Lt. Col., Edward A. Silk (MOH)

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  • ID: I1
  • Name: Edward A. Silk
  • Given Name: Edward A.
  • Surname: Silk
  • Prefix: Lt. Colonel
  • Suffix: Medal of Honor
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 8 Jun 1916 in Johnstown, Cambria Co., Pennsylvania
  • Death: 19 Nov 1955
  • Burial: 1955 Arlington National Cemetery
  • Census: 1920 Johnstown, Cambria Co., Pennsylvania
  • Census: 1930 Batavia, Kane Co., Illinois
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  • Change Date: 28 Oct 2009 at 06:21
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  • Title: Lt. Edward A. Silk MOH
  • Note: This Lt. Edward A.Silk, recieving the Medal of Honor from P resident Harry S. Truman (1945)
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  • Note:
    1930 census, Batavia, Kane Co., Illinois
    Edward Silk, age 13 born Pennsylvania
    Occupation; "student" at Mooseheart School and Home
    Note: Edward and his brother, William and sister Loretta a re students at Mooseheart the "Child City" the campus suppo rted today by the men and women of the International Moos e Fraternity, Mooseheart, Illinois.

    U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946;
    Name: Edward A Silk
    Birth Year: 1916
    Race: White, citizen (White)
    Nativity State or Country: Pennsylvania
    State of Residence: Pennsylvania
    County or City: Cambria
    Enlistment Date: 16 Apr 1941
    Enlistment State: Pennsylvania
    Enlistment City: Altoona
    Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
    Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
    Grade: Private
    Grade Code: Private
    Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
    Source: Civil Life Education: 3 years of college
    Civil Occupation: Janitors and sextons
    Marital Status: Married
    Height: 72
    Weight: 178

    Edward A Silk joined the Army from his birth city of Johnst own, Pa., and served as a 1st Lieutenant in Co., E, 398th I nfantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division.

    Medal of Honor Citation:
    Awarded the medal on November 1, 1945;
    1st Lt. Edward A. Silk commanded the weapons platoon of Com pany E, 398th Infantry, on 23 November 1944, when the end b attalion was assigned the mission of seizing high ground ov erlooking Moyenmoutier, France, prior to an attack on the c ity itself. His company jumped off in the lead at dawn an d by noon had reached the edge of a woods in the vicinity o f St. Pravel where scouts saw an enemy sentry standing guar d before a farmhouse in a valley below.
    One squad, engaged in reconnoitering the area, was immediat ely pinned down by intense machine-gun and automatic-weapon s fire from within the house. Skillfully deploying his ligh t machine-gun, 1st Lt. Silk answered enemy fire, but when 1 5 minutes had elapsed with no slackening of resistance, h e decided to eliminate the strong point by a l-man attack.
    Running 100 yards across an open field to the shelter o f a low stone wall directly in front of the farmhouse, he f ired into the door and windows with his carbine; then, in f ull view of the enemy, vaulted the wall and dashed 50 yard s through a hail of bullets to the left side of the house , where he hurled a grenade through a window, silencing a m achine gun and killing 2 gunners.
    In attempting to move to the right side of the house he dre w fire from a second machine-gun emplaced in the woodshed . With magnificent courage he rushed this position in the f ace of direct fire and succeeded in neutralizing the weapo n and killing the 2 gunners by throwing grenades into the s tructure. His supply of grenades was by now exhausted, bu t undaunted, he dashed back to the side of the farmhouse an d began to throw rocks through a window, demanding the surr ender of the remaining enemy. Twelve Germans, overcome by h is relentless assault and confused by his unorthodox method s, gave up to the lone American.
    By his gallant willingness to assume the full burden of th e attack and the intrepidity with which he carried out hi s extremely hazardous mission, 1st Lt. Silk enabled his bat talion to continue its advance and seize its objective.

    Edward A. Silk
    Medal of Honor
    Lt. Col.
    U.S. Army
    World War II
    June 8 1916
    Nov. 18 1955
    Souce; Grave Stone at Arlington National Cemetery (30-1045- C)
    There is today a "Edward A. Silk" Memorial Bridge in Johnst own, Penn.




    Father: Michael Silk b: Abt 1865 in Ireland/England
    Mother: Mary b: Abt 1873 in Pennsylvania
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