Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

NH 105318 Gunnery Sergeant Ernest A. Janson, USMC

Photo #: NH 105318  Gunnery Sergeant Ernest A. Janson, USMC
Description: Halftone reproduction of a photograph, copied from the official publication Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy, page 118. Ernest A. Janson received the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity during combat action near Chateau-Thierry, France on 6 June 1918. He is wearing the Army Medal of Honor in this photograph. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
Related Content

U.S. Navy Medal of Honor citation of Gunnery Sergeant Ernest August Janson, USMC -- Served under name of Charles Hoffman -- (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 118):


"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy near Chateau-Thierry, France, 6 June 1918. Immediately after the company to which Gunnery Sergeant Janson belonged, had reached its objective on Hill 142, several hostile counterattacks were launched against the line before the new position had been consolidated. Gunnery Sergeant Janson was attempting to organize a position on the north slope of the hill when he saw 12 of the enemy, armed with five light machine guns, crawling toward his group. Giving the alarm, he rushed the hostile detachment, bayonetted the two leaders, and forced the others to flee, abandoning their guns. His quick action, initiative and courage drove the enemy from a position from which they could have swept the hill with machine-gun fire and forced the withdrawal of our troops."


U.S. Army Medal of Honor citation of Gunnery Sergeant Charles F. Hoffman, USMC, 49th Company, 5th Regiment, 2nd Division -- Name changed to Ernest August Janson -- (as printed in the U.S. Senate publication "Medal of Honor Recipients, 1863-1978 ", page 445):


"Immediately after the company to which he belonged had reached its objective on Hill 142, several hostile counterattacks were launched against the line before the new position had been consolidated. G/Sgt. Hoffman was attempting to organize a position on the north slope of the hill when he saw 12 of the enemy, armed with 5 light machine guns, crawling toward his group. Giving the alarm, he rushed the hostile detachment, bayoneted the 2 leaders, and forced the others to flee, abandoning their guns. His quick action, initiative, and courage drove the enemy from a position from which they could have swept the hill with machine-gun fire and forced the withdrawal of our troops."

Topic
Document Type
  • Photograph
Wars & Conflicts
File Formats
  • Image (gif, jpg, tiff)
Location of Archival Materials