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Korean War - U.S. Army

Clifton T Speicher

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company F, 223d Infantry Regiment,
    40th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 14, 1952
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Minarigol, Korea
Cpl. Speicher distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. While participating in an assault to secure a key terrain feature, Cpl. Speicher's squad was pinned down by withering small-arms, mortar, and machine-gun fire. Although already wounded he left the comparative safety of his position, and made a daring charge against the machine-gun emplacement. Within 10 yards of the goal, he was again wounded by small-arms fire but continued on, entered the bunker, killed two hostile soldiers with his rifle, a third with his bayonet, and silenced the machine gun. Inspired by this incredible display of valor, the men quickly moved up and completed the mission. Dazed and shaken, he walked to the foot of the hill where he collapsed and died. Cpl. Speicher's consummate sacrifice and unflinching devotion to duty reflect lasting glory upon himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Gray, Somerset County, Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: August 5, 1953
    The Pentagon Auditorium, presented by Under Sec. of the Army Earl D. Johnson to his Father
  • Born: March 25, 1931, Gray, Somerset County, PA, United States
  • Died: June 14, 1952, Minarigol, Korea
  • Buried: Beam Cemetery (PMH), Jennerstown, PA, United States
  • Location of Medal: Somerset County Courthouse Annex, Somerset, PA

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