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Samuel Woodfill

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 12 Aug 2008 12:52    Onderwerp: Samuel Woodfill Reageer met quote

Birth: Jan. 6, 1883
Jefferson County, USA
Death: Aug. 10, 1951
Switzerland County, USA

United States Army Officer. The United States' most decorated soldier of World War I. Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Citation: While he was leading his company against the enemy, his line came under heavy machinegun fire, which threatened to hold up the advance. Followed by 2 soldiers at 25 yards, this officer went out ahead of his first line toward a machinegun nest and worked his way around its flank, leaving the 2 soldiers in front. When he got within 10 yards of the gun it ceased firing, and 4 of the enemy appeared, 3 of whom were shot by 1st Lt. Woodfill. The fourth, an officer, rushed at 1st Lt. Woodfill, who attempted to club the officer with his rifle. After a hand-to-hand struggle, 1st Lt. Woodfill killed the officer with his pistol. His company thereupon continued to advance, until shortly afterwards another machinegun nest was encountered. Calling on his men to follow, 1st Lt. Woodfill rushed ahead of his line in the face of heavy fire from the nest, and when several of the enemy appeared above the nest he shot them, capturing 3 other members of the crew and silencing the gun. A few minutes later this officer for the third time demonstrated conspicuous daring by charging another machinegun position, killing 5 men in one machinegun pit with his rifle. He then drew his revolver and started to jump into the pit, when 2 other gunners only a few yards away turned their gun on him. Failing to kill them with his revolver, he grabbed a pick lying nearby and killed both of them. Inspired by the exceptional courage displayed by this officer, his men pressed on to their objective under severe shell and machinegun fire. Rank and Organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 60th Infantry, 5th Division. Place and Date: At Cunel, France, 12 October 1918. Entered Service At: Bryantsburg, Ind. Birth: Jefferson County, Ind. G. O. No.: 16, W.D., 1919.

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Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 34, Grave 642



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BerichtGeplaatst: 12 Aug 2008 14:34    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Bedankt, Paddy! Weer iets bijgeleerd!
Toch stond ik echt versteld toen ik het artikel las, vermeld bij mijn bronvermelding, omtrent mans levensloop...
Ik zocht het op omdat ik niet verstond hoe het kwam dat hij eens Major, Sergeant, 1st Lt, genoemd wordt of afgebeeld staat. Maar hij is "gewoon" gedegradeerd geweest... Amerikas meest gedecoreerde WOI-veteraan!

A career Army enlisted man at the outbreak of W.W.I, he received temporary commission. He was gassed during the war, but elected to stay in Army until 1923 when eligible for a complete pension. However, the Army would only let him stay on if he accepted a reduction from First Lieutenant to Sergeant, which he did. He also served briefly as a Major in World War II.

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