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CMOHS.org - Corporal RED CLOUD, MITCHELL, JR., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

RED CLOUD, MITCHELL, JR.

Rank: Corporal
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company E
Division: 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division
Born: 2 July 1924, Hatfield, Wis.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Merrilan Wis.
G.O. Number: 26
Date of Issue: 04/25/1951
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Chonghyon, Korea, 5 November 1950
 
 


RED CLOUD, MITCHELL, JR. Photo
 
Citation

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.