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Richmond Hill in Queens County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval

World War II Medal of Honor Recipient

 
 
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By Don Morfe, September 27, 2010
1. Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker
Inscription. The monument's eight inscriptions commemorating Schaefer's service are:
1. Sgt. Joseph E. Schaefer Medal of Honor.
2. Sgt. Joseph E. Schaefer Company I 18th Infantry First Infantry Division United States Army.
3. Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944.
4. Defended American Position at Stolberg, Germany, 24 September 1944.
5. World War II-Korea 1941-1945 1950-1951.
6. Resident of Richmond Hill for more than 40 years.
7. Sgt. Schaefer's indomitable courage and his determination were responsible for stopping an enemy breakthrough-President Truman.
8. Other Decorations-Two Silver Stars, Bronze Star, Three Purple Hearts, The Legion of Merit, French Croix, de Guerre.
 
Erected 1987.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 40° 42.084′ N, 73° 50.49′ W. Marker is in Richmond Hill, New York, in Queens County. Marker is at the intersection of Park Lane South and Myrtle Ave on Park Lane South. Click for map. The monument is located in Forest Park in the South West corner. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond Hill NY 11418, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured
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By Don Morfe, September 27, 2010
2. Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker
as the crow flies. Remsen Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Dexter Park (approx. 1.5 miles away); General Slocum Disaster Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); Tree Dedication for Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 2.3 miles away); Sergeant Colyer Square (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Exedra (approx. 2.9 miles away); NYC Bomb and Forgery Squad Explosion Memorial (approx. 3.1 miles away); Unisphere (approx. 3.1 miles away).
 
Categories. War, KoreanWar, World II
 
Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 27, 2010
3. Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker
Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 27, 2010
4. Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker
Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 27, 2010
5. Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker
Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 27, 2010
6. Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker
Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 27, 2010
7. Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker
Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 27, 2010
8. Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker
Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 27, 2010
9. Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker
Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 13, 2000
10. Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Marker
Joseph E. Schaefer is buried in Long Island National Cemetery, NY, Section DDS, Grave 6- MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION: SCHAEFER, JOSEPH E. Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company I, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Stolberg, Germany, 24 September 1944. Entered service at: Long Island, N.Y. Birth: New York, N.Y. G.O. No.: 71, 22 August 1945. Citation: He was in charge of a squad of the 2d Platoon in the vicinity of Stolberg, Germany, early in the morning of 24 September 1944, when 2 enemy companies supported by machineguns launched an attack to seize control of an important crossroads which was defended by his platoon. One American squad was forced back, another captured, leaving only S/Sgt. Schaefer's men to defend the position. To shift his squad into a house which would afford better protection, he crawled about under heavy small-arms and machinegun fire, instructed each individual, and moved to the building. A heavy concentration of enemy artillery fire scored hits on his strong point. S/Sgt. Schaefer assigned his men to positions and selected for himself the most dangerous one at the door. With his Ml rifle, he broke the first wave of infantry thrown toward the house. The Germans attacked again with grenades and flame throwers but were thrown back a second time, S/Sgt. Schaefer killing and wounding several. Regrouped for a final assault, the Germans approached from 2 directions. One force drove at the house from the front, while a second group advanced stealthily along a hedgerow. Recognizing the threat, S/Sgt. Schaefer fired rapidly at the enemy before him, killing or wounding all 6; then, with no cover whatever, dashed to the hedgerow and poured deadly accurate shots into the second group, killing 5, wounding 2 others, and forcing the enemy to withdraw. He scoured the area near his battered stronghold and captured 10 prisoners. By this time the rest of his company had begun a counterattack; he moved forward to assist another platoon to regain its position. Remaining in the lead, crawling and running in the face of heavy fire, he overtook the enemy, and liberated the American squad captured earlier in the battle. In all, single-handed and armed only with his rifle, he killed between 15 and 20 Germans, wounded at least as many more, and took 10 prisoners. S/Sgt. Schaefer's indomitable courage and his determination to hold his position at all costs were responsible for stopping an enemy break-through
 
 
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