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Korean War - U.S. Army

Richard Thomas Shea Jr.

Details
  • Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company A, 17th Infantry Regiment,
    7th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 7, 1953
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Pork Chop Hill, near Sokkogae, Korea
Citation
1st Lt. Shea, executive officer, Company A, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. On the night of 6 July, he was supervising the reinforcement of defensive positions when the enemy attacked with great numerical superiority. Voluntarily proceeding to the area most threatened, he organized and led a counterattack and, in the bitter fighting which ensued, closed with and killed two hostile soldiers with his trench knife. Calmly moving among the men, checking positions, steadying and urging the troops to hold firm, he fought side by side with them throughout the night. Despite heavy losses, the hostile force pressed the assault with determination, and at dawn made an all-out attempt to overrun friendly elements. Charging forward to meet the challenge, 1st Lt. Shea and his gallant men drove back the hostile troops. Elements of Company G joined the defense on the afternoon of 7 July, having lost key personnel through casualties. Immediately integrating these troops into his unit, 1st Lt. Shea rallied a group of 20 men and again charged the enemy. Although wounded in this action, he refused evacuation and continued to lead the counterattack. When the assaulting element was pinned down by heavy machine-gun fire, he personally rushed the emplacement and, firing his carbine and lobbing grenades with deadly accuracy, neutralized the weapon and killed three of the enemy. With forceful leadership and by his heroic example, 1st Lt. Shea coordinated and directed a holding action throughout the night and the following morning. On 8 July, the enemy attacked again. Despite additional wounds, he launched a determined counterattack and was last seen in close hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. 1st Lt. Shea's inspirational leadership and unflinching courage set an illustrious example of valor to the men of his regiment, reflecting lasting glory upon himself and upholding the noble traditions of the military service.
Medal of Honor Recipient Richard T. Shea Jr.
Medal of Honor Recipient Richard T. Shea Jr.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Portsmouth, Portsmouth County, Virginia
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: May 16, 1955
    Parade grounds, Ft. Meyer, Virginia, presented by Sec. of the Army Robert T. Stevens to his Widow, Mrs. Joyce Shea
  • Born: January 3, 1927, Portsmouth, Portsmouth County, VA, United States
  • Died: July 8, 1953, Sokkogae, Korea
  • Buried: Olive Branch Cemetery (MH) (K-69A-3) , Portsmouth, VA, United States
 

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