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Korean War - U.S. Army

Jerome A Sudut

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company B, 27th Infantry Regiment,
    25th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 12, 1951
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Kumhwa, Korea
2d Lt. Sudut distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. His platoon, attacking heavily fortified and stategically located hostile emplacements, had been stopped by intense fire from a large bunker containing several firing posts. Armed with submachine gun, pistol, and grenades, 2d Lt. Sudut charged the emplacement alone through vicious hostile fire, killing three of the occupants and dispersing the remainder. Painfully wounded, he returned to reorganize his platoon, refused evacuation, and led his men in a renewed attack. The enemy had returned to the bunker by means of connecting trenches from other emplacements and the platoon was again halted by devastating fire. Accompanied by an automatic-rifleman, 2d Lt. Sudut again charged into close-range fire to eliminate the postion. When the rifleman was wounded, 2d Lt. Sudut seized his weapon and continued alone, killing three of the four remaining occupants. Though mortally wounded and his ammunition exhausted, he jumped into the emplacement and killed the remaining enemy soldier with his trench knife. His singlehanded assaults so inspired his comrades that they continued the attack and drove the enemy from the hill, securing the objective. Second Lt. Sudut's consummate fighting spirit, outstanding leadership, and gallant self-sacrifice are in keeping with the finest traditions of the infantry and the U.S. Army.
Medal of Honor Recipient Jerome A. Sudut
Medal of Honor Recipient Jerome A. Sudut
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Wisconsin
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: March 12, 1952
    The Pentagon, Washington, D.C., presented by Sec. of the Army Frank C. Pace to his parents
  • Born: October 20, 1930, Wausau, Marathon County, WI, United States
  • Died: September 12, 1951, Kumhwa, Korea
  • Buried: Restlawn Memorial Cemetery (9-IX-5-12), Wausau, WI, United States
  • Location of Medal: Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison, WI

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