List of Korean War Medal of Honor recipients

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This list represents all of the 137 United States military personnel who received the Medal of Honor for valor in combat during the Korean War. 98 Medals of Honor were awarded posthumously.

The Korean War was an escalation of border clashes between two rival Korean regimes (each of which was supported by external powers) with each Korean regime trying to topple the other through political and guerilla tactics. In a very narrow sense, some may refer to it as a civil war, though many other factors were at play.[1] After failing to strengthen their cause in the free elections held in South Korea during May 1950[2] and the refusal of South Korea to hold new elections per North Korean demands, the communist North Korean Army moved south on June 25, 1950 to attempt to reunite the Korean peninsula, which had been formally divided since 1948. The conflict was then expanded by the United States and the Soviet Union's involvement as part of the larger Cold War. The main hostilities were during the period from June 25, 1950 until the armistice was signed on July 27, 1953.

Korean War[edit]

Medal of Honor recipients[edit]

The Medal of Honor was created during the American Civil War and is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces. The recipient must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the United States. Due to the nature of this medal, it is commonly presented posthumously.[3]

Korean War Medal of Honor recipients by service branch[4]

US Army - 84
US Marine Corps - 42
US Navy - 7 (5 medical corpsmen attached to Marine Corps)
US Air Force - 4

Korean War Medal of Honor recipients

      Lavender background and   indicates that the Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously

Note: Notes in quotations are derived or are copied from the official Medal of Honor citation
PhotoNameServiceRankPlace of actionDate of actionUnitNotes
Abrell.jpgAbrell, Charles G.Charles G. Abrell Marine CorpsE-04CorporalHangnyong, KoreaJune 10, 19512nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine DivisionSacrificed his life to defeat an enemy bunker
Stanley Adams, MOH.jpgAdams, Stanley T.Stanley T. AdamsArmyE-07Sergeant First ClassSesim-ni, KoreaFebruary 4, 195119th Infantry RegimentFor leading the repelling of an enemy attack
WilliamBarberUSMC.jpgBarber, William E.William E. BarberMarine CorpsO-03CaptainBattle of Chosin Reservoir, KoreaNovember 28, 1950 to December 2, 1950Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine DivisionRisked his life as a commanding officer in action against enemy aggressor forces
Charles H. Barker, MOH.jpgBarker, Charles H.Charles H. Barker ArmyE-01PrivateSokkogae, KoreaJune 4, 1953Company K, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry DivisionKilled while fighting the enemy in hand-to-hand combat
William B. Baugh.jpgBaugh, William B.William B. Baugh Marine CorpsE-02Private First ClassKoto-ri to Hagaru-ri (along road between), KoreaNovember 29, 1950Company G, 3d Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein)Risked his life to save his fellow Marines during a nighttime enemy attack against a motorized column.
Edward C. Benfold.jpgBenfold, Edward C.Edward C. Benfold NavyHospital Corpsman Third ClassKoreaSeptember 5, 19521st Marine Divisionmedical corpsman; sacrificed his life treating wounds and saving the lives of wounded Marines.
Emory L. Bennett.JPGBennett, Emory L.Emory L. Bennett ArmyE-02Private First ClassSobangsan, KoreaJune 24, 1951Company B, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division.Sacrificed his life to provide cover fire for withdrawing troops, continued to fire at the enemy until mortally wounded.
DavidBleak.jpgBleak, David B.David B. BleakArmyE-05SergeantMinari-gol, KoreaJune 14, 1952Medical Company 223d Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry DivisionRisked his life to administer first aid to several wounded soldiers and killing several of the enemy
Nelson Vogel Brittin.JPGBrittin, Nelson V.Nelson V. Brittin ArmyE-07Sergeant First ClassYonggong-ni, KoreaMarch 7, 1951Company I, 19th Infantry RegimentSacrificed his life to kill 20 enemy soldiers and destroying four automatic weapons to help his company advance into an enemy position
Melvin L Brown.jpgBrown, Melvin L.Melvin L. Brown ArmyE-02Private First ClassKasan, KoreaSeptember 4, 1950Company D, 8th Engineer Combat BattalionSingle handedly defended a section of wall until all of his grenades and ammo was expended. He was reported KIA, September 5, 1950.
Lloyd Burke.jpgBurke, Lloyd L.Lloyd L. BurkeArmyO-02First LieutenantChong-dong, KoreaOctober 28, 1951Company G, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry DivisionRisked his life to attack the enemy in order to rescue his company who had been pinned down
Tony K. Burris.JPGBurris, Tony K.Tony K. Burris ArmyE-07Sergeant First ClassMundung-ni, KoreaOctober 8, 1951 to October 9, 1951Company L, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry DivisionSacrificed his life to destroy multiple enemy positions and killing several of the enemy
Cafferata korea moh.jpgCafferata, Jr., Hector A.Hector A. Cafferata, Jr.Marine CorpsE-01PrivateBattle of Chosin Reservoir, KoreaNovember 28, 1950Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Risked his life to single handedly fight off an enemy attack
Champagne D.jpgChampagne, David B.David B. Champagne Marine CorpsE-04CorporalKoreaMay 28, 1952Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Sacrificed his life to save the other members of his fireteam by throwing an enemy grenade out of the trench
William Charette.jpgCharette, William R.William R. CharetteNavyHospital Corpsman Third ClassVegas Hill, KoreaMarch 27, 1953Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine DivisionMedical corpsman; aided many fallen Marines under heavy fire.
Cornelius Charlton.jpgCharlton, Cornelius H.Cornelius H. Charlton ArmyE-05SergeantChipo-ri, KoreaJune 2, 1951Company C, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry DivisionKilled due to multiple wounds sustained after several attacks against the enemy
Christianson SR.jpgChristianson, Stanley R.Stanley R. Christianson Marine CorpsE-02Private First ClassSeoul, KoreaSeptember 29, 1950Company E, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Killed after remaining in his position to allow his fellow Marines to be notified of an enemy attack
Gilbert Collier.jpgCollier, Gilbert G.Gilbert G. Collier ArmyE-04CorporalTutayon, KoreaJuly 19, 1953 to July 20, 1953Company F, 223d Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry DivisionRisked his life to remain with his wounded commanding officer while the remainder of the company returned to camp
Collier, John W.John W. Collier ArmyE-04CorporalChindong-ni, KoreaSeptember 19, 1950Company C, 27th Infantry RegimentKilled when he threw himself on a grenade
Henry Commiskey.jpgCommiskey, Sr., Henry A.Henry A. Commiskey, Sr.Marine CorpsO-01Second LieutenantYongdungp'o, KoreaSeptember 20, 1950Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Risked his life to attack the enemy multiple times killing several and inflicting significant damage
Samuel S Coursen USMA 1949Coursen, Samuel StreitSamuel Streit Coursen ArmyO-02First LieutenantKaesong, KoreaOctober 12, 1950Company C 5th Cavalry RegimentKilled while attempting to protect a fallen comrade
Gordon Craig, MOH.jpgCraig, Gordon M.Gordon M. Craig ArmyE-04CorporalKasan, KoreaSeptember 10, 1950Reconnaissance Company, 1st Cavalry DivisionKilled after smothering a grenade with his body
Jerry Crump.jpgCrump, Jerry K.Jerry K. CrumpArmyE-04CorporalChorwon, KoreaSeptember 6, 1951 to September 7, 1951Company L, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry DivisionWounded after smothering a grenade with his body
Davenport JA USMC.jpgDavenport, Jack A.Jack A. Davenport Marine CorpsE-04CorporalSongnae-Dong, KoreaSeptember 21, 1951Company G, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Killed after throwing himself on a grenade
George Andrew Davis.jpgDavis, George A.George A. Davis Air ForceO-04MajorSinuiju-Yalu River area, KoreaFebruary 10, 1952334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, 5th Air ForceKilled when trying to protect a squadron of bombers from a group of 15 enemy MiG's
Gen. Ray Davis 1952.jpgDavis, RayRay DavisMarine CorpsO-05Lieutenant ColonelHagaru-ri, KoreaDecember 1, 1950 to December 4, 19501st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)For leading the rescue of a trapped rifle company
Richard David Dewert.jpgDe Wert, RichardRichard De Wert NavyHospitalmanKoreaApril 5, 19511st Marine Division (Rein.)Medical corpsman; although wounded twice, continued to aid fallen Marines until killed while giving first aid to a fallen comrade.
William F. Dean.jpgDean, William F.William F. DeanArmyO-08Major GeneralTaejon, KoreaJuly 20, 1950 to July 21, 195024th Infantry DivisionRisked his life to lead the evacuation of Taejon after it had been overrun by the enemy
Reginald Desiderio.jpgDesiderio, Reginald B.Reginald B. Desiderio ArmyO-03CaptainIpsok, KoreaNovember 27, 1950Company E, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry DivisionAlthough wounded, repeatedly attacked the enemy which motivated his men to defeat the opposing enemy force
Dewey DE.jpgDewey, Duane E.Duane E. DeweyMarine CorpsE-04CorporalPanmunjon, KoreaApril 16, 1952Company E, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Risked his life to save a corpsman and several fellow Marines by smothering a grenade with his body
Carl H. Dodd.jpgDodd, Carl H.Carl H. DoddArmyO-01Second LieutenantSubuk, KoreaJanuary 30, 1951 to January 31, 1951Company E, 5th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry DivisionRepeatedly attacked the enemy until he and his men successfully captured Hill 256
Duke, Ray E.Ray E. Duke ArmyE-07Sergeant First ClassMugok, KoreaApril 26, 1951Company C, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry DivisionConvinced others to leave him and seek safety as he continued to fire at the enemy force until he was killed
Edwards, Junior D.Junior D. Edwards ArmyE-07Sergeant First ClassChangbong-ni, KoreaJanuary 2, 1951Company E, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry DivisionKilled after attacking the enemy multiple times killing several of them
Essebagger, Jr., JohnJohn Essebagger, Jr. ArmyE-04CorporalPopsudong, KoreaApril 25, 1951Company A, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry DivisionRepeatedly attacked the enemy with machine gun fire until killed
Don C Faith.jpgFaith, Jr., Don C.Don C. Faith, Jr. ArmyO-05Lieutenant ColonelBattle of Chosin Reservoir, KoreaNovember 27, 1950 to December 1, 19501st Battalion, 32d Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry DivisionRisked his life repeatedly leading his men in combat for five days until he was killed
Fernando Luis Garcia.JPGGarcía, Fernando LuisFernando Luis García Marine CorpsE-02Private First ClassKoreaSeptember 5, 1952Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)For falling on a grenade to save his squad.
George, CharlesCharles George ArmyE-02Private First ClassSongnae-dong, KoreaNovember 30, 1952Company C, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry DivisionKilled after smothering a grenade with his body
Charles L Gilliland.jpgGilliland, Charles L.Charles L. Gilliland ArmyE-02Private First ClassTongmang-ni, KoreaApril 25, 1951Company I, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry DivisionKilled after volunteering to stay behind and keep the enemy at bay so his unit could pull out
Gomez E USMC.jpgGomez, EdwardEdward Gomez Marine CorpsE-02Private First ClassHill 749, KoreaSeptember 14, 1951Company E, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Sacrificed his life to save his fellow Marines by smothering a grenade with his body
Goodblood, ClairClair Goodblood ArmyE-04CorporalPopsu-dong, KoreaApril 24, 1951 to April 25, 1951Company D, 7th Infantry RegimentKilled after refusing medical aid and being charged by the enemy he was found with over 100 enemy dead
Guillen A.jpgGuillen, AmbrosioAmbrosio Guillen Marine CorpsE-06Staff sergeantSonguch-on, KoreaJuly 25, 1953Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Exposed himself to attacks to supervise the defense of their position and the treatment and evacuation of the wounded
Francis C Hammond.jpgHammond, Francis C.Francis C. Hammond NavyHospitalmanKoreaMarch 26, 1953 to March 27, 19531st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine DivisionMedical corpsman; sacrificed his life treating and directing wounded Marines until struck by a round of enemy mortar fire.
Hammond lester a small.jpgHammond, Jr., LesterLester Hammond, Jr. ArmyE-04CorporalKumwha, KoreaAugust 14, 1952Company A, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat TeamKilled while assisting the corpsmen with casualties and evacuation
Melvin O Handrich.jpgHandrich, Melvin O.Melvin O. Handrich ArmyE-08Master SergeantSobuk San Mountain, KoreaAugust 25, 1950 to August 26, 1950Company C, 5th Infantry RegimentKilled after fighting off an enemy attack. Was found with more than 70 dead enemy around him
Hanson, Jack G.Jack G. Hanson ArmyE-02Private First ClassPachi-dong, KoreaJune 7, 1951Company F, 31st Infantry RegimentWas found dead with an empty pistol in his right hand, a bloody machete in his left hand and 22 dead enemy around him
Lee R Hartell.jpgHartell, Lee R.Lee R. Hartell ArmyO-02First LieutenantKobangsan-ni, KoreaAugust 27, 1951Battery A, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2d Infantry DivisionDied while directing fire on an attacking enemy force
