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World War II - U.S. Army

Clinton M Hedrick

Details
  • Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company I, 194th Glider Infantry,
    17th Airborne Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: March 27 - 28, 1945
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Lembeck, Germany
Citation
He displayed extraordinary heroism and gallantry in action on 27-28 March 1945, in Germany. Following an airborne landing near Wesel, his unit was assigned as the assault platoon for the assault on Lembeck. Three times the landing elements were pinned down by intense automatic-weapon fire from strongly defended positions. Each time, T/Sgt. Hedrick fearlessly charged through heavy fire, shooting his automatic rifle from his hip. His courageous action so inspired his men that they reduced the enemy positions in rapid succession. When six of the enemy attempted a surprise, flanking movement, he quickly turned and killed the entire party with a burst of fire. Later, the enemy withdrew across a moat into Lembeck Castle. T/Sgt. Hedrick, with utter disregard for his own safety, plunged across the drawbridge alone in pursuit. When a German soldier, with hands upraised, declared the garrison wished to surrender, he entered the castle yard with four of his men to accept the capitulation. The group moved through a sally port, and was met by fire from a German self- propelled gun. Although mortally wounded, T/Sgt. Hedrick fired at the enemy gun and covered the withdrawal of his comrades. He died while being evacuated after the castle was taken. His great personal courage and heroic leadership contributed in large measure to the speedy capture of Lembeck and provided an inspiring example to his comrades.
Medal of Honor Recipient Clinton M. Hedrick
Medal of Honor Recipient Clinton M. Hedrick
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Riverton, Pendleton County, West Virginia
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: May 1, 1918, Cherry Grove, Pendleton County, WV, United States
  • Died: March 28, 1945, Near Lembeck, Germany
  • Buried: North Fork Cemetery, Riverton, WV, United States
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