|Sherwood H. Hallman|
|Born||October 29, 1913|
|Died||September 14, 1944(aged 30)|
|Place of birth||Spring City, Pennsylvania|
|Place of death||Brest, France|
|Place of burial||Brittany American Cemetery, Saint-James, France|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1943 - 1944|
|Unit||2nd Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Sherwood Henry Hallman (October 29, 1913 – September 14, 1944) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.
Hallman joined the Army from his birthplace of Spring City, Pennsylvania in January 1943, and by September 13, 1944 was serving as a Staff Sergeant in the 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. On that day, in Brest, France, he single-handedly attacked and captured a German position, prompting the surrender of other German forces in the area. He was killed in action the next day and, on April 17, 1945, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Staff Sergeant Hallman's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. On 13 September 1944, in Brittany, France, the 2d Battalion in its attack on the fortified city of Brest was held up by a strongly defended enemy position which had prevented its advance despite repeated attacks extending over a 3-day period. Finally, Company F advanced to within several hundred yards of the enemy position but was again halted by intense fire. Realizing that the position must be neutralized without delay, S/Sgt. Hallman ordered his squad to cover his movements with fire while he advanced alone to a point from which he could make the assault. Without hesitating, S/Sgt. Hallman leaped over a hedgerow into a sunken road, the central point of the German defenses which was known to contain an enemy machinegun position and at least 30 enemy riflemen. Firing his carbine and hurling grenades, S/Sgt. Hallman, unassisted, killed or wounded 4 of the enemy, then ordered the remainder to surrender. Immediately, 12 of the enemy surrendered and the position was shortly secured by the remainder of his company. Seeing the surrender of this position, about 75 of the enemy in the vicinity surrendered, yielding a defensive organization which the battalion with heavy supporting fires had been unable to take. This single heroic act on the part of S/Sgt. Hallman resulted in the immediate advance of the entire battalion for a distance of 2,000 yards to a position from which Fort Keranroux was captured later the same day. S/Sgt. Hallman's fighting determination and intrepidity in battle exemplify the highest tradition of the U.S. Armed Forces.
- This article incorporates from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
- "Sherwood H. Hallman". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10606625. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
- "Medal of Honor recipients - World War II (G–L)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/wwII-g-l.html. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
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