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134th Infantry Regiment

"All Hell Can't Stop Us"

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1st Lt. Keith L. Winger

Company C, 737th Tank Battalion

1st Lt Keith L Winger

Bronze Star Medal Citation

First Lieutenant Keith L. Winger, O1010580, Infantry, United States Army, for heroic service in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in the vicinity of Mortain, France, 11 August 1944. The 737th Tank Battalion made an assault in the direction of Mortain on 11 August, to aid in the relief of a battalion of the 30th Infantry Division which had been isolated in the vicinity of Hill Number 317. Lieutenant Winger, a platoon leader, led one of the platoons in the assault which consisted of three waves of five tanks each. During the operation, eleven of these tanks were immobilized, but disregarding the fact that the advance of his tank was under full enemy observation and subjected to intense enemy artillery and antitank fire, Lieutenant Winger proceeded on his mission and not only reached the objective, but pursued the enemy into the hills beyond. Lieutenant Winger, together with the other three remaining tanks, then held his gains until the arrival of a relief unit the following morning. Lieutenant Winger's devotion to duty and tenacity of purpose reflect credit upon his character as an officer and upon the military service. Entered military service from Kansas.

General Orders 38, Headquarters 35th Infantry Division, 29 September 1944

Photo's by 1st Lt. Keith L. Winger, probably taken with a Kodak Brownie camera. "Some of Hitler's Supermen" is written on the back of the picture of the surrendering German soldiers.

Lt. Winger died due to his combat injuries shortly after being discharged and returning to the States. He was the only brother in the family and had 5 sisters. He was engaged to be married at the time of his death.

Thanks to Jill Longstaff for the pictures and information. Lt. Winger is her husband's uncle.

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