Sergeant Ellis R. Weicht, USA (December 3, 1944)

Ellis R. Weicht was born on April 17, 1916 in Clearville, Pennsylvania. He was a farm hand in Bedford, Pennsylvania when he was drafted for service in the United States Army in the early days of America in World War II on February 5, 1942.

By December 3, 1942, Weicht was a Sergeant and squad leader in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 142nd Infantry Regiment of the 36th Infantry Division.

On that day, Weicht’s squad attacked and was counterattacked in the French town of Saint-Hippolyte. He personally attacked and destroyed two fortified Nazi machine gun positions, provided cover for the withdrawal of casualties, and gained an advantageous firing position in the second floor of a house from which he engaged the enemy until he was killed by fires from an antitank gun. His posthumous Medal of Honor was awarded the following summer.

From Medal of Honor Citations for World War II (T-Z):

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

*WEICHT, ELLIS R.

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company F, 142d Infantry, 36th Infantry Division. Place and date St. Hippolyte, France, 3 December 1944. Entered service at: Bedford, Pa.
G.O. No.: 58, 19 July 1945

Citation: For commanding an assault squad in Company F’s attack against the strategically important Alsatian town of St. Hippolyte on 3 December 1944. He aggressively led his men down a winding street, clearing the houses of opposition as he advanced. Upon rounding a bend, the group was suddenly brought under the fire of 2 machineguns emplaced in the door and window of a house 100 yards distant. While his squad members took cover, Sgt. Weicht moved rapidly forward to a high rock wall and, fearlessly exposing himself to the enemy action, fired 2 clips of ammunition from his rifle. His fire proving ineffective, he entered a house opposite the enemy gun position, and, firing from a window, killed the 2 hostile gunners. Continuing the attack, the advance was again halted when two 20-mm. guns opened fire on the company. An artillery observer ordered friendly troops to evacuate the area and then directed artillery fire upon the gun positions. Sgt. Weicht remained in the shelled area and continued to fire on the hostile weapons. When the barrage lifted and the enemy soldiers attempted to remove their gun, he killed 2 crewmembers and forced the others to flee. Sgt. Weicht continued to lead his squad forward until he spotted a road block approximate 125 yards away. Moving to the second floor of a nearby house and firing from a window, he killed 3 and wounded several of the enemy. Instantly becoming a target for heavy and direct fire, he disregarded personal safety to continue his fire, with unusual effectiveness, until he was killed by a direct hit from an antitank gun.

Sergeant Weicht rests in peace with 5,254 of his comrades near where he was killed in the Epinal American Cemetery, Dinozé, France.

2nd Battalion, 142nd Infantry is a component of the 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Texas Army National Guard. The 56th IBCT is a self-contained combat formation that administratively falls under the present-day 36th Infantry Division.

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