12 August 1919 Place:
8 April 1945 Place: Polle, Germany
Date of Temporary Burial:
18 April 1945
at: American Military Cemetery Margraten, The
Location: Plot: FF Row:
Date of final Burial:
3 December 1948 at: Bellevue Cemetery, Adams, MA
Charles W. Gebauer Mother: Martha
Last known address: 11 Pearl Street, Adams, MA
Siblings: Raymond, Elwin, Priscilla (Zuber) and
Purple Heart - Silver Star Medal
Citation accompanied the Silver Medal reads as follows:
have the Honor to inform you that by direction of the President the Silver Star
has been posthumously awarded to your son Charles H. Gebauer, Armored Field
Artillery. The citation is as follows:
Silver Star. For gallantry in action on March 1. 1945 in Germany. Corp. Gebauer
was a member of the crew of a towed tank destroyer gun that had entered the town
of Hemmerden with some lightly armored vehicles for the purpose to occupying it.
When the enemy suddenly attacked with five tanks. He coolly assisted in placing
the gun in the center of the principal street 100 yards from a curve from wich
direction the enemy tanks were expected to approach. With complete disregard for
his own safety, although the adjoining buildings vere subjected to intense
machine gun high velocity fire and an enemy plane strafed the road they were on,
he courageously held his position. When an enemy tank appeared at the bend Corp.
Gebauer assisted in firing five rounds into it, disabling it on the spot.
Through his determined devotion to duty the defences of this town were saved and
the enemy attack repulsed. The aggressive initiative and courageous fighting
spirit of this non-commissioned officerrefelect the highest credit upon himself
and exemplify the finest traditions of the armed forces of the United States.