John W. Minick

John W. Minick

Infobox Military Person
name=John W. Minick
born= birth date|1908|6|14
died= death date and age|1944|11|21|1908|6|14
placeofbirth=Wall, Pennsylvania
placeofdeath=near Hurtgen, Germany
placeofburial= Westminster Cemetery Carlisle, Pennsylvania

allegiance= United States of America
branch=United States Army
rank=Staff Sergeant
unit=121st Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division
battles=World War II
*Battle of Hurtgen Forest
awards=Medal of Honor

John W. Minick (June 14, 1908 – November 21, 1944) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions during the Battle of Hurtgen Forest in World War II.

Minick joined the Army from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and by November 21, 1944 was serving as a Staff Sergeant in Company I, 121st Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division. On that day, near Hurtgen, Germany, Minick voluntarily led a small group of men through a minefield, single-handedly silenced two enemy machine gun emplacements, and engaged a company-sized force of German soldiers before he was killed while crossing a second minefield. For these actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Minick, aged 36 at his death, was buried at Westminster Cemetery in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Medal of Honor citation

Staff Sergeant Minick's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, in action involving actual conflict with the enemy on 21 November 1944, near Hurtgen, Germany. S/Sgt. Minick's battalion was halted in its advance by extensive minefields, exposing troops to heavy concentrations of enemy artillery and mortar fire. Further delay in the advance would result in numerous casualties and a movement through the minefield was essential. Voluntarily, S/Sgt. Minick led 4 men through hazardous barbed wire and debris, finally making his way through the minefield for a distance of 300 yards. When an enemy machinegun opened fire, he signaled his men to take covered positions, edged his way alone toward the flank of the weapon and opened fire, killing 2 members of the guncrew and capturing 3 others. Moving forward again, he encountered and engaged single-handedly an entire company killing 20 Germans and capturing 20, and enabling his platoon to capture the remainder of the hostile group. Again moving ahead and spearheading his battalion's advance, he again encountered machinegun fire. Crawling forward toward the weapon, he reached a point from which he knocked the weapon out of action. Still another minefield had to be crossed. Undeterred, S/Sgt. Minick advanced forward alone through constant enemy fire and while thus moving, detonated a mine and was instantly killed.

ee also

*List of Medal of Honor recipients


*findagrave|7208448 Retrived on 2007-12-12

*cite web
publisher = U.S. Army Center of Military History
title = Medal of Honor Recipients - World War II (M-S)
work = Medal of Honor Citations
date = July 16, 2007
url =
accessdate = 2007-12-12

NAME= Minick, John W.
SHORT DESCRIPTION= United States Army Medal of Honor recipient

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