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2Lt Richard A Kersting

2Lt Richard A Kersting

Birth
Death 26 Jul 1944
Burial Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Plot Plot: H Row: 5 Grave: 29
Memorial ID 56646350 · View Source
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HAMILTON JOURNAL AND DAILY NEWS, HAMILTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 1944, PAGE TWENTY

LIEUT. KERSTING, OXFORD HERO, REPORTED KILLED IN ACTION
Second Lieut. Richard Kersting, age 23, Oxford youth who was recommended by his colonel for a Congressional Medal of Honor, as a result of heroic service, was killed in action July 26 in France.

His mother, Mrs. Mary Kersting, 300 East High street, Oxford, who proudly listened to her son broadcast July 23 from Europe, received a telegram from the war department Thursday morning, notifying her of her son's death.

As a result of a daring exploit in which he and a buddy killed nine Germans and captured 30 more, including a lieutenant, Lieutenant Kersting was featured on an Army Hour broadcast in July and was recommended for the high medal.

STELLAR ATHLETE
An outstanding athlete, Kersting was graduated from McGuffey High school in June, 1937, before he was 16 years of age. Later, he attended Ohio State, Miami university, and Dartmouth.

He held defense jobs at the American Rolling Mill in Middletown and at the Wright Aeronautical plant in Lockland before enlisting as a private in April, 1942, but Kersting planned to continue his pre-medical studies after the war. He would have celebrated his twenty-third birthday on August 2.

His brother, Ted, volunteered for field services with the Red Cross in India, one of its most dangerous tasks.

THREE SISTERS
Besides his mother, the Oxford war hero leaves three sisters, Carol, with an advertising agency in New York City, Roberta, who will be a junior at Miami in September, and Mary, age 5. His father died two years ago.

Kersting, a member of the army engineers corps, was in advance of the infantry in the St. Lo region where he and his buddy chalked up their unusual victories.

He was widely known through Oxford and Hamilton for his scholastic and athletic achievements.

THE DAILY NEWS JOURNAL, HAMILTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY 10, 1945, PAGE FIVE

MRS. KERSTING GIVEN SON'S SERVICE AWARD: AWARD LT. RICHARD KERSTING DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL POSTHUMOUSLY; MEDAL SENT TO MOTHER
Oxford, May 10--The Distinguished Service cross, recommended for Sec. Lt. Richard Kersting, who was killed in action in France last July, has been received by his mother, Mrs. A.A. Kersting, Oberlin court.

The medal was recommended by General Courtney Hodges, of the American First army, with which Lieutenant Kersting was associated as a combat engineer.

A citation which extols Lieutenant Kersting for "outstanding heroism against the enemy" accompanied the award.

The citation relates how Lieutenant Kersting and another soldier forced the surrender of 30 Germans near St. Lo, France, July 11. He was killed two weeks later.

The exploit, which caused the Oxford youth to be interviewed on the Army hour last July 23, caused one correspondent to refer to him as "the modern Sergeant York."

Lieutenant Kersting and his companion trapped the Germans in a house and made them believe they were surrounded by a superior force. One by one they came out of the building, laid their weapons on the ground, and marched down the road ahead of the two Yank soldiers.

The citation lauds Lieutenant Kersting for "aggressive leadership" and relates that he "upheld the highest tradition of the armed forces."

Mrs. Kersting, who has four other children, is a widow. With Mother's day approaching, she was named Thursday as "university mother" at Miami university where one of her daughters, Roberta, is a junior. Another daughter, Carol, is in New York City and a third, Mary Dee, is in the first grade. A son, Ted, served a year with the American field service.

Information from www.wwiimemorial.com/registry:

Richard A. Kersting
ID: O1112802
Entered the Service From: Butler County, Ohio
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Service: U.S. Army, 246th Engineer Combat Battalion
Died: Wednesday, July 26, 1944
Buried at: Normandy American Cemetery
Location: Colleville-sur-Mer, France
Plot: H Row: 5 Grave: 29
Awards: Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart

Submitted by
Eric Ackerman

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Ohio.

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56646350
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Richard A Kersting (unknown–26 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56646350, citing Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .