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 Air Force - 4
US Army - 84
US Marine Corps - 42
US Navy - 7

Korean War Medal of Honor recipients

      Lavender background indicates that the Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously

  indicates that the recipient was killed in action.
Note: Notes in quotations are derived or are copied from the official Medal of Honor citation
Photo Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Unit Notes
Abrell.jpg Abrell, Charles G.Charles G. Abrell  Marine Corps E-04Corporal Hangnyong, Korea June 10, 1951 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life to defeat an enemy bunker
Stanley Adams, MOH.jpg Adams, Stanley T.Stanley T. Adams Army E-07Sergeant First Class Sesim-ni, Korea February 4, 1951 19th Infantry Regiment For leading the repelling of an enemy attack
WilliamBarberUSMC.jpg Barber, William E.William E. Barber Marine Corps O-03Captain Battle of Chosin Reservoir, Korea November 28, 1950 to December 2, 1950 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Risked his life as a commanding officer in action against enemy aggressor forces
Charles H. Barker, MOH.jpg Barker, Charles H.Charles H. Barker  Army E-01Private Sokkogae, Korea June 4, 1953 Company K, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division Killed while fighting the enemy in hand-to-hand combat
William B. Baugh.jpg Baugh, William B.William B. Baugh  Marine Corps E-02Private First Class Koto-ri to Hagaru-ri (along road between), Korea November 29, 1950 Company G, 3d Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein) Risked his life to save his fellow Marines during a nighttime enemy attack against a motorized column.
Baldonado, Joe R.Joe R. Baldonado  Army E-04Corporal Kangdong, Korea November 25, 1950 1st Battalion, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment Sacrificed his life by remaining in an exposed machine gun position during an enemy attack; killed numerous enemy troops.
Edward C. Benfold.jpg Benfold, Edward C.Edward C. Benfold  Navy Hospital Corpsman Third Class Korea September 5, 1952 1st Marine Division Medical corpsman; sacrificed his life treating wounds and saving the lives of wounded Marines.
Emory L. Bennett.JPG Bennett, Emory L.Emory L. Bennett  Army E-02Private First Class Sobangsan, Korea June 24, 1951 Company 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.jpg Bleak, David B.David B. Bleak Army E-05Sergeant Minari-gol, Korea June 14, 1952 Medical Company 223d Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division Risked his life to administer first aid to several wounded soldiers and killing several of the enemy
Nelson Vogel Brittin.JPG Brittin, Nelson V.Nelson V. Brittin  Army E-07Sergeant First Class Yonggong-ni, Korea March 7, 1951 Company I, 19th Infantry Regiment Sacrificed his life to kill 20 enemy soldiers and destroying four automatic weapons to help his company advance into an enemy position
Melvin L Brown.jpg Brown, Melvin L.Melvin L. Brown  Army E-02Private First Class Kasan, Korea September 4, 1950 Company D, 8th Engineer Combat Battalion Single handedly defended a section of wall until all of his grenades and ammo was expended. He was reported KIA, September 5, 1950.
Lloyd Burke.jpg Burke, Lloyd L.Lloyd L. Burke Army O-02First Lieutenant Chong-dong, Korea October 28, 1951 Company G, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division Risked his life to attack the enemy in order to rescue his company who had been pinned down
Tony K. Burris.JPG Burris, Tony K.Tony K. Burris  Army E-07Sergeant First Class Mundung-ni, Korea October 8, 1951 to October 9, 1951 Company L, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division Sacrificed his life to destroy multiple enemy positions and killing several of the enemy
Cafferata korea moh.jpg Cafferata, Jr., Hector A.Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. Marine Corps E-01Private Battle of Chosin Reservoir, Korea November 28, 1950 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.) Risked his life to single handedly fight off an enemy attack
Champagne D.jpg Champagne, David B.David B. Champagne  Marine Corps E-04Corporal Korea May 28, 1952 Company 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.jpg Charette, William R.William R. Charette Navy Hospital Corpsman Third Class Vegas Hill, Korea March 27, 1953 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Medical corpsman; aided many fallen Marines under heavy fire.
