Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company C, 603d Tank Destroyer
Place and date: Near Arloncourt, Belgium, 15 January 1945. Entered
service at: St. Ansgar, lowa.
Birth: 20 May 1909, Rock Township, Mitchell
G.O. No.: 73, 30 August 1945.
Citation: He displayed conspicuous
gallantry in action. 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 defense line, he fired upon it with his 76-mm. gun killing 1 man
and silencing the weapon. He dismounted from 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 emplacement, 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. When
he had completed his self-imposed mission against powerful German forces,
he had destroyed 2 machinegun positions, killed 8 of the enemy and captured
18 prisoners, including 2 bazooka teams. Cpl. Beyer's intrepid action and
unflinching determination to close with and destroy the enemy eliminated
the German defense line and enabled his task force to gain its 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)