Named and Cased Posthumous WWII Silver Star and Numbered 95th Division Purple Heart Deocration
The decorations were presented to the next of kin of Sergeant Louis S. Besenyei of the 95th Infantry Division for valor in combat on December 5, 1944. While he survived the action for which he would be decorated, Sergeant Besenyei was killed in action one week later, on December 12, 1944. The Silver Star is a slot brooch suspension, officially hand engraved on two lines “Louis S. / Besenyei”. The Silver Star shows minor age wear. It is contained within its titled black leather case with the enamel lapel badge and ribbon bar. The suspension hook inside of the case on which the medal would be suspended is gone. The Purple Heart is a slot brooch suspension, officially hand engraved on two lines “Louis S. / Besenyei”. The edge is numbered “474325”. The medal has a small edge knock and some wear to the gilt finish, and it is missing the pin. It is contained within its titled black leather case with the enamel lapel badge and ribbon bar. The cases show minor scuffs and signs of age. The medals are accompanied by the Brigadier General Roland Walsh enclosure card and by a small newspaper clipping which reported Sergeant Besenyei’s death in combat. The citation for the Silver Star stated as follows:
“The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Louis S. Besenyei (36359453), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company F, 379th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 December 1944, in the vicinity of Saarlautern-Roden, Germany. Fighting in Saarlautern-Roden, sergeant Besenyei’s platoon was subjected to sweeping fire from an enemy pillbox. Quickly leading his men toward a group of buildings nearby, Sergeant Besenyei took up a position at an opening in the fence surrounding the houses and remained completely exposed to the merciless fire until he directed all his comrades to cover. Sergeant Besenyei was killed in action on 12 December 1944. His gallant, timely action in risking his life to facilitate the movement of his platoon from a precarious situation reflects lasting honor on him and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 95th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 78 (1945)
Home Town: Cuyahoga County, West Virginia”