There are a couple of things that I remember reading about that were posted in the local newspapers at the time in his life, where he was just out of the Army, (probably on Reserve Status?) that may qualify. I don't know if having it publicized in the local newspaper would qualify as (an eyewitness report) however, here
goes: When Audie had to defend himself from a young thug who had just ripped off a gas station and had hitched a ride with Audie then pulled a weapon on him, Audie succeeded in punching the guys lights out and then turned the kid into the local police. Next suggestion, All the ride al-long's that Audie went on
with drug enforcement officers in Los Angeles County, and Texas, and /or Arizona. Might have been about the time he was enlisted in the Texas National Guard? This (Humanitarian) service came out after Audie's demise, I think in Col. Simpson's book on Audie "American Soldier". And finally, his service visits to
american soldiers in Vet Hospitals, well publicized, on his own time and own dime. Not to mention his
Public Service Announcements for the military during his lifetime and the other PSN's for Savings Bonds and
the Childhood Polio PSN. These humanitarian incidents may not qualify, but in my humble opinion, the
fact that the U.S. Army at least acknowledged Audie's remarkable life achievements by establishing the
SAMC clubs ARMY wide, gives credence to the fact that he should at least be nominated for the Soldier's
Medal. The fact that one or all of his actions during WWII probably succeeded in Saving one or more lives
during his enlistment in the U.S..Army, and his participation in Europe during that war. Just by reviewing their own Army record documentations would serve as (Eyewitness) accounts or at least should fulfill the
requirements you have mentioned. I am not the military experts you guys are, and thank god we have you on our board to go to, but a person would think that there are and were special people like Audie who would qualify for this medal. Just my thoughts. Shirley Jean.
Not to beat a dead horse to death but again for clarification. The Soldiers Medal is awarded for "heroism" usually involving risk of life and the best examples are for example; drowings, fire rescues, vehicle accidents etc.
In combat it could for example be awared for saving someone from a burning vehicle or a downed chopper.
The act must be a single act on a single day/event and the person could not have receieved another award for the act. For example, a person receiving the Silver Star for an act could not receive the Soldiers Medal for the same act.
Audie's day at Holtzwihr was mostly an act of self-preserverance. It was be overrun and slain or act to prevent the destruction of his unit and thereby hopefully save his life and the lives of his soldiers. For that he was recognized with the Medal of Honor.
The event with the hitchhiker was again an act of self-preserverance but would not rise to the level of an award of a Soldier's Medal even if he were on active or reserve duty which at the time he was not.
He could not be awarded an honor such as this for any of his many acts of humantarian service or for his work with the Army in his PSA's as the PSA's were a part of his award for the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. Although not specifically mentioned in the citation I am sure that those acts were considered in the process.
Not sure, what else could be done at this point in time.