Kaufman, Loren R., SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1745-Rifle Platoon or Squad Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1951, 1745, 2nd Infantry Division
Service Years
1941 - 1951

Sergeant First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
The Dalles
Last Address
The Dalles

Casualty Date
Feb 10, 1951
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
Korean War
Location of Interment
Willamette National Cemetery - Portland, Oregon
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Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry 2nd Infantry Division
  1950-1950, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry
  1950-1951, 1745, 2nd Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 World War II
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Eighth Army Offensive
  1950-1953 Korean War
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Last Known Activity
Prior to service in Korea, Sgt. Kaufman served from December 1941 in the Army.  He fought with the 3rd Infantry in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and France.  (Details unknown as of this writing.)

In Korea, Sergeant First Class Kaufman was a member of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.

On the night of September 4, 1950, near Yongsan, South Korea, his platoon was protecting the battalion's flank. Early the next morning, the enemy attacked and encircled the balance of his company. His platoon attacked and dispersed the encircling force and he personally destroyed enemy machine gunners and delivered fire on the startled enemy with the captured machine-gun, relieving his encircled company. He received the Medal of Honor for this action.

Later, he was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on February 10, 1951, near Sogu - Yangsan.

He was interred in  Willamette National Cemetery, Happy Valley, Clackamas County, Oregon, USA. Plot: H 0 3622-N,  on 17 October 1951.1

Medal of Honor Citation

The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to *KAUFMAN, LOREN R. Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, Company G, 9th Infantry Regiment. Place and date: Near Yongsan, Korea, 4 and 5 September 1950. Entered service at: The Dalles, Oreg. Born: 27 July 1923, The Dalles, Oreg. G.O. No.: 61, 2 August 1951.

SFC Kaufman distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. On the night of 4 September the company was in a defensive position on 2 adjoining hills. His platoon was occupying a strong point 2 miles away protecting the battalion flank. Early on 5 September the company was attacked by an enemy battalion and his platoon was ordered to reinforce the company. As his unit moved along a ridge it encountered a hostile encircling force. SFC Kaufman, running forward, bayoneted the lead scout and engaged the column in a rifle and grenade assault. His quick Vicious attack so surprised the enemy that they retreated in confusion. When his platoon joined the company he discovered that the enemy had taken commanding ground and pinned the company down in a draw. Without hesitation SFC Kaufman charged the enemy lines firing his rifle and throwing grenades.

During the action, he bayoneted 2 enemy and seizing an unmanned machinegun, delivered deadly fire on the defenders. Following this encounter the company regrouped and resumed the attack. Leading the assault he reached the ridge, destroyed a hostile machinegun position, and routed the remaining enemy. Pursuing the hostile troops he bayoneted 2 more and then rushed a mortar position shooting the gunners. Remnants of the enemy fled to a village and SFC Kaufman led a patrol into the town, dispersed them, and burned the buildings. The dauntless courage and resolute intrepid leadership of SFC Kaufman were directly responsible for the success of his company in regaining its positions, reflecting distinct credit upon himself and upholding the esteemed traditions of the military service.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 61 (August 2, 1951)
Action Date: September 04 & 5, 1950
Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant First Class C
ompany: Company G
Regiment: 9th Infantry Regiment
Division: 2d Infantry Division

http://armypubs.army.mil/epubs/pdf/go5161.pdf (original citation) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loren_R._Kaufman
http://www.koreanwar.org/html/korean_war_project_remembrance.html http://www.homeofheroes.com/moh/citations_1950_kc/kaufman_loren.html

Texts: http://www.kmike.com/Appleman/Chapter24.htm (details of the battle in which he received his MOH)
Richard E. Ecker, Korean Battle Chronology: Unit by Unit Casualty Figures and Medal of Honor Citations 
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