T/Sgt Robert Gerstung Memorial WaveRucker

T/Sgt Robert Gerstung Memorial WaveRucker

Workout Date:

12/19/2018

QIC:

Valvano

PAX:

OneCall, Bling, Jingles, Cheesy Biscuit, Weedeater, Valvano (QIC)

The Thang:

Two weeks ago Bling Q’d WaveRucker with an awesome Pearl Harbor inspired beatdown full of US military history facts and OneCall followed up last week with another history lesson.  To continue the trend, I jumped on the Q sheet and started researching.  December 19th is marked by many US military events.  The website I found listed these event chronologically followed by a list of 5 Congressional Medal of Honor citations for actions taken on that day.  Reading through those, I was amazed by all of the heroic feats, but Technical Sargeant Robert Gerstung stood out to me, so today’s WaveRucker was intended to memorialize him.  Below is his citation:

GERSTUNG, ROBERT E.
Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company H, 313th Infantry, 79th Infantry Division. Place and date: Siegfried Line near Berg, Germany, 19 December 1944. Entered service at: Chicago, Ill. Born: 6 August 1915, Chicago, Ill. G.O. No.: 75, 5 September 1945. Citation: On 19 December 1944 he was ordered with his heavy machinegun squad to the support of an infantry company attacking the outer defense of the Siegfried Line near Berg, Germany. For 8 hours he maintained a position made almost untenable by the density of artillery and mortar fire concentrated upon it and the proximity of enemy troops who threw hand grenades into the emplacement. While all other members of his squad became casualties, he remained at his gun. When he ran out of ammunition, he fearlessly dashed across bullet-swept, open terrain to secure a new supply from a disabled friendly tank. A fierce barrage pierced the water jacket of his gun, but he continued to fire until the weapon overheated and jammed. Instead of withdrawing, he crawled 50 yards across coverless ground to another of his company’s machineguns which had been silenced when its entire crew was killed. He continued to man this gun, giving support vitally needed by the infantry. At one time he came under direct fire from a hostile tank, which shot the glove from his hand with an armor-piercing shell but could not drive him from his position or stop his shooting. When the American forces were ordered to retire to their original positions, he remained at his gun, giving the only covering fire. Finally withdrawing, he cradled the heavy weapon in his left arm, slung a belt of ammunition over his shoulder, and walked to the rear, loosing small bursts at the enemy as he went. One hundred yards from safety, he was struck in the leg by a mortar shell; but, with a supreme effort, he crawled the remaining distance, dragging along the gun which had served him and his comrades so well. By his remarkable perseverance, indomitable courage, and heroic devotion to his task in the face of devastating fire, T/Sgt. Gerstung gave his fellow soldiers powerful support in their encounter with formidable enemy forces.

The THANG

PAX were asked to bring a sandbag or weight vest as their personal coupon.

We started by spelling T/Sgt Gerstung’s last name:

G – Gorilla Humpers – 44 OYO

E – Escalator Merkins – 12, 19, 44 – Lap around garage ending at Valor Park (~0.5mi)

R – Rock-a-bye Baby – 8 count x 5 IC

S – Snapshot – Squat/shot put coupon with lunges in between the length of Valor Park

T – Tunnel of Love – Line up 3 sandbags vertically, line up PAX horizontally – pass a coupon through the tunnel, bear crawl to the next line and continue. Repeat backwards

U – Upright Row – 25 OYO

N – Newton’s Cradle – 20 IC

G – Gorilla Humpers – 19 OYO

 

I was keeping an eye on the time at this point and knew I didn’t want us to miss our finale, so I modified and we tossed our coupons in the bushes before rucking to the planes (~1mi)

313th Infantry:

31 reps, 3 excercises

  • 31 Ranger Merkins OYO
  • 31 OH Ruck Press OYO
  • 31 Squats OYO

Recovery mosey of the “Bunny Trail” (cute name Jingles)

79th Infantry Division

  • 79 LBCs, Ruck overhead, OYO

Ruck back to Valor Park (~1mi)

 

Here’s where the real fun began.  T/Sgt. Gerstung’s final effort to support our retreating forces stood out to me, so I thought we’d reenact it as best possible.  (Sorry OneCall, the machine guns on Amazon weren’t Prime, so we’ll stick with our coupons)

With coupon cradled in one arm, backwards ruck length of Valor Park and back (switch arms) (~100yards)  Machine gun noises here were a nice touch.  Apparently Cheesy had a taser of some sort?

Army crawl with coupon drag length of Valor Park (~50 yards)

Return to Shovel Flag (~0.25mi)

Time

COT
Count-O-Rama – 6
Name-O-Rama
Prayer Requests: Digits – FiALexington PAX was struck by a car while running on 12-18-18.  Donations can be made here: https://www.givesendgo.com/GJA9

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