LEMERT, MILO - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization: First Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company G, 119th Infantry, 30th Division.

Place and date: Near Bellicourt, France, 29 September 1918.

Entered service at: Crossville, Tenn.

Birth: Marshalltown, lowa. G.O. No.: 59, W.D., 1919.

Citation: Seeing that the left flank of his company was held up, he located the enemy machinegun emplacement, which had been causing heavy casualties. In the face of heavy fire he rushed it single-handed, killing the entire crew with grenades. Continuing along the enemy trench in advance of the company, he reached another emplacement, which he also charged, silencing the gun with grenades. A third machinegun emplacement opened up on him from the left and with similar skill and bravery he destroyed this also. Later, in company with another sergeant, he attacked a fourth machinegun nest, being killed as he reached the parapet of the emplacement. His courageous action in destroying in turn 4 enemy machinegun nests prevented many casualties among his company and very materially aided in achieving the objective.

This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)