Charles A. Wirt


Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Geisbach, Germany, 24 March 1945
  • G.O. No.: HQ, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 137 (1945)

Citation: Captain Charles A. Wirt, O-25725, Infantry, Company G, 16th Infantry regiment, 1st Infantry Division, United States Army. For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in Germany. After taking the town of Geisbach, Germany, on the night of 24 March 1945, Captain Wirt’s company was counterattacked by a numerically superior enemy force, supplemented by three self-propelled weapons and a heavy tank, and was forced to fall back. Captain Wirt reorganized his men, personally silenced a self-propelled gun with accurate rifle-grenade fire and then, realizing the odds against them were too great, ordered his men into basements and called for an artillery barrage on the area. Strengthened by reinforcements he boldly led his men in a counterattack, driving the enemy from the town and inflicting heavy casualties. Captain Wirt’s heroic leadership and courageous actions are in keeping with the highest tradition of the military service.

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