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Evan E. Voss
Born (1923-09-22)September 22, 1923
Died September 21, 2017(2017-09-21) (aged 93)
Place of birth Wisconsin
Place of death Waupaca, Wisconsin
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Staff Sergeant
Service number 36805153
Unit Company C, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star
Bronze Star
Purple Heart

Evan Earl Voss (22 September 1923 in Wisconsin - 21 September 2017 in Waupaca, Wisconsin) was an American Staff Sergeant in the United States Army during World War II. He received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in World War II.

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Distinguished Service Cross citation[]

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Staff Sergeant Evan E. Voss (ASN: 36805153), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 February 1945, in Oberhoffen, France. When two German tanks, supported by infantry elements, launched a counterattack to retake a row of houses, Sergeant Voss, acting platoon sergeant of the 3d platoon, moved to an exposed position at a first floor window of the platoon command post and began relaying corrections to the friendly artillery observer. Although he was subjected to a heavy concentration of enemy automatic weapons fire, he remained in position and fired his rifle at the enemy attackers. His accurate fire killed four Germans, wounded four and forced the remainder to flee in disorder. After losing their infantry support, the tanks withdrew. By his magnificent courage and outstanding aggressiveness, Sergeant Voss was responsible for repelling a strong enemy counterattack. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 36th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.[1]

Silver Star citation[]

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant Evan E. Voss (ASN: 36805153), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, in action on 9 January 1945 in France. When Company B was threatened by a large scale enemy counterattack, the 3d Platoon of Company C, in which Sergeant Voss led the 1st Squad, advanced down a mined road under hostile artillery fire to help drive back the attackers. Upon learning the enemy's exact location, Sergeant Voss coordinated his squad with the other two squads in assaulting a hostile observation post in a wooded sector. After reducing the position, he led his men in an attack against the well-camouflaged positions of the main force of the enemy. While directing the fire of his squad, he personally killed five hostile soldiers. His skillful leadership contributed materially to the success of the attack in which 37 of the enemy were killed and 30 captured without a single casualty to the 3d Platoon.[1]

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