Cornelius Charlton.jpg Charlton, Cornelius H.Cornelius H. Charlton  Army E-05Sergeant Chipo-ri, Korea June 2, 1951 Company C, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Killed due to multiple wounds sustained after several attacks against the enemy
Christianson SR.jpg Christianson, Stanley R.Stanley R. Christianson  Marine Corps E-02Private First Class Seoul, Korea September 29, 1950 Company 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.jpg Collier, Gilbert G.Gilbert G. Collier  Army E-04Corporal Tutayon, Korea July 19, 1953 to July 20, 1953 Company F, 223d Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division Risked his life to remain with his wounded commanding officer while the remainder of the company returned to camp
Collier, John W.John W. Collier  Army E-04Corporal Chindong-ni, Korea September 19, 1950 Company C, 27th Infantry Regiment Killed when he threw himself on a grenade
Henry Commiskey.jpg Commiskey, Sr., Henry A.Henry A. Commiskey, Sr. Marine Corps O-01Second Lieutenant Yongdungp'o, Korea September 20, 1950 Company 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 1949 Coursen, Samuel StreitSamuel Streit Coursen  Army O-02First Lieutenant Kaesong, Korea October 12, 1950 Company C 5th Cavalry Regiment Killed while attempting to protect a fallen comrade
Gordon Craig, MOH.jpg Craig, Gordon M.Gordon M. Craig  Army E-04Corporal Kasan, Korea September 10, 1950 Reconnaissance Company, 1st Cavalry Division Killed after smothering a grenade with his body
Jerry Crump.jpg Crump, Jerry K.Jerry K. Crump Army E-04Corporal Chorwon, Korea September 6, 1951 to September 7, 1951 Company L, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division Wounded after smothering a grenade with his body
Davenport JA USMC.jpg Davenport, Jack A.Jack A. Davenport  Marine Corps E-04Corporal Songnae-Dong, Korea September 21, 1951 Company G, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.) Killed after throwing himself on a grenade
George Andrew Davis.jpg Davis, George A.George A. Davis  Air Force O-04Major Sinuiju-Yalu River area, Korea February 10, 1952 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force Killed when trying to protect a squadron of bombers from a group of 15 enemy MiG's
Gen. Ray Davis 1952.jpg Davis, RayRay Davis Marine Corps O-05Lieutenant Colonel Hagaru-ri, Korea December 1, 1950 to December 4, 1950 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.) For leading the rescue of a trapped rifle company
Richard David Dewert.jpg De Wert, RichardRichard De Wert  Navy Hospitalman Korea April 5, 1951 1st 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.jpg Dean, William F.William F. Dean Army O-08Major General Taejon, Korea July 20, 1950 to July 21, 1950 24th Infantry Division Risked his life to lead the evacuation of Taejon after it had been overrun by the enemy
Reginald Desiderio.jpg Desiderio, Reginald B.Reginald B. Desiderio  Army O-03Captain Ipsok, Korea November 27, 1950 Company E, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Although wounded, repeatedly attacked the enemy which motivated his men to defeat the opposing enemy force
Dewey DE.jpg Dewey, Duane E.Duane E. Dewey Marine Corps E-04Corporal Panmunjon, Korea April 16, 1952 Company 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.jpg Dodd, Carl H.Carl H. Dodd Army O-01Second Lieutenant Subuk, Korea January 30, 1951 to January 31, 1951 Company E, 5th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division Repeatedly attacked the enemy until he and his men successfully captured Hill 256
Duke, Ray E.Ray E. Duke  Army E-07Sergeant First Class Mugok, Korea April 26, 1951 Company C, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division Convinced 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  Army E-07Sergeant First Class Changbong-ni, Korea January 2, 1951 Company E, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division Killed after attacking the enemy multiple times killing several of them
Espinoza, Victor H.Victor H. Espinoza Army E-04Corporal Chorwon, Korea August 1, 1952 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division Single-handedly silenced a machine-gun and its crew, discovered and destroyed a covert enemy tunnel, and wiped out two bunkers
Essebagger, Jr., JohnJohn Essebagger, Jr.  Army E-04Corporal Popsudong, Korea April 25, 1951 Company A, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division Repeatedly attacked the enemy with machine gun fire until killed
Don C Faith.jpg Faith, Jr., Don C.Don C. Faith, Jr.  Army O-05Lieutenant Colonel Battle of Chosin Reservoir, Korea November 27, 1950 to December 1, 1950 1st Battalion, 32d Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division Risked his life repeatedly leading his men in combat for five days until he was killed
Fernando Luis Garcia.JPG García, Fernando LuisFernando Luis García  Marine Corps E-02Private First Class Korea September 5, 1952 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.) For falling on a grenade to save his squad.
