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The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor to

CUKELA, LOUIS
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, 66th Company, 5th Regiment. Place and date: Near Villers-Cotterets, France, 18 July 1918. Entered service at: Minneapolis, Minn. Born: 1 May 1888, Sebenes, Austria. G.O. No.: 34, W.D., 1919. 

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When his company, advancing through a wood, met with strong resistance from an enemy strong point, Sgt. Cukela crawled out from the flank and made his way toward the German lines in the face of heavy fire, disregarding the warnings of his comrades. He succeeded in getting behind the enemy position and rushed a machinegun emplacement, killing or driving off the crew with his bayonet. With German handgrenades he then bombed out the remaining portion of the strong point, capturing 4 men and 2 damaged machineguns.

 

  NAVY

For extraordinary heroism while serving with the 66th Company, 5th Regiment, during aciton in Forest de Retz, near Viller-Cottertes, France, 18 July 1918.  Sgt. Cukela advanced alone against an enemy strong point that was holding up his line.  Disregarding the warnings of his comrades, he crawled out from the flank in the face of heavy fire and worked his way to the rear of the enemy position.  Rushing a machine-gun emplacement, he killed or drove off the crew with his bayonet, bombed out the remaining part of the strong point with German hand grenades, and captured two machineguns and four men.

Received BOTH the Army and Navy Medal of Honor for the same action.

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