Harvey, RaymondRaymond HarveyArmyO-03CaptainTaemi-Dong, KoreaMarch 9, 1951Company C, 17th Infantry RegimentSeverely wounded after attacking the enemy multiple times and inflicting multiple enemy casualties
LT FredrickHenry CMHHenry, Frederick F.Frederick F. Henry ArmyO-02First LieutenantAm-Dong, KoreaSeptember 1, 1950Company F, 38th Infantry RegimentKilled after causing an estimated 50 enemy casualties
Rodolfo Hernandez.jpgHernandez, Rodolfo P.Rodolfo P. HernandezArmyE-04CorporalWontong-ni, KoreaMay 31, 1951Company G, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat TeamAlthough wounded, killed six of the enemy before falling unconscious from grenade, bayonet, and bullet wounds
Thomas J Hudner 1950.jpgHudner, Jr., Thomas J.Thomas J. Hudner, Jr.NavyO-02Lieutenant, Junior GradeBattle of Chosin Reservoir, KoreaDecember 4, 1950Fighter Squadron 32, attached to U.S.S. LeyteRisked his life to rescue a downed pilot
Einar H Ingman.jpgIngman, Jr., Einar H.Einar H. Ingman, Jr.ArmyE-04CorporalMaltari, KoreaFebruary 26, 1951Company E, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry DivisionRisked his life to destroy an enemy gun emplacement and allow his squad to finish their objective
Jecelin, William R.William R. Jecelin ArmyE-05SergeantSaga, KoreaSeptember 19, 1950Company C, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry DivisionSacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
James E Johnson.jpgJohnson, James E.James E. Johnson Marine CorpsE-05SergeantYudam-ni, KoreaDecember 2, 1950Company J, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Although seriously wounded, was last seen fighting the enemy hand to hand
Jordan, Mack A.Mack A. Jordan ArmyE-02Private First ClassKumsong, KoreaNovember 15, 1951Company K, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry DivisionKilled after volunteering to stay behind allowing his squad to escape
Anthony T. KahoʻohanohanoKahoʻohanohano, Anthony T.Anthony T. Kahoʻohanohano ArmyE-02Private First Classnear Chup'a-ri, KoreaSeptember 1, 1951Company H, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry DivisionAlthough wounded, held a position alone and fought hand-to-hand until being killed
Kanell, Billie G.Billie G. Kanell ArmyE-01PrivatePyonggang, KoreaSeptember 7, 1951Company I, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry DivisionSacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Emil KapaunKapaun, EmilEmil Kapaun ArmyO-03Captain, US Army Chaplain CorpsPyoktong, North KoreaMay 23, 19513rd Battalion, 8th CavalryInside dismal prison camps, Kapaun risked his life by sneaking around the camp after dark, foraging for food, caring for the sick, and encouraging his fellow Soldiers
Kaufman, Loren R.Loren R. Kaufman ArmyE-07Sergeant First ClassYongsan, KoreaSeptember 4, 1950 to September 5, 1950Company G, 9th Infantry RegimentRepeatedly attacked the enemy forcing them to retreat
Head and torso of a man sitting with his arms folded on his lap, wearing a garrison cap, horn-rimmed glasses, and a military jacket. The jacket's left breast is completely covered in ribbon bars and medals.Keeble, Woodrow W.Woodrow W. Keeble ArmyE-08Master SergeantSangsan-ni, KoreaOctober 20, 1951Company G, 19th InfantryRisked his life to personally destroy three enemy machine gun emplacements with hand grenades. Presented posthumously by President George W. Bush March 3, 2008 [2]
John D Kelly.jpgKelly, John D.John D. Kelly Marine CorpsE-02Private First ClassKoreaMay 28, 1952Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Killed while attacking and destroying several enemy bunkers singlehandedly
Kelso JW.jpgKelso, Jack W.Jack W. Kelso Marine CorpsE-02Private First ClassKoreaOctober 2, 1952Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Killed while providing cover fire for several Marines pinned down in a bunker allowing them to escape
Kennemore RS.jpgKennemore, Robert S.Robert S. KennemoreMarine CorpsE-06Staff sergeantnorth of Yudam-ni, KoreaNovember 27, 1950 to November 28, 1950Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Deliberately covered an enemy grenade with his foot to keep his men from being wounded or killed
John E Kilmer.jpgKilmer, John E.John E. Kilmer NavyHospitalmanKoreaAugust 13, 19523rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine DivisionMedical corpsman; killed while shielding a wounded Marine with his body.
Knight, Noah O.Noah O. Knight ArmyE-02Private First ClassKowang-San, KoreaNovember 23, 1951 to November 24, 1951Company F, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry DivisionKilled while attacking three enemy troops attempting to place demolition charges
John K Koelsch.jpgKoelsch, John K.John K. Koelsch NavyO-02Lieutenant, Junior GradeKoreaJuly 3, 1951Navy helicopter rescue unitDied as a POW after rescuing several crewman from a downed helicopter and evading the enemy for nine days.
