Technical Sergeant Jake W. Lindsey, Sr., USA (November 16, 1944)

Jake William Lindsey, Sr. was born on May 1, 1921 in Isney, Alabama. He voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army on February 6, 1940. Lindsey’s wartime service was in the 1st Infantry Division and the European Theater of Operations.

On November 16, 1944 in action near Hamisch, Germany as a member of the Fighting First’s Company C, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, then Technical Sergeant Lindsey placed himself in front of his unit during a Nazi counterattack and through his indomitable courage and fighting spirit beat the enemy back. His Medal of Honor was presented to him by President Harry S. Truman and General of the Army George C. Marshall on May 21, 1945 before a joint session of Congress.

From Medal of Honor Citations for World War II (G-L):

Medal of Honor ribbon (foreground); World War II European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon (background)
Medal of Honor ribbon (foreground); World War II European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon (background)
Photo: Military Times’ Hall of Valor

LINDSEY, JAKE W.

Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Hamich, Germany, 16 November 1944. Entered service at: Lucedale, Miss. G.O. No.: 43, 30 May 1945

Citation: For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 16 November 1944, in Germany. T/Sgt. Lindsey assumed a position about 10 yards to the front of his platoon during an intense enemy infantry-tank counterattack, and by his unerringly accurate fire destroyed 2 enemy machinegun nests, forced the withdrawal of 2 tanks, and effectively halted enemy flanking patrols. Later, although painfully wounded, he engaged 8 Germans, who were reestablishing machinegun positions, in hand-to-hand combat, killing 3, capturing 3, and causing the other 2 to flee. By his gallantry, T/Sgt. Lindsey secured his unit’s position, and reflected great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.

Lindsey also served in the Korean War and left the Army as a Second Lieutenant. He passed away on July 18, 1988 at age 67 and was laid to rest in the Whitehouse Cemetery in Clara, Mississippi.

1st Battalion, 16th Infantry is still a component of the 1st Infantry Division. It is part of the division’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team at Fort Riley, Kansas.

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