Soldier Spotlight: Sergeant Alfred B. Nietzel

Sergeant Alfred B. NietzelBiography

Medal of Honor nominee Alfred B. Nietzel was born, April 27, 1921, in Queens, N.Y.

He joined the U.S. Army, Oct. 5, 1940.

Nietzel is being recognized for his valorous actions in Heistern, Germany, Nov. 18, 1944. When an enemy assault threatened to overrun his unit’s position, Nietzel selflessly covered for the retreating members of his squad, expending all his ammunition and holding his post until he was killed by an enemy hand grenade.

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Nietzel received the Distinguished Service Cross (this award will be upgraded to the Medal of Honor on Mar. 18), Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star, World War II Victory Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Citation for Distinguished Service Cross

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sgt. Alfred B. Nietzel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces, Nov. 18, 1944. Nietzel’s intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

Citation represents Soldier’s rank at time of action

Medal of Honor

Nietzel is set to receive the Medal of Honor posthumously in a ceremony at the White House on March 18.

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