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Korean War - U.S. Army

David Bruce Bleak

Details
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Medical Company, 2d Battalion, 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: Minari-gol, Korea
Citation

Sgt. Bleak, a member of the medical company, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. As a medical aidman, he volunteered to accompany a reconnaissance patrol committed to engage the enemy and capture a prisoner for interrogation. Forging up the rugged slope of the key terrain, the group was subjected to intense automatic-weapons and small-arms fire and suffered several casualties. After administering to the wounded, he continued to advance with the patrol. Nearing the military crest of the hill, while attempting to cross the fire-swept area to attend the wounded, he came under hostile fire from a small group of the enemy concealed in a trench. Entering the trench he closed with the enemy, killed two with bare hands and a third with his trench knife. Moving from the emplacement, he saw a concussion grenade fall in front of a companion and, quickly shifting his position, shielded the man from the impact of the blast. Later, while ministering to the wounded, he was struck by a hostile bullet but, despite the wound, he undertook to evacuate a wounded comrade. As he moved down the hill with his heavy burden, he was attacked by two enemy soldiers with fixed bayonets. Closing with the aggressors, he grabbed them and smacked their heads together, then carried his helpless comrade down the hill to safety. Sgt. Bleak's dauntless courage and intrepid actions reflect utmost credit upon himself and are in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service.

USED WITH PERMISSION, COPYRIGHT NICK DELCALZO
USED WITH PERMISSION, COPYRIGHT NICK DELCALZO
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Shelley, Bingham County, Idaho
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: October 27, 1953

    The White House, presented by Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • Born: February 27, 1932, Idaho Falls, Bonneville County, ID, United States
  • Died: March 26, 2006, Arco, ID, United States
  • Buried: Lost River Cemetery (IMO); Cremated - no burial, Moore, ID, United States
  • Location of Medal: Idaho Military Historical Society, Boise, ID
 

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