On 8 September 1943, the officer in command of an engineer party with the advance guard moving on Catanzaro was wounded, and as no other officer was available, Corporal McQuade was put in command. On the morning of 9 September 1943 the advance guard made contact with the enemy who were withdrawing and blowing previously prepared and heavily mined demolitions. Corporal McQuade, with complete disregard for his personal safety, led mine detecting parties through heavily mined areas under observed enemy fire ad carried out reconnaissance with the forward elements of the vanguard, under heavy enemy machine gun fire. His thorough knowledge of his work, his courage and initiative enabled the vanguard to cross enemy demolitions and mine fields and to reach the objective.
Cpl Norman Michael McQuade, 3rd Field Company, Military Medal