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Medal of Honor

Staff Sergeant Robert H. Dietz, U.S. Army

 

—Co. A, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion —

 
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By Bill Coughlin, October 16, 2015
1. Medal of Honor Marker
Inscription.
CITATION:
      “Sergeant Dietz was a squad leader with Company A, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion, on 29 March 1945, when the task force to which his unit was attached encountered resistance in its advance on Kirchain, Germany. Between the town’s outlying buildings three hundred yards distance and the stalled armored columns were a mine-field and two bridges defended by German rocket-launching teams and riflemen. From the town itself came heavy small arms fire. Moving forward with his men to protect engineers while they removed the mine-field, and the demolition charges attached to the bridges, Sergeant Dietz came under intense fire. On his own initiative he advanced alone, scorning the bullets which struck all about him, until he was able to kill the bazooka team, bayoneted an enemy soldier armed with a panzerfaust and shot two more Germans when he was knocked to the ground by the blast of another panzerfaust. He quickly recovered, killed the man who had fired at him and then jumped into waist-deep water under the second bridge to disconnect the demolition charges. His work was completed; but as he stood up to signal that the route was clear he was killed by an enemy volley from the left flank. Sergeant Dietz by his intrepidity and valiant effort on his self-imposed mission, singlehandedly opened the road for the
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By Bill Coughlin, October 16, 2015
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capture of Kirchain and left with his comrades an inspiring example of gallantry in the face of formidable odds.”
              Harry S. Truman
              President of the United States

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The Robert H. Dietz
Memorial Stadium
Dedicated May 30, 1954
in memory of Kingston’s Congressional
Medal of Honor winner and the men
and women of Kingston who made
the supreme sacrifice in all of
our victorious wars.

 
Erected 1954.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 41° 56.105′ N, 74° 1.539′ W. Marker is in Kingston, New York, in Ulster County. Marker is on Municipal Stadium Road west of Joys Lane, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kingston NY 12401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Plan of Kingston in 1695 (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Plan of Kingston in 1695 (about 700 feet away); Hoffman House (about 800 feet away); Kingston Academy (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker
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By Bill Coughlin, October 16, 2015
3. Sgt. Robert H. Dietz Medal of Honor Marker
also named Kingston Academy (approx. ¼ mile away); Burning of Kingston (approx. 0.3 miles away); Judge Lucas Elmendorf Mansion (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Pike Plan (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingston.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
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By Bill Coughlin, October 16, 2015
5. Robert H. Dietz Memorial Stadium
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 170 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 22, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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