George, CharlesCharles George  Army E-02Private First Class Songnae-dong, Korea November 30, 1952 Company C, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division Killed after smothering a grenade with his body
Charles L Gilliland.jpg Gilliland, Charles L.Charles L. Gilliland  Army E-02Private First Class Tongmang-ni, Korea April 25, 1951 Company I, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division Killed after volunteering to stay behind and keep the enemy at bay so his unit could pull out
Gomez, Eduardo C.Eduardo C. Gomez Army Sergeant Tabu-dong, Korea September 3, 1950 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division Crawled thirty yards across an open rice field to single-handedly destroy an enemy tank
Gomez E USMC.jpg Gomez, EdwardEdward Gomez  Marine Corps E-02Private First Class Hill 749, Korea September 14, 1951 Company 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  Army E-04Corporal Popsu-dong, Korea April 24, 1951 to April 25, 1951 Company D, 7th Infantry Regiment Killed after refusing medical aid and being charged by the enemy he was found with over 100 enemy dead
Guillen A.jpg Guillen, AmbrosioAmbrosio Guillen  Marine Corps E-06Staff sergeant Songuch-on, Korea July 25, 1953 Company 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.jpg Hammond, Francis C.Francis C. Hammond  Navy Hospitalman Korea March 26, 1953 to March 27, 1953 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Medical corpsman; sacrificed his life treating and directing wounded Marines until struck by a round of enemy mortar fire.
Hammond lester a small.jpg Hammond, Jr., LesterLester Hammond, Jr.  Army E-04Corporal Kumwha, Korea August 14, 1952 Company A, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team Killed while assisting the corpsmen with casualties and evacuation
Melvin O Handrich.jpg Handrich, Melvin O.Melvin O. Handrich  Army E-08Master Sergeant Sobuk San Mountain, Korea August 25, 1950 to August 26, 1950 Company C, 5th Infantry Regiment Killed after fighting off an enemy attack. Was found with more than 70 dead enemy around him
Hanson, Jack G.Jack G. Hanson  Army E-02Private First Class Pachi-dong, Korea June 7, 1951 Company F, 31st Infantry Regiment Was 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.jpg Hartell, Lee R.Lee R. Hartell  Army O-02First Lieutenant Kobangsan-ni, Korea August 27, 1951 Battery A, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2d Infantry Division Died while directing fire on an attacking enemy force
Harvey, RaymondRaymond Harvey Army O-03Captain Taemi-Dong, Korea March 9, 1951 Company C, 17th Infantry Regiment Severely wounded after attacking the enemy multiple times and inflicting multiple enemy casualties
LT FredrickHenry CMH Henry, Frederick F.Frederick F. Henry  Army O-02First Lieutenant Am-Dong, Korea September 1, 1950 Company F, 38th Infantry Regiment Killed after causing an estimated 50 enemy casualties
Rodolfo Hernandez.jpg Hernandez, Rodolfo P.Rodolfo P. Hernandez Army E-04Corporal Wontong-ni, Korea May 31, 1951 Company G, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team Although wounded, killed six of the enemy before falling unconscious from grenade, bayonet, and bullet wounds
Thomas J Hudner 1950.jpg Hudner, Jr., Thomas J.Thomas J. Hudner, Jr. Navy O-02Lieutenant, Junior Grade Battle of Chosin Reservoir, Korea December 4, 1950 Fighter Squadron 32, attached to U.S.S. Leyte Risked his life to rescue a downed pilot
Einar H Ingman.jpg Ingman, Jr., Einar H.Einar H. Ingman, Jr. Army E-04Corporal Maltari, Korea February 26, 1951 Company E, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division Risked his life to destroy an enemy gun emplacement and allow his squad to finish their objective
Jecelin, William R.William R. Jecelin  Army E-05Sergeant Saga, Korea September 19, 1950 Company C, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
James E Johnson.jpg Johnson, James E.James E. Johnson  Marine Corps E-05Sergeant Yudam-ni, Korea December 2, 1950 Company 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  Army E-02Private First Class Kumsong, Korea November 15, 1951 Company K, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division Killed after volunteering to stay behind allowing his squad to escape
Anthony T. Kahoʻohanohano Kahoʻohanohano, Anthony T.Anthony T. Kahoʻohanohano  Army E-02Private First Class near Chup'a-ri, Korea September 1, 1951 Company H, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division Although wounded, held a position alone and fought hand-to-hand until being killed