Kouma, Ernest R.Ernest R. KoumaArmyE-07Sergeant First ClassAgok, KoreaAugust 31, 1950 to September 1, 1950Company A, 72d Tank BattalionRisked his life by attacking and killing at least 250 of the enemy
Krzyzowski, Edward C.Edward C. Krzyzowski ArmyO-03CaptainTondul, KoreaAugust 31, 1951 to September 3, 1951Company B, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry DivisionFor spearheading an assault against strongly defended Hill 700. Killed by an enemy sniper
Kyle, Darwin K.Darwin K. Kyle ArmyO-01Second LieutenantKamil-ni, KoreaFebruary 16, 1951Company K, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry DivisionFor repeatedly attacking and destroying the enemy. Killed by a burst from an enemy submachine gun
Hubert L Lee.jpgLee, Hubert L.Hubert L. LeeArmyE-08Master SergeantIp-ori, KoreaFebruary 1, 1951Company I, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry DivisionAlthough seriously wounded continued to lead his men and fight the enemy
George D. Libby.JPGLibby, George D.George D. Libby ArmyE-05SergeantTaejon, KoreaJuly 20, 1950Company C, 3d Engineer Combat Battalion, 24th Infantry DivisionSacrificed his life to shield the driver of a rescue vehicle from enemy rounds
Herbert A Littleton.jpgLittleton, Herbert A.Herbert A. Littleton Marine CorpsE-02Private First ClassChungchon, KoreaApril 22, 1951Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Long, Charles R.Charles R. Long ArmyE-05Sergeantnear Hoengseong, KoreaFebruary 12, 1951Company M, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry DivisionRemained in a forward position to target the enemy with mortar fire. Killed when his position was surrounded by the enemy
Baldomero Lopez - portrait.jpgLopez, BaldomeroBaldomero Lopez Marine CorpsO-02First LieutenantBattle of Inchon, KoreaSeptember 15, 1950Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines 1st Marine Division (Rein.)For smothering a hand grenade with his own body.
Charles J Loring.jpgLoring, Jr., Charles J.Charles J. Loring, Jr. Air ForceO-04MajorSniper Ridge, North KoreaNovember 22, 195280th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 8th Fighter-Bomber WingSacrificed his life by diving his damaged airplane into enemy gun emplacements
Lyell, William F.William F. Lyell ArmyE-04CorporalChup'a-ri, KoreaAugust 31, 1951Company F, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry DivisionRepeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire in order to defeat the enemy and was eventually killed by enemy mortar fire.
Benito Martinez2.jpgMartinez, BenitoBenito Martinez ArmyE-04CorporalSatae-ri, KoreaSeptember 6, 1952Company A, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry DivisionRefused to be rescued due to enemy troop activity and continued to fight the enemy until killed.
Matthews DP.jpgMatthews, Daniel P.Daniel P. Matthews Marine CorpsE-05SergeantVegas Hill, KoreaMarch 28, 1953Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Sacrificed his life to silence an enemy gun emplacement
Mausert FW.jpgMausert, III, Frederick W.Frederick W. Mausert, III Marine CorpsE-05SergeantSongnap-yong, KoreaSeptember 12, 1951Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Although severely wounded singlehandedly defeated an enemy gun emlacement and drew enemy fire away from his men.
McGovern, Robert M.Robert M. McGovern ArmyO-02First LieutenantKamyangjan-ni, KoreaJanuary 30, 1951Company A, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry DivisionKilled by a burst of machine gun fire after destroying an enemy gun emplacement
McLaughlin AL.jpgMcLaughlin, Alford L.Alford L. McLaughlinMarine CorpsE-02Private First ClassKoreaSeptember 4, 1952 to September 5, 1952Company L, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Although painfully wounded he continued to fight off the enemy until they were defeated
Head and shoulders of a smiling young man with dark hair wearing a garrison cap and a military jacket with two round pins on each lapel.Mendonca, Leroy A.Leroy A. Mendonca ArmyE-05SergeantChich-on, KoreaJuly 4, 1951Company B, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry DivisionSacrificed his life by remaining in an exposed position and covering the platoon's withdrawal
Lewis Millett saluting 1985Millett, Lewis L.Lewis L. MillettArmyO-03CaptainSoam-Ni, KoreaFebruary 7, 1951Company E, 27th Infantry RegimentIn taking an occupied hill, he led the last major American bayonet charge
Mitchell FN.jpgMitchell, Frank N.Frank N. Mitchell Marine CorpsO-02First LieutenantHansan-ni, KoreaNovember 26, 1950Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Killed by a burst of small arms fire after single handedly covering his squads escape
SSgt Hiroshi Myamura.jpgMiyamura, Hiroshi H.Hiroshi H. MiyamuraArmyE-04CorporalTaejon-ni, KoreaApril 24, 1951 to April 25, 1951Company H, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry DivisionThe first Medal of Honor to be classified Top Secret. This was because he was being held as a Prisoner of War by the Communists at the time.
