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Recipient Detail

 

VAN IERSEL, LUDOVICUS M. M.

Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company M
Division: 9th Infantry, 2d Division
Born: Holland
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Glen Rock, N.J
G.O. Number: 34
Date of Issue: 12/31/1919
Accredited To:
Place / Date: At Mouzon, France
 
 


VAN IERSEL, LUDOVICUS M. M. Photo
 
Citation

While a member of the reconnaissance patrol, sent out at night to ascertain the condition of a damaged bridge, Sgt. Van Iersel volunteered to lead a party across the bridge in the face of heavy machinegun and rifle fire from a range of only 75 yards. Crawling alone along the debris of the ruined bridge he came upon a trap, which gave away and precipitated him into the water. In spite of the swift current he succeeded in swimming across the stream and found a lodging place among the timbers on the opposite bank. Disregarding the enemy fire, he made a careful investigation of the hostile position by which the bridge was defended and then returned to the other bank of the river, reporting this valuable information to the battalion commander.