b. 26/08/1906 Lugoff, South Carolina. d. 21/09/1993 Lugoff, South Carolina.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 24/04/1932 Constancia, near Coco River, Northern Nicaragua.
Second Nicaraguan Campaign Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Corporal in the United Stares Marine Corps during the 2nd Campaign in Nicaragua. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Vicinity Constancia, near Coco River, in northern Nicaragua on April 24, 1932.
For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession above and beyond the call of duty at the risk of his life, as second in command of a Guardia Nacional Patrol on 24 April 1932, engaged, at the time, in active operations in the field against armed bandit forces in the vicinity of Constancia, near Coco River, Department of Jinotega, Northern Nicaragua,. While the patrol was in formation on the trail searching for a bandit group, with which contact had just previously been had, a rifle grenade fell from its carrier, carried by a member of the patrol, and struck a rock, igniting the detonator. Several men of the patrol were in close proximity of the grenade at the time. Corporal Truesdale, who was several yards away at the time, could easily have sought cover and safety for himself but instead, knowing full well the grenade would explode within two or three seconds, and with utter disregard for his own personal safety, and at the risk of his own life, rushed for the grenade, grasped it in his right hand and attempted to throw it away from the patrol before it exploded. The grenade exploded in his hand, blowing it off and inflicting serious multiple wounds about his body. Corporal Truesdale, by his actions, took the full shock of the explosion of the grenade upon himself, thereby saving the lives of, or serious injury to, his comrades in arms. His actions were worthy of the highest traditions of the profession of arms.
BURIAL LOCATION: ST JOHNS METHODIST CEMETERY, LUGOFF, SOUTH CAROLINA.
Truesdell family plot
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