When his company, advancing
through a wood, met with strong resistance from an enemy strong point, Sgt. Cukela crawled
out from the flank and made his way toward the German lines in the face of heavy fire,
disregarding the warnings of his comrades. He succeeded in getting behind the enemy
position and rushed a machinegun emplacement, killing or driving off the crew with his
bayonet. With German handgrenades he then bombed out the remaining portion of the strong
point, capturing 4 men and 2 damaged machineguns.
For extraordinary heroism
while serving with the 66th Company, 5th Regiment, during aciton in Forest de Retz, near
Viller-Cottertes, France, 18 July 1918. Sgt. Cukela advanced alone against an enemy
strong point that was holding up his line. Disregarding the warnings of his
comrades, he crawled out from the flank in the face of heavy fire and worked his way to
the rear of the enemy position. Rushing a machine-gun emplacement, he killed or
drove off the crew with his bayonet, bombed out the remaining part of the strong point
with German hand grenades, and captured two machineguns and four men.