Last living Medal of Honor recipient from D-Day dies

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The Congressional Medal of Honor Society has reported that the last Medal of Honor recipient from 1944’s D-Day invasion has died.

Staff Sgt. Walter Ehlers, born May 7, 1921 in Junction City, Kan., died at age 92, the Army Times reported. During the war he served with the 1st Infantry Division near Goville, France.

“Without waiting for an order, Staff Sgt. Ehlers, far ahead of his men, led his squad against a strongly defended enemy strong point, personally killing four of an enemy patrol who attacked him en route,” his award citation reads. “Then crawling forward under withering machinegun fire, he pounced upon the guncrew and put it out of action.”

According to the Army Times, Staff Sgt. Ehlers followed that up by attacking enemy mortars, killing three soldiers and a machine gun position in the process.

The next day, he would prove himself further. When the enemy brought increased mortar on his position and his platoon had to fall back, he “carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and then returned fearlessly over the shell-swept field to retrieve the automatic rifle which he was unable to carry previously,” the citation reads.

“After having his wound treated, he refused to be evacuated, and returned to lead his squad. The intrepid leadership, indomitable courage, and fearless aggressiveness displayed by Staff Sgt. Ehlers in the face of overwhelming enemy forces serve as an inspiration to others.”

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