By: JAHI JAMES
Sgt. Gerry H. Kisters
Gerry H. Kisters was born March 2, 1919 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a Second Lieutenant (then Sergeant) of the U.S. Army, 2d Armored Division. On July 31,1943, near Gagliano Sicily, a detachment of 1 officer and 9 enlisted men, including Sgt. Kisters, advancing ahead of the leading elements of U.S. troops to fill a large crater in the only available vehicle route through Gagliano, was taken under fire by 2 enemy machineguns. Sgt. Kisters and the officer, unaided and in the face of intense small arms fire, advanced on the nearest machinegun ...view middle of the document...
The courage of this soldier and his unhesitating willingness to sacrifice his life, if necessary, served as an inspiration to the command. He received a medal of citation that tells his inspiring story. Gerry kister died in 1986 a brave man.
Cpl. Arthur O. Beyer
Arthur O. Beyer was born May 20, 1909. Beyer is recognized for his bravery. On January 15, 1945 His platoon, in which he was a tank-destroyer gunner, was held up by antitank, machinegun, and rifle fire from enemy troops dug in along a ridge about 200 yards to the front. "Noting a machinegun position in this defensive line, he fired upon it with his 76mm gun killing 1 man and silencing the weapon. He got off of his vehicle and, under direct enemy observation, crossed open ground to capture the 2 remaining members of the crew. "Another machinegun, about 250 yards to the left, continued to fire on him. Through withering fire, he advanced on the position. Throwing a grenade into the defense, he killed 1 crewmember and again captured the 2 survivors. "He was subjected to concentrated small arms fire but, with great bravery, he worked his way a quarter mile along the ridge, attacking hostile soldiers in their foxholes with his carbine and grenades. He had destroyed 2 machinegun positions, killed 8 of the enemy, and captured 18 prisoners, including 2 bazooka teams. Cpl. Beyer's bold behavior and unhesitating determination eliminated the German defense line and enabled his task force to gain its objective."Beyer received a ctiation that tells this exact amazing story. Arthur O. Beyer died in February 16, 1965.
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