- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Company H, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division "All American", U.S. Army
- Awarded for:
- Operation Market Garden
For heroic conduct in action 23 September 1944 near ***. Corporal Puffer, Assistant Squad Leader, Company H, displayed exceptional courage and assisted in the orderly movement of his platoon while an enemy counterattack was in progress. When his company had reached its objective, the enemy launched a counterattack supported by heavy artillery fire. Company H displace to new positions and prepared for a second attack. During the displacement, Corporal Puffer remained in position from which he covered his platoon until he was seriously wounded by artillery. His brave action contributed to the orderly movement and subsequent prompt re-organization of his platoon and company for a second attack.
Headquarters 82nd Airborne Division, General Orders No. 19 (1945).