MAJ Freeman Victor Horner

MAJ Freeman Victor Horner

Birth
Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 1 Dec 2005 (aged 83)
Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 11, Lot 338-2
Memorial ID 12653211 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. A native of Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, he entered service at Shamokin, Pennsylvania. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army, Company K, 119th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division. He was awarded his MOH for action at Wurselen, Germany, on November 16, 1944, during World War II. His citation reads "S/Sgt. Horner and other members of his company were attacking Wurselen, Germany, against stubborn resistance on 16 November 1944, when machinegun fire from houses on the edge of the town pinned the attackers in flat, open terrain 100 yards from their objective. As they lay in the field, enemy artillery observers directed fire upon them, causing serious casualties. Realizing that the machineguns must be eliminated in order to permit the company to advance from its precarious position, S/Sgt. Horner voluntarily stood up with his submachine gun and rushed into the teeth of concentrated fire, burdened by a heavy load of ammunition and hand grenades. Just as he reached a position of seeming safety, he was fired on by a machinegun which had remained silent up until that time. He coolly wheeled in his fully exposed position while bullets barely missed him and killed 2 hostile gunners with a single, devastating burst. He turned to face the fire of the other 2 machineguns, and dodging fire as he ran, charged the 2 positions 50 yards away. Demoralized by their inability to hit the intrepid infantryman, the enemy abandoned their guns and took cover in the cellar of the house they occupied. S/Sgt. Horner burst into the building, hurled 2 grenades down the cellar stairs, and called for the Germans to surrender. Four men gave up to him. By his extraordinary courage, S/Sgt. Horner destroyed 3 enemy machinegun positions, killed or captured 7 enemy, and cleared the path for his company's successful assault on Wurselen".

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  • Added: 10 Dec 2005
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MAJ Freeman Victor Horner (7 Jun 1922–1 Dec 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12653211, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .