The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*SHERIDAN, CARL V.
Rank and Organization: Private First Class, U.S.
Army, Company K, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. Place and Date Frenzenberg
Castle, Weisweiler, Germany, 26 November 1944. Entered Service at: Baltimore, Md. Birth:
Baltimore, Md. G.O. No.: 43, 30 May 1445.
Citation: Attached to the 2d
Battalion of the 47th Infantry on 26 November 1944, for the attack on Frenzenberg Castle,
in the vicinity of Weisweiler, Germany, Company K, after an advance of 1,000 yards through
a shattering barrage of enemy artillery and mortar fire, had captured 2 buildings in the
courtyard of the castle but was left with an effective fighting strength of only 35 men.
During the advance, Pfc. Sheridan, acting as a bazooka gunner, had braved the enemy fire
to stop and procure the additional rockets carried by his ammunition bearer who was
wounded. Upon rejoining his company in the captured buildings, he found it in a furious
fight with approximately 70 enemy paratroopers occupying the castle gate house. This was a
solidly built stone structure surrounded by a deep water-filled moat 20 feet wide. The
only approach to the heavily defended position was across the courtyard and over a
drawbridge leading to a barricaded oaken door. Pfc. Sheridan, realizing that his bazooka
was the only available weapon with sufficient power to penetrate the heavy oak planking,
with complete disregard for his own safety left the protection of the buildings and in the
face of heavy and intense small-arms and grenade fire, crossed the courtyard to the
drawbridge entrance where he could bring direct fire to bear against the door. Although
handicapped by the lack of an assistant, and a constant target for the enemy fire that
burst around him, he skillfully and effectively handled his awkward weapon to place two
well-aimed rockets into the structure. Observing that the door was only weakened, and
realizing that a gap must be made for a successful assault, he loaded his last rocket,
took careful aim, and blasted a hole through the heavy planks. Turning to his company he
shouted, "Come on, let's get them!" With his .45 pistol blazing, he charged into
the gaping entrance and was killed by the withering fire that met him. The final assault
on Frezenberg Castle was made through the gap which Pfc. Sheridan gave his life to create.