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Gus Kefurt

Date of death: December 24, 1944
Burial location: Epinal, France
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Greenville
Home of record: Youngstown Ohio
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Gus Kefurt, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty on 23 and 24 December 1944, while serving with Company K, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action near Bennwihr, France. Early in the attack Staff Sergeant Kefurt jumped through an opening in a wall to be confronted by about 15 Germans. Although outnumbered he opened fire, killing ten 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 three-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 Staff Sergeant 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 three 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 Staff Sergeant Kefurt's gallantry the position was maintained.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 78 (December 6, 1948)

Action Date: December 23 & 24, 1944

Service: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Company: Company K

Regiment: 15th Infantry Regiment

Division: 3d Infantry Division

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Staff Sergeant Gus J. Kefurt (ASN: 35235413), United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, on December 23, 1944 in France.

General Orders: Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 59 (1945)

Action Date: December 23, 1944

Service: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Company: Company K

Regiment: 15th Infantry Regiment

Division: 3d Infantry Division