Endl, Gerald Leon, S/Sgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
812-Heavy Weapons NCO
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1941-1944, 32nd Infantry Division
Service Years
1941 - 1944

Staff Sergeant


One Service Stripe



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Year of Birth
1915
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
Last Address
Anamo, New Guinea

Casualty Date
Jul 11, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
New Guinea
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery - Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Lot 20, Block 9, Grave 3N

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenCongressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  1945, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1945, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
32nd Infantry Division
  1941-1944, 32nd Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Driniumor River
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Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal Of Honor Recipient. Staff Sergeant, U S. Army, 32d Infantry Division. G.O. No. 17 issued, 13 March 1945. Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty near Anamo, New Guinea, on 11 July 1944. S/Sgt. Endl was at the head of the leading platoon of his company advancing along a jungle trail when enemy troops were encountered and a fire fight developed. The enemy attacked in force under heavy rifle, machine gun, and grenade fire. His platoon leader wounded, S/Sgt. Endl immediately assumed command and deployed his platoon on a firing line at the fork in the trail toward which the enemy attack was directed. The dense jungle terrain greatly restricted vision and movement, and he endeavored to penetrate down the trail toward an open clearing of Kunai grass. As he advanced, he detected the enemy, supported by at least 6 light and 2 heavy machine guns, attempting an enveloping movement around both flanks. His commanding officer sent a second platoon to move up on the left flank of the position, but the enemy closed in rapidly, placing our force in imminent danger of being isolated and annihilated. Twelve members of his platoon were wounded, 7 being cut off by the enemy. Realizing that if his platoon were forced farther back, these 7 men would be hopelessly trapped and at the mercy of a vicious enemy, he resolved to advance at all cost, knowing it meant almost certain death, in an effort to rescue his comrades. In the face of extremely heavy fire he went forward alone and for a period of approximately 10 minutes engaged the enemy in a heroic close range fight, holding them off while his men crawled forward under cover to evacuate the wounded and to withdraw. Courageously refusing to abandon 4 more wounded men who were lying along the trail, 1 by 1 he brought them back to safety. As he was carrying the last man in his arms he was struck by a heavy burst of automatic fire and was killed. By his persistent and daring self-sacrifice and on behalf of his comrades, S/Sgt. Endl made possible the successful evacuation of all but 1 man, and enabled the 2 platoons to withdraw with their wounded and to reorganize with the rest of the company". Sgt. Endl's medal was awarded posthumously and accredited to Janesville, Wisconsin.

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