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CMOHS.org - Staff Sergeant HORNER, FREEMAN V., U.S. Army

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HORNER, FREEMAN V.

Rank: Staff Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company K
Division: 119th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division
Born: Mount Carmel, Pa.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Shamokin, Pa.
G.O. Number: 95
Date of Issue: 10/30/1945
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Wurselen, Germany, 16 November 1944
 
 


HORNER, FREEMAN V. Photo
 
Citation

S/Sgt. Horner and other members of his company were attacking Wurselen, Germany, against stubborn resistance on 16 November 1944, when machinegun fire from houses on the edge of the town pinned the attackers in flat, open terrain 100 yards from their objective. As they lay in the field, enemy artillery observers directed fire upon them, causing serious casualties. Realizing that the machineguns must be eliminated in order to permit the company to advance from its precarious position, S/Sgt. Horner voluntarily stood up with his submachine gun and rushed into the teeth of concentrated fire, burdened by a heavy load of ammunition and hand grenades. Just as he reached a position of seeming safety, he was fired on by a machinegun which had remained silent up until that time. He coolly wheeled in his fully exposed position while bullets barely missed him and killed 2 hostile gunners with a single, devastating burst. He turned to face the fire of the other 2 machineguns, and dodging fire as he ran, charged the 2 positions 50 yards away. Demoralized by their inability to hit the intrepid infantryman, the enemy abandoned their guns and took cover in the cellar of the house they occupied. S/Sgt. Horner burst into the building, hurled 2 grenades down the cellar stairs, and called for the Germans to surrender. Four men gave up to him. By his extraordinary courage, S/Sgt. Horner destroyed 3 enemy machinegun positions, killed or captured 7 enemy, and cleared the path for his company's successful assault on Wurselen.