Chapter 3, Army
Regulation 600-8-22 (Military Awards)
25 February 1995
3-9. Silver Star
The Silver Star, section 3746, title 10, United States Code
(10 USC 3746), was established by Act of Congress 9 July 1918 (amended by
act of 25 July 1963).
The Silver Star is awarded to a person who, while serving in
any capacity with the U.S. Army, is cited for gallantry in action against an
enemy of the United States while engaged in military operations involving
conflict with an opposing foreign force, or while serving with friendly
foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against an opposing armed force in
which the United States is not a belligerent party. The required gallantry,
while of a lesser degree than that required for the Distinguished Service
Cross, must nevertheless have been performed with marked distinction.
Division Silver Star Medal Recipients
Pfc. Daniel W. Kupsche
Private First Class Daniel W.
Kupsche, 36 645 854, Company C, 290th Infantry, for gallantry in action in
connection with military operations against the enemy on 24 December, 1944,
in Belgium. The attack near Manhay was delayed by intense enemy
machine gun fire from a frontal wooded area. Private KUPSCHE located
the general direction of the hidden nest and slowly crawled toward it.
When he came near the nest, he deliberately stood up and exposed himself to
its fire to ascertain the exact position of the gun and then lobbed a
grenade into the nest, killing all of the crew and destroying the weapon and
in so doing, enabled his platoon to advance on its objective. Entered
military service from Waukegan, Illinois.
Sergeant Luther R. Gordan
Silver Star is awarded to ...LUTHER R. GORDAN, 39 289 892, Company K, 290th
Infantry, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations
against the enemy on 25 December 1944, in Belgium. In the La Roumiere
battle, near Hoy [Soy], fighting was heavy and as the ferocity of the attack
mounted to its peak the enemy launched a powerful counterattack employing
several battalions of infantry supported by tanks whose lethal charges were
being fired at devastatingly close range. After every member in his
squad had either been killed or wounded, Sergeant GORDAN singly continued to
man his machine gun in the face of heavily concentrated enemy fire.
Shortly thereafter he was painfully wounded in the left arm leaving it
partially disabled. Undaunted, this gallant soldier continued to
deliver effective fire until all of his ammunition was exhausted.
Still refusing to withdraw he dashed to a nearby enemy captured machine gun
position where he continued his deadly fire until reinforcements were
brought up to stem the enemy attack. The unflinching devotion to duty
and gallantry of Sergeant GORDAN exemplify the highest traditions of the
Armed Forces. Entered military service from La Mesa, California.
Cpl. Richard F. Wiegand
Citation for Cpl. Wiegand is needed - The story of Cpl. Wiegand's
heroism can be viewed here >
"A Hero Remembered"
Source: "The 290th and 289th
Regimental Combat Teams in Action..." compiled and authored by Alfred S.
(Cannon Company 289th)
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