Kanell, Billie G.Billie G. Kanell  Army E-01Private Pyonggang, Korea September 7, 1951 Company I, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Emil Kapaun Kapaun, EmilEmil Kapaun  Army O-03Captain, US Army Chaplain Corps Pyoktong, North Korea May 23, 1951 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Inside 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  Army E-07Sergeant First Class Yongsan, Korea September 4, 1950 to September 5, 1950 Company G, 9th Infantry Regiment Repeatedly 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  Army E-08Master Sergeant Sangsan-ni, Korea October 20, 1951 Company G, 19th Infantry Risked 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.jpg Kelly, John D.John D. Kelly  Marine Corps E-02Private First Class Korea May 28, 1952 Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines 1st Marine Division (Rein.) Killed while attacking and destroying several enemy bunkers singlehandedly
Kelso JW.jpg Kelso, Jack W.Jack W. Kelso  Marine Corps E-02Private First Class Korea October 2, 1952 Company 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.jpg Kennemore, Robert S.Robert S. Kennemore Marine Corps E-06Staff sergeant north of Yudam-ni, Korea November 27, 1950 to November 28, 1950 Company 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.jpg Kilmer, John E.John E. Kilmer  Navy Hospitalman Korea August 13, 1952 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Medical corpsman; killed while shielding a wounded Marine with his body.
Knight, Noah O.Noah O. Knight  Army E-02Private First Class Kowang-San, Korea November 23, 1951 to November 24, 1951 Company F, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division Killed while attacking three enemy troops attempting to place demolition charges
John K Koelsch.jpg Koelsch, John K.John K. Koelsch  Navy O-02Lieutenant, Junior Grade Korea July 3, 1951 Navy helicopter rescue unit Died as a POW after rescuing several crewman from a downed helicopter and evading the enemy for nine days.
Kouma, Ernest R.Ernest R. Kouma Army E-07Sergeant First Class Agok, Korea August 31, 1950 to September 1, 1950 Company A, 72d Tank Battalion Risked his life by attacking and killing at least 250 of the enemy
Krzyzowski, Edward C.Edward C. Krzyzowski  Army O-03Captain Tondul, Korea August 31, 1951 to September 3, 1951 Company B, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division For spearheading an assault against strongly defended Hill 700. Killed by an enemy sniper
Kyle, Darwin K.Darwin K. Kyle  Army O-01Second Lieutenant Kamil-ni, Korea February 16, 1951 Company K, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division For repeatedly attacking and destroying the enemy. Killed by a burst from an enemy submachine gun
Hubert L Lee.jpg Lee, Hubert L.Hubert L. Lee Army E-08Master Sergeant Ip-ori, Korea February 1, 1951 Company I, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division Although seriously wounded continued to lead his men and fight the enemy
George D. Libby.JPG Libby, George D.George D. Libby  Army E-05Sergeant Taejon, Korea July 20, 1950 Company C, 3d Engineer Combat Battalion, 24th Infantry Division Sacrificed his life to shield the driver of a rescue vehicle from enemy rounds
Herbert A Littleton.jpg Littleton, Herbert A.Herbert A. Littleton  Marine Corps E-02Private First Class Chungchon, Korea April 22, 1951 Company 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  Army E-05Sergeant near Hoengseong, Korea February 12, 1951 Company M, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division Remained in a forward position to target the enemy with mortar fire. Killed when his position was surrounded by the enemy
Baldomero Lopez - portrait.jpg Lopez, BaldomeroBaldomero Lopez  Marine Corps O-02First Lieutenant Battle of Inchon, Korea September 15, 1950 Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines 1st Marine Division (Rein.) For smothering a hand grenade with his own body.
Charles J Loring.jpg Loring, Jr., Charles J.Charles J. Loring, Jr.  Air Force O-04Major Sniper Ridge, North Korea November 22, 1952 80th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 8th Fighter-Bomber Wing Sacrificed his life by diving his damaged airplane into enemy gun emplacements
Lyell, William F.William F. Lyell  Army E-04Corporal Chup'a-ri, Korea August 31, 1951 Company F, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division Repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire in order to defeat the enemy and was eventually killed by enemy mortar fire.
Benito Martinez2.jpg Martinez, BenitoBenito Martinez  Army E-04Corporal Satae-ri, Korea September 6, 1952 Company A, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Refused to be rescued due to enemy troop activity and continued to fight the enemy until killed.
Matthews DP.jpg Matthews, Daniel P.Daniel P. Matthews  Marine Corps E-05Sergeant Vegas Hill, Korea March 28, 1953 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.) Sacrificed his life to silence an enemy gun emplacement
Mausert FW.jpg Mausert, III, Frederick W.Frederick W. Mausert, III  Marine Corps E-05Sergeant Songnap-yong, Korea September 12, 1951 Company 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  Army O-02First Lieutenant Kamyangjan-ni, Korea January 30, 1951 Company A, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division Killed by a burst of machine gun fire after destroying an enemy gun emplacement
McLaughlin AL.jpg McLaughlin, Alford L.Alford L. McLaughlin Marine Corps E-02Private First Class Korea September 4, 1952 to September 5, 1952 Company 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  Army E-05Sergeant Chich-on, Korea July 4, 1951 Company B, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division Sacrificed his life by remaining in an exposed position and covering the platoon's withdrawal
Lewis Millett saluting 1985 Millett, Lewis L.Lewis L. Millett Army O-03Captain Soam-Ni, Korea February 7, 1951 Company E, 27th Infantry Regiment In taking an occupied hill, he led the last major American bayonet charge
Mitchell FN.jpg Mitchell, Frank N.Frank N. Mitchell  Marine Corps O-02First Lieutenant Hansan-ni, Korea November 26, 1950 Company 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.jpg Miyamura, Hiroshi H.Hiroshi H. Miyamura Army E-04Corporal Taejon-ni, Korea April 24, 1951 to April 25, 1951 Company H, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division The 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.jpg Mize, Ola L.Ola L. Mize Army E-05Sergeant Surang-ni, Korea June 10, 1953 to June 11, 1953 Company K, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division Repeatedly risked his life to fight back the enemy and protect several wounded soldiers
Monagan WC.jpg Monegan, Jr., Walter C.Walter C. Monegan, Jr.  Marine Corps E-02Private First Class Sosa-ri, Korea September 17, 1950 and September 20, 1950 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.) Killed while repeatedly attacking the enemy at night
Moreland WL.jpg Moreland, Whitt L.Whitt L. Moreland  Marine Corps E-02Private First Class Kwagch'i-Dong, Korea May 29, 1951 Company 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  Army E-07Sergeant First Class Seoul, Korea May 20, 1951 Company E, 35th Infantry Regiment Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Murphy RG.jpg Murphy, Raymond G.Raymond G. Murphy Marine Corps O-01Second Lieutenant Korea February 3, 1953 Company 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.jpg Myers, Reginald R.Reginald R. Myers Marine Corps O-04Major Hagaru-ri, Korea November 29, 1950 3d 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.jpg Obregon, Eugene A.Eugene A. Obregon  Marine Corps E-02Private First Class Seoul, Korea September 26, 1950 Company 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.jpg O'Brien, Jr., George H.George H. O'Brien, Jr. Marine Corps O-01Second Lieutenant Korea October 27, 1952 Company 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.JPG Ouellette, Joseph R.Joseph R. Ouellette  Army E-02Private First Class Yongsan, Korea August 31, 1950 to September 3, 1950 Company H, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division Repeatedly risked his life to gather grenades and ammunition until killed by enemy fire
John U D Page.jpg Page, John U. D.John U. D. Page  Army O-05Lieutenant Colonel Battle of Chosin Reservoir, Korea November 29, 1950 to December 10, 1950 X Corps Artillery, while attached to the 52d Transportation Truck Battalion Repeatedly attacked the enemy and defended his convoy until killed
Charles F Pendleton.jpg Pendleton, Charles F.Charles F. Pendleton  Army E-04Corporal Choo Gung-Dong, Korea July 16, 1953 to July 17, 1953 Company D, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division Although wounded he refused medical treatment and continued to fight back the enemy until killed
Phillips LH.jpg Phillips, Lee H.Lee H. Phillips  Marine Corps E-04Corporal Korea November 4, 1950 Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.) Risked his life to defeat a pocket of enemy resistance
