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 Gus J. Kefurt

Gus J. Kefurt

Birth
Greenville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 25 Dec 1944 (aged 26–27)
Bennwihr, Departement du Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot Plot A, Row 29, Grave 37
Memorial ID 55823536 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Staff Sergeant in Company K, 15th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery ear Bennwihr, France, December 23 and 24, 1944. His citation reads "He distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. Early in the attack S/Sgt. Kefurt jumped through an opening in a wall to be confronted by about 15 Germans. Although outnumbered he opened fire, killing 10 and capturing the others. During a seesaw battle which developed he effectively adjusted artillery fire on an enemy tank close to his position although exposed to small arms fire. When night fell he maintained a 3-man outpost in the center of the town in the middle of the German positions and successfully fought off several hostile patrols attempting to penetrate our lines. Assuming command of his platoon the following morning he led it in hand-to-hand fighting through the town until blocked by a tank. Using rifle grenades he forced surrender of its crew and some supporting infantry. He then continued his attack from house to house against heavy machinegun and rifle fire. Advancing against a strongpoint that was holding up the company, his platoon was subjected to a strong counterattack and infiltration to its rear. Suffering heavy casualties in their exposed position the men remained there due to S/Sgt. Kefurt's personal example of bravery, determination and leadership. He constantly exposed himself to fire by going from man to man to direct fire. During this time he killed approximately 15 of the enemy at close range. Although severely wounded in the leg he refused first aid and immediately resumed fighting. When the forces to his rear were pushed back 3 hours later, he refused to be evacuated, but, during several more counterattacks moved painfully about under intense small arms and mortar fire, stiffening the resistance of his platoon by encouraging individual men and by his own fire until he was killed. As a result of S/Sgt. Kefurt's gallantry the position was maintained". His Medal of Honor was posthumously awarded to him.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 55823536
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gus J. Kefurt (1917–25 Dec 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55823536, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .