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CMOHS.org - Gunnery Sergeant HOFFMAN, CHARLES F. (AKA ERNEST JANSON), U.S. Marine Corps

Recipient Detail

 

HOFFMAN, CHARLES F. (AKA ERNEST JANSON)

Rank: Gunnery Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Marine Corps
Company: 49th Company
Division: 5th Regiment, 2d Division
Born: 17 August 1878, New York, N.Y.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Brooklyn, N.Y.
G.O. Number: 34
Date of Issue: 12/31/1919
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Chateau-Thierry, France, 6 June 1918
 
 


HOFFMAN, CHARLES F. (AKA ERNEST JANSON) Photo
 
Citation

Also received the Navy Medal of Honor. Immediately after the company to which he belonged had reached its objective on Hill 142, several hostile counterattacks were launched against the line before the new position had been consolidated. G/Sgt. Hoffman was attempting to organize a position on the north slope of the hill when he saw 12 of the enemy, armed with 5 light machineguns, crawling toward his group. Giving the alarm, he rushed the hostile detachment, bayoneted the 2 leaders, and forced the others to flee, abandoning their guns. His quick action, initiative, and courage drove the enemy from a position fro which they could have swept the hill with machinegun fire and forced the withdrawal of our troops. Also received the Navy Medal of Honor.