Rank and organization:   Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 18th Infantry, 1st
Place and Date:
Near Goville, France, 9-10 June 1944.
Entered service at:   Manhattan, Kans.
Birth:   Junction City, Kans.
91, 19 December 1944.
Citation:   For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity
at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 9-10 June
1944, near Goville, France. S/Sgt. Ehlers, always acting as the spearhead
of the attack, repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong
points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required
heroic and courageous leadership. Without waiting for an order, S/Sgt.
Ehlers, far ahead of his men, led his squad against a strongly defended
enemy strong point, personally killing 4 of an enemy patrol who attacked
him en route. Then crawling forward under withering machinegun fire, he
pounced upon the guncrew and put it out of action. Turning his attention
to 2 mortars protected by the crossfire of 2 machineguns, S/Sgt. Ehlers
led his men through this hail of bullets to kill or put to flight the enemy
of the mortar section, killing 3 men himself. After mopping up the mortar
positions, he again advanced on a machinegun, his progress effectively
covered by his squad. When he was almost on top of the gun he leaped to
his feet and, although greatly outnumbered, he knocked out the position
single-handed. The next day, having advanced deep into enemy territory,
the platoon of which S/Sgt. Ehlers was a member, finding itself in an untenable
position as the enemy brought increased mortar, machinegun, and small arms
fire to bear on it, was ordered to withdraw. S/Sgt. Ehlers, after his squad
had covered the withdrawal of the remainder of the platoon, stood up and
by continuous fire at the semicircle of enemy placements, diverted the
bulk of the heavy hostile fire on himself, thus permitting the members
of his own squad to withdraw. At this point, though wounded himself, he
carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and then returned fearlessly
over the shell-swept field to retrieve the automatic rifle which he was
unable to carry previously. After having his wound treated, he refused
to be evacuated, and returned to lead his squad. The intrepid leadership,
indomitable courage, and fearless aggressiveness displayed by S/Sgt. Ehlers
in the face of overwhelming enemy forces serve as an inspiration to others.
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)