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Gotfred Jensen

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Medal Of Honor, Philippine
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Private Gotfred Jensen was one of a hand-picked group of soldiers known as "Young's Scouts," tasked with being at the forefront of movement in rebel-controlled areas. On May 13, 1899, eleven of these scouts under Captain William Birkhimer encountered 300 enemy near San Miguel. Without waiting for reinforcements, the scouts broke from the bushes which concealed them, and charged across 150 yards of open ground into the center of the enemy line which wavered, and then broke, the rebels fleeing their positions. The scouts then routed the Filipinos at the bridge spanning the river, but the civilian Scout commander William Young was mortally wounded. Corporal Frank Anders rallied the scouts and led them into the town where they fought at close quarters for four hours, taking and holding a church bell tower until additional reinforcements arrived. Six of Young's Scouts earned the Medal of Honor for this action, and three days later seven additional Scouts earned the Medal of Honor at a bridge over the river at nearby San Isidro. In all, Private Jensen and twelve of his fellow Scouts earned Medals of Honor in the three-day period.

Gotfred Jensen entered active duty in the U.S. Army from the North Dakota National Guard.

  Photo Courtesy of his Great-Granddaughter Kimberly Jensen
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