Herbert K Pililaau.jpg Pililaau, Herbert K.Herbert K. Pililaau  Army E-02Private First Class Pia-ri, Korea September 17, 1951 Company C, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division After being killed fighting the enemy it was determined that he singlehandedly defeated more than 40 of the enemy
John A Pittman.jpg Pittman, John A.John A. Pittman Army E-05Sergeant Kujangdong, Korea November 26, 1950 Company C, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division Protected his squad by smothering a grenade with his body
Ralph E Pomeroy.jpg Pomeroy, Ralph E.Ralph E. Pomeroy  Army E-02Private First Class Kumhwa, Korea October 15, 1952 Company E, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division Sacrificed his life manning a heavy machine gun until mortally wounded
Porter, Donn F.Donn F. Porter  Army E-05Sergeant Mundung-ni Korea September 7, 1952 Company G, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Killed after fighting back a superior enemy force
Poynter JI.jpg Poynter, James I.James I. Poynter  Marine Corps E-05Sergeant Sudong, Korea November 4, 1950 Company 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.jpg Ramer, George H.George H. Ramer  Marine Corps O-01Second Lieutenant Korea September 12, 1951 Company 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.  Army E-04Corporal Chonghyon, Korea November 5, 1950 Company E, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division After being seriously wounded, refused medical treatment to continue to fight the enemy until he was killed
Reem RB.jpg Reem, Robert D.Robert D. Reem  Marine Corps O-01Second Lieutenant Chinhung-ni, Korea November 6, 1950 Company H, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.) Killed after he covered a grenade with his body
Joseph Rodriguez.jpg Rodriguez, Joseph C.Joseph C. Rodriguez Army E-02Private First Class Munye-ri, Korea May 21, 1951 Company F, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division Singlehandedly destroyed several enemy gun emplacements and foxholes
Ronald E Rosser.jpg Rosser, Ronald E.Ronald E. Rosser Army E-04Corporal Ponggilli, Korea January 12, 1952 Heavy Mortar Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division Repeatedly risked his life to fight the enemy and rescue several wounded soldiers
TiborRubin cropped.jpg Rubin, TiborTibor Rubin Army E-04Corporal Korea July 23, 1950 to April 20, 1953 Company I, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division For single-handedly defending his regiment during their retreat, and saving the lives of many fellow soldiers in a Chinese POW camp.
Dan D Schoonover.jpg Schoonover, Daniel D.Daniel D. Schoonover  Army E-04Corporal Sokkogae, Korea July 8, 1953 to July 10, 1953 Company A, 13th Engineer Combat Battalion, 7th Infantry Division Was last seen fighting the enemy with a machine gun before he was killed by artillery fire
Edward R Schowalter.jpg Schowalter, Jr., Edward R.Edward R. Schowalter, Jr. Army O-02First Lieutenant Kumhwa, Korea October 14, 1952 Company A, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division Although wounded he continued to fight and lead his men until they defeated the enemy
Louis J Sebille.jpg Sebille, Louis J.Louis J. Sebille  Air Force O-04Major Hanchang, Korea August 5, 1950 67th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 18th Fighter-Bomber Group, 5th Air Force Killed after diving his aircraft into enemy troops
Richard T Shea.jpg Shea, Richard ThomasRichard Thomas Shea  Army O-02First Lieutenant Sokkogae, Korea July 6, 1953 to July 8, 1953 Company A 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division After fighting off and killing several of the enemy he was last seen in close hand-to-hand combat with the enemy
WilliamShuck USMC.jpg Shuck, Jr., William E.William E. Shuck, Jr.  Marine Corps E-06Staff sergeant Korea July 3, 1952 Company G, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.) Sacrificed his life to assure that all dead and wounded were evacuated
Simanek RE.jpg Simanek, Robert E.Robert E. Simanek Marine Corps E-02Private First Class Korea August 17, 1952 Company 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.jpg Sitman, William S.William S. Sitman  Army E-07Sergeant First Class Chipyong-ni, Korea February 14, 1951 Company M, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division Sacrificed his life to save his comrades by smothering a grenade with his body
CarlSitter USMC.jpg Sitter, Carl L.Carl L. Sitter Marine Corps O-03Captain Hagaru-ri, Korea November 29, 1950 to November 30, 1950 Company 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.jpg Skinner, Jr., Sherrod E.Sherrod E. Skinner, Jr.  Marine Corps O-01Second Lieutenant Korea October 26, 1952 Battery 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  Army E-02Private First Class Yongsan, Korea September 1, 1950 Company E, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division Sacrificed his life to save his comrades by smothering a grenade with his body
