FRED M. HORCHLER'S

SILVER STAR CITATION FROM THE KYLL RIVER CROSSING AT ERHANG, GERMANY MARCH 5, 1945.

Headquarters, 10th Armored Division, APO 260, U.S. Army

For Gallantry In Action a Silver Star Medal is awarded to Fred M. Horchler

Citation

Private Fred M. Horchler, Company "B", 20th Armored Infantry Battalion, United States Army, for gallantry in action at Ehrang, Germany on 5 March 1945. When four infantry-laden boats were sunk by enemy mortar fire, Private Horchler, rifleman, courageously rescued the wounded soldiers struggling in the water and carried them over 500 yards of exposed terrain to safety. His gallant achievement reflects great credit upon himself and the military forces of the United States. Entered the military service from New Castle, Pennsylvania.

[signed] James B. Duncan, Major, Infantry, Commanding

 

A photograph of Fred Horchler probably taken in the summer of 1945 while the 10th Armored Division was on occupation duty in the Garmish-Partenkirchen area of southern Germany.  Fred's brother, Elon Horchler, was killed in action in late 1944 while serving with an Anti-Tank Company of the 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division in Alsace, France.  These images are courtesy of his grandson, Ralph Horchler, Jr of Volant, Pennsylvania, September 28, 2008.