31 October 2010

Medal of Honor: M. Red Cloud, Jr.


Corporal, US Army; Company E, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division

Born: 2 July 1924, Hatfield, Wisconsin
Died: 5 November 1950, near Chonghyon, Korea

Citation: Cpl. Red Cloud, Company E, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy [near Chonghyon, Korea, on 5 November 1950]. From his position on the point of a ridge immediately in front of the company command post he was the first to detect the approach of the Chinese Communist forces and give the alarm as the enemy charged from a brush-covered area less than 100 feet from him. Springing up he delivered devastating pointblank automatic rifle fire into the advancing enemy. His accurate and intense fire checked this assault and gained time for the company to consolidate its defense. With utter fearlessness he maintained his firing position until severely wounded by enemy fire. Refusing assistance he pulled himself to his feet and wrapping his arm around a tree continued his deadly fire again, until he was fatally wounded. This heroic act stopped the enemy from overrunning his company's position and gained time for reorganization and evacuation of the wounded. Cpl. Red Cloud's dauntless courage and gallant self-sacrifice reflects the highest credit upon himself and upholds the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.

Note: USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR 313) was named in his honour, as was Camp Red Cloud, at Uijeongbu, South Korea.

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