PFC Gerald E Soper

PFC Gerald E Soper

Birth
South Dakota, USA
Death 7 Jan 1945 (aged 20–21)
France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot A Row 16 Grave 1
Memorial ID 56375644 · View Source
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Gerald served as a Private First Class, Company F, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota prior to the war.

Gerald was "Killed In Action" during the war.

He was awarded the "Distinguished Service Cross" and the Purple Heart.

Service # 37550610

His next of kin was noted as being William H. Soper who resided in La Canada, California.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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Citation Synopsis submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson:

Distinguished Service Cross

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 First Class Gerald E. Soper (ASN: 37550610), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 January 1945, at Wingen, France. During a daylight attack on the town, intense sniper fire and automatic weapons activity halted the advance of Private First Class Soper's platoon. Disregarding the danger, he voluntarily crawled to a basement window from which the enemy was firing and hurled a grenade inside. Moving away from the window he was wounded. He then crawled back and tossed another grenade through the opening. He was firing his rifle into the basement when hit the second time and died shortly afterwards. Private First Class Soper's gallant actions and ability enabled his platoon to resume the attack and aid in the capture of the town. His personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 70th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 445 (August 27, 1945)

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56375644
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Gerald E Soper (1924–7 Jan 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56375644, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .