The Marine Corps Medal of Honor Recipients

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RICHARD D. DEWERT
Hospitalman

United States Navy


Richard Dewert

Citation

Hospitalman Richard D. Dewert
United States Navy

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against enemy aggressor forces while serving as a Medical Corpsman with Marine Infantry Company, lst Marine Division in 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, Hospitalman Dewert rushed to the assistance of one 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 f ire-swept 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. By his courageous initiative, great personal valor, and heroic spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of overwhelming odds, Hospitalman Dewert reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Harry S. Truman
President of the United States

Presented by Secretary of the Navy Dan A. Kimball on May 27, 1952

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