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Korean War - U.S. Army

Jerry Kirt Crump

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company L, 7th Infantry Regiment,
    3d Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 6, 1951
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Chorwon, Korea

Cpl. Crump, a member of Company L, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. During the night a numerically superior hostile force launched an assault against his platoon on Hill 284, overrunning friendly positions and swarming into the sector. Cpl. Crump repeatedly exposed himself to deliver effective fire into the ranks of the assailants, inflicting numerous casualties. Observing two enemy soldiers endeavoring to capture a friendly machine gun, he charged and killed both with his bayonet, regaining control of the weapon. Returning to his position, now occupied by four of his wounded comrades, he continued his accurate fire into enemy troops surrounding his emplacement. When a hostile soldier hurled a grenade into the position, Cpl. Crump immediately flung himself over the missile, absorbing the blast with his body and saving his comrades from death or serious injury. His aggressive actions had so inspired his comrades that a spirited counterattack drove the enemy from the perimeter. Cpl. Crump's heroic devotion to duty, imdomitable fighting spirit, and willingness to sacrifice himself to save his comrades reflect the highest credit upon himself, the infantry and the U.S. Army.

Medal of Honor Recipient Jerry K. Crump
Medal of Honor Recipient Jerry K. Crump
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Forest City, Rutherford County, North Carolina
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: June 27, 1952

    The White House (Rose Garden), presented by Pres. Harry S. Truman

  • Born: February 18, 1933, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC, United States
  • Died: January 10, 1977, Lincolnton, NC, United States
  • Buried: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery (MH), Cornelius, NC, United States
  • Location of Medal: Lincolnton Museum, Lincolnton, NC

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