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All 20 Battle of the Bulge Medal of Honor Recipients

January 11, 2017 joedemadio 2 Comments

The battle of the bulge is the biggest battle that the United States has been in during World War 2. Many divisions have fought here during the winter of 1944-1945. I thought it was interesting to make a complete list of Medal of Honor recipients so that you can read up on very heroic stories! Click on their names to read their full story.

  • Arthur O. Beyer – 603rd Tank Destroyer Battalion – near Arloncourt, Belgium on January 15th 1945. Beyer used his carbine and hand grenades to single-handedly to destroy two German machine gun positions.
  • Melvin E. Biddle – 1st Battalion, 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment – near Soy, Belgium on December 23rd 1944. Biddle kille three enemy snipers and silenced four hostile machine gun emplacements.
  • Paul L. Bolden – I Co. 120th Regiment, 30th Infantry Division – near Petite-Coo, Belgium on December 23rd 1944. Bolden advanced to a German-held house. He tossed grenades inside and rushed through the door to kill the Germans. He was wounded by the great amount of Germans inside so he got out. After realizing they wouldn’t surrender, Bolden went inside again and killed the remaining Germans.
  • Richard E. Cowarichard_eller_cowann – 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division near Krinkelter Wald, Belgium on December 17th 1944. – Cowan’s position was attacked by German tanks and infantry. He single-handedly defened his position so that his company members could set up a new defensive line. He killed an estimated of 100 Germans while being under fire from tanks, rockets and infantry.
  • Francis S. Curry – 120th Regiment, 30th Infantry Division. – Near Malmedy, Belgium on December 21st 1944. Currey repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire so that he could rescue five of his comrades who were pinned down by enemy fire.
  • Peter J. Dalessondro – 39th Infantry Regiment – 9th Infantry Division. – Near Kalterherberg, Germany on December 22nd 1944. Dalessondro sacrificed everything to keep the Germans from advancing. Eventually calling mortar fire on his own position.
  • Leonard A. Funk, Jr. – 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. – Near Holzheim, Belgium on January 29th 1945. 80 German POWs were liberated by a German patrol after their guards had been overwhelmed. Despite being outnumbered, Funk opened fire and called for the captured American guards to seize the German weapons. They succesfully recaptured the Germans.
  • Archarcher_t-_gammoner T. Gammon – 9th Armored Infantry Battalion, 6th Armored Division. – Near Bastogne, Belgium on January 11th, 1945. Gammon began a heroic one-man assault on a Tiger II Tank. In the proces he silenced a German machine gun nest, but was killed by a direct hit from the Tank’s machine gun.
  • Robert E. Gerstung – 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division. – Near Berg, Germany along the Siegfried Line on December 19th 1944. Gerstung remained at his machine gun despite intense enemy fire, even after all other men of his squad were killed or wounded.
  • James R. Hendrix – 53rd Armored Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division. – Near Assenois, Belgium on December 26th 1944. Hendrix was a bazooka man. On that day he captured two enemy artillery crews and held of the fire of two machine guns so that his comrades could be evacuated.
  • Isadore S. Jachman – 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division – Near Flamierge, Belgium on January 4th 1945. Jachman dashed across open ground through a hail of bullets and grabbed a bazooka. His company was pinned down by two tanks which he damaged one of them. Jachman was killed defending the village.
  • Truman Kimbro – 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. – Near Rocherath, Belgium on December 19th. Kimbro lead a squat to placing mines on a crossroad in Rocherath. They found it full of enemy activity and Kimbro went forward alone and succeeded in placing a minefield. He was killed in the proces.
  • Jose M. sgt-_jose_lopezLopez – 23rd Infantry Regiment- 2nd Infantry Division. – Near Krinkelt, Belgium on December 17th 1944. Single-handedly Lopez held off more than 100 Germans who tried to outflank his company. Because of his heroic actions they were able to withdraw succesfully
  • Vernon McGarity – 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division. Near Krinkelt, Belgium on December 16th. McGarity repeatedly put himself in heavy enemy fire to rescue wounded men, retrieve supplies and attack the advancing Germans. He contintued to do this until he ran out of ammo and was captured.
  • Curtis F. Shoup – 346th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division – Near Tillet, Belgium on January 7th 1945. Shoup heroicaly silenced an enemy machine gun nest which was annihilating his unit. After being hit multiple times by the machine gun he managed to crawl forward and hull a grenade on the position.
  • 220px-william_a_sodermanWilliam A. Soderman – 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. – Near Rocherath, Belgium on December 17th 1944. Soderman used his bazooka to disable three enemy tanks and attack an infantry platoon
  • Horace M. Thorne – 89th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 9th Armored Division – Near Grufflingen (Burg-Reuland), Belgium on December 21st 1944. Thorne voluntarily put himself up on a destroyed tank in order to better fire at the Germans.
  • Day G. Turner – 319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division – Near Dahl, Luxembourg on January 8th 1944. Turner’s heroicaly defended a house with 8 of his men being outnumbered by the Germans. They received direct tank fire and had hand-to-hand combat, but refused to surrender.
  • Henry F. Warner – 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division – Near Bütgenbach, Belgium on December 20th 1944. As the Battle of the Bulge was raging, Warner was serving in the Anti-Tank Company. When the Germans attacked his position that day he stayed on his anti-tank gun during the night and into the morning of the next day until he was killed in action.
  • Paul J. Wiedorfer 318th Infantry Regiment- 80th Infantry Division – Near Chaumont, Belgium on December 25th 1944. Wiedorfer single-handedle destroyed two enemy gun positions and took six German prisoners after running across 40 yards of open ground.

 

 

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  1. Kayleen
    January 11, 2017 - 4:47 pm

    Wow! This is a lot of work! Kudos to you for providing that for your readers. I’ll use it as a reference. Amazing what they went through, isn’t it? Thanks!

  2. Kathy D'Alleva
    January 11, 2017 - 5:11 pm

    Wonderful, courageous young men!! Proud to note that Curtis Shoup was a member of my Dad’s ID, the 87th!! Dad was wounded four days later in Libramont, Belgium, in the explosion that killed 20+ members of the 87th’s 312 Engineers, Company A.
    God bless them all!!

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