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Heiss, Col. Gustave

Colonel Heiss was born in Meriden, Mississippi in 1904, and attended Tulane University before entering West Point. While at the academy, Gus won the intercollegiate Fencing Association championships in epee and also the IFA epee team championships. He is one of the most successful epee fencers in the US history by winning 6 US national championships in men’s epee (representing the NY Fencers’ Club). He went on to fence in the 1932 Olympics and win the Olympic Bronze medal in men’s epee team, and competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, where the Americans finished 5th.   A war injury during World War II ended his athletic career. In 1944, in the Battle of St. Vieth in Belgium, he triggered a “booby trap” that exploded. Almost fatally wounded, he walked six miles away from enemy lines before he was discovered. He spent nearly 2 years in hospitals in France, Great Britain and the Untied States. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Silver Star and the Purple Heart

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heiss 1932 Here is a list of his major fencing accomplishments:
1931 IFA Individual Epee Champion (USMA)
1932 US OLYMPIC TEAM Men’s Epee
1932 US OLYMPIC TEAM – Men’s Epee Team – BRONZE
1932 Outdoor US National Epee Champion
1932 US National Epee Team Champion (NYFC)
1933 US National Epee Team Champion (NYFC)
1933 US National Epee Champion
1934 US National Epee Team Champion (NYFC)
1934 US National Epee Champion
1935 US National Epee Team Champion (NYFC)
1936 US National Epee Team Champion (NYFC)
1936 US National Epee Champion
1936 US OLYMPIC TEAM – Men’s Epee
1936 US OLYMPIC TEAM – Men’s Epee Team – 5th place
1939 US National Epee Team Champion (NYFC)
1940 Outdoor US National Epee Champion
1941 US National Epee Team Champion (NYFC)
1941 US National Epee Champion