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Kaufman received the medal of honor in the Forest of Argonne, France. Excerpt: "Without hesitation he advanced on the gun alone, throwing grenades with his left hand and charging with an empty pistol..."

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Medal of Honor Roll Call: Benjamin Kaufman

Kaufman received the medal of honor in the Forest of Argonne, France. Excerpt: “Without hesitation he advanced on the gun alone, throwing grenades with his left hand and charging with an empty pistol…”

Kaufmann

Benjamin Kaufman

Rank and organization: 1st Sergeant, US Army, Company K, 308th Infantry, 77th Division.
Place and date: In the Forest of Argonne, France, October 4, 1918.
Entered service at: Brooklyn, New York
Born: March 10, 1894, Buffalo, New York
G.O. No.50, War Department, 1919.

Citation:
He took out a patrol for the purpose of attacking an enemy machinegun which had checked the advance of his company. Before reaching the gun he became separated from his patrol and a machinegun 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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Robert J. Laplander is a military historian and the the author of Finding the Lost Battalion and other works. You may see his endeavors at www.lulu.com/lostbattalion or: http://bit.ly/kUcnN2

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