and 6 rounds of ammunition, advanced alone under intense machine gun and 37-mm fire. This unplanned victory, aided in the accomplishment of his battalion’s mission.