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Paul Joseph Wiedorfer
Birth: Jan. 17, 1921
Baltimore
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA
Death: May 25, 2011
Baltimore
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. A Baltimore native, he worked at the city's Gas & Electric Company and was recently married when he joined the US Army in 1943. He was assigned as a Private to Company G, 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, and deployed to France in 1944. Wiedorfer was awarded his CMOH for actions near Chaumont, Belgium on December 25, 1944. His citation reads: "He alone made it possible for his company to advance until its objective was seized. Company G had cleared a wooded area of snipers, and 1 platoon was advancing across an open clearing toward another wood when it was met by heavy machinegun fire from 2 German positions dug in at the edge of the second wood. These positions were flanked by enemy riflemen. The platoon took cover behind a small ridge approximately 40 yards from the enemy position. There was no other available protection and the entire platoon was pinned down by the German fire. It was about noon and the day was clear, but the terrain extremely difficult due to a 3-inch snowfall the night before over ice-covered ground. Pvt. Wiedorfer, realizing that the platoon advance could not continue until the 2 enemy machinegun nests were destroyed, voluntarily charged alone across the slippery open ground with no protecting cover of any kind. Running in a crouched position, under a hail of enemy fire, he slipped and fell in the snow, but quickly rose and continued forward with the enemy concentrating automatic and small-arms fire on him as he advanced. Miraculously escaping injury, Pvt. Wiedorfer reached a point some 10 yards from the first machinegun emplacement and hurled a handgrenade into it. With his rifle he killed the remaining Germans, and, without hesitation, wheeled to the right and attacked the second emplacement. One of the enemy was wounded by his fire and the other 6 immediately surrendered. This heroic action by 1 man enabled the platoon to advance from behind its protecting ridge and continue successfully to reach its objective. A few minutes later, when both the platoon leader and the platoon sergeant were wounded, Pvt. Wiedorfer assumed command of the platoon, leading it forward with inspired energy until the mission was accomplished". On February 10, 1945, while crossing the Saar River, Wiedorfer was seriously wounded by a mortar shell and would spend the next three years recovering in military hospitals; he was presented with the CMOH on his hospital bed on May 29, 1945. In 1948 he left the service with the rank of Master Sergeant, having also been awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He then returned to the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., where he worked until his retirement in 1981. On receiving the CMOH he later said, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if the Medal of Honor didn't exist because there were no wars and we could all live in peace? And that the only way to spell war was love? Wouldn't that be wonderful?" 
 
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Moreland Memorial Park
Parkville
Baltimore County
Maryland, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 39.3793, -76.5617
 
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