Rank and organization:   Staff Sergeant, U S. Army, 32d Infantry Division.
Place and date:   Near Anamo, New Guinea, 11 July 1944.
Entered service at:
Birth:   Ft. Atkinson, Wis.
G.O. No.: 17, 13 March 1945.
Citation:   For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his
life above and beyond the call of duty near Anamo, New Guinea, on 11 July
1944. S/Sgt. Endl was at the head of the leading platoon of his company
advancing along a jungle trail when enemy troops were encountered and a
fire fight developed. The enemy attacked in force under heavy rifle, machinegun,
and grenade fire. His platoon leader wounded, S/Sgt. Endl immediately assumed
command and deployed his platoon on a firing line at the fork in the trail
toward which the enemy attack was directed. The dense jungle terrain greatly
restricted vision and movement, and he endeavored to penetrate down the
trail toward an open clearing of Kunai grass. As he advanced, he detected
the enemy, supported by at least 6 light and 2 heavy machineguns, attempting
an enveloping movement around both flanks. His commanding officer sent
a second platoon to move up on the left flank of the position, but the
enemy closed in rapidly, placing our force in imminent danger of being
isolated and annihilated. Twelve members of his platoon were wounded, 7
being cut off by the enemy. Realizing that if his platoon were forced farther
back, these 7 men would be hopelessly trapped and at the mercy of a vicious
enemy, he resolved to advance at all cost, knowing it meant almost certain
death, in an effort to rescue his comrades. In the face of extremely heavy
fire he went forward alone and for a period of approximately 10 minutes
engaged the enemy in a heroic close-range fight, holding them off while
his men crawled forward under cover to evacuate the wounded and to withdraw.
Courageously refusing to abandon 4 more wounded men who were Iying along
the trail, 1 by 1 he brought them back to safety. As he was carrying the
last man in his arms he was struck by a heavy burst of automatic fire and
was killed. By his persistent and daring self-sacrifice and on behalf of
his comrades, S/Sgt. Endl made possible the successful evacuation of all
but 1 man, and enabled the 2 platoons to withdraw with their wounded and
to reorganize with the rest of the company.
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)