The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*KAUFMAN, LOREN R.
Rank and organization: Sergeant First
Class, U.S. Army, Company G, 9th Infantry Regiment. Place and date: Near Yongsan,
Korea, 4 and 5 September 1950. Entered service at: The Dalles, Oreg. Born:
27 July 1923, The Dalles, Oreg. G.O. No.: 61, 2 August 1951.
Sfc. Kaufman distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and
beyond the call of duty in action. On the night of 4 September the company was in a
defensive position on 2 adjoining hills. His platoon was occupying a strong point 2 miles
away protecting the battalion flank. Early on 5 September the company was attacked by an
enemy battalion and his platoon was ordered to reinforce the company. As his unit moved
along a ridge it encountered a hostile encircling force. Sfc. Kaufman, running forward,
bayoneted the lead scout and engaged the column in a rifle and grenade assault. His quick
Vicious attack so surprised the enemy that they retreated in confusion. When his platoon
joined the company he discovered that the enemy had taken commanding ground and pinned the
company down in a draw. Without hesitation Sfc. Kaufman charged the enemy lines firing his
rifle and throwing grenades. During the action, he bayoneted 2 enemy and seizing an
unmanned machinegun, delivered deadly fire on the defenders. Following this encounter the
company regrouped and resumed the attack. Leading the assault he reached the ridge,
destroyed a hostile machinegun position, and routed the remaining enemy. Pursuing the
hostile troops he bayoneted 2 more and then rushed a mortar position shooting the gunners.
Remnants of the enemy fled to a village and Sfc. Kaufman led a patrol into the town,
dispersed them, and burned the buildings. The dauntless courage and resolute intrepid
leadership of Sfc. Kaufman were directly responsible for the success of his company in
regaining its positions, reflecting distinct credit upon himself and upholding the
esteemed traditions of the military service.