Pottawattamie County

Sgt. Ernest E. Stark

Silver Star


Local Soldier Wins Silver Star

WITH THE FIFTH ARMY, Italy – Infantrymen on the field of battle are more than just infantrymen. When the going get tough, they double as litter bearers and aid men.

There’s Sgt. Ernest E. Stark, Council Bluffs, Ia. for instance.

When repeated German counter-attacks pinned down his company, during the early states of the Italian campaign, he volunteered to carry wounded comrades to a battalion aid station. On repeated occasions, he went through intense enemy mortar and artillery fire to give them aid, to those who had fallen.

For his outstanding gallantry in action near Mont Chinuza, Italy, last September, Stark has received the Silver Star.

“His heroic and efficient performance under fire,” his citation stated, “was a vital factor in a high ‘espirt de corps’ in combat.”

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Thursday, April 23, 1944, Page 19