Loren R. Kaufman
|Loren R. Kaufman|
Medal of Honor recipient
July 27, 1923|
The Dalles, Oregon
|Died||February 10, 1951
Near Yongsan, Korea
|Place of burial||Willamette National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1941 - 1951|
|Rank||Sergeant First Class|
|Unit||Company G, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division|
|Battles/wars||World War II
|Awards||Medal of Honor
Loren R. Kaufman (July 27, 1923 – February 10, 1951) was a soldier in the United States Army during the Korean War. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions on September 4, and September 5, 1950. He was later killed in action before being awarded the Medal of Honor and is buried at Willamette National Cemetery.
Medal of Honor citation
Place and date: Near Yongsan, Korea, 4 and September 5, 1950
Entered service at: The Dalles, Oregon. Born: July 27, 1923, The Dalles, Oregon.
G.O. No.: 61, August 2, 1951.
Sfc. Kaufman distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. On the night of 4 September the company was in a defensive position on 2 adjoining hills. His platoon was occupying a strong point 2 miles away protecting the battalion flank. Early on 5 September the company was attacked by an enemy battalion and his platoon was ordered to reinforce the company. As his unit moved along a ridge it encountered a hostile encircling force. Sfc. Kaufman, running forward, bayoneted the lead scout and engaged the column in a rifle and grenade assault. His quick vicious attack so surprised the enemy that they retreated in confusion. When his platoon joined the company he discovered that the enemy had taken commanding ground and pinned the company down in a draw. Without hesitation Sfc. Kaufman charged the enemy lines firing his rifle and throwing grenades. During the action, he bayoneted 2 enemy and seizing an unmanned machine gun, delivered deadly fire on the defenders. Following this encounter the company regrouped and resumed the attack. Leading the assault he reached the ridge, destroyed a hostile machine gun position, and routed the remaining enemy. Pursuing the hostile troops he bayoneted 2 more and then rushed a mortar position shooting the gunners. Remnants of the enemy fled to a village and Sfc. Kaufman led a patrol into the town, dispersed them, and burned the buildings. The dauntless courage and resolute intrepid leadership of Sfc. Kaufman were directly responsible for the success of his company in regaining its positions, reflecting distinct credit upon himself and upholding the esteemed traditions of the military service.
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