05 September 2010

Medal of Honor: W. S. Sitman


Sergeant First Class, US Army; Company M, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division

Born: 9 August 1923, Bellwood, Pennsylvania
Died: 14 February 1951, near Chipyong-ni, South Korea

Citation: Sfc. Sitman distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations. Sfc. Sitman, a machine gun section leader of Company M, was attached to Company I, under attack by a numerically superior hostile force [near Chipyong-ni, South Korea, on 14 February 1951]. During the encounter when an enemy grenade knocked out his machine gun, a squad from Company I, immediately emplaced a light machine gun and Sfc. Sitman and his men remained to provide security for the crew. In the ensuing action, the enemy lobbed a grenade into the position and Sfc. Sitman, fully aware of the odds against him, selflessly threw himself on it, absorbing the full force of the explosion with his body. Although mortally wounded in this fearless display of valor, his intrepid act saved 5 men from death or serious injury, and enabled them to continue inflicting withering fire on the ruthless foe throughout the attack. Sfc. Sitman's noble self-sacrifice and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and uphold the honored traditions of the military service.

Note: Chipyong-ni is now known as Jipyeong-ri.

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