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Korean War - U.S. Army

Raymond Harvey

  • Rank: Captain (Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel)
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company C, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment,
    7th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: March 9, 1951
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: vicinity of Taemi-Dong, Korea
Capt. Harvey, Company C, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. When his company was pinned down by a barrage of automatic-weapons fire from numerous well-entrenched emplacements, imperiling accomplishment of its mission, Capt. Harvey braved a hail of fire and exploding grenades to advance to the first enemy machine-gun nest, killing its crew with grenades. Rushing to the edge of the next emplacement, he killed its crew with carbine fire. He then moved the 1st Platoon forward until it was again halted by a curtain of automatic fire from well-fortified hostile positions. Disregarding the hail of fire, he personally charged and neutralized a third emplacement. Miraculously escaping death from intense crossfire, Capt. Harvey continued to lead the assault. Spotting an enemy pillbox well-camouflaged by logs, he moved close enough to sweep the emplacement with carbine fire and throw grenades through the openings, annihilating its five occupants. Though wounded he then turned to order the company forward, and, suffering agonizing pain, he continued to direct the reduction of the remaining hostile positions, refusing evacuation until assured that the mission would be accomplished. Capt. Harvey's valorous and intrepid actions served as an inspiration to his company, reflecting the utmost glory upon himself and upholding the heroic traditions of the military service.
Medal of Honor Recipient Raymond Harvey
Medal of Honor Recipient Raymond Harvey
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: July 5, 1951
    The White House, presented by Pres. Harry S. Truman
  • Born: March 1, 1920, Ford City, Armstrong County, PA, United States
  • Died: November 19, 1996, Scottsdale, AZ, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (6-8360-LH), Arlington, VA, United States

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