John Carleton Sjogren

John Carleton Sjogren

Birth
Rockford, Kent County, Michigan, USA
Death 30 Aug 1987 (aged 71)
Rockford, Kent County, Michigan, USA
Burial Rockford, Kent County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 7967670 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Served as a Staff Sergeant in Company I, 160th Infantry, 40th Infantry Division. Near San Jose Hacienda, Philippine Islands on May 23, 1945, he led an attack against a high ridge defended by a company of Japanese riflemen and supporting pillboxes housing automatic weapons. Deploying his men, he moved forward, hurling grenades at emplacements and assisting the wounded. Moving ever forward he continued destroying pillboxes and rifle positions with grenades and dynamite charges. At one pillbox he was wounded when fragments from a grenade he hurled in was returned by the enemy but he succeeded in destroying the occupants. Despite his wounds, he directed his squad to follow him in a systematic attack on the remaining positions, which were all eliminated. During this action, he single-handedly killed 43 enemy soldiers and destroyed 9 pillboxes, paving the way for his company's successful advance.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 9 Oct 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7967670
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Carleton Sjogren (19 Aug 1916–30 Aug 1987), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7967670, citing Rockford Cemetery, Rockford, Kent County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .