Joseph A. Farinholt was the only enlisted man in the history of the U.S. military to receive four awards of the Silver Star, the United States third highest decoration for valor in combat, in the same war.
Farinholt's fourth and final Silver Star was earned on November 26, 1944 in Bourheim, Germany. The 175th Infantry had taken Bourheim three days earlier but since had to fight off no fewer than six attempts by the Germans to retake the town. In the Germans' final attempt on November 26, they attacked with a heavy force that included Tiger I tanks from Panzer Abteilung (Funklenk) 301.
After one of Farinholt's antitankgun crews had been knocked out of action by a Tiger tank leading an armored column intoBourheim, he personally manned the gun, firing and neutralizing the tank by hitting its left rearroad wheel and knocking its track off. In doing so, he temporarily brought to a halt the enemy’s armored and infantry advance but was seriously wounded when the tank's machine gunner
returned fire peppering Farinholt and his gun's armored plate with bullets. Farinholt suffered 26 bullet and shrapnel wounds to his body, to include having the tibia bone in his lower right leg completely shattered. Despite his severe injuries, and while still under fire, he managed to crawl to a nearby jeep in which he drove to the 3rd Battalion command post to warn leaders of the coming attack. Farinholt's report led to an airstrike by P-47 Thunderbolts which decimated the attacking Germans.