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First Name: Edward

Last Name: Dahlgren

Birthplace: Perham, ME, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Portland, ME
Middle Name: Carl

Date of Birth: 14 March 1916

Date of Death: 31 May 2006

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Years Served:
Edward Carl Dahlgren

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Edward C. Dahlgren
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
World War II

Second Lieutenant Edward Carl Dahlgren (14 March 1916 - 31 May 2006) was a U.S. Army officer and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during World War II.

Edward C. Dahlgren was born on 14 March 1916 in Perham, ME, and he joined the Army from Portland, ME. On 11 February 1945, he was serving as a Sergeant in Company E, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division. On that day at Oberhoffen, France, he repeatedly attacked German positions by himself and captured many prisoners. He was subsequently promoted to Second Lieutenant and awarded the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant (then Sergeant), U.S. Army, Company E, 142nd Infantry, 36th Infantry Division.

Place and date: Oberhoffen, France, 11 February 1945.

Citation: He led the 3d Platoon to the rescue of a similar unit which had been surrounded in an enemy counterattack at Oberhoffen, France. As he advanced along a street, he observed several Germans crossing a field about 100 yards away. Running into a barn, he took up a position in a window and swept the hostile troops with submachine gun fire, killing 6, wounding others, and completely disorganizing the group. His platoon then moved forward through intermittent sniper fire and made contact with the besieged Americans. When the 2 platoons had been reorganized, Sgt. Dahlgren continued to advance along the street until he drew fire from an enemy-held house. In the face of machine pistol and rifle fire, he ran toward the building, hurled a grenade through the door, and blasted his way inside with his gun. This aggressive attack so rattled the Germans that all 8 men who held the strongpoint immediately surrendered. As Sgt. Dahlgren started toward the next house, hostile machinegun fire drove him to cover. He secured rifle grenades, stepped to an exposed position, and calmly launched his missiles from a difficult angle until he had destroyed the machinegun and killed its 2 operators. He moved to the rear of the house and suddenly came under the fire of a machinegun emplaced in a barn. Throwing a grenade into the structure, he rushed the position, firing his weapon as he ran; within, he overwhelmed 5 Germans. After reorganizing his unit he advanced to clear hostile riflemen from the building where he had destroyed the machinegun. He entered the house by a window and trapped the Germans in the cellar, where he tossed grenades into their midst, wounding several and forcing 10 more to surrender. While reconnoitering another street with a comrade, he heard German voices in a house. An attack with rifle grenades drove the hostile troops to the cellar. Sgt. Dahlgren entered the building, kicked open the cellar door, and, firing several bursts down the stairway, called for the trapped enemy to surrender. Sixteen soldiers filed out with their hands in the air. The bold leadership and magnificent courage displayed by Sgt. Dahlgren in his heroic attacks were in a large measure responsible for repulsing an enemy counterattack and saving an American platoon from great danger.

President Truman presented Dahlgren with the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony on 23 August 1945.

Dahlgren left military service after the war with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Silver Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal (3)
Purple Heart
French Croix de Guerre

Dahlgren was awarded the French Legion of Honor in a ceremony in April 2006. 

Death and Burial

Second Lieutenant Edward C. Dahlgren died 31 May 2006, at age 90. He is buried at Pierce Cemetery in Mars Hill, ME.

Honoree ID: 1353   Created by: MHOH




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