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CMOHS.org - First Sergeant GUMPERTZ, SYDNEY G., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

GUMPERTZ, SYDNEY G.

Rank: First Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company E
Division: 132d Infantry, 33d Division
Born: 24 October 1879, San Raphael, Calif.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Chicago, Ill.
G.O. Number: 16
Date of Issue: 12/31/1919
Accredited To:
Place / Date: In the Bois-de-Forges, France, 29 September 1918
 
 


GUMPERTZ, SYDNEY G. Photo
 
Citation

When the advancing line was held up by machinegun fire, 1st Sgt. Gumpertz left the platoon of which he was in command and started with 2 other soldiers through a heavy barrage toward the machinegun nest. His 2 companions soon became casualties from bursting shells, but 1st Sgt. Gumpertz continued on alone in the face of direct fire from the machinegun, jumped into the nest and silenced the gun, capturing 9 of the crew.