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CMOHS.org - Private First Class PRUSSMAN, ERNEST W., U.S. Army

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PRUSSMAN, ERNEST W.

Rank: Private First Class
Organization: U.S. Army
Company:
Division: 13th Infantry, 8th Infantry Division
Born: Baltimore, Md.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Brighton, Mass.
G.O. Number: 31
Date of Issue: 04/17/1945
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Les Coates, Brittany, France, 8 September 1944
 
 


PRUSSMAN, ERNEST W. Photo
 
Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 8 September 1944, near Les Coates, Brittany, France. When the advance of the flank companies of 2 battalions was halted by intense enemy mortar, machinegun, and sniper fire from a fortified position on his left, Pfc. Prussman maneuvered his squad to assault the enemy fortifications. Hurdling a hedgerow, he came upon 2 enemy riflemen whom he disarmed. After leading his squad across an open field to the next hedgerow, he advanced to a machinegun position, destroyed the gun, captured its crew and 2 riflemen. Again advancing ahead of his squad in the assault, he was mortally wounded by an enemy rifleman, but as he fell to the ground he threw a handgrenade, killing his opponent. His superb leadership and heroic action at the cost of his life so demoralized the enemy that resistance at this point collapsed, permitting the 2 battalions to continue their advance.