Speicher, Clifton T.Clifton T. Speicher  Army E-04Corporal Minarigol, Korea June 14, 1952 Company F, 223d Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division Died after wounds received after charging into an enemy machine gun nest
James L Stone.jpg Stone, James L.James L. Stone Army O-02First Lieutenant Sokkogae, Korea November 21, 1951 to November 22, 1951 Company E 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division Captured while leading his men against an overwhelming enemy assault
Story, Luther H.Luther H. Story  Army E-02Private First Class Agok, Korea September 1, 1950 Company A, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division Sacrificed his life to save his unit by remaining behind and covering them as they withdrew
Sudut, Jerome A.Jerome A. Sudut  Army O-01Second Lieutenant Kumhwa, Korea September 12, 1951 Company B, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Although 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  Army E-02Private First Class Korea June 12, 1952 Company F, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division Charged forward, then smothered a grenade blast with his body
William H. Thompson (MOH).jpg Thompson, WilliamWilliam Thompson  Army E-02Private First Class Haman, Korea August 6, 1950 24th Company M, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Killed by an enemy grenade while covering his units withdrawal
Turner, Charles W.Charles W. Turner  Army E-07Sergeant First Class Yongsan, Korea September 1, 1950 2d Reconnaissance Company, 2d Infantry Division Directed his tank to destroy seven enemy machine gun nests and covered his units withdrawal until killed
Archie VanWinkle MOH.jpg Van Winkle, ArchieArchie Van Winkle Marine Corps E-06Staff sergeant Sudong, Korea November 2, 1950 Company 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.jpg Vittori, JosephJoseph Vittori  Marine Corps E-04Corporal Hill 749, Korea September 15, 1951 to September 16, 1951 Company 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.jpg Walmsley, Jr., John S.John S. Walmsley, Jr.  Air Force O-03Captain Yangdok, Korea September 14, 1951 8th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bomb Group Flew his plane through an intense enemy barriage to defend ground forces and maximize enemy damage
Lewis G Watkins.jpg Watkins, Lewis G.Lewis G. Watkins  Marine Corps E-06Staff sergeant Korea October 7, 1952 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.) Killed by an enemy grenade when it exploded in his hand
Travis E Watkins.jpg Watkins, Travis E.Travis E. Watkins  Army E-08Master Sergeant Yongsan, Korea August 31, 1950 to September 3, 1950 Company H, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division Volunteered to remain and defend his units withdrawal because he knew his injuries would slow them down
Ernest E West.jpg West, Ernest E.Ernest E. West Army E-02Private First Class Sataeri, Korea October 12, 1952 Company L, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Although wounded he assisted in evacuating the wounded and killed several of the enemy
Wilson, Benjamin F.Benjamin F. Wilson Army E-08Master Sergeant Hwach'on-Myon, Korea June 5, 1951 Company I, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division Repeatedly risked his life in order for his troops to reorganize and counterattack
Wilson HE.jpg Wilson, Harold E.Harold E. Wilson Marine Corps E-06Technical Sergeant Korea April 23, 1951 to April 24, 1951 Company 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.jpg Wilson, Richard G.Richard G. Wilson  Army E-02Private First Class Opari, Korea October 21, 1950 Co. 1, Medical Company, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment Sacrificed his life to aid a fellow soldier shielding them from enemy fire with his own body
William G Windrich.jpg Windrich, William G.William G. Windrich  Marine Corps E-06Staff sergeant Yudam-ni, Korea December 1, 1950 Company 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.jpg Womack, Bryant H.Bryant H. Womack  Army E-02Private First Class Sokso-ri, Korea March 12, 1952 Medical Company, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Sacrificed his life aiding other wounded soldiers
Young, Robert H.Robert H. Young  Army E-02Private First Class north of Kaesong, Korea October 9, 1950 Company E, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division Although 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.