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Donald Eugene Rudolph, Sr
Birth: Feb. 21, 1921
South Haven
Wright County
Minnesota, USA
Death: May 25, 2006
Bovey
Itasca County
Minnesota, USA

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant in Company E, 20th Infantry, 6th Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Munoz, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on February 5, 1945. His citation reads "2d Lt. Rudolph (then T/Sgt.) was acting as platoon leader at Munoz, Luzon, Philippine Islands. While administering first aid on the battlefield, he observed enemy fire issuing from a nearby culvert. Crawling to the culvert with rifle and grenades, he killed 3 of the enemy concealed there. He then worked his way across open terrain toward a line of enemy pillboxes which had immobilized his company. Nearing the first pillbox, he hurled a grenade through its embrasure and charged the position. With his bare hands he tore away the wood and tin covering, then dropped a grenade through the opening, killing the enemy gunners and destroying their machinegun. Ordering several riflemen to cover his further advance, 2d Lt. Rudolph seized a pick mattock and made his way to the second pillbox. Piercing its top with the mattock, he dropped a grenade through the hole, fired several rounds from his rifle into it and smothered any surviving enemy by sealing the hole and the embrasure with earth. In quick succession he attacked and neutralized 6 more pillboxes. Later, when his platoon was attacked by an enemy tank, he advanced under covering fire, climbed to the top of the tank and dropped a white phosphorus grenade through the turret, destroying the crew. Through his outstanding heroism, superb courage, and leadership, and complete disregard for his own safety, 2d Lt. Rudolph cleared a path for an advance which culminated in one of the most decisive victories of the Philippine campaign." His Medal was awarded to him on September 10, 1945. (bio by: Elizabeth Reed) 
 
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  Helen V. Rudolph (1922 - 2012)*
 
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Burial:
Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Minneapolis
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Section DS, Site 22-S
 
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Originally Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: May 27, 2006
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