|Ludovicus M. M. Van Iersel|
Medal of Honor recipient
|Born||October 19, 1893|
|Died||June 9, 1987(aged 93)|
|Place of birth||Dussen, Netherlands|
|Place of death||Sierra Madre, California|
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Years of service||
Ludovicus Maria Matheus Van Iersel (19 October 1893 – 9 June 1987) was a Sergeant in United States Army, Company M, 9th Infantry, 2d Division during World War I. He earned the highest military decoration for valor in combat—the Medal of Honor—for having distinguished himself at Mouzon, France.
Born in Dussen the Netherlands, Van Iersel served on several merchant ships following the outbreak of the war. Van Iersel arrived in New Jersey in early 1917, enlisting in the army shortly afterwards. He learned English in his first few months of military service.
He became a naturalised American citizen in September 1919, six months after receiving the Medal of Honor, and changed his name to Louis Van Iersel. After acquiring citizenship he returned to his birth country and married with Hendrika de Ronde (1899-1979) in August 1920. They returned to the United States later that month and settled in California a year later.
Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]
- Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company M, 9th Infantry, 2d Division.
- Place and date: At Mouzon, France, 9 November 1918.
- Entered service at: Glen Rock, New Jersey.
- Birth: the Netherlands.
- General Order No.34. War Department, 1919
While a member of the reconnaissance patrol, sent out at night to ascertain the condition of a damaged bridge, Sgt. Van Iersel volunteered to lead a party across the bridge in the face of heavy machinegun and rifle fire from a range of only 75 yards. Crawling alone along the debris of the ruined bridge he came upon a trap, which gave away and precipitated him into the water. In spite of the swift current he succeeded in swimming across the stream and found a lodging place among the timbers on the opposite bank. Disregarding the enemy fire, he made a careful investigation of the hostile position by which the bridge was defended and then returned to the other bank of the river, reporting this valuable information to the battalion commander.
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References[edit | edit source]
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
- "World War I Medal of Honor recipients". United States Army Center of Military History. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/worldwari.html. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- "Ludovicus M. M. Van Iersel". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7834097. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- LA Times orbituary
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