John Robertson

Staff member
Herman Elias ("Bubby")
  • UNIT
2 Ranger Bn (Company F)
  • RANK
Staff Sergeant
Distinguished Service Cross
Hurtgen Forest, Germany 1944
from Westchester County, New York
born 23.04.1921 Staten Island, New York, USA
1 year college
machinist in civilian life
employed by Model Novelty Corporation
single with dependents upon enlistment
16.02.1942 draft card Brooklyn, New York
19.6.1942 entered service Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York
12.1944 WIA
postwar own roofing/contractor business
1943 married Lena (nee Toirac) Stein (1922-2019) (married 69 years)
4 children (Francine, Robby, Debbie & Cindy)
resided New York until 1979, then relocated to Florida
retired to Georgia
died 27.06.2012 (Aged 91)
Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, Georgia, USA. Section 7C, Site 802


Distinguished Service Cross : 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 Herman E. Stein (ASN: 32356794), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Ranger Infantry Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces in Germany, on 7 December 1944. After bitter fighting near Bergstein, Germany, Sergeant Stein reorganized the men of his company and prepared for an enemy counterattack. Conspicuously venturing out on a lone patrol he discovered the enemy in the process of regrouping, killed or wounded fourteen Germans with his BAR, and returned to his comrades. When heavy shelling indicated the counterattack was imminent he took up a position 100 yards in advance of his group and heroically charged the attacking Germans in a yard-by-yard firefight until he was forced back to his prepared position. Sergeant Stein's fearless actions so inspired his men that they repulsed a numerically superior force. His 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, his unit, and the United States Army.


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