The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Private First Class, U.S.
Army, 3d Infantry Division. Place and Date Near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy, 23-24
May 1944. Entered Service at: Scobey, Mont. Born: 9 October 1918, Clinton,
Okla. G.O. No.: 83, 27 October 1944.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of
duty. On 23 May 1944, at 12 noon, Pfc. (now T/Sgt.) Schauer left the cover of a ditch to
engage 4 German snipers who opened fire on the patrol from its rear. Standing erect he
walked deliberately 30 yards toward the enemy, stopped amid the fire from 4 rifles
centered on him, and with 4 bursts from his BAR, each at a different range, killed all of
the snipers. Catching sight of a fifth sniper waiting for the patrol behind a house
chimney, Pfc. Schauer brought him down with another burst. Shortly after, when a heavy
enemy artillery concentration and 2 machineguns temporarily halted the patrol, Pfc.
Schauer again left cover to engage the enemy weapons single-handed. While shells exploded
within 15 yards, showering dirt over him, and strings of grazing German tracer bullets
whipped past him at chest level, Pfc. Schauer knelt, killed the 2 gunners of the
machinegun only 60 yards from him with a single burst from his BAR, and crumpled 2 other
enemy soldiers who ran to man the gun. Inserting a fresh magazine in his BAR, Pfc. Schauer
shifted his body to fire at the other weapon 500 yards distant and emptied his weapon into
the enemy crew, killing all 4 Germans. Next morning, when shells from a German Mark VI
tank and a machinegun only 100 yards distant again forced the patrol to seek cover, Pfc.
Schauer crawled toward the enemy machinegun. stood upright only 80 yards from the weapon
as its bullets cut the surrounding ground, and 4 tank shells fired directly at him burst
within 20 yards. Raising his BAR to his shoulder, Pfc. Schauer killed the 4 members of the
German machinegun crew with 1 burst of fire.