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b. 17/04/1916 Clearville, Pennsylvania.  d. 03/12/1944 Saint Hippolyte, France.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 03/12/1944 Saint-Hippolyte, France.

 

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Sergeant in Company F, 142nd Infantry, 36th Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at St. Hippolyte, France, on December 3, 1944.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

For commanding an assault squad in Company F's attack against the strategically important Alsatian town of St. Hippolyte on December 3, 1944. He aggressively led his men down a winding street, clearing the houses of opposition as he advanced. Upon rounding a bend, the group was suddenly brought under the fire of 2 machineguns emplaced in the door and window of a house 100 yards distant. While his squad members took cover, Sgt. Weicht moved rapidly forward to a high rock wall and, fearlessly exposing himself to the enemy action, fired 2 clips of ammunition from his rifle. His fire proving ineffective, he entered a house opposite the enemy gun position, and, firing from a window, killed the 2 hostile gunners. Continuing the attack, the advance was again halted when two 20-mm. guns opened fire on the company. An artillery observer ordered friendly troops to evacuate the area and then directed artillery fire upon the gun positions. Sgt. Weicht remained in the shelled area and continued to fire on the hostile weapons. When the barrage lifted and the enemy soldiers attempted to remove their gun, he killed 2 crewmembers and forced the others to flee. Sgt. Weicht continued to lead his squad forward until he spotted a road block approximate 125 yards away. Moving to the second floor of a nearby house and firing from a window, he killed 3 and wounded several of the enemy. Instantly becoming a target for heavy and direct fire, he disregarded personal safety to continue his fire, with unusual effectiveness, until he was killed by a direct hit from an antitank gun.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: EPINAL AMERICAN CEMETERY, EPINAL, FRANCE.

Plot B, Row 42, Grave 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ellis R Weicht

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