Monday, December 7, 2020

Medal of Honor Monday: Keith L. Ware

 
 
"Commanding the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry, attacking a strongly held enemy position on a hill near Sigolsheim, France, on 26 December 1944, found that 1 of his assault companies had been stopped and forced to dig in by a concentration of enemy artillery, mortar, and machinegun fire.  The company had suffered casualties in attempting to take the hill.  Realizing that his men must be inspired to new courage, Lt. Col. Ware went forward 150 yards beyond the most forward elements of his command, and for 2 hours reconnoitered the enemy positions, deliberately drawing fire upon himself which caused the enemy to disclose his dispositions.  Returning to his company, he armed himself with an automatic rifle and boldly advanced upon the enemy, followed by 2 officers, 9 enlisted men, and a tank.  Approaching an enemy machinegun, Lt. Col. Ware shot 2 German riflemen and fired tracers into the emplacement, indicating its position to his tank, which promptly knocked the gun out of action.  Lt. Col. Ware turned his attention to a second machinegun, killing 2 of its supporting riflemen and forcing the others to surrender.  The tank destroyed the gun.  Having expended the ammunition for the automatic rifle, Lt. Col. Ware took up an M-1 rifle, killed a German rifleman, and fired upon a third machinegun 50 yards away.  His tank silenced the gun.  Upon his approach to a fourth machinegun, its supporting riflemen surrendered and his tank disposed of the gun.  During this action Lt. Col. Ware's small assault group was fully engaged in attacking enemy positions that were not receiving his direct and personal attention.  Five of his party of 11 were casualties and Lt. Col. Ware was wounded but refused medical attention until this important hill position was cleared of the enemy and securely occupied by his command." 

From Lt. Col. Ware's Medal of Honor citation, awarded in April of 1945.

May you be at peace,
Brian & Melonie

 
Keith L. Ware Award of Journalism
 
Ware Elementary School in Fort Riley, Kansas

 
Ware Hall at Fort Benning, Georgia
 
Ware Hall, a lodging facility at Fort Hood, Texas
 
 
Ware parade field at Fort Riley, Kansas

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