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World War II - U.S. Army

Edward Andrew Bennett

  • Rank: Corporal (Highest Rank: Major)
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company B, 1st Battalion, 358th Infantry,
    90th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: February 1, 1945
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Heckhuscheid, Germany
He was advancing with Company B across open ground to assault Heckhuscheid, Germany, just after dark when vicious enemy machine-gun fire from a house on the outskirts of the town pinned down the group and caused several casualties. He began crawling to the edge of the field in an effort to flank the house, persisting in this maneuver even when the hostile machine gunners located him by the light of burning buildings and attempted to cut him down as he made for the protection of some trees. Reaching safety, he stealthily made his way by a circuitous route to the rear of the buildings occupied by the German gunners. With his trench knife he killed a sentry on guard there and then charged into the darkened house. In a furious hand-to-hand struggle he stormed about a single room which harbored seven Germans. Three he killed with rifle fire, another he clubbed to death with the butt of his gun, and the three others he dispatched with his .45-caliber pistol. The fearless initiative, stalwart combat ability, and outstanding gallantry of Cpl. Bennett eliminated the enemy fire which was decimating his company's ranks and made it possible for the Americans to sweep all resistance from the town.
Medal of Honor Recipient Edward A. Bennett
Medal of Honor Recipient Edward A. Bennett
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Middleport, Meigs County, Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: October 12, 1945
    The White House (Rose Garden), presented by Pres. Harry S. Truman
  • Born: February 11, 1920, Middleport, Meigs County, OH, United States
  • Died: May 2, 1983, Campbell, CA, United States
  • Buried: Golden Gate National Cemetery (MH) (2-B-10714), San Bruno, CA, United States

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