RANGERS Kuhn, Jack E.

Craig Robertson

Staff member
Jack E.
  • UNIT
2 Ranger Bn (Company D)
  • RANK
Staff Sergeant
Silver Star
France, 1944
born 10.06.1919, Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA
father Howard L.
mother Clara Kuhn of 1608 16th Street, Altoona, Pennsylvania
1937 graduated Altoona High School
10.09.1941 married Mary A. (nee Robb) Kuhn (1924-1989)
3 children
2 x Silver Stars, Bronze Star, Croix de Guerre (France), British Medal of Valor
served 2nd Marine Division in Korea
1976 retired as Chief of Police for Altoona, in Police force since 1947
2002 retired as van driver for Altoona Area School
died 01.12.2002 (Aged 83), Altoona, Pennsylvania
Alto Reste Burial Park, Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA. Section A, Lot 55, Grave 1


Silver Star : From June 6 to June 8, 1944, while on outpost duty, the above named enlisted men protected the battalion command post and aid station. The determination and initiative displayed by these men while performing this duty set an example for the remainder of the company, which was engaged in repelling three counterattacks by a numerically superior enemy. They held tenaciously to their position against heavy enemy fire, thus permitting the safe withdrawal of their men. When finally cut off from the main body, and although without food, water or medical aid for a period of 48 hours, and despite being greatly outnumbered, these heroic men continued to harass the enemy, and refused to surrender. On June 8, 1944, the enemy was forced to withdraw, making it possible for these men to rejoin their unit. Their gallantry and courage reflect much credit upon themselves, and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.

Jack E. Kuhn, Lester G. Arthur, Joseph L. Flanagan & Harry J. Fate all awarded Silver Star with same citation.


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By Col. Robert W. Black
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