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Sydney G. Gumpertz
Sydney Gumpertz, Medal of Honor recipient
Born (1879-10-24)October 24, 1879
Died February 16, 1971(1971-02-16) (aged 91)
Place of birth San Raphael, California
Place of burial Long Island National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank First Sergeant
Unit Company E, 132d Infantry, 33d Division
Awards Medal of Honor

Sydney G. Gumpertz (October 24, 1879 - February 16, 1971) was a United States Army First Sergeant and recipient to the highest military decoration for valor in combat — the Medal of Honor — during World War I.

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

  • Rank and organization: First Sergeant, United States Army, Company E, 132d Infantry, 33d Division.
  • Place and date: In the Bois-de-Forges, France, September 29, 1918.
  • Entered service at: Chicago, Illinois.
  • Born: October 24, 1879, San Raphael, California.
  • General Orders No.: 16, War Department, 1919.
  • Residence at enlistment: 57 East Van Buren Street, Chicago, Illinois.


When the advancing line was held up by machinegun fire, 1st Sgt. Gumpertz left the platoon of which he was in command and started with 2 other soldiers through a heavy barrage toward the machinegun nest. His 2 companions soon became casualties from bursting shells, but 1st Sgt. Gumpertz continued on alone in the face of direct fire from the machinegun, jumped into the nest and silenced the gun, capturing 9 of the crew.

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