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Second Lieutenant Richard A. Kersting Class of 2006

					Distinguished Flying Cross

United States Army

Distinguished Service Cross

For extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 11 July 1944, in France. Second Lieutenant Kersting and the men with him, while proceeding on foot in advance of a tank, encountered about 40 enemy soldiers. A running fight developed with the Germans resisting from hours to house. Second Lieutenant Kersting led his men in an assault in which 10 of the enemy were killed and the remaining Germans took cover in one of the houses. Then, while covered by the fire of the other soldiers and the tank, Second Lieutenant Kersting though exposed to enemy fire, fearlessly made his way to the door of the house, kicked it in and called to the Germans to surrender. Led by their officer the Germans laid down their arms, came out of the house and surrendered. As the last of these soldiers left the building, Second Lieutenant Kersting observed the muzzle of a rifle protruding from another door in the same building. He pinned himself to the wall as a shot was fired at him and then killed the enemy soldier who had fired the shot. The aggressive leadership and personal bravery displayed by Second Lieutenant Kersting reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.

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