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Gus Kefurt

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Gus Kefurt


Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.

Buried at A.B.M.C. Epinal

Born: at Greenville, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Youngstown, OH

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism December 23 & 24, 1944 at Bennwihr, France

Died: December 24, 1944

Early in the attack Staff Sergeant Kefurt jumped through an opening in a wall to face about 15 Germans. Although outnumbered he opened fire, killing ten and capturing the others. During a seesaw battle which developed he adjusted artillery fire on an enemy tank close to his position. That night he maintained a three-man outpost in the center of the town and fought off several hostile patrols. Assuming command the following day he led in hand-to-hand fighting through the town until blocked by a tank. Using rifle grenades he forced surrender of its crew and supporting infantry. He continued his attack from house to house against heavy enemy fire. Advancing against a strongpoint that was holding up the company, his platoon was subjected to a strong counterattack. Suffering heavy casualties the men remained there due to Sergeant Kefurt's personal example of bravery, determination and leadership. He constantly exposed himself to fire going from man to man to direct fire. During this time he killed 15 of the enemy at close range. Wounded in the leg he refused first aid and resumed fighting. When the forces to his rear were pushed back three hours later, he refused to be evacuated, leading and encouraging him men until he was himself, killed.

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