KISTERS, GERRY H.
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant
(then Sergeant), U.S. Army, 2d Armored Division. Place and date: Near Gagliano,
Sicily, 31 July 1943. Entered service at: Bloomington, Ind. Birth: Salt Lake
City, Utah. G.O. No: 13, 18 February 1944.
On 31 July 1943, near Gagliano, Sicily, a detachment of 1 officer and 9 enlisted men,
including Sgt. Kisters, advancing ahead of the leading elements of U.S. troops to fill a
large crater in the only available vehicle route through Gagliano, was taken under fire by
2 enemy machineguns. Sgt. Kisters and the officer, unaided and in the face of intense
small arms fire, advanced on the nearest machinegun emplacement and succeeded in capturing
the gun and its crew of 4. Although the greater part of the remaining small arms fire was
now directed on the captured machinegun position, Sgt. Kisters voluntarily advanced alone
toward the second gun emplacement. While creeping forward, he was struck 5 times by enemy
bullets, receiving wounds in both legs and his right arm. Despite the wounds, he continued
to advance on the enemy, and captured the second machinegun after killing 3 of its crew
and forcing the fourth member to flee. The courage of this soldier and his unhesitating
willingness to sacrifice his life, if necessary, served as an inspiration to the command.