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Korean War - U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

George Henry Ramer

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    3d Platoon, Company I, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines,
    1st Marine Division (Rein)
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 12, 1951
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Korea
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as leader of the 3d Platoon in Company I, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Ordered to attack and seize hostile positions atop a hill, vigorously defended by well-entrenched enemy forces delivering massed small-arms mortar, and machine-gun fire, 2d Lt. Ramer fearlessly led his men up the steep slopes and, although he and the majority of his unit were wounded during the ascent, boldly continued to spearhead the assault. With the terrain becoming more precipitous near the summit and the climb more perilous as the hostile forces added grenades to the devastating hail of fire, he staunchly carried the attack to the top, personally annihilated one enemy bunker with grenade and carbine fire and captured the objective with his remaining eight men. Unable to hold the position against an immediate, overwhelming hostile counterattack, he ordered his group to withdraw and singlehandedly fought the enemy to furnish cover for his men and for the evacuation of three fatally wounded marines. Severely wounded a second time, 2d Lt. Ramer refused aid when his men returned to help him and, after ordering them to seek shelter, courageously manned his post until the hostile troops overran his position and he fell mortally wounded. His indomitable fighting spirit, inspiring leadership and unselfish concern for others in the face of death, reflect the highest credit upon 2d Lt. Ramer and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Medal of Honor Recipient George H. Ramer
Medal of Honor Recipient George H. Ramer
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Lewisburg, Union County, Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: January 7, 1953
    The Pentagon, presented by Sec. of the Navy Dan A. Kimball to his Widow
  • Born: March 27, 1927, Meyersdale, Somerset County, PA, United States
  • Died: September 12, 1951, Korea
  • Buried: Lewisburg Cemetery (MH), Lewisburg, PA, United States
  • Location of Medal: Union County Courthouse, Lewisburg, PA

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