Name: Edward A. Silk
Given Name: Edward A.
Prefix: Lt. Colonel
Suffix: Medal of Honor
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
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)
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 Code: Private
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life Education: 3 years of college
Civil Occupation: Janitors and sextons
Marital Status: Married
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
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