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Benjamin Kaufman

American Jewish Recipients of the Medal of Honor

Rank: First SergeantBenjamin Kaufman

Service: U.S. Army

Unit: Company K, 308th Infantry, 77th Division

Birthdate: March 10, 1894

Place of Birth: Buffalo, New York

Date of Death: February 5, 1981

Battle or Place of Action: in Argonne Forest, France

Date of Action: October 4, 1918


He took out a patrol for the purpose of attacking an enemy machine-gun which had checked the advance of his company. Before reaching the gun he became separated from his patrol and a machine-gun bullet shattered his right arm. Without hesitation he advanced on the gun alone, throwing grenades with his left hand and charging with an empty pistol, taking one prisoner and scattering the crew, bringing the gun and prisoner back to the first-aid station.

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