Dunham, Russell E., T/Sgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
566-Duty NCO
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1946, 566, 3rd Infantry Division
Service Years
1940 - 1946

Technical Sergeant



Five Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Godfrey, Illinois

Date of Passing
Apr 06, 2009
 
Location of Interment
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 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II


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 Military Association Memberships
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)American Veterans (AMVETS)American LegionMedal of Honor
  2008, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, American Veterans (AMVETS) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
www.cmohs.org
Recent Congressional Medal of Honor recepient passed away.
Died April 6, 2009
Born Feb 23, 1920, East Carondelet, Illinois.
Medal of Honor issued May 11, 1945 for
Actions January 8, 1945 near Kayersberg, France.
Worked under General Patton in the 3rd
Company I, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.
Burial Valhalla Memorial Park, Godfrey, Illinois.
 

DUNHAM, RUSSELL E.

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. At about 1430 hours on 8 January 1945, during an attack on Hill 616, near Kayserberg, France, T/Sgt. Dunham single-handedly assaulted 3 enemy machineguns. Wearing a white robe made of a mattress cover, carrying 12 carbine magazines and with a dozen hand grenades snagged in his belt, suspenders, and buttonholes, T/Sgt. Dunham advanced in the attack up a snow-covered hill under fire from 2 machineguns and supporting riflemen. His platoon 35 yards behind him, T/Sgt. Dunham crawled 75 yards under heavy direct fire toward the timbered emplacement shielding the left machinegun. As he jumped to his feet 10 yards from the gun and charged forward, machinegun fire tore through his camouflage robe and a rifle bullet seared a 10-inch gash across his back sending him spinning 15 yards down hill into the snow. When the indomitable sergeant sprang to his feet to renew his 1-man assault, a German egg grenade landed beside him. He kicked it aside, and as it exploded 5 yards away, shot and killed the German machinegunner and assistant gunner. His carbine empty, he jumped into the emplacement and hauled out the third member of the gun crew by the collar. Although his back wound was causing him excruciating pain and blood was seeping through his white coat, T/Sgt. Dunham proceeded 50 yards through a storm of automatic and rifle fire to attack the second machinegun. Twenty-five yards from the emplacement he hurled 2 grenades, destroying the gun and its crew; then fired down into the supporting foxholes with his carbine dispatching and dispersing the enemy riflemen. Although his coat was so thoroughly blood-soaked that he was a conspicuous target against the white landscape, T/Sgt. Dunham again advanced ahead of his platoon in an assault on enemy positions farther up the hill. Coming under machinegun fire from 65 yards to his front, while rifle grenades exploded 10 yards from his position, he hit the ground and crawled forward. At 15 yards range, he jumped to his feet, staggered a few paces toward the timbered machinegun emplacement and killed the crew with hand grenades. An enemy rifleman fired at pointblank range, but missed him. After killing the rifleman, T/Sgt. Dunham drove others from their foxholes with grenades and carbine fire. Killing 9 Germans--wounding 7 and capturing 2--firing about 175 rounds of carbine ammunition, and expending 11 grenades, T/Sgt. Dunham, despite a painful wound, spearheaded a spectacular and successful diversionary attack.

 
   
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Christmas in Arlington
Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace and farewell.

IN GOD WE TRUST
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 Unit Assignments
30th Infantry Regiment3rd Infantry Division
  1943-1945, 566, 30th Infantry Regiment
  1943-1946, 566, 3rd Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Southern France Campaign (1944)/Operation Dragoon
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