William S. Sitman

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William S. Sitman
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Medal of Honor recipient William Sitman
Born (1923-08-09)August 9, 1923
Bellwood, Pennsylvania
Died February 14, 1951(1951-02-14) (aged 27)
Near Chipyong-ni, Korea
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1943 - 1951
Rank Sergeant First Class
Unit Company M, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division
Battles/wars Korean War
Awards Medal of Honor
Purple Heart

William Samuel Sitman [1] (August 9, 1923 – February 14, 1951) was a soldier in the United States Army during the Korean War. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions on February 14, 1951, during the Battle of Chipyong-ni.

Sitman joined the Army from his birthplace of Bellwood, Pennsylvania in February 1943.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, Company M, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division

Place and date: Near Chipyong-ni, Korea, February 14, 1951

Entered service at: Bellwood, Pennsylvania, Birth: Bellwood, Pennsylvania

G.O. No.: 20, February 1, 1952


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. 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.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hall of Valor
  2. ^ WWII Army Enlistment Records
  3. ^ ""WILLIAM S. SITMAN" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: Korean War. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.

External links[edit]

"William S. Sitman". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-01-06.