Gus Kefurt Military person

Gus J. Kefurt (1917 – December 25, 1944) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.Kefurt joined the Army from Youngstown, Ohio in August 1943, and by December 23, 1944 was serving as a Staff Sergeant in Company K, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. On that day and the next, he led his men in a fight against German forces near Bennwihr, France. He exposed himself to hostile fire in order to encourage his men and direct their fire, led his men in the defense of positions despite repeated enemy attacks, and refused medical evacuation even after being seriously wounded. He was killed on December 25, and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the battle.Kefurt was buried at the Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial in Épinal, France.Upon re-stationing to Fort Benning in 1996, 3rd Brigade – 3rd Infantry Division designated building 9001 on Kelley Hill as the Kefurt Fitness Center.

Gus Kefurt

Personal facts

Birth dateJanuary 01, 1917
Birth place
Greenville Pennsylvania
Date of deathDecember 25, 1944
Place of death
France , Bennwihr
Resting place
Épinal , France , Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial

Military person

allegianceUnited States of America
award
Purple Heart
Silver Star
Medal of Honor
military operations
World War II
military branch
United States Army
military unit
3rd Infantry Division (United States)
15th Infantry Regiment (United States)
service start1943
service end1944