SgtMaj Kenneth E. Stumpf- MOH Recipient Dead at 77

Faye Higbee
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SgtMaj Kenneth E. Stumpf was a Vietnam War hero who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions near Duc PHo on April 25, 1967. He passed away on April 23, 2022 in Tomah, Wisconsin at the age of 77.

“I’ve always said I didn’t do anything above and beyond the call of duty. What I did was my duty. I had to do that… it was a responsibility that I had to my men.” Kenneth Stumpf

Sergeant Major Kenneth E. Stumpf

Kenneth Stumpf served in the US Army for 29 years. As a Squad leader for the 3d Platoon, Company C in 1967, they were tasked with taking out an enemy bunker complex. His MOH citation reads in part:

As S/Sgt. Stumpf’s company approached a village, it encountered a North Vietnamese rifle company occupying a well-fortified bunker complex. During the initial contact, three men from his squad fell wounded in front of a hostile machine-gun emplacement. The enemy’s heavy volume of fire prevented the unit from moving to the aid of the injured men, but S/Sgt. Stumpf left his secure position in a deep trench and ran through the barrage of incoming rounds to reach his wounded comrades. He picked up one of the men and carried him back to the safety of the trench. Twice more S/Sgt. Stumpf dashed forward while the enemy turned automatic weapons and machine guns upon him, yet he managed to rescue the remaining two wounded squad members. He then organized his squad and led an assault against several enemy bunkers from which continuously heavy fire was being received. He and his squad successfully eliminated two of the bunker positions, but one to the front of the advancing platoon remained a serious threat.

Arming himself with extra hand grenades, S/Sgt. Stumpf ran over open ground, through a volley of fire directed at him by a determined enemy, toward the machine-gun position. As he reached the bunker, he threw a hand grenade through the aperture. It was immediately returned by the occupants, forcing S/Sgt. Stumpf to take cover. Undaunted, he pulled the pins on two more grenades, held them for a few seconds after activation, then hurled them into the position, this time successfully destroying the emplacement. With the elimination of this key position, his unit was able to assault and overrun the enemy.

S/Sgt. Stumpf’s relentless spirit of aggressiveness, intrepidity, and ultimate concern for the lives of his men, are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.

Medal of Honor Citation, Kenneth E. Stumpf

There are only 65 living Medal of Honor recipients remaining. 261 Medals of Honor were awarded from the Vietnam War alone. Rest in Peace, SgtMaj Kenneth Stumpf!

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