Ola L Mize.jpgMize, Ola L.Ola L. MizeArmyE-05SergeantSurang-ni, KoreaJune 10, 1953 to June 11, 1953Company K, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry DivisionRepeatedly risked his life to fight back the enemy and protect several wounded soldiers
Monagan WC.jpgMonegan, Jr., Walter C.Walter C. Monegan, Jr. Marine CorpsE-02Private First ClassSosa-ri, KoreaSeptember 17, 1950 and September 20, 1950Company F, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Killed while repeatedly attacking the enemy at night
Moreland WL.jpgMoreland, Whitt L.Whitt L. Moreland Marine CorpsE-02Private First ClassKwagch'i-Dong, KoreaMay 29, 1951Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Moyer, Donald R.Donald R. Moyer ArmyE-07Sergeant First ClassSeoul, KoreaMay 20, 1951Company E, 35th Infantry RegimentSacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Murphy RG.jpgMurphy, Raymond G.Raymond G. MurphyMarine CorpsO-01Second LieutenantKoreaFebruary 3, 1953Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Although wounded he refused medical care to fight the enemy until all his men and casualties had been taken care of.
Myers RR.jpgMyers, Reginald R.Reginald R. MyersMarine CorpsO-04MajorHagaru-ri, KoreaNovember 29, 19503d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Although losing 170 of his men during 14 hours of combat in subzero temperatures, continued to reorganize his unit and spearhead the attack which resulted in 600 enemy killed and 500 wounded
Obregon EA.jpgObregon, Eugene A.Eugene A. Obregon Marine CorpsE-02Private First ClassSeoul, KoreaSeptember 26, 1950Company G, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Sacrificed his life by using his own body as a shield to protect another wounded Marine
OBrien GH.jpgO'Brien, Jr., George H.George H. O'Brien, Jr.Marine CorpsO-01Second LieutenantKoreaOctober 27, 1952Company H, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Provided cover and care for wounded while his unit was attacking the enemy
Joseph R. Oulette.JPGOuellette, Joseph R.Joseph R. Ouellette ArmyE-02Private First ClassYongsan, KoreaAugust 31, 1950 to September 3, 1950Company H, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry DivisionRepeatedly risked his life to gather grenades and ammunition until killed by enemy fire
John U D Page.jpgPage, John U. D.John U. D. Page ArmyO-05Lieutenant ColonelBattle of Chosin Reservoir, KoreaNovember 29, 1950 to December 10, 1950X Corps Artillery, while attached to the 52d Transportation Truck BattalionRepeatedly attacked the enemy and defended his convoy until killed
Charles F Pendleton.jpgPendleton, Charles F.Charles F. Pendleton ArmyE-04CorporalChoo Gung-Dong, KoreaJuly 16, 1953 to July 17, 1953Company D, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry DivisionAlthough wounded he refused medical treatment and continued to fight back the enemy until killed
Phillips LH.jpgPhillips, Lee H.Lee H. Phillips Marine CorpsE-04CorporalKoreaNovember 4, 1950Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Risked his life to defeat a pocket of enemy resistance
Herbert K Pililaau.jpgPililaau, Herbert K.Herbert K. Pililaau ArmyE-02Private First ClassPia-ri, KoreaSeptember 17, 1951Company C, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry DivisionAfter being killed fighting the enemy it was determined that he singlehandedly defeated more than 40 of the enemy
John A Pittman.jpgPittman, John A.John A. PittmanArmyE-05SergeantKujangdong, KoreaNovember 26, 1950Company C, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry DivisionProtected his squad by smothering a grenade with his body
Ralph E Pomeroy.jpgPomeroy, Ralph E.Ralph E. Pomeroy ArmyE-02Private First ClassKumhwa, KoreaOctober 15, 1952Company E, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry DivisionSacrificed his life manning a heavy machine gun until mortally wounded
Porter, Donn F.Donn F. Porter ArmyE-05SergeantMundung-ni KoreaSeptember 7, 1952Company G, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry DivisionKilled after fighting back a superior enemy force
Poynter JI.jpgPoynter, James I.James I. Poynter Marine CorpsE-05SergeantSudong, KoreaNovember 4, 1950Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Sacrificed his life to kill several of the enemy with hand grenades to save a group of fellow Marines
Ramer GH.jpgRamer, George H.George H. Ramer Marine CorpsO-01Second LieutenantKoreaSeptember 12, 1951Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Led his men against a superior enemy force and although wounded refused medical aid, manning his post until the enemy overran his position
