b. 02/07/1924 Hatfield, Wisconsin. d. 05/11/1950 Chonghyon, Korea.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 05/11/1950 Chonghyon, Korea.
Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was killed in action. He served as a Corporal in the United States Army in Company E, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on November 5, 1950 near Chonghyon, Korea.
Cpl. Red Cloud, Company E, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. From his position on the point of a ridge immediately in front of the company command post he was the first to detect the approach of the Chinese Communist forces and give the alarm as the enemy charged from a brush-covered area less than 100 feet from him. Springing up, he delivered devastating pointblank automatic rifle fire into the advancing enemy. His accurate and intense fire checked this assault and gained time for the company to consolidate its defense. With utter fearlessness he maintained his firing position until severely wounded by enemy fire. Refusing assistance he pulled himself to his feet and, wrapping his arm around a tree, continued his deadly fire again, until he was fatally wounded. This heroic act stopped the enemy from overrunning his company's position and gained time for reorganization and evacuation of the wounded. Cpl. Red Cloud's dauntless courage and gallant self-sacrifice reflects the highest credit upon himself and upholds the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.
BURIAL LOCATION: DECORAH CEMETERY, BLACK RIVER FALLS, WISCONSIN.
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