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Van Barfoot WWII MOH Passes Away
GSPatton
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Posted: Monday, March 05, 2012 - 11:34 AM UTC
On March 2, 2012 Van Barfoot, MOH - passed away at age 92. Here is his Medal of Honor citation.

Barfoot, Van


Rank: Second Lieutenant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company:
Division: 157th Infantry, 45th Infantry Division
Born: June 15, 1919, Edinburg, Miss.
Departed: Yes (03/02/2012)
Entered Service At: Carthage, Miss.
Date of Issue: 09/28/1944
Place / Date: Near Carano, Italy, 23 May 1944

Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 23 May 1944, near Carano, Italy. With his platoon heavily engaged during an assault against forces well entrenched on commanding ground, 2d Lt. Barfoot (then Tech. Sgt.) moved off alone upon the enemy left flank. He crawled to the proximity of 1 machinegun nest and made a direct hit on it with a hand grenade, killing 2 and wounding 3 Germans. He continued along the German defense line to another machinegun emplacement, and with his tommygun killed 2 and captured 3 soldiers. Members of another enemy machinegun crew then abandoned their position and gave themselves up to Sgt. Barfoot. Leaving the prisoners for his support squad to pick up, he proceeded to mop up positions in the immediate area, capturing more prisoners and bringing his total count to 17. Later that day, after he had reorganized his men and consolidated the newly captured ground, the enemy launched a fierce armored counterattack directly at his platoon positions. Securing a bazooka, Sgt. Barfoot took up an exposed position directly in front of 3 advancing Mark VI tanks. From a distance of 75 yards his first shot destroyed the track of the leading tank, effectively disabling it, while the other 2 changed direction toward the flank. As the crew of the disabled tank dismounted, Sgt. Barfoot killed 3 of them with his tommygun. He continued onward into enemy terrain and destroyed a recently abandoned German fieldpiece with a demolition charge placed in the breech. While returning to his platoon position, Sgt. Barfoot, though greatly fatigued by his Herculean efforts, assisted 2 of his seriously wounded men 1,700 yards to a position of safety. Sgt. Barfoot's extraordinary heroism, demonstration of magnificent valor, and aggressive determination in the face of pointblank fire are a perpetual inspiration to his fellow soldiers.

Rest in Peace -
md72
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Posted: Monday, March 05, 2012 - 06:01 PM UTC
RIP Lt. Barfoot
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Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 01:58 PM UTC
RIP sir. You honored us with your presence.

Thank you.