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Korean War - U.S. Army

John Walton Collier

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company C, 27th Infantry Regiment,
    25th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 19, 1950
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Chindoing-ni, Korea

Cpl. Collier, Company C, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. While engaged in an assault on a strategic ridge strongly defended by a fanatical enemy, the leading elements of his company encountered intense automatic-weapons and grenade fire. Cpl. Collier and three comrades volunteered and moved forward to neutralize an enemy machine-gun position which was hampering the company's advance, but they were twice repulsed. On the third attempt, Cpl. Collier, despite heavy enemy fire and grenade barrages, moved to an exposed position ahead of his comrades, assaulted and destroyed the machine-gun nest, killing at least four enemy soldiers. As he returned down the rocky, fire-swept hill and joined his squad, an enemy grenade landed in their midst. Shouting a warning to his comrades, he, selflessly and unhesitatingly, threw himself upon the grenade and smothered its explosion with his body. This intrepid action saved his comrades from death or injury. Cpl. Collier's supreme, personal bravery, consummate gallantry, and noble self-sacrifice reflect untold glory upon himself and uphold the honored traditions of the military service.

Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Worthington, Greenup County, Kentucky
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: June 21, 1951

    The Pentagon, presented by Gen. Omar N. Bradley to his Father

  • Born: April 3, 1929, Worthington, Greenup County, KY, United States
  • Died: September 19, 1950, Korea
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (12-4637), Arlington, VA, United States
  • Location of Medal: Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, Ashland, KY

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