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World War I - U.S. Army

Sydney G Gumpertz

  • Rank: First Sergeant (Highest Rank: Captain)
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company E, 132d Infantry,
    33d Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 29, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Bois-de-Forges, France
When the advancing line was held up by machine-gun fire, 1st Sgt. Gumpertz left the platoon of which he was in command and started with two other soldiers through a heavy barrage toward the machine-gun nest. His two companions soon became casualties from bursting shells, but 1st Sgt. Gumpertz continued on alone in the face of direct fire from the machine gun, jumped into the nest, and silenced the gun, capturing nine of the crew.
Medal of Honor Recipient Sydney G. Gumpertz
Medal of Honor Recipient Sydney G. Gumpertz
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: February 9, 1919
    Chaumont, France - presented by General John J. Pershing
  • Born: October 24, 1879, San Raphael, Marin County, CA, United States
  • Died: February 16, 1971, New York, NY, United States
  • Buried: Long Island National Cemetery (MH) (DSS-65), Farmingdale, NY, United States

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