On 10 April 1945, in Germany, while on a mission of reconnaissance in the vicinity of Lipprichhausen, elements of Troop B were held up by small arms fire. In the face of danger to himself and increased fire, Pvt. Harding stood at his machine gun, fired into the enemy, thus allowing a ten-man dismounted patrol to withdraw to cover. His action was a source of inspiration and increased the morale of all personnel. He entered military service from Johnstown, New York.
Pvt. William J. Harding, Troop B, 116th Squadron