22 April 2012

Medal of Honor: R. D. De Wert


Hospital Corpsman, US Navy; 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines

Born: 17 November 1931, Taunton, Massachusetts
Died: 5 April 1951, North Korea

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a HC, in action against enemy aggressor forces [in North Korea on 5 April 1951]. When a fire team from the point platoon of his company was pinned down by a deadly barrage of hostile automatic weapons fired and suffered many casualties, HC Dewert rushed to the assistance of 1 of the more seriously wounded and, despite a painful leg wound sustained while dragging the stricken marine to safety, steadfastly refused medical treatment for himself and immediately dashed back through the fireswept area to carry a second wounded man out of the line of fire. Undaunted by the mounting hail of devastating enemy fire, he bravely moved forward a third time and received another serious wound in the shoulder after discovering that a wounded marine had already died. Still persistent in his refusal to submit to first aid, he resolutely answered the call of a fourth stricken comrade and, while rendering medical assistance, was himself mortally wounded by a burst of enemy fire. His courageous initiative, great personal valor, and heroic spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of overwhelming odds reflect the highest credit upon HC Dewert and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Note: USS De Wert (FFG 45) was named in his honour.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I visited the USS De Wert today with my four sons. I reminded them, "But by the grace of God go we." R.D De Wert never made it home. Attached to D27, he was wounded twice and still tried to save other Marines which cost him his life and won him the medal of honor. My Dad was Hospital Corpsman in Korea too - with E27 Marines. My dad received two purple hearts. And eventually made it home...by the grace of God. And we are now here and De Wert has no children or grand children. But by the grace of God go I.