Head and shoulders of a young man wearing a peaked cap and a military jacket with ribbon bars and a badge on the left breast.Red Cloud, Jr., MitchellMitchell Red Cloud, Jr. ArmyE-04CorporalChonghyon, KoreaNovember 5, 1950Company E, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry DivisionAfter being seriously wounded, refused medical treatment to continue to fight the enemy until he was killed
Reem RB.jpgReem, Robert D.Robert D. Reem Marine CorpsO-01Second LieutenantChinhung-ni, KoreaNovember 6, 1950Company H, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Killed after he covered a grenade with his body
Joseph Rodriguez.jpgRodriguez, Joseph C.Joseph C. RodriguezArmyE-02Private First ClassMunye-ri, KoreaMay 21, 1951Company F, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry DivisionSinglehandedly destroyed several enemy gun emplacements and foxholes
Ronald E Rosser.jpgRosser, Ronald E.Ronald E. RosserArmyE-04CorporalPonggilli, KoreaJanuary 12, 1952Heavy Mortar Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry DivisionRepeatedly risked his life to fight the enemy and rescue several wounded soldiers
TiborRubin cropped.jpgRubin, TiborTibor RubinArmyE-04CorporalKoreaJuly 23, 1950 to April 20, 1953Company I, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry DivisionFor single-handedly defending his regiment during their retreat, and saving the lives of many fellow soldiers in a Chinese POW camp.
Dan D Schoonover.jpgSchoonover, Daniel D.Daniel D. Schoonover ArmyE-04CorporalSokkogae, KoreaJuly 8, 1953 to July 10, 1953Company A, 13th Engineer Combat Battalion, 7th Infantry DivisionWas last seen fighting the enemy with a machine gun before he was killed by artillery fire
Edward R Schowalter.jpgSchowalter, Jr., Edward R.Edward R. Schowalter, Jr.ArmyO-02First LieutenantKumhwa, KoreaOctober 14, 1952Company A, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry DivisionAlthough wounded he continued to fight and lead his men until they defeated the enemy
Louis J Sebille.jpgSebille, Louis J.Louis J. Sebille Air ForceO-04MajorHanchang, KoreaAugust 5, 195067th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 18th Fighter-Bomber Group, 5th Air ForceKilled after diving his aircraft into enemy troops
Richard T Shea.jpgShea, Richard ThomasRichard Thomas Shea ArmyO-02First LieutenantSokkogae, KoreaJuly 6, 1953 to July 8, 1953Company A 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry DivisionAfter fighting off and killing several of the enemy he was last seen in close hand-to-hand combat with the enemy
WilliamShuck USMC.jpgShuck, Jr., William E.William E. Shuck, Jr. Marine CorpsE-06Staff sergeantKoreaJuly 3, 1952Company G, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Sacrificed his life to assure that all dead and wounded were evacuated
Simanek RE.jpgSimanek, Robert E.Robert E. SimanekMarine CorpsE-02Private First ClassKoreaAugust 17, 1952Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Risked his life to save his comrades by smothering a grenade with his body
William S Sitman.jpgSitman, William S.William S. Sitman ArmyE-07Sergeant First ClassChipyong-ni, KoreaFebruary 14, 1951Company M, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry DivisionSacrificed his life to save his comrades by smothering a grenade with his body
CarlSitter USMC.jpgSitter, Carl L.Carl L. SitterMarine CorpsO-03CaptainHagaru-ri, KoreaNovember 29, 1950 to November 30, 1950Company G, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Although painfully wounded he refused to be evacuated and continued to fight until defense of the area was assured
Skinner SE.jpgSkinner, Jr., Sherrod E.Sherrod E. Skinner, Jr. Marine CorpsO-01Second LieutenantKoreaOctober 26, 1952Battery F, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)In addition to fighting off an enemy force for three hours he sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Smith, David M.David M. Smith ArmyE-02Private First ClassYongsan, KoreaSeptember 1, 1950Company E, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry DivisionSacrificed his life to save his comrades by smothering a grenade with his body
Speicher, Clifton T.Clifton T. Speicher ArmyE-04CorporalMinarigol, KoreaJune 14, 1952Company F, 223d Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry DivisionDied after wounds received after charging into an enemy machine gun nest
James L Stone.jpgStone, James L.James L. StoneArmyO-02First LieutenantSokkogae, KoreaNovember 21, 1951 to November 22, 1951Company E 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry DivisionCaptured while leading his men against an overwhelming enemy assault
Story, Luther H.Luther H. Story ArmyE-02Private First ClassAgok, KoreaSeptember 1, 1950Company A, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry DivisionSacrificed his life to save his unit by remaining behind and covering them as they withdrew
