Great War Medal of Honor recipient, Louis Cukela.
Originally born in Austria, Louis Cukela emigrated to the United States in 1913 to the state of Minnesota. He enlisted into the Army of his new country, serving until 1916 when he was discharged. Upon the outbreak of the Great War, Cukela enlisted into the Marine Corps, traveling to France with the 5th Regiment.
During the Soissons campaign, Louis Cukela singlehandedly captured a German machine gun emplacement, and four men on 18 July 1918. Cukela had only used two German hand grenades to do it. For his bravery, he was awarded the highest honor of the American military, the Medal of Honor.
After the Great War, Cukela enjoyed a long career in the Marine Corps, serving in such places as Santo Domingo, the Philippines, Haiti, and China. He died on 19 March 1956. (US Marine Corps Archives & Special Collection)
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