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PVT Michael Bieryta
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Birth: 1892, Russia
Death: Nov. 10, 1918
Departement de la Meuse
Lorraine, France

Michael Bieryta
Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: Russia
Home of record: Chicago, Illinois
Status: KIA
Distinguished Service Cross
Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War I
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private Michael Bieryta (ASN: 2086881), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company M, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F., near Bois-de-Harville, France, 10 November 1918. Under terrific machine-gun fire, Private Bieryta advanced through forty feet of wire entanglements, hacking his way with his bayonet, so that his platoon could pass through to their objective. He was mortally wounded by enemy fire as he finished his work.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 71 (1919)
Action Date: 10-Nov-18
Service: Army
Rank: Private
Company: Company M
Regiment: 131st Infantry Regiment
Division: 33d Division, American Expeditionary Forces

From: "THE 131ST U.S. INFANTRY (FIRST INFANTRY ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD) IN THE WORLD WAR; NARRATIVE—OPERATIONS—STATISTICS" By COLONEL JOSEPH B. SANBORN
p. 188: Before passing on from the events of November 10th, it is necessary to pay tribute to the conduct of all who took part. The fight was waged with true American spirit. While crossing the open field Private Edward Herter went to the rescue of a wounded comrade. In so doing, he was wounded himself. Despite his own plight, he convoyed his charge to safety before coming in for attention himself. Here, too, Corporal Axel Madsen proved that he was made of the right stuff. When his platoon Sergeant was wounded and sent to the rear, he, with marked ability, at once took command of the platoon. In stimulating the advance he was continually exposed to enemy fire. This resulted in his receiving a machine gun bullet in the leg. On entering the Bois de Harville, Privates Cross and Olson, who were in advance of the wave had a spirited encounter. Spying a party of the enemy they circled around to the rear, forcing one officer and eleven men to surrender. In this encounter, four of the enemy were killed. Private Bieryta was killed while cutting wire with his bayonet to permit others to pass through the entanglements.
p. 315: Eye witnesses of the death of Pvt. Michael Biertya cannot be found. Current opinion is as follows: He was killed by machine gun fire during the advance through the Bois de Warville on the afternoon of Nov. 10, 1918.

p 711: CHAPTER XXXII - ROSTERS OF COMPANY M - ROSTER OF SOLDIERS WHO ARRIVED IN FRANCE WITH 131ST INFANTRY, MAY 30, 1918. ASSIGNED TO COMPANY M.
#2086861 Bieryta, Michael Pvt. K 11-10-18

WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings
Name: Michael Bieryta
State Registered: Illinois
Death Date: 10 Nov 1918
Cemetery: St. Mihiel American Cemetery
Cemetery Burial Plot: Plot D Row 15 Grave 13
Cemetery City: Thiaucourt
Cemetery Country: France
War: World War I
Title: Private, U.S. Army
Rank: Private
Service: U.S. Army
Division: 131st Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Division
Data Source: World War I Honor Roll

U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Mike Beriat
County: Cook
State: Illinois
Birthplace: Russia
Birth Date: 1892
Race: Caucasian
Researched by Laura J. Stewart. 
 
Burial:
Saint Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial
Thiaucourt-Regnieville
Departement de Meurthe-et-Moselle
Lorraine, France
Plot: Plot D Row 15 Grave 13
 
Maintained by: Laura J. Stewart
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56338908
PVT Michael Bieryta
Added by: Laura J. Stewart
 
PVT Michael Bieryta
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-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 2, 2014
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private Michael Bieryta (ASN: 2086881), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism i...(Read more)
- Laura J. Stewart
 Added: Dec. 11, 2012
131st Infantry - Company M
- Laura J. Stewart
 Added: Dec. 10, 2012
 
 
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