Sudut, Jerome A.Jerome A. Sudut ArmyO-01Second LieutenantKumhwa, KoreaSeptember 12, 1951Company B, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry DivisionAlthough wounded he led his men against the enemy and single handedly defeated a group of them after the rifleman he was with was wounded
Svehla, HenryHenry Svehla ArmyE-02Private First ClassKoreaJune 12, 1952Company F, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry DivisionCharged forward, then smothered a grenade blast with his body
William H. Thompson (MOH).jpgThompson, WilliamWilliam Thompson ArmyE-02Private First ClassHaman, KoreaAugust 6, 195024th Company M, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry DivisionKilled by an enemy grenade while covering his units withdrawal
Turner, Charles W.Charles W. Turner ArmyE-07Sergeant First ClassYongsan, KoreaSeptember 1, 19502d Reconnaissance Company, 2d Infantry DivisionDirected his tank to destroy seven enemy machine gun nests and covered his units withdrawal until killed
VanWinkle A.jpgVan Winkle, ArchieArchie Van WinkleMarine CorpsE-06Staff sergeantSudong, KoreaNovember 2, 1950Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Although severely wounded he continued to fight and lead his men until he passed out from loss of blood
Vittori J.jpgVittori, JosephJoseph Vittori Marine CorpsE-04CorporalHill 749, KoreaSeptember 15, 1951 to September 16, 1951Company F, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Among numerous accomplishments he was found dead among 200 enemy soldiers that he had singlehandedly killed in fighting
Capt. John S. Walmsley Jr, USAF.jpgWalmsley, Jr., John S.John S. Walmsley, Jr. Air ForceO-03CaptainYangdok, KoreaSeptember 14, 19518th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bomb GroupFlew his plane through an intense enemy barriage to defend ground forces and maximize enemy damage
Lewis G Watkins.jpgWatkins, Lewis G.Lewis G. Watkins Marine CorpsE-06Staff sergeantKoreaOctober 7, 1952Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Killed by an enemy grenade when it exploded in his hand
Travis E Watkins.jpgWatkins, Travis E.Travis E. Watkins ArmyE-08Master SergeantYongsan, KoreaAugust 31, 1950 to September 3, 1950Company H, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry DivisionVolunteered to remain and defend his units withdrawal because he knew his injuries would slow them down
Ernest E West.jpgWest, Ernest E.Ernest E. WestArmyE-02Private First ClassSataeri, KoreaOctober 12, 1952Company L, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry DivisionAlthough wounded he assisted in evacuating the wounded and killed several of the enemy
Wilson, Benjamin F.Benjamin F. WilsonArmyE-08Master SergeantHwach'on-Myon, KoreaJune 5, 1951Company I, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry DivisionRepeatedly risked his life in order for his troops to reorganize and counterattack
Wilson HE.jpgWilson, Harold E.Harold E. WilsonMarine CorpsE-06Technical SergeantKoreaApril 23, 1951 to April 24, 1951Company G, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam War; In addition to the Medal of Honor he received five purple hearts.
Richard G Wilson.jpgWilson, Richard G.Richard G. Wilson ArmyE-02Private First ClassOpari, KoreaOctober 21, 1950Co. 1, Medical Company, 187th Airborne Infantry RegimentSacrificed his life to aid a fellow soldier shielding them from enemy fire with his own body
William G Windrich.jpgWindrich, William G.William G. Windrich Marine CorpsE-06Staff sergeantYudam-ni, KoreaDecember 1, 1950Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)Sacrificed his life to direct his men and rescue several wounded Marines from a hillside
Bryant Homer Womack.jpgWomack, Bryant H.Bryant H. Womack ArmyE-02Private First ClassSokso-ri, KoreaMarch 12, 1952Medical Company, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry DivisionSacrificed his life aiding other wounded soldiers
Young, Robert H.Robert H. Young ArmyE-02Private First Classnorth of Kaesong, KoreaOctober 9, 1950Company E, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry DivisionAlthough wounded, repeatedly repelled the enemy and insisted other wounded be treated first

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  1. ^ Richard W. Stewart (ed.). "Ch. 8 :The Korean War, 1950-1953". American Military History, Volume 2(revised 2005). CMH Pub 30-22. Retrieved August 20, 2007. 
  2. ^ Hermes, Jr., Walter (1966). Truce Tent and Fighting Front. United States Army Center of Military History. p. 2,6,9. 
  3. ^ "A Brief History — The Medal of Honor". Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Department of Defense. August 8, 2006. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ [1] Home of Heroes site. Retrieved Jan. 22, 2014.