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Sydney Gumpertz

American Jewish Recipients of the Medal of Honor

Rank: First SergeantGumpertz

Service: U.S. Army

Unit: Company E, 132d Infantry 33d Division

Birthdate: October 24, 1879

Place of Birth: San Raphael, California

Date of Death: February 16, 1971

Battle or Place of Action: in the Bois-de-Forges, France

Date of Action: September 29, 1918


When the advancing line was held up by machinegun fire, 1st Sgt. Gumpertz left the platoon of which he was in command and started with 2 other soldiers through a heavy barrage toward the machinegun nest. His 2 companions soon became casualties from bursting shells, but 1st Sgt. Gumpertz continued on alone in the face of direct fire from the machinegun, jumped into the nest and silenced the gun, capturing 9 of the crew.

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