About the Medal
About the Ceremony
Class of 2000
Class of 2001
Class of 2002
Class of 2003
Class of 2004
Class of 2005
Class of 2006
Class of 2007
Class of 2008
Class of 2009
Class of 2010
Class of 2011
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
Class of 2015
Class of 2016

Ohio Military Hall of Fame
Inductees    Nominations    Sponsors/Donations    News/Info    About OMHOF    Contact Us
Previous inductee Next inductee
Private First Class James Grafhorst Class of 2011

Distinguished Service Cross

United States Army

Distinguished Service Cross

Private First Class James Grafhorst, XX XXX XXX, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 310th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 18 March 1945, near Heisterbacherott, Germany. On that date, a sudden burst of machine gun fire pinned down Private First Class Grafhorst's platoon. He fearlessly assaulted the machine gun position, firing his automatic rifle from his hip as he advanced. Within ten yards of the emplacement, he threw in a grenade and, following it with a burst of fire, killed the enemy gun crew. His heroic conduct inspired the other members of the platoon to continue the attack and capture the assigned objective. Private First Class Grafhorst's intrepid actions, 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, the 78th Infantry Division and the United States Army. Entered military service from Ohio.

Website proudly donated by Ologie