The Marine Corps Medal of Honor Recipients

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FREDERICK W. MAUSERT, III
Sergeant
United States Marine Corps

Citation

Sergeant Frederick W. Mausert,III
United States Marine Corps

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Squad Leader in Company B, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 12 September 1951. With his company pinned down and suffering heavy casualties under murderous machine-gun , rifle, artillery and mortar fire laid down from heavily fortified, deeply entrenched hostile stongholds on Hill 673, Sergeant Mausert unhesitatingly left his covered position and ran through a heavily mined and fire-swept area to bring back two critically wounded men and to the comparative saftey of the lines. Staunchly refusing evacuation and despite a painful head wound sustained during his voluntary act, he insisted on remaining with his squad and, with his platoon ordered into the assault moments later, took the point position and led his men in a furious bayonet charge against the first of a literally impregnable series of bunkers. Stunned and knocked to the ground when another bullet struck his helmet, he regained his feet and resumed his drive, personally silencing the machine-gun and leading his men in eliminating several other emplacements in the area. Promptly reorganizing his unit for a renewed fight to the final objective on top of the ridge, Sergeant Mausert boldly left his position when the enemy's fire gained momentum and, making a target of himself, boldly advanced alone into the face of the machine gun, drawing the fire away from his men and enabling them to move into position to assault. Again severely wounded when the enemy's fire found its mark, he still refused aid and continued spearheading the assault to the topmost machine-gun nest and bunkers, the last bulwark of the fanatic aggressors. Leaping into the wall of fire, he destroyed another machine-gun with grenades before he was mortally wounded by bursting grenades and machine-gun fire. Stouthearted and indomitable, Sergeant Mausert, by his fortitude, great personal valor and extraordinary heroism in the face of almost certain death, had inspired his men to sweep on, overrun and finally secure the objective. His unyielding courage throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Harry S. Truman
President of the United States

Sergeant Frederick W. Mausert III, 21, earned the Medal of Honor in Korea for sacrificing his life after repeated acts of heroism. The nation’s highest decoration for valor was awarded the young Marine for extraordinary heroism on 12 September 1951, at Songnap-yong, where he was killed while leading an assault on enemy positions. He was the 20th Marine to receive the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Korean conflict.

Frederick William Mausert, III was born 2 May 1930 in Cambridge, New York. He went to elementary school in Brooklyn, New York, but attended high school in Monson, Massachusetts, where he played baseball, track, and basketball. He lived in Dresher, Pennsylvania, before his enlistment in the Marine Corps on 21 June 1948. He was employed by Glenside Hardware, Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Following recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina, he was stationed at Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, before going to Korea, where he participated in campaigns in South and Central Korea.

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Sgt Mausert has been awarded the Purple Heart with a gold star in lieu of a second award, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal with one bronze star, and the United Nations Service Medal.

 

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