The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
STUMPF, KENNETH E.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant
(then Sp4c.), U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place
and date: Near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, 25 April 1967. Entered service at:
Milwaukee, Wis. Born: 28 September 1944, Neenah, Wis.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Stumpf distinguished himself while serving as a squad
leader of the 3d Platoon, Company C, on a search and destroy mission. As S/Sgt. Stumpf's
company approached a village, it encountered a North Vietnamese rifle company occupying a
well fortified bunker complex. During the initial contact, 3 men from his squad fell
wounded in front of a hostile machinegun emplacement. The enemy's heavy volume of fire
prevented the unit from moving to the aid of the injured men, but S/Sgt. Stumpf left his
secure position in a deep trench and ran through the barrage of incoming rounds to reach
his wounded comrades. He picked up 1 of the men and carried him back to the safety of the
trench. Twice more S/Sgt. Stumpf dashed forward while the enemy turned automatic weapons
and machineguns upon him, yet he managed to rescue the remaining 2 wounded squad members.
He then organized his squad and led an assault against several enemy bunkers from which
continuously heavy fire was being received He and his squad successfully eliminated 2 of
the bunker positions, but one to the front of the advancing platoon remained a serious
threat. Arming himself with extra hand grenades, S/Sgt. Stumpf ran over open ground,
through a volley of fire directed at him by a determined enemy, toward the machinegun
position. As he reached the bunker, he threw a hand grenade through the aperture. It was
immediately returned by the occupants, forcing S/Sgt. Stumpf to take cover. Undaunted, he
pulled the pins on 2 more grenades, held them for a few seconds after activation, then
hurled them into the position, this time successfully destroying the emplacement. With the
elimination of this key position, his unit was able to assault and overrun the enemy.
S/Sgt. Stumpf's relentless spirit of aggressiveness, intrepidity, and ultimate concern for
the lives of his men, are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect
great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.