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EVERHART, FORREST E.

EVERHART, FORREST E. (1922–1986). Forrest E. Everhart, Medal of Honor recipient, was born in Bainbridge, Ohio, on August 28, 1922. He entered military service at Texas City, Texas. Technical Sergeant Everhart was assigned to Company H, 359th Infantry, Ninetieth Infantry Division, United States Army. On November 12, 1944, he was commanding a platoon near Kerling, France, which was bearing the brunt of a predawn attack. German tanks and self-propelled guns penetrated his left flank and infantry forces threatened to overrun his remaining machine gun. He ran 400 yards through enemy fire, joined the gunner, and directed fire. When the infantry advanced, he carried out a fifteen-minute grenade attack that forced the enemy to retreat, leaving thirty dead behind. After returning to his now threatened right flank, Everhart began a grenade duel that forced the enemy to withdraw and leave another twenty dead. The "gallantryand intrepidity" of Sergeant Everhart was instrumental in stopping an enemy attack on the American bridgehead across the Moselle River. Everhart was awarded the Medal of Honor for the action, and Congress credited his award to Texas, his state of residence at enlistment. Everhart died on August 30, 1986, in Philadelphia and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients, 1863–1973 (Washington: GPO, 1973).
Art Leatherwood

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Handbook of Texas Online, Art Leatherwood, "Everhart, Forrest E.," accessed December 04, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fevnx.

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