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World War I - U.S. Army

Benjamin Kaufman

  • Rank: First Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company K, 308th Infantry,
    77th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 4, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Argonne Forest, France
He took out a patrol for the purpose of attacking an enemy machine gun which had checked the advance of his company. Before reaching the gun he became separated from his patrol and a machine-gun bullet shattered his right arm. Without hesitation he advanced on the gun alone, throwing grenades with his left hand and charging with an empty pistol, taking one prisoner and scattering the crew, bringing the gun and prisoner back to the first-aid station.
Medal of Honor Recipient Benjamin Kaufman
Medal of Honor Recipient Benjamin Kaufman
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Brooklyn, Kings County, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: May 1920
    Governors Island, New York presented by Gen. Pershing
  • Born: March 10, 1894, Buffalo, Erie County, NY, United States
  • Died: February 5, 1981
  • Buried: Fountain Lawn Memorial Park (MH) (MI-5), Trenton